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Hands-On Workshop on 1910 Hand Fan with Images from Las Cruces

The Branigan Cultural Center will give a hands-on workshop on Thursday, June 26 at 1 pm on the study of material culture through a Boston Store fan from the Branigan collection.

In-Depth workshops introduce participants to objects from the museum’s permanent collections that are not slated for museum exhibition. In this workshop, aimed at adults, we will examine a wooden promotional fan passed out at the opening of the Boston Store by Joseph Rosenfeld in Las Cruces in November of 1910. Later, Rosenfeld would convince his business partner Sam Klein to join him in Las Cruces. Klein would go on be Las Cruces’ longest serving mayor.

The fan provides subtle insight into early 20th century Las Cruces, highlighting some of the desires and needs of 1910 residents. It also features an image of downtown. Are there landmarks or buildings we can identify today?

Museums provide visitors with information about objects and their history, but rarely give insight as to how these stories are discovered. Come see for yourself what information can be contained in a single item. This program is free and open to the public.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at

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