Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Ms. Sherry Robinson
Email robinson@nmia.com
Phone 505/343-0852
Address 503 Solar Rd, NW
Albuquerque, NM  87107
Biographical Info Sherry Robinson is a long-time New Mexico journalist and author. Her book, "I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches", is the result of 12 years of research and describes Apaches living on the plains as well as their allies, the Lipans and Mescaleros. She is also the author of Apache Voices and El Malpais, Mt. Taylor and the Zuni Mountains. She’s given talks about the Apaches as a speaker for the New Mexico Humanities Council since 1999.
Program Title JAMES S. CALHOUN: New Mexico's First Territorial Governor
Program Description James Silas Calhoun was New Mexico Territory's first Indian agent and first territorial governor. Other than his correspondence as Indian agent, little is known about Calhoun. The Georgia native was active in Whig politics and in 1846, raised a company and jumped head first in the Mexican War, nearly riding his popularity to Congress. In 1849, President Zachary Taylor appointed Calhoun as Indian agent and in 1851, he was sworn in as the New Mexico Territory's first governor. He came to a New Mexico that was poor, isolated, and violent. Murders took place on Santa Fe Plaza, hostile tribes raided at will, not all New Mexicans were reconciled to being governed by outsiders, and Texas claimed a large sweep of land. Calhoun arrived at a critical time, as New Mexico transitioned from military occupation to civil government and began to think of itself as part of the United States.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
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