New Mexico’s Struggle toward Statehood Topic of Luncheon

Dr. Richard Melzer

Richard Melzer

As New Mexico celebrates its centennial anniversary of statehood, it is well to remember that statehood did not come easily for our nation’s 47th state.  Albuquerque Press Women will host a lively talk by historian Richard Melzer on Thursday, June 14 at 11:45 a.m. at the MCM Elegante, 2020 Menaul NE.  The luncheon meting will be co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico.

Melzer will describe the 62-year struggle, focusing on 5 main obstacles to achieving this coveted goal. He uses political cartoons from the early 20th century to illustrate New Mexico’s political problems and eventual success in 1912.

Melzer is originally from Teddy Roosevelt’s hometown of Oyster Bay, New York. He has lived in New Mexico since 1973.  Melzer has taught history at the University of New Mexico’s Valencia Campus since 1979. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 15 books as well as over a hundred articles and chapters about New Mexico history.

The lunch will be $15.  Reservations can be made by calling 720-7821 or emailing  NOTE: Persons who have luncheon reservations and who do not attend will be billed unless we are notified by 10 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.