On Saturday, June 5, at 11am, kicking off the Silver City Museum’s Unpacking Silver City presentation and discussion series, Dr. Doug Dinwiddie will present “People, Places, and Politics: The Role of Government in Grant County History 1868-1912.” Understanding the role of government in the history of Silver City is necessary for developing a full picture of the community’s history. Dr. Dinwiddie’s presentation will trace how Government has helped to shape Grant County and Silver City’s place in it.
To register and attend, go to www.silvercitymuseum.org, click on https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tzi9B4_tT16ZRv-uhrHMRg, or launch the video conferencing program Zoom and use Meeting ID 890 2671 4772.
As early as the 1820s English speaking mountain men began to share their observations of the region that would later become Grant County. A frequent theme in those descriptions was the abundance of natural resources and their potential for profitable extraction. When US military forces entered the region during the war with Mexico in 1846, further confirmation of that potential was added by trained scientists, providing impetus to the inclusion of southwestern New Mexico in the Mexican Cession of 1850, and later the Gadsden Purchase in 1853. As a result, the Territory of New Mexico was created by Congress in 1851. The arduous struggle for advancement to statehood would play out over the next six decades.
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