The Branigan Cultural Center hosts the exhibition Place and Re-Place: Las Cruces Urban Renewal, 1960-1975, October 15, 2021 – January 15, 2022. Place and Re-Place focuses on the urban renewal efforts in Las Cruces during the 1960s and 1970s that saw city and business leaders dramatically change the nature of the city’s downtown. Like many U.S. cities during the time, Las Cruces attempted to turn around the fading economic prominence and deteriorating built environment of its urban core; however, this redevelopment came at the cost of the city’s culture and history. This exhibition makes use of collections from the NMSU Library, Archives, and Special Collections. The materials include Las Cruces Urban Renewal Agency records, oral histories, moving images, and photographs to tell the story of civic identity, historic preservation, class tensions, and public engagement during this important period.
The museum is located at 501 N. Main St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit the website, or call 575-541-2154.
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