school marmsOn Saturday, January 29 at 11am, the Silver City Museum will present a talk entitled From School Marms to the Moon: Education in Silver City, presented by local historian and actress Liz Mikols.

The program will take place both at the Silco Theatre and online via Zoom. Register and attend at https://www.silvercitymuseum.org/211/Programs-Events or at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6216419330878/WN_EvejtUSgQFK10hx6PDpewA

In her presentation, Mikols will explore how Silver City and Grant County began and maintained these resources and how these educational initiatives helped shape local history.

In the latter half of the 19th century, Silver City and Grant County established some of the first public educational facilities in the Territory of New Mexico. This focus on the importance of public education helped this remote corner of southwestern New Mexico attain economic and cultural prominence. The recognition of education as a community value continued through the 20th century and in influences the area’s current social structure and economic position into the 21st century. Several prominent New Mexicans benefited from the foresight of those who fought for education.

Liz Mikols enjoys sharing the stories about local and New Mexico history with others. She has presented numerous papers to the Historical Society of New Mexico (HSNM), the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) and the Silver City Museum. A member of the Speaker’s Bureau for HSNM, she has given numerous talks and Chautauqua performances through the State of New Mexico.

The Silver City Museum creates opportunities for residents and visitors to explore, understand, and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of southwestern New Mexico by collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting the region's unique history. Admission is free; a suggested donation of $5 helps support the museum’s education programs, collections care and exhibitions. For more information, please contact the museum at (575) 589-5921 info@silvercitymuseum.org , or visit the museum's website: www.silvercitymuseum.org 

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