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“Change Comes with the Railroads” next topic of History Notes Series 2018

Joanne Beer, curator of education at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, will present“Change Comes with the Railroads” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St.

Beer will discuss population growth in New Mexico due to the arrival of the railroad, as part of the “History Notes” lecture series. Beer’s discussion will also include Fred Harvey’s impact on train travel, and why the railroad came to Las Cruces instead of Mesilla. She will also talk about the Las Cruces Railroad Museum’s historic 1890 caboose.

The “History Notes” lecture series is conducted the second Thursday of each month at Branigan Cultural Center. Lectures are free to the public. The 2018 History Notes lecture series will feature topics related to interesting people of the Southwest.

Beer has lived in Las Cruces since 1983, and she has been employed with the City of Las Cruces museums for 10 years. She earned a bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University, and taught fifth grade in the Gadsden Independent School District before joining the Las Cruces Museum System in 2007. Through her work at the Railroad Museum, she has researched and extensively read about local history and Harvey’s impact on the west.

Branigan Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday.