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Jeff Schwehn Lecture 2018

Jeff Schwehn will present“The Messiah from New Mexico: Francis Schlatter” at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 12, as the History Notes lecture at 1pm on Thursday, April 12 at Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St.

Schwehn’s presentation will focus on the mysterious life of Francis Schlatter, dubbed “the Messiah from New Mexico.” During a six-month period in 1895, Schlatter reportedly healed tens of thousands of people in New Mexico and Colorado, and soon after vanished into thin air. What happened to him? Did he really heal thousands of people? Schwehn aims to answer those questions during his lecture.

Schwehn earned graduate degrees in Psychology at New Mexico Highlands University and the University of New Mexico. He has worked as a practitioner and administrator in mental health clinics in Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Alamogordo, and Las Cruces; as well as a psychology instructor at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo.

History Notes is a monthly lecture series on historical topics. It is conducted the second Thursday of every month. Lectures are free and open to the public. A full listing of public programs at the Branigan Cultural Center and City of Las Cruces museums can be found online at

The 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. For information, call 575/541-2154.