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Talk to offer revealing look at New Mexico historic churches

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 11/20/19

An overview of historic churches throughout New Mexico by researcher Frank Graziano is the highlight of this year's Christmas luncheon hosted by the Taos County Historical Society.

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Lecture

Talk to offer revealing look at New Mexico historic churches

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An overview of historic churches throughout New Mexico by researcher Frank Graziano is the highlight of this year's Christmas luncheon hosted by the Taos County Historical Society. The event is planned Dec. 8, noon, at the Sagebrush Inn Conference Center, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur.

Graziano's illustrated talk is titled "Historic Churches of New Mexico A Visual Tour." Besides offering an overview of historic churches throughout New Mexico, he surveys themes pertinent to the churches' current situation.

The presentation is based upon Grazi-ano's research in villages, Indian pueblos and archives for his new book, "Historic Churches of New Mexico Today" (Oxford Press).

"Frank Graziano's moving prose elegy laments the seemingly inexorable decline of so many of New Mexico's historic churches," Rick Hendricks, state historian of New Mexico, writes in a review of the book. "Rather than suggesting rosy alternatives, this penetrating study interrogates potential optimistic and pessimistic outcomes for these sacred spaces. This is also a deeply personal and revealing examination of practicing Catholics and clergy in the Hispanic and Native communities where these churches are located."

Graziano's books on religious cultures include "The Millennial New World" (1999), "Wounds of Love: The Mystical Marriage of St. Rose of Lima" (2003), "Cultures of Devotion: Folk Saints of Spanish America" (2007) and "Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in New Mexico" (2016). He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, among many others.

Between 1999 and 2016 he was the John D. MacArthur professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College.

At the luncheon, a silent auction will precede Graziano's presentation with items and gift certificates from Taos businesses.

The menu for the luncheon features a Mexican buffet of green chile cheese enchiladas, carne adovada, chile rellenos, rice and beans, mixed green salad with ranch and vinaigrette dressing, dessert flan, coffee, tea and lemonade.

Tickets are $40; $35 for society members. "Each meal ordered is guaranteed and nonrefundable," an announcement reads. "Tax and gratuity is included in the price." Luncheon reservations must be received by Dec. 2 at Taos County Historical Society, PO Box 2447, Taos, 87571. For more information, call president Ernestina Córdova at (575) 770-0681.

The Taos County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1952 for the purpose of "preserving the history of the Taos area." More information on the society and membership opportunities may be found at taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org.

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