Legendary New Mexico

Legendary New Mexico: Women

EPISODE 10 – We’ll take a closer look at the women who have made local and global impacts in the Land of Enchantment. These women are entrepreneurs, storytellers, activists and artists. They all also share one thing in common: an indelible connection to New Mexico.

New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative celebrates female contributions

An initiative launched in 2007 celebrating the contributions of women throughout New Mexico history has garnered international attention. The goal is simple in design, yet vast in execution: placing the stories of various women on one hundred of the state’s 650 historic markers.

Quilt Artist Honors Prisoners of Bosque Redondo

Navajo quilt artist Susan Hudson has spent the better part of her life honoring her heritage through her craft.  Learning the process of quilt-making from her Mother, Hudson has created works that celebrate and commemorate the stories of the Diné.

A Legacy of Legendary Artists

The artist colonies of Taos and Santa Fe are in themselves legends. Cultivating and inspiring modernists like Georgia O’Keeffe, some of the most important work of the 20th century was created within the Land of Enchantment. Nearly a century later, creators are still finding inspiration for their creative endeavors from New Mexico [Read More]. Learn more about New Mexico’s legendary artists online at the New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

‘Songbird of the Southwest’ Penned State Song

The composer of New Mexico’s state song, ‘O, Fair New Mexico’, comes from a family whose name is synonymous with New Mexico history.  Elizabeth Garrett is the daughter of Sheriff Pat Garrett, best known as the lawman who gunned down Billy the Kid in 1881.  While the young lady born to the arduous deserts of 19th Century New Mexico might often be eclipsed by her father’s legend, her story is truly remarkable.

Albuquerque Woman was Once the Biggest Promoter in the Southwest

Bennie L. Sanchez was the biggest influence on entertainment in New Mexico, not only being the mother to musical icons but having a hand in bringing big concerts to the Southwest. From her humble beginnings in Albuquerque, Sanchez was able to set out small, but turn her desires into an empire.

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