MR 0383 0384 Under a hot desert sun, Donald Straits moves a load of gravel in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
MR 0383 0384 Shoveling gravel under a blazing noonday sun, Donald Straits tends the grounds at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is a 47-acre (190,000 m2) interactive museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico, that chronicles the state’s 3,000-year history of farming and ranching. The museum is part of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road on the southeastern edge of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Bruce King Building features six different galleries and corridors that display permanent and changing exhibits, including fine art, tools and implements, as well as recreated structures such as a mercantile and pithouse. The museum also features the Historic Green Bridge, as well as the Skaggs Dairy Barn, Blacksmith Shop, Beef Barn, the Sheep and Goat Barn, the Greenhouse, gardens, orchards, a pond and livestock. The museum’s education department offers a variety of classes and workshops for all ages and oversees the outreach activities, including the chuck wagon program. There also are monthly lectures and special presentations in the theater. Among the annual events are Cowboy Days each March, Ice Cream Sunday in July and Ghosts of the Past in October.
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