Colorado State University’s 21st American West Program will focus on the "Conquest of New Mexico and the Invasion of Chihuahua, Mexico: A Forgotten Episode of the U.S.-Mexican War" during a talk and slide show 7:30 p.m. July 7 in Room C146 Plant Science Building.
Neil Mangum, superintendent of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana, will discuss the political and military situation in New Mexico at the outbreak of the Mexican War, which followed U.S. occupation of the territory by U.S. Regulars and Missouri Volunteers.
Mangum, who holds a master’s degree in history from the University of New Mexico, will use slides to illustrate the Taos Rebellion and the subsequent defeat of New Mexico natives by U.S. forces. Mangum will conclude his talk with a discussion of the invasion of Chihuahua, Mexico, and two important battles – Brazito and Sacramento.
Mangum joins a series of speakers visiting campus this summer to explore Western expansion under the program’s theme, "Manifest Destiny and the West to 1850." All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Programs will take place in Room C146 Plant Science Building.
In conjunction with the American West Program, the summer exhibit of the Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center will feature the artwork of William Henry Jackson.
A complete schedule of events follows.
- July 7 – "Conquest of New Mexico and the Invasion of Chihuahua, Mexico: A Forgotten Episode of the U.S.-Mexican War," Neil Mangum, superintendent of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana.
- July 14 – "Manifest Destiny and Indian Removals," Valerie Mathes, professor in the department of social science at City College of San Francisco.
- July 21 – "Los Capitalistas: New Mexican Merchants and the Santa Fe Trade," Susan Calafate Boyle, independent historian from Fort Collins.
- July 28 – "The Western Hero and Manifest Destiny – Boone, Crockett and Carson," Paul Hutton, history professor at the University of New Mexico.
For more information on the American West Program, call Harry Rosenberg in the history department at 491-5230.