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“Historic Districts of Las Cruces: Original Townsite and Historic Preservation”

A photo of the exterior of Branigan Cultural Center

The Branigan Cultural Center will present “History Notes: Historic Districts of Las Cruces – Original Townsite of Las Cruces” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, live on Zoom.us.

To attend this virtual presentation visit Zoom.us with webinar ID 88021168241, or email education@las-cruces.org to request a link.

City of Las Cruces’ Historic Preservation Specialist, Troy Ainsworth, PhD, will provide an overview of the built environment spanning the original townsite of Las Cruces west to the Santa Fe Railroad Depot, which now is the Las Cruces Railroad Museum. Delve into possible lessons from the missteps of urban renewal, explore the relative newness of the downtown area, and learn about the role of historic preservation in planning the long-range sustainability of growth in Las Cruces.

Troy M. Ainsworth was conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy in Land-use Planning, Management, and Design, with a specialization in Historic Preservation, from Texas Tech University in May 2005. A student of borderlands history, his research interests include the region’s architectural heritage, military history, exploration, and sports history.

From 2007 to 2010, Ainsworth served as the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of El Paso, Texas. In April 2019, he was selected as the City of Las Cruces’ first Historic Preservation Specialist.

The Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., is accessible via RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1, Stop 1. Visit the Museums System website at: MUSEUMS | Las Cruces, NM (las-cruces.org) or follow the Las Cruces Museums on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.

For information contact Hailee Alexander, Education Co Op, at 575/541-2154 or by email at halexander@las-cruces.org.

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