Red River Historical Society

Red River Historical Society Preserving the history of Red River, NM and area.
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07/03/2020

Today, is our beautiful town's 125th birthday. We had planned a cabin moving/raising party. This would have been an addition to our little Red School House Museum. When we are able to move the cabin, it will feature new displays, and interactive exhibits. But just because we can't celebrate this exciting addition to our museum yet, doesn't mean we won't. In the meantime, if you are in town, please enjoy all our town has to offer (safely of course) and continue to support our historical society, so that when the time is right, we can have the big giant party we had hoped for. If you have any pictures of our town over the years that you would like to share on our page, please let us know, and we will post them for you.

It's time.  Many of you have been asking how you can help.  This is just one way.  We need to get this cabin moved and r...
03/09/2020
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It's time. Many of you have been asking how you can help. This is just one way. We need to get this cabin moved and restored. Let's do this!!

11/30/2019

If you're in town, we have a table set up at the community house for the holiday bazaar with postcards, teacher rules, and books, as well as a donation box. Come help preserve our history and support our exciting upcoming ventures.

11/22/2019

Well, that was intense, but we are now the proud owners of the Malette cabin. Stay tuned for exciting plans and how you can help. We are going to need people to help move and reassemble, as well as donations to cover the cost of this.

11/22/2019

The historical society has placed a bid on the historical malette cabin. It will be saved.

Red River Miner
10/30/2019

Red River Miner

A Feather In Red River’s Cap!

The October 26 induction of Toni and Ilse Woerndle into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame was another very special moment for Red River and the ski industry of the Land of Enchantment.

Held at the Sid Cutter Pavilion at Balloon Fiesta Park (just north of the Balloon Museum), the ceremony was a moving and fitting tribute to the Woerndles who were vital and colorful figures in the early days of Alpine skiing in Red River.

Toni and Ilse’s sons, George and Rudi, accepted the award with the dignity, grace and humor that has been the family’s trademark for seven decades in Red River. A large group of Red River friends and admirers were on hand and Gerdi Smink, Ilse’s niece, traveled from Germany to witness the the long-overdue honor.

Toni and Ilse join Hall of Famers Drew Judycki – long time RRSA owner, John and Judy Miller – owners of Powder Puff Ski Area and founders of the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area, tireless marketing master “Mr. Wally” Dobbs, and skier/instructor extraordinaire Sigi Klein. The HOF is housed within the New Mexico Ski Museum at the base of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway on the east edge of Albuquerque. It is open daily year round and admission is free.

The Woerndles’ contribution to the town – a summer only resort at the time – helped transform Red River, as winter activities broadened the base of tourists eager for a quality experience. They brought not only a vast skiing knowledge and experience from their native Germany but also the flavor of the European skiing culture to this tiny resort town. They were also steadfast promoters of the town.

A special “Thank You” for the two-year campaign to see the Woerndles inducted to the HOF goes to Paul “Snappy” Smith, whose Red River Dreams site on Facebook and on the web reflects Red River’s colorful history.

Red River Miner
10/29/2019

Red River Miner

MESSAGE FROM THE TOWN - Red River is host to the National Christmas Tree Harvest and Christmas Cookie Party Featuring the Governor, Santa Claus and Smokey Bear!

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Red River, New Mexico--The tiny little Town of Red River, New Mexico, that is surrounded by the Carson National Forest, will provide this year’s “People’s Tree” aka the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Red River will be “Delivering Enchantment” from the Enchanted Circle as a gift from the State of New Mexico. The search for this tree began more than one year ago with forest service employees identifying about a dozen trees.

“The selected tree is a true gem that all New Mexicans will be proud of,” said Questa District Ranger Jack Lewis. The tree was selected by Jim Kaufmann, Director of the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretums and the Architect of the Capitol. “The tree represents not just the Carson National Forest, but all of New Mexico,” said Kaufmann. The tree is a 60-foot blue spruce (Picea Pungens) with a nearly one hundred percent live crown ration and full foliage from 360 degrees.

Red River will be celebrating the harvesting of the Capitol Christmas Tree on November 6, 2019 with a cutting ceremony at the site of the tree and a Christmas Cookie Party at the Red River Conference Center featuring Santa Claus and Smokey Bear! Shuttles will start running at 7:30 am from the Conference Center to the harvesting site. We ask that you please park in town and ride the shuttle up, not only for convenience, but for everyone’s safety. The shuttles will run continuously until 11:30 am. At 9 am, at the site, will be a short ceremony with guest speakers including New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, followed by the tree harvest. If you do not want to brave the elements, the Red River Conference Center and the Red River Brewery will be streaming the ceremony live at 9am. Immediately following the site ceremony, the Conference Center will be hosting a Christmas Cookie party with special guests, Santa Clause, Smokey the Bear and the arrival of the tree. We will also celebrate Smokey’s 75th Birthday with a cake, card signing and birthday song!

The town of Red River lies on New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle. With a population of just under 500, the town is host to more than 350,000 visitors annually. This small town is big on family adventure year around. Summers boast temperatures in the 70’s, blue skies, a huge motorcycle rally during Memorial weekend followed by parades, festivals, live music, fishing, hiking, off-roading, biking, ziplining, good old-fashioned fun and ends with oompah of a polka band from Oktoberfest. Skiing and Riding on lifts and runs that begin and end right in town is just the start to winter fun. Acres of snowmobiling, cross-country skiing followed by a craft brew of mug of hot chocolate beside a crackling fire are just a sampling of what Red River winters have to offer. Every Saturday night during the ski season you can catch a torchlight parade and fireworks. Live music fills the bars and restaurants nightly so don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Authentically warm with a hint of wild, the way the west used to be, that’s Red River.

Terrace Towers Lodge!
10/07/2019

Terrace Towers Lodge!

Fall is amazing here in Red River! The snow on the mountain arrived a couple nights ago. These images are from earlier today.

https://www.searchlightnm.org/event-details/the-once-and-future-child-a-photographic-history-of-childhood-in-new-mexico
10/01/2019
The Once and Future Child: A Photographic History of Childhood in New Mexico

https://www.searchlightnm.org/event-details/the-once-and-future-child-a-photographic-history-of-childhood-in-new-mexico

Searchlight New Mexico will be hosting a private reception for the opening of The Once and Future Child: A Photographic History of Childhood in New Mexico. Location details to follow. The evening of art, food and drink, and stimulating conversation takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 10.

Seen in Angel Fire. Red River folks need to "bear aware" as well!
08/30/2019

Seen in Angel Fire. Red River folks need to "bear aware" as well!

I could "bear-ly" contain my enthusiasm when this large black bear appeared...he was beautiful! A female mule deer alerted us as to his presence...snorting and pounding her feet, then running off madly! Glad she warned us, and even more glad my camera was on hand!

Please take a look at our annual meeting and Board of Directors meeting agendas for Thursday, August 29, 2019. The meeti...
08/29/2019

Please take a look at our annual meeting and Board of Directors meeting agendas for Thursday, August 29, 2019. The meetings will start at 6:30.

08/24/2019

Come join us at 12pm today for a mini bluegrass concert at the Little Red School House Museum on Jayhawk Trail.

Visit New Mexico
08/06/2019

Visit New Mexico

Just south of Santa Fe you’ll find El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a 200-acre living history museum. Explore the beautifully restored historic buildings and ranch as you learn about the history, culture, and heritage of Northern New Mexico. #NewMexicoTrue

Mayor Linda Calhoun
07/29/2019

Mayor Linda Calhoun

After almost 12 years of working on this and 4 years after President Obama signed the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Act including the 4 parcels to be conveyed to the town of Red River, it is finally finished! We signed all the paperwork today and the town is now the proud owner of Mallette Park, the Red River Cemetery and the land where the AWWT Plant and fire training grounds sit. It's been a long journey, but it is finally over.

07/25/2019

Tonight's board meeting has been postponed. Stay tuned for the new date.

07/25/2019

RED RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS NOT MEETING TONIGHT.

Come visit our newest docent, Katherine Peterson,  at the museum today! She’ll be there until 4:30pm.
07/24/2019

Come visit our newest docent, Katherine Peterson, at the museum today! She’ll be there until 4:30pm.

06/20/2019
05/31/2019

School House Museum will be open Friday, 1-4 and Saturday, June 1st 9am-12:30 this weekend!

Little Red School House Museum will be open 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday Memorial Day weekend! Stop by and check it out!
05/25/2019

Little Red School House Museum will be open 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday Memorial Day weekend! Stop by and check it out!

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110 Jayhawk Trail
Red River, NM
87558

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This evenings agenda for the BOD meeting: Red River Historical Society Board of Directors Meeting Sept. 26, 2019 6:30 p.m. Red River Public Library Red River, NM Agenda 1. Call to order 2. Roll call 3. Approval of agenda 4. Approval of minutes 5. Museum Report and Discussion 6. Committee Reports a. Treasurer b. Publicity c. Historian d. Museum e. Program/Event (October 11th field day presenters) f. Other 7. Old Business 8. New Business 9. Comments, announcements, and other business 10. Next meeting will be voted upon and held. at the Red River Public Library 11. Adjournment
Can anyone tell me anything about Martha & Swede Culbertson? I found this clipping in the January 14, 1960 issue of the Taos News. I know Silver Spruce was built in 1939 by Dan Zehna and became McCormick's Bar in 1960, but I have not found any record of it changing hands between Zehna and the Culbertsons.
Blue Canyon Boys will be at the Little Red School House museum today from 3:30-4:00! Don’t miss it!
Thought you folks might enjoy this little video clip. Snappy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scgUmcJl4kA
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