Friends of History Lecture Series
Legacy of the Rio Arriba county Courthouse Raid, Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico
Lecture by Robert Torres, New Mexico State Historian, Retired
On June 5, 1967, a small group of armed land grant activities raided the Rio Arriba County Courthouse in the northern New Mexico village of Tierra Amarilla. The event left behind a legacy that defines the history of the place and its people. This presentation will review the events that precipitated the raid as well as those of the previous decades that may have made the raid inevitable.
Former President, Historical Society of New Mexico, and former State Historian (1987-2000), Robert J. Torrez holds an M.A. in history from New Mexico Highlands University (1973). His articles on New Mexico history and culture have been published in True West, New Mexico Magazine, New Mexico Historical Review and Tradicion Revista and other regional and national publications. His monthly column, Voices from the Past, has appeared since 1992 in the New Mexico state government employees’ newspaper, Round the Roundhouse. A compilation of these columns was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2004 under the title UFO’s over Galisteo and Other Stories of New Mexico History.
Free Auditorium event. Seating is limited. Bottled water only please.