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Donation adds public computer at Farm and Ranch Museum


Thanks to a generous donation from Las Cruces residents Laurel Allender and Rene de Pontbriand, the Friends of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum added a new computer for public use to the museum’s resource room.

“This is part of the revamp of the resource room,” said Donna Wojcik, who handles research, archives, and oral history for the museum. “We want to offer the public more than books. We want to provide a place to learn and do research. Without the Friends of the Museum, this would have never happened.”

The computer provides access to the Friends of the Museum’s ancestry.com account and will eventually allow the public to browse through the museum’s archives, which includes oral histories, photographs and documents, the museum said in a news release.

Formerly called the museum library, the resource room provides materials and space for the public to conduct research, the museum said.

The resource room is open to the public by appointment 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 575-522-4100 or email donna.wojcik@dca.nm.gov.