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Historic Districts of Las Cruces: Original Townsite and Historic Preservation


The Branigan Cultural Center presents, “History Notes: Historic Districts of Las Cruces – Original Townsite of Las Cruces” Thursday, February 10 at 1pm 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, Dr. Troy Ainsworth, will provide an overview of the built environment spanning the original townsite of Las Cruces west to the Santa Fe Railroad Depot (now 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 a Doctorate 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, he 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 is located at 501 N. Main Street and is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1. Visit the 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 CoOp, at 575-541-2154 or by email at halexander@las-cruces.org.

Branigan Cultural Center, Historic Districts of Las Cruces