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Candy Moulton: Reading the West 6-4-12

Candy Moulton
Encampment, Wyo.

Some of the leading historians of the American West will discuss “The American Occupation of New Mexico” at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe on Wednesday, June 13.

The panel discussion, scheduled for 2-3:30 p.m., is part of the Western Writers of America convention June 12-16. The event is open to the public and free with admission to the museum.

Most convention events will be held in Albuquerque, but the panel is part of a tour to Santa Fe. Another public event, a book signing, is scheduled 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Barnes and Noble at Albuquerque’s Coronado Mall, 6600 Menaul Blvd. Neb.

James A. Crutchfield will moderate the panel, which includes John Carson, Thomas A. Chavez and Meg Frisbee.

Crutchfield, the 2011 recipient of WWA’s Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement, will also speak on “The Taos Revolt of 1847.” Crutchfield recently edited the two-volume “The Settlement of America: Encyclopedia of Westward Expansion from Jamestown to the Closing of the Frontier.”

Carson, a park ranger and interpreter at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in Colorado, will discuss “The Most Curious Species of Foreign Intercourse: The Santa Fe Trail, 1821-1846.”

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Chavez, former director of the Palace of the Governors and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, will talk about “Conflict and Confusion at the Day of the Marriage: The Second Encounter.”

Frisbee, who teaches New Mexico history at New Mexico State University and is a former managing editor of the New Mexico Historical Review, will discuss “Laws and Provisional Government Under the Kearny Code.”

The New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe, is the newest addition to a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, a National Historic Landmark; the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library; the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program.

During the week-long convention, additional panels and programs are slated including a discussion of Western film, particularly film in New Mexico, on Thursday, June 14. Other sessions will discuss writing Western mysteries,  popular nonfiction, and about the Civil War in the West.

Winners and Finalists in the Spur Awards will be recognized at special functions. The convention opens on Tuesday, June 12 with a reception that will include a performance by R. W. Hampton, New Mexico cowboy musician. Performing for the Spur Award Banquet Saturday, June 16, will be Jon Chandler, 2012 winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Song. Also expected to take part in the Spur Banquet is actor Wes Studi, who will serve as the co-host with Spur Award Chair Eli Paul.

It is possible to register for the convention panels on site in Albuquerque.

A guild of more than 600 professional writers and editors, Western Writers of America was founded in the 1950s to preserve, honor and promote literature about the American West.

For information on WWA or the Albuquerque convention, please visit http://www.WesternWriters.org.