Discover forgotten tales buried underneath the desert lands in a power point presentation by author Donna Blake Birchell of her book: Hidden History of Southeast New Mexico.
"Outlaws, cattlemen and a plethora of quirky pioneers once riddle southeastern New Mexico. In November 1892, E.W. Doll and J.B. Coates ignited rumors of an eight-foot petrified man in McKittrick Cave. A massive fire and subsequent shootout led to the demise of Phenix, one of the Old West's most scandalous towns. And in August 1932, Bonnie and Clyde kidnapped Carlsbad's Deputy Sheriff Joe Johns; Authors Donna Blake Birchell and John LeMay explore these little-known tales and more that have beguiled this region for centuries."
As a native southeast New Mexican,Donna Blake Birchell has heard many stories of the fanciful events that have occurred in the area in the far, yet not so distant past. With this book, she is able to share these stories with you, the reader.
Her passion for history developed at a young age. Birchell, a former librarian, is a board member of the Southeastern New Mexico Historical Society.
Birchell has authored four other books on New Mexico history: Carlsbad and Carlsbad Cavern, Eddy County, New Mexico Wine: An Enchanting History, and Wicked Women of New Mexico
Books will be available for purchase and signing by Birchell. She will also have copies of her other publications available for purchase.
Refreshments will be served after the discussion.