Capitan program looks at challenges of bringing education to the frontier
Owen has deep roots in Lincoln County
A program Jan. 28, at the Capitan Public Library will look at the challenges faced by those who brought education to the frontier.
At 2 pm, Tiffanie Owen, Instructional Coordinator for Lincoln and Fort Stanton Historic Sites, will present "Going Old School in Lincoln." Owen has deep roots in Lincoln County. Her great-great grandfather, John Owen, was Sheriff of Lincoln from 1902-1907. Some of her relatives attended one of the first schools in Lincoln, one now the Lincoln Community Church. That association, combined with being a third-generation teacher, inspired Owen to create her schoolmarm persona.
The building of a school in a frontier town signified that the "Wild West" was becoming a little less wild. Owen's slideshow presentation introduces the audience to the challenges of bringing education to the American frontier. Schoolmarm Owen will share the trials and tribulations of both teachers and students in these early days of education. It's hard to say whether these stories will make the audience grateful for the conveniences of schools today or long for the educational techniques of days gone by.
Owen also is the Volunteer Coordinator for Lincoln and Fort Stanton Historic Sites. For information on becoming a volunteer or scheduling a tour or a classroom visit, email her at Tiffanie.Owen@state.nm.us or call 575-653-4025.
Refreshments will be provided after the presentation. For more information call Capitan Public Library at 575-354-3035. The library is at 101 E. Second St. in Capitan. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday, closed on Sunday and Monday. .