Alamosa Library receives two donations
ED Romero, the former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and native of the San Luis Valley, and Elmer Maestas, a New Mexico historian, donated two books to the Alamosa Public Library’s Local History archives on Friday as part of their weekend visit to participate in the Maestas Case commemoration.
Romero donated “Timeless Caravan” and Maestas donated “New Mexico’s Stormy History.” Both books are related to the Spanish influence and Spanish genealogy of the San Luis Valley and Northern New Mexico.
Maria Kramer, the library manager for Alamosa Public Library, accepted the books and added them to the Local History section.
“We keep materials that are irreplaceable of local and historic value,” Kramer noted of the Local History section.
Romero and Maestas are among the gathering of dignitaries who will celebrate the first educational desegregation case in the U.S., known as the Francisco Maestas case dating back to 1914. A public dedication of a bronze statue, depicting two students crossing the railroad tracks to school, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Alamosa Judicial Center.
PHOTO: Elmer Maestas, left, Maria Kramer and Edward Romero