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Women’s Improvement Association: Pioneers in Las Cruces, RRM, 4/25, 11 am

April 19, 2018

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum is hosting a special lecture at 11am
on Wednesday, April 25. Jim Garthwait, NMSU Graduate Student in
Museum Studies, will present “Women’s Improvement Association:
Playing a Pioneering Role in the History of Las Cruces”. The Women’s
Improvement Association (WIA) contributed to the cultural growth of
Las Cruces by building the first public park and the first swimming pool
in town. The organization was formed in 1894 by Mrs. George W.
Frenger.

Garthwait is a graduate student at New Mexico State University, in the
Museum Studies Program and has been a long-time volunteer at the
Las Cruces Museums. This presentation is part of a Public History
course at NMSU.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday
through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 4:30pm.
For additional information, visit the website at:
http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 647-4480.

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