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The story of the Casad family began as a classic westering tale with families moving from New Jersey to Ohio to Illinois to Kansas. There, an act of violence propelled the family on a flight from justice that took it to New York to Panama to California to New Mexico.
Along the way, fortunes were made and lost and made again. In southern New Mexico, the Casads became large landowners, agricultural innovators and leading families.
Rick Hendricks, Ph.D. is the current State Historian of New Mexico and will talk about his upcoming book on the Casad family of the Mesilla Valley. He will be part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
Though the Casads are almost forgotten, Hendricks’ book seeks to restore them to their rightful place in the history of the Mesilla Valley.
The Office of the State Historian is a division of the Commission of Public Records, State Records Center and Archives in Santa Fe. The mission of the Office of the State Historian is to foster and facilitate an appreciation and understanding of New Mexico history and culture through education, research, preservation and community outreach.
Hendricks was born in Waynesville, N.C., nestled between the Great Smokey and Blue Ridge Mountains.
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