Honoring women

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By Special to the Monitor

“New Mexico Women Making a Difference,” an exhibit of 35 black-and-white photographs by aj Melnick, opens at the Los Alamos Historical Museum on March 19 with a reception from 4-6 p.m. As is characteristic of Melnick’s work, the show is inclusive – with women from various fields and representative of the multi-cultural New Mexico population.

Almost a century after achieving the vote, women are beginning to take their proper places as partners in American society, according to Melnick. The focus of the show is to emphasize women’s leadership in fields of government, health, the arts, education and political activism.

Included are women such as Ernestine “Ernie” Duran Evans, the first woman elected as Secretary of State in New Mexico; famous Albuquerque curandera Maclovia Zamora; Native American artist Roxanne Swentzell; and the Rev. Holly Beaumont, legislative coordinator for the New Mexico Conference of Churches.

“We are delighted that aj has chosen our museum to once again premiere one of her shows,” said Museum Director Hedy Dunn. Melnick’s photo show, “They Changed the World: People of the Manhattan Project,” premiered at the Historical Museum in 2005. That exhibit, which later became a book of the same name, is now on permanent display at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.

“New Mexico Women Making a Difference” continues at the Los Alamos Historical Museum through June. The museum is located just north of Fuller Lodge at Central and Bathtub Row.  Museum hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free; donations are gladly accepted. For further information, call 662-4493 or 662-6272.