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Published: 04/23/2008
Scott Smith, Monument Manager, 505-867-5351,

John Gaw Meem and the New Deal

Recognition of 75th Anniversary of New Deal
May 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
Bernalillo, NM-Famed architect John Gaw Meem designed the Coronado State Monument as part of the New Deal. Meem is regarded as one of the most important and influential architects to have worked in New Mexico. On Sunday, May 18, 2008, at 2 p.m. Meem expert and architect Luis "G.L." Castillo will discuss this famous architect's role in the construction of this state monument and other buildings constructed during this era.
Also speaking on Sunday is author Richard Melzer, who wrote Coming of Age in the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps Experience in New Mexico, 1933 - 1942.
Both talks will last about 45 minutes and the audience will be invited to tour the monument after the talks. Refreshments will be served.
On view at the monument will be a small exhibition from the Painted Kiva #3 with its frescos by Zia Pueblo artist Ma Pe Wi (1902 - 1973) whose works are in museums from Dartmouth to Tucson. The reconstruction of Kiva #3 and commissioning of of Ma Pe Wi's murals for it were paid for, in part, through WPA Artist Projects.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of Coronado State Monument, Sandoval County Historical Society, and Coronado State Monument.
The event takes place at the Sandoval County Historical Society Building on Edmund Road, off US Highway 550 (adjacent to Coronado State Monument).
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