Whether you’re looking to take a one-day or a seven-day vacation, Las Vegas, New Mexico is the place to be. You could pick almost any weekend during the summer and find interesting things to do whether it’s strolling through the shops and galleries in town, or checking out spectacular outdoor recreation. Today I’m writing about Heritage Week, July 31 – Aug. 8. The Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation has a passel of great activities lined up.
CCHP has a 38-year history of celebrating the unique character of the area. Since its formation in 1977 CCHP has been – and continues to be – the catalyst for systemic policy development that encourages infill, restoration, and cultural tourism. Its stated mission is to preserve, protect and promote the historic, cultural, and architectural heritage of greater Las Vegas through education and advocacy, and to encourage economic development through restoration and rehabilitation.
Among its many activities CCHP has nominated more than 900 Las Vegas buildings for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places; helped write the city’s Historic Buildings Ordinance; assisted the city in obtaining Certified Local Government status so it would be eligible to receive funds for preservation; and purchased and renovated the Winternitz Building.
CCHP continues to promote historic, cultural, and architectural heritage with its Places with a Past, garden, and holiday home tours; Glimpses of the Past, a series of historic lectures presented in cooperation with Ft. Union; maintaining an archive of old photographs and a library; developing and displaying exhibits; hosting seminars about preservation and economic development opportunities; and having a Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center designation.
Heritage Week is chock full of activities, many of them free and open to the public. Click on this link for the full schedule.
Note: Information for this article taken from the CCHP website.
The first Cowboys’ Reunion was held in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in July of 1915, and was the start of a tradition that lasted, in one form or another, until 1967.
While the rodeo was the centerpiece of these gatherings, there were typically parades, barbecues, dances, and the opportunities for getting reacquainted that family reunions afford. Big name rodeo stars and entertainers attracted spectators from near and far. The second year of the Reunion, 1916, The Las Vegas Optic reported that the parade was a mile long with 500 mounted cowboys and cowgirls and that there were ten-thousand in attendance at the rodeo. Read more….
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