Programs & Events

Wed May 3, 2023
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Friends of History Wednesday Lecture Series: Encore Presentation

Hoofbeats Through History: The Story of the Horse in New Mexico

Please join us for an ONLINE encore presentation of Ms. Cynthia Culbertson’s lecture, The Story of the Horse in New Mexico, first presented on April 7, 2021. This presentation is the first of occasional encore productions the Friends of History are offering online in the months ahead. These encore talks will complement original online talks during this period.  We hope you will enjoy seeing these selected presentations which have been offered since May 2020--either for the first time or as a return to a topic of particular interest to you.   Enjoy!!


When we think of New Mexico history, we sometimes forget that the humans in the narrative have often been dependent on their equine companions. The influence of New Mexico on the history of the horse in the Americas is both fascinating and profound. From the pre-historic ancestors of the horse found here millions of years ago, the first horse breeding and racing in the Americas, the introduction of the horse to Native Americans and the subsequent development of some of the greatest horse cultures in history, New Mexico is arguably the most significant state when it comes to the history of the horse in the U.S.  

A horse lover since birth, Cynthia Culbertson is proud to have served as a consultant for multiple museum exhibitions featuring horses. She served as co-curator of an exhibition at the International Museum of the Horse featuring artifacts from 27 museums around the world, including such prestigious institutions as the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also served as a consultant for the equine components of many other projects, including a UNESCO World Heritage museum. Cynthia is the author of several books on the subject of Arabian horses and is a regular contributor to international equine media. She has been a lecturer in more than ten countries and has scripted and narrated multiple educational videos, including a New York Times Vision Award recipient.

Photo credit: Acoma, New Mexico. 1898-1905,Detroit Photographic Co., Library of Congress 

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