Hispano Culture and Transportation Presentation
Our own El Rito Resident, Historian Dr. Susan Calafate Boyle, will be doing a presentation on the achievements of hispanos in New Mexico during the 19th century and highlighting New Mexicans contributions. This presentation is on August 28, 2010 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
Dr. Susan Calafate Boyle received her doctorate in American Social History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been a member of the departments of history at Colorado State University, University of Missouri-Columbia and Westminster College and a Fulbright scholar in 1988. She is currently a planning specialist at the National Trails Intermountain Region office of the National Park Service in Santa Fe. Dr. Boyle continues to work as an independent scholar focusing on socioeconomic developments in New Mexico during the 19th century and is the author of Los Capitalistas: Hispano Merchants and the Santa Fe Trade. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.
Dr. Boyle in addition to being an expert on roads and historic trails, has worked on a wide range of topics, such as general management plans, interpretive plans, heritage tourism, the study of cultural landscapes and linear resources, and the development of effective strategies for successful partnerships.
She has also worked extensively in Latin America. She She was a co-leader of an International Workshop for Park Planning in Payogasta, Argentina, 2001, and has participated in numerous international seminars regarding strategies for incorporating landscapes and linear resources to World Heritage Site selection.
The presentation focuses on the contributions that the hispano culture made to the massive transportation of goods associated with the Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro during the 19th Century. In the Southwest, the US inherited a tradition of muleteering as the Spanish found that packing was ideally suited to the area’s mountains and deserts. Many argue that the Spanish mule has been the unsung hero of transportation in the southwest.