Culture Series: The Amador Hotel
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This month's Culture Series, presented by Dr. Deborah Dennis, is "Breathing New Life Into The Pioneer Hotel of the Southwest: A Brief Tale of the Historic Amador Hotel and its Preservation."
Admission to this presentation in the Museum's theater is free.
As the oldest public building remaining in downtown Las Cruces, the Amador Hotel has witnessed the growth of Las Cruces through boom times and depressions, war and peace, avoiding most disasters whether natural, such as the Flood of 1875 or of manís making, such as Urban Renewal in the mid-1960s. After being a part of daily life in Las Cruces for more than 125 years, the Amador fell silent in 2006 when County staff locked the doors for the final time as they moved into the new Dona Ana County Government Center on Motel Boulevard.
This is the story of the friends who came to the Amadorís rescue, determined that its fate would not be the same as that of St. Genevieve Church. Itís a tale that hopefully begins a new chapter with the establishment of the Amador as the gateway to a revitalized downtown Las Cruces; preservation of the heritage of this unique landmark begun by the Amador family; and, the creation of a vibrant social hub where community gathers and lives intersect once more.
Dr. Deborah Dennis is the Vice President of the Amador Hotel Foundation, Inc., a private 501 (c)(3) nonprofit established in 2007. Working in partnership with the City of Las Cruces, the Foundationís mission is to collaboratively preserve and restore the historic Amador Hotel, maintaining its historic vibrancy.
Debís day job is with Human Systems Research, Inc, where she has served as its Executive Director for the past 23 years since retiring from New Mexico State University. HSR was founded 46 years ago as a private, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit engaged in anthropological research, preservation, and public education.