Culture Series: Sadie Orchard and the Black Range
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Garland Bills, author, historian, and retired UNM linguistics professor, will give a presentation about Sadie Orchard and her legacy in the Black Range of south-central New Mexico.
Admission is free to this Culture Series presentation in the Museum’s Theater.
Orchard was a businesswoman who owned several hotels, restaurants, and a stagecoach service in the foothills of the Black Range. She is noted and notorious in the small communities of Hillsboro and Kingston. Bills and other members of the Hillsboro Historical Society are in the process of renovating and reopening the Black Range Museum in Hillsboro which will feature the “Sadie Orchard” room with many of her possessions. The building that holds the museum was once one of her hotels.
Bills is a resident of Sierra County and is active in the Hillsboro Historical Society, serving on its administrative board. He has written several books including Sadie Orchard: Madam of New Mexico’s Black Range.