Pecos Pueblo NHP recently placed some of their collections onto the web catalog. The park preserves and commemorates quite a variety of places and events, ranging from Pueblo structures and Native American history, the impact of Francisco Coronado's travels, colonial settlement, Spanish missions, the Pueblo Revolt, and Civil War battles in New Mexico.




Pecos Pueblo especially stands out for me, since it became one of the first historical sites in North America to be studied in a scientific manner when the famed American archaeologist Alfred V. Kidder studied the pueblos during the early 1900s. Pecos Pueblo, particularly the ceramics associated with it, was instrumental for Kidder's development of a chronological sequence of pottery in the American Southwest that continues to be influential in Southwestern archaeology today. Due to Kidder's work, Pecos Pueblo was also to become the first multi-year, intensive archaeological excavation at one site, as well as the first to use stratigraphic excavation to reveal the layers of time from youngest at top to oldest at bottom [1].

You can see some archaeological stone materials from the park collection in the web catalog collections highlight "Prehistoric Tools from Pecos Pueblo." These are not from Kidder's excavations. They were found during NPS excavations in the last decade, but they are good examples of what Kidder might have seen. The images above show a scraper, a projectile point, and a drill bit from the PECO web catalog collections. Click on the photos if you want to see the records in the web catalog and larger images.


The park also operates Forked Lightning Ranch, once inhabited by the mid-century Hollywood starlet Greer Garson (Fogelson). When I think of Greer Garson, I think of her as Elizabeth Bennett starring along fellow native Brit Laurence Olivier in the 1940s version of ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ Not quite a Ranch girl image! She and her husband Buddy Fogelson loved the ranch though, and they entertained many visitors until the last decades of the 20th Century. After her husband's death, Mrs. Fogelson sold the ranch to the Conservation Fund, which then donated it to the NPS in 1991 [2]. Some of the Fogelson-Garson era furnishings are still extant in the home and on view in the web catalog in the "Forked Lightning Ranch Furnishings" collections Highlight. When you look at some of these furnishings (click images below), I think you can feel the warmth and hospitality of the Fogelsons' ranch.




With Thanks to Heather Young at PECO NHP for feedback on this blog post!

Notes:

[1] This and more on Kidder can be read at the park's history page: http://www.nps.gov/peco/historyculture/alfred-vincent-kidder.htm and at
the NM Office of the State Historian: http://www.newmexicohistory.org/filedetails.php?fileID=21255

[2] from the PECO NHP history pages at: http://www.nps.gov/peco/historyculture/forked-lightning-ranch.htm

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