Theater listings create promise

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The Lyceum Theatre on Main Street has hosted such performers as Will Rogers, Gene Autrey and John Phillip Sousa and his band. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The recent listing of two downtown city theaters on the National Register of Historical Places could boost tourism and economic development, according […]

Historical research counts 68 cemeteries, 17,000 names

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist When we published our High Plains History Book in 1980, following the 1978 Curry County History Book, we made the effort to record as many area cemeteries as we could, listing the names and dates of 68 cemeteries that contained nearly 17,000 names. The cemeteries we recorded covered all those […]

History could be slipping away

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Like the history its members work to preserve, the High Plains Historical Foundation could soon be a thing of the past. Harold Kilmer, president of the foundation since the 1980s, said the history group’s members are growing old, and without new blood the foundation could soon be nonexistent. “The […]

Historians run into trouble with historical feud

Don McAlavy: local columnist Haney Tate of Ranchvale was one of my best friends. He was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and I was a smart-aleck Republican, yet we didn’t let politics get in the way of our historian jobs. Many times he would jump in and do my newspaper column when I was away from Clovis. […]

Preserving history

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By Tova Fruchtman Gloria Wicker is full of stories about some of Clovis’ older, more historic sites, many of which are now falling into ruin. Like the pool at Hillcrest Park where some residents used to spend much of their summers. Or the Lyceum Theatre, once a stage for famous artists and singers. She remembers […]

Russian textbooks should provide historical facts

Freedon Newspapers Living with the big lie was a way of life for citizens of the Soviet Union and its satellite empire. And it was the unraveling of just one of those lies — the truth about who murdered thousands of Poles in what became known as the Katyn forest massacre — that’s pinpointed as […]

8/12/04 Events Calendar

All times Mountain Alto “The Pendragons” — 8 p.m. Saturday at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, Airport Highway 220. Information: 505-336-4800. Amarillo “Old West Melodrama” and dinner — 7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. dinner served, 9:15 p.m. show starts, Friday and Saturday. Big Texan Steak Ranch. Information: 806-372-6000. Starlight […]

County historian not history

By Helena Rodriguez Longtime Clovis historian Don McAlavy has left the dusty plains of eastern New Mexico for the tropical shorelines of St. Petersburg, Fla. But McAlavy insists his days of recording Curry County history are not yet history. McAlavy and his wife, Katherine, recently sold their home on the Pleasant Hill Highway and quietly […]

Sources

Don McAlavy Reading sources on east-central New Mexico, Curry County and Clovis: “Curry County History,” 1978, published by the High Plains Historical Foundation of Eastern New Mexico. “High Plains History,” 1980, published by the High Plains Historical Foundation of Eastern New Mexico. “Our Kind is Hard to Kill,” 1997, by Don McAlavy. “Clovis Revisited – […]