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To: The Las Cruces Mayor, City Manager and City Council,
I would like the City of Las Cruces to financially support the continuing renovation of the Amador Hotel.
Since 1980 I have done research on Las Cruces history and for the past 23 years have focused much of my work on the Amador family. The family is the best-documented Spanish Colonial-descended family in all of New Mexico.
The NMSU Library’s Rio Grande Collection holds over 100 linear feet of their correspondence and many more feet of documents the Amadors collected in their business, political and church activities and from their travels.
The NMSU Museum, as well, contains another almost 600 family items given by family members to the university. The Amador Hotel is a lasting reminder of Las Cruces’ Spanish Colonial and New Mexico Territorial history.
In interviews, I have conducted with Amador family members and longtime Las Cruces residents they speak of the happy times they spent at the hotel.
One elderly woman told me about the afternoons she and her classmate friends spent in the hotel courtyard sipping cooling drinks after classes were over at the Loretto Academy.
University faculty members told me of spending delightful hours with their spouses after work in the hotel bar. And of course, Amador family members told me about their lives and visits there before the hotel was sold. The hotel needs once again to be a place pleasing to Las Cruces residents.
I am happy whenever I can provide factually based history on the family, its origins, its settlement in Las Cruces by 1850, the accomplished lives of the children and of the grandchildren. Some of this history was told in an NMSU Museum exhibit in 2003 and some can be found in publications I have written about the family and talks I have given in later years.
If you have any questions, I would be happy to address them.
Terry R. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Retired museum curator/ethnohistorian