How does one go about celebrating the Centennial of statehood for New Mexico? With lots of charts and graphs? Or copies of proclamations signed by presidents? How about the old saying, “a picture is worth 1,000 words?”

With that in mind we opted for a combination of words and images that will hopefully do justice to what it means to celebrate 100 years of statehood in Taos.

We tried to hit as many topics as we could in this Centennial publication, letting our writers voice their opinions, vent frustrations and express yearning for days gone by. Some essays are very personal in nature (like Fermín and Irene Torres’ piece on wartime memories, or Phaedra Greenwood’s story of 1960s counter culture) and others are more journalistic in their approach (Andy Dennison’s piece on recreation and tourism). We hope this balanced approach makes for a good read and that you, the reader, will be left to formulate your own opinions on what 100 years of statehood in New Mexico has meant for the town of Taos and surrounding areas, and perhaps even, what lessons we can use as we prepare for the next 100 years.

And more than anything, we hope this publication serves to once again mark the uniqueness of our community and honestly portray the lives of the people who make Taos “the last great place.”

Or pick up a copy in the July 26th edition of The Taos News or on newsstands everywhere.

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