by David Caffey

Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 at 2:00 PM
Kit Carson Electric Board Room

Our March 2 speaker is a welcome guest indeed –– David Caffey, TCHS president back in the 1980s, founding editor of Ayer y Hoy in 1984, and author of When Cimarron Meant Wild, published last April by University of Oklahoma Press. David's latest book has been praised as a masterful tying together of all the strands that made northeastern New Mexico a dangerous and often violent place in the latter decades of the 1800s, leading to the Colfax County War. His work builds on his 2015 book Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico, published by University of New Mexico Press, which describes the profound change in land ownership, often amounting to legal thievery, that reverberates in Taos County to this day. David's two books can be purchased on Amazon.


The Taos County Historical Society is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1952 and dedicated to the recording and preserving of the irreplaceable in Taos County.
Membership is open to anyone upon payment of dues.
For additional information on the programs, activities and history of Taos visit the Society's website at

The Society encourages support through membership.


2023 Winter
Issue #55

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Winter 2023 issue:

•Don Diego de VargasExpeditions to Taos
by Helen G. Blumenschein

• Marc Simmons - 1937-2023
by Dave Cordova

• Twin Taoseños In The Civil War
by D.F. Arguello

• From "The Taos Massacres"
by John Durand

• Why History Is Important
by Dave Cordova

2023 Summer
Issue #54

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Summer 2023 issue:

•San Geronimo Fiestas
"A Harvest Celebration"
by Rick Romancito

•William Thomas "Bill" Hinde -
Blacksmith of Taos
by Gene Cook Hall

•Santa Anna & Santiago
by Dr. Larry Torres

•The Street Names of Taos
by Dave Cordova

2022 Winter
Issue #53

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Winter 2022 issue:

•Kit Carson Road
Memories of the 30s & 40s
by Sadie Ortiz Knight & Benton Bond

• From Taos to Washington
Benigno Cardenas Hernandez
by Virginia Dodier

•Favorite Destinations
by Dave Cordova

•In Memorium
Eloy A. Jeantete 1928-2022

The Taos County Historical Society was formed in 1952 for the purpose of "... preserving the history of the Taos area...". It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Monthly meetings, the first Saturday of the month are held at Kit Carson Electric Boardroom with a featured speaker are open to the public and supported through memberships. These are also open to anyone upon payment of annual dues. For more information visit the Society's website,

Taos County Historical Society
has successully launched
"TAOS: A Topical History"

320 pages, 26 chapters and contributors.

Mil Gracias, A THOUSAND THANKS, does not begin to cover the many, many individuals to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. This debt is not only the living but also to those men and women who long ago began to preserve the journals and documents we now depend upon for knowledge of the past: the chroniclers who accompanied the explorers and settlers and who, dusty, tired and hungry, sat in the light of a candle to record in their journals the events of the day and the Franciscan clerics who made detailed reports of their canonical visits to the mission churches of Nuevo México.

Corina A. Santistevan
Acknowledgements in "Taos: A Topical History"

If you would like to order a copy from the
Taos County Historical Society
please send a check for $40 (book+shipping) payable to
Taos County Historical Society and mail to:

Taos County Historical Society
PO Box 2447
Taos, NM 87571

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Phone: (575) 770-0681

PO Box 2447 • Taos, NM 87571