by Conchita Thornton Marusich

April 7, 2018
Kit Carson Coop Boardroom

Conchita Thornton Marusich's lecture on her great-great-grandfather, William Wolfskill who was a trailblazer of the Santa Fe Trail in 1822 and the Old Spanish Trail in 1830. She will focus primarily on William's early life as a trapper and intrepid adventurer as he made his way from Missouri to Santa Fe and Taos before ultimately going on to California. Joined by her husband Rich, she will include interesting stories from their research travels when they retraced William Wolfskill's footsteps through Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and California. They met William Wolfskill in his environment which meant going to where he had lived, trapped and traveled.

Conchita Thornton Marusich has been interested in storytelling from a young age when her mother recounted tales about their ancestor, William Wolfskill, an important figure in early California history. Conchita Marusich worked as producer for Disney Educational Production and won numerous awards including CINE Golden Eagle. She also worked on shows for PBS, the Discovery Channel and the Home and Garden Channel. Conchita is a graduate of Vassar College and received her masters from Occidental College. She is a descendant of the Wolfskill, Lugo, De Pedrorena, Juarez and Estudillo families who settled in Alta California while it was still part of Mexico. Conchita is an active member of the Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA) and is currently the president of the OSTA "Descendants and Travelers of the Trail" Chapter.


At her presentation Conchita will also make available her book In Search of William Wolfskill: Journey to Find the Legacy. The book combines two stories. The first part of every chapter is William's story, which recounts his amazing life. The second part of every chapter tells about Conchita's journey of discovery as she learned more about her ancestor. Throughout the book, Conchita includes information that helped her dig deeply into her family's roots and find pieces of her genealogical puzzle. She also includes tips for the readers who are investigating their ancestors.

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 the payment of dues.
For additional information on the programs, activities and history of Taos visit the Society's website at www.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org
The Society encourages support through membership.


2017 Fall - Issue #43

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Fall 2017 issue:

• Governor Juan Bautista de Anza II
by Dr. S. Pauline Anaya

• Prehistoric Taos: A General view
by Skip Keith Miller

• Memories of Past Christmases
by Josephine M. Cordova

• The Sheep In Our Past-Bob Romero
• Colcha Embroidery-Irene B. deMartinez
• A Place Like No Other-Thomas Romero

2017 Spring - Issue #42

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Spring 2017 issue:

• Taos County Historic Sites
by Patricia Joy Richmond

• A Glimpse of Early Education in Taos
by Enos Garcia

• Bent Lodge No. 42
by Dave Cordova

Fall 2016 - Issue #41

Featured Articles:
Taos' Pioneering Historian:
Helen G. Blumenschein & The Apodaca Trail


Kit Carson - New Mexico Soldier

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, ww.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org

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"

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Taos, NM 87571

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