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Pioneering Role 2018

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum is hosting a special lecture at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25. Jim Garthwait, NMSU Graduate Student in Museum Studies, will present“Women’s Improvement Association: Playing a Pioneering Role in the History of Las Cruces”. The Women’s Improvement Association (WIA) contributed to the cultural growth of Las Cruces by building the first public park and the first swimming pool in town. The organization was formed in 1894 by Mrs. George W. Frenger.

Garthwait is a graduate student at New Mexico State University, in the Museum Studies Program and has been a long-time volunteer at the Las Cruces Museums. This presentation is part of a Public History course at NMSU.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, visit the website at: or call (575) 647-4480.