Monthly Speakers Program for the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of NM (Rental)
The February 3, 2018, speaker is Dr. Richard Melzer and the title of his presentation is “Captain Maximiliano Luna a New Mexico Rough Rider.” Dr. Melzer’s presentation is from his recently published book by the same name. The book will be available for purchase at the meeting.
Theodore Roosevelt called his men “children of the dragon’s blood,” those Rough Riders who bravely followed him up Cuba’s Kettle and San Juan hills in the face of blistering Spanish rifle and artillery fire. Surely no Rough Rider deserved that title more than Captain Maximiliano Luna of New Mexico. Yet his fascinating life has remained in the shadows of history until now. Dr. Melzer thankfully gives us, Luna’s vibrant story for the first time in this thoroughly researched and important biography. This is both a hero’s tale and tragic reminder of the supreme cost of war.
Richard Melzer is a Regents professor of history at the University of New Mexico’s Valencia campus. A former president of the Historical Society of New Mexico, he is the author of two dozen books and over a hundred articles on New Mexico history.