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02 December 2012

Special December NMGS Program - December 8th!

A December Program

Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the corner of Central and Edith)

Saturday, December 8, 2012
10:30 AM - Noon

(The second Saturday of the month, instead of the third)

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Libraries
in cooperation with
The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Michael Scarborough

Trespassers on Our Own Land!
The Memoirs of Juan Valdez and the
June 5, 1967, Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid
Reies Lopez Tijerina, Patsy Tijerina, Benny Naranjo, Judge Scarborough, Dave Cargo. Why the very names conjure up shoot ‘em up times in the Old West! Juan Valdez, whose family lived in the area for countless generations, was the first of Tijerina’s lieutenants in the courthouse. Valdez related his memoirs to Mike Scarborough over the last several years and shortly thereafter passed away. This presentation will focus on the Valdez family history, events leading up to the raid, and the aftermath of the event as seen from the eyes of one of it main participants.

Mike Scarborough grew up in Espanola and was the son of Judge J. M Scarborough, the magistrate on the bench during the courthouse raid. Mike, a former attorney himself, was asked by Juan Valdez to write his family history. Trespassers On Our Own Land, published just this year, is the result of this research, and Scarborough will present excerpts from his book which he will sell and sign after the presentation.

This program is free and open to the public.

Questions? Call (505) 848-1376 or email

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