On May 6, the Taos County Historical Society honored philanthropists Ed and Trudy Healy and preservationist Charles "Corky" Hawk before a packed house at the Sagebrush Conference Center in Taos.
The Historical Society recognized the Healys for their philanthropy and support to the society, including a couple of grants to the society for the engineering study and stabilization of the Duran Molino project.
Hawk was also honored for his part in the preservation of the Duran Molino, an historic mill in Ranchos de Taos. Hawk is a member of the Taos County Historical Society and served as a board member and chair of the historical preservation committee. He also contributed two chapters, "Caminos Antiguos: Trails Into the Taos Valley" and "Taos, the Jicarilla Apache and the Battle of Cieneguilla," in the historical society's book titled "Taos, A Topical History."
The featured speaker at Sunday's luncheon was Henrietta Martinez Christmas, a genealogical and historical researcher and a New Mexican historian. Her talk was titled "A History of Taos County Through Genealogy."
Among those in attendance were town of Taos Mayor Dan Barrone, Taos County Deputy Manager Brent Jaramillo, Lisa O'Brien, executive director of the Taos Community Foundation and the executive directors of several Taos museums, including Margo Beutler Gins of the Taos Historic Museum; Davison Koenig, Couse-Sharp Historic Site; Cindy Atkins of Taos Art Museum at Fechin Home; and Sonya Davis, director of development of the University of New Mexico Foundation/Harwood Museum of Art. The program was video documented by Francisco Santistevan of University of New Mexico-Taos and recorded by Robin Collier, KCEI Radio.