World Affairs Luncheon with Dr. Thomas Chavez

When: March 20, 2013

From: 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

Topic:  Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift

Speaker:  Dr. Thomas Chavez, author and former Executive Director of the National Hispanic Culture Center in Albuquerque and former Director of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe

Location: Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort, 1297 Bishop’s Lodge Rd.

Cost: $26 CIR Members; $32 Non-members and Guests (includes lunch at Bishop’s Lodge)

Please note on your order if you would like a vegetarian meal.

Make reservations by Monday, March 18 online: sfcir.org or by calling the CIR office:  982-4931.

Spain helped the United States gain its independence and the help came in the form of actual fighting, supplies, money, and diplomacy. In addition, the overall Spanish strategy is what finally resulted in the defeat of Great Britain. Every leader knew that Spain was vital to the cause. Nevertheless, because United States history is a story of a country born out of English colonies, the role of Spain has not been genuinely recognized. Nor, for that matter, have the sacrifices of Spain’s colonies been acknowledged.

Dr. Chavez will speak to this history, which is based on the research done for his book, Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift.

Thomas E. Chávez is a historian with a Ph. D. from the University of New Mexico.  In December of 2004, he retired as the Executive Director of the National Hispanic Culture Center in Albuquerque.  Before that he was director of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico for twenty-one years.  He has published numerous book reviews, articles, seven books, and wrote a monthly Sunday article for The Santa Fe New Mexican.  He recently helped the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art begin an endowment and consulted for the University of New Mexico Press and the New Mexico Women’s Forum.