Senior Connections Lunch
January 31 $5
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
After the Senior Connections lunch, Humanities Iowa speaker & Professor Emeritus Roy Behrends is going to give a presentation titled “Iowans in New Mexico: The Newcombs and the Navajos.”
To attend, you must register in advance between Monday, Jan. 27 and noon on Thursday, Jan. 30, by calling the recreation department at (319) 626-5716, or register online here. Cost is $5 at the door.
This event is part of Senior Connections, a weekly lunch open to residents of North Liberty and the surrounding area aged 55 and over every Friday. The meal on Jan. 31 will be Mirabito’s Italian.
About the presentation:
Around 1907, in advance of New Mexico’s statehood, three brothers from Manchester, Iowa moved to the vicinity of the Navajo Indian Reservation, near Gallup and Santa Fe. For the next thirty years, the Newcomb brothers worked for, owned or managed remote trading posts on the vast reservation (Newcomb, New Mexico bears their name). Their family became a leading authority on ceremonial sandpainting and helped to establish the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. For decades, the Newcomb brothers and their wives lived among the Navajo, learned to respect their traditions and actively promoted handcrafted native arts and crafts. They later wrote insightful books about their years as Navajo friends and neighbors. Roy R. Behrens (the speaker) is descended from the family, and as a child he frequently overheard stories about his New Mexico relatives. This is a fast-paced 50-minute talk about the Newcombs and the Navajos, illustrated by rare archival photographs.
This presentation is only possible because of the support of Humanities Iowa (an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C.), whose mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the people, communities, culture, and stories of importance to Iowa and the nation.