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Photo courtesy Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society This photo of early Crawford is just one of the many historic photographs in the museum in Hotchkiss. It shows the Crawford Bank shortly after it was established in May 1910. The Crawford school can be

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society annual meeting will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. in the newly remodeled Crawford Town Hall.

The program will be a presentation by the co-author of a recently published book about the Santa Fe Trail. Hal Jackson who lives in Placitas, N.M., has written several books on the Santa Fe Trail and related trails. The title of his talk is "The Santa Fe Trail's Role in Westering America": a review of the movement west during the expansion, and the importance of the trail in guiding explorers and later settlers to the southwest. The talk is multi-media. Copies of the book will be offered for sale for $15.

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum is located at the corner of 2nd Street and Hotchkiss Avenue in Hotchkiss. The museum has permanent exhibits of Southwest-Indian artifacts, historic photographs, a replica of a 1900-era general store, an old time parlor and a "Life on the Mesa" exhibit that includes maps, photos, literature and artifacts. Attached to the museum is an original, authentically-furnished 1890s log cabin. The museum is open from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from May through August. In other months it is open only on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

The annual meeting provides an opportunity for members to renew and others to join the society. Membership yearly dues are $15 for an individual and $30 for a household. The society is an all volunteer, non-profit organization.

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