Hillsboro Celebrates the Gila Wilderness Centennial

Hillsboro Celebrates the Gila Wilderness Centennial

At the Hillsboro Community Center 316 Elenora St., Hillsboro NM

Sponsored by the Southwest Environmental Educational Cooperative (SWEEC), the

Sierra County Arts Council (SCAC), and Aldo Leopold Living History (ALLH)



Sunday, March 3, 2024, 3:00 – 4:30 pm: Apache Treaties: Land, Power and

Race in the Gila Wilderness, by Dr. Jeffery Shepherd, University of Texas at El Paso.

Three Short Films

Friday, March 8, 2024, 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Legacies of the Gila, Tales of the Gila

Trout, Fire Season and Behind the Scenes. These films are written and

produced by students of the Gila Film School, New Mexico State University.

Afterwards, please join us for a community potluck and a chance to mingle

with the filmmakers.

Living History Performance

Saturday, March 16, 2024, 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Aldo Leopold and the Gila

Wilderness, a Chautauqua performance by naturalist Steve Morgan.

Documentary Film Screening

Saturday, April 13, 2024, 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Legacy of the Weeks Act. This

film brings to life a little-known act of the U.S. Congress in 1911. It is why we

have National Forests on the East Coast and beautiful fall colors in the New

England states.

For more Gila Wilderness Centennial/ Gila Ancestral Land Events for Spring 2024:


Information for this article was provided by the event sponsors.


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John Johanek
John Johanek

John Johanek spent 40 years in publishing including four years as art director for Popular Mechanics in New York. He then founded his own design consulting firm with clients worldwide. His firm earned the highest awards in magazine design excellence. He’s written numerous articles on the fine points of magazine design in leading industry magazines and presented hundreds of design seminars and workshops for major trade conferences, publishing organizations and private publishers stateside and internationally. He and his wife Durrae have authored two books on Montana (his home state): Montana Behind the Scenes and Montana Folks. For the past several years John has pursued his passion for art and now he and Durrae operate Zia Gallery in Truth or Consequences to showcase their work. He is a member of the board of directors of the Sierra County Public-Interest Journalism Project.

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