Sept 17 – Movie – Barbed Wire Pioneers

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PRESS RELEASE:  Friends of Coronado Historic Site:  Fall Programs Begin!  Illinois “transplants” take note:

**Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 17, at 2pm for a delightful departure from our regular Friend’s lecture format at The DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum), Hwy 550, Bernalillo.

Friend’s member, Charron McFadden, will be screening the award-winning documentary, “Barbed Wire Pioneers.”   Two-thousand seventeen marks the 10-year anniversary of the film created by graduate students at Northern Illinois University under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Chown.  The Ken Burns-style film won a 2nd place award, biography division, at the 1998 Silver State Documentary Film Festival.  It tells the story of barbed wire from its invention in the late 19th century to its continuing and lasting legacy.  “Barbed Wire Pioneers” is the tale of three entrepreneurs:  Isaac Ellwood, Joseph Glidden and Jacob Haish.  It’s a story of inventive success, competition, litigation, and ultimately, a community spirit that set in motion events still felt today as, what some called “The Devil’s Rope,” reshaped and partitioned the western landscape, while securing a major educational institute in DeKalb, Illinois, on the edge of the tall grass prairie.

If you’ve relocated to New Mexico from Illinois or other mid-west state, you’re sure to enjoy this film, and especially so if you happen to be an NIU alum!   Admission $5; Friends of CHS are Free.  Visit

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