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Sunday Funday is going ‘old school’ Jan. 12

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The Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico will present “Going Old School in Lincoln” as part of its Sunday Funday series. The event will be Jan. 12 from 3-4 p.m. at the HSSNM Archive building, 208 N. Lea.

There is no fee to attend the presentation.

Tiffanie Owen, instructional coordinator for Lincoln and Fort Stanton Historic Sites, will instruct the audience on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of education on the frontier and the challenges for teachers in one-room schools.

Dressed in early 1900s “schoolmarm” attire, Owen has shared this presentation at several Roswell elementary schools over the last three years, according to event organizers.

Owen is a native New Mexican with deep roots in Lincoln County. Her great-great grandfather, John Owen, served as Lincoln County Sheriff from 1902-1907. The family was the first to live in The Sheriff’s House, built immediately west of the Lincoln County Courthouse. The house was demolished in the 1940s, but this is where the annual “Last Escape of Billy the Kid” pageant is now performed each August during Old Lincoln Days.

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Owen grew up in Alamogordo and after college returned to take management positions at multiple tourist locations, including the New Mexico Museum of Space History, White Sands, and Eagle Ranch Pistachios & Wine. She moved to San Patricio in 2008, where she was the Director of the Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery & Guest Homes for four years.

In 2015 she taught Visual Arts, Yearbook and Journalism at Mountain View Middle School, which ultimately led to her current position at Lincoln and Fort Stanton Historic Sites.

Owen graduated from ENMU-Roswell in 2014 with a degree in Occupational Therapy, which she now uses in her education programming.