Kit Carson Home and Museum in Taos, New Mexico now has on display four artifacts that were recently purchased in dramatic fashion. When Taosenos discovered that some items belonging to Kit Carson and his family were to be auctioned in Santa Fe, they rallied to the cause and in little more than a week raised $18,000 to acquire these important artifacts for the museum. CLICK HERE for a short biography of Kit Carson
Bidding was intense by people in attendance, on the phone and over the Internet. By the end of the two-day auction, the museum had purchased Colonel Carson’s U.S. Army saber and scabbard, his wife Josefa’s leather sewing box with red silk lining, a branding iron used at Carson’s ranch in Rayado, New Mexico, and a branding iron from the Maxwell Land Grant. Another artifact recently acquired by the museum is a spur that came from the family of Lucien Maxwell, a close friend’s of Carson’s who owned vast ranches in NM and served as chief hunter for one of Fremont’s expeditions.
These artifacts have become part of the museum’s permanent collection and are now on display in the first room of the museum, along with a shotgun reportedly used by Carson and a replica of his .50 caliber Hawkins rifle.
Kit Carson Home and Museum is the location for some scenes in an upcoming TV show on April 2nd on PBS. The Oregon Public Broadcasting Co. will be airing an episode of “History Detectives”. The segment of the show that was partially taped in the museum is called “Kit Carson Family Secrets.”
"History Detectives" is a documentary television series produced for PBS. In each program, a researcher is given an artifact that is investigated for its historical significance. In the segment about Kit Carson, Charles Burns of Bakersfield, CA, has reason to believe that his 19th century biography of Kit Carson may have a tangible connection to Carson himself. Burns purchased the leather bound edition of the book at an estate sale, and while leafing through it, he was amazed to find a page with the names of Carson’s family written with a quill pen.
"History Detective’s" Tukufu Zuberi takes on the challenge of finding out whether this book once belonged to the Carson family or even to Carson himself. See video of the upcoming season premier showing Carson's book - CLICK HERE
Museum President Martin Jagers recently announced that the museum Board of Directors has decided to create a membership program.
Annual membership is $25 for individuals, $40 for families and nonprofit organizations, $50 for businesses, and $10 for students and seniors. A life-time membership is available for $500. Because of the long history of Masons preserving the home and legacy of Kit Carson, who was a Mason himself, a special life-time membership for Masons is available for $400,
Benefits of membership include a lapel pin with an image of Kit Carson, free admission to the museum, a 10% discount on museum store purchases, notice of upcoming events, the museum newsletter, and a membership card. To become a member or for more information, call the museum at (575) 758-4945 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kit Carson Home and Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is located at 113 Kit Carson Road, Taos, NM. It is open daily from 11a.m. to 5p.m.
More information about the museum can be found on its web site at www.kitcarsonhomeandmuseum.com.