New Mexican Women #1: Erna Fergusson  LbNA # 62971

Placed DateAug 28 2012
LocationErna Fergusson Public Library, Albuquerque, NM
Found By Children of the Forest
Last Found Apr 13 2015
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New Mexican Women #1: Erna Fergusson

New Mexico Women #1
Erna Fergusson

Erna Fergusson (1888-1964) was born into a prominent family in territorial New Mexico. Her accomplishments are many, but here are some highlights:
Became a teacher with Albuquerque Public Schools at the age of 17.
Worked as a reporter for the Albuquerque Herald.
Created her own touring company, Koshare Tours, for visitors to the Southwest.
Published 14 books of nonfiction.
Helped found the Albuquerque Historical Society in 1942, and was involved with the many efforts to preserve many downtown Albuquerque buildings.
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1943 from UNM.

One of her first books was Mexican Cookbook published in 1934 through UNM Press. Since then, the book has been through 14 editions and is still available in print today.

Two years after her death, this library was built and named for one of New Mexico's most fervent advocates, Erna Fergusson

The Erna Fergusson Library is located on the east side of San Mateo Blvd. NE (3700 San Mateo NE) between Comanche Road NE and Montgomery Blvd. Park in the east parking lot.

1. Go to the "Alphabet Soup" sculpture which is on the front of the library. [The sculpture was created by artist Pete Beeman as part of ABQ's 1% for the Arts Project.]
2. As you're looking at the sculpture, look behind you, and you'll find the alphabet letter "J" etched into the sidewalk. Follow the letters!
3. "E"
4. Follow sidewalk to the right to "R."
5. Continue west to find another "E" then an "X."
6. Keep walking past two black streetlights on your left, and you'll soon come to the vertical LIBRARY letters on side of building. Here you'll find a square full of rocks. In the northeast corner you'll find the letterbox and stamp. This stamp shows part of the front cover of one of her editions to Mexican Cookbook, showing the massive open oven found in many homes in early New Mexico. iBuen provecho!