Servando Gonzales (left) and fellow musicians, ca. 1919. Private Gonzales of Tijeras played the violin in his division, the 19th Infantry, Company E. Photo Courtesy of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.
New Mexico achieved Statehood just two years before the Great War, World War I, broke out in Europe in 1914. The global conflict ended with the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918.
This year, with the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, the New Mexico History Museum opened a permanent exhibition entitled The First World War, guest curated by Devorah Romanek, Curator of Exhibits at the Maxwell, featuring the stories, images and letters home from New Mexicans who served. The Maxwell Museum hosts an abbreviated version of this exhibition.