Hundreds of gristmills once dotted the landscape in New Mexico, grinding grain to produce flour and meal for cooking. From the first recorded gristmill in New Mexico — in a letter written in 1599 from Don Juan de Oñate to his family in Chihuahua, Mexico — to today, Grist for the Mill explores the evolving technology used in New Mexico’s gristmills. The exhibition features historical documents, a portable gristmill from the museum’s collection, a grinding stone set from Mora, a stone from the Lemon Mill in Mesilla, and the “Schaublin Stone,” which sat for years outside of a bank in downtown Las Cruces. An online version of the ongoing exhibit is available at nmfarmandranchmuseum.org/grist-for-the-mill-new-mexico-an-online-exhibit. The onsite exhibit is by admission ($5 for adults; $4 for seniors 60 and over; $3 for children 4 to 17; $2 for active U.S. military and veterans; free for children 3 and under, museum members, and on Wednesdays for New Mexico seniors).
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, 575-522-4100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org