Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison campus), and the Morristown National Historical Park, are pleased to announce a special event for National Hispanic Heritage Month. On October 19, 2017, join FDU History Professor Dr. Luz Huertas and Morristown NHP chief of cultural resources Dr. Jude Pfister, as they present a program on a unique facet of colonial Latin American history in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

In 1557, thirty-seven years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the Archbishop of Mexico, Alonzo de Montufar, signed a Libro de las Ordenanza (book of orders) for the church of Santa Anna. The church was nestled in a small village on the outskirts of Mexico City and residents of this village came together to form a cofradia, or brotherhood, creating a society centered on a religious purpose; which, in 16th century Mexico, meant the Catholic Church. 

The manuscript creating this particular cofradia by Bishop de Montufar in 1557 is today part of the archival collection at the Morristown National Historical Park. Drs. Huertas and Pfister will present a special talk on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 6:30 pm, in Lenfell Hall (the mansion) on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University to discuss this special document.

In addition to the talk, the actual manuscript will be on display, 460 years after it was created. Don’t miss this once in a half-millennium opportunity to see this one of a kind manuscript and hear the story it has to tell. 

For more information, please call 973-539-2016 x 204.

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