Marcelino Romero of Truchas, NM, in 1966. Photograph by Mansi Kern.

Collection
AR.00015.2 MOIFA Curators: Richard Bowen Stark Series
Identifier
AR00015_2_SS2_A68_5_45_001_MR
Image

Description
Marcelino Romero of Truchas, NM, in 1966. Photograph by Mansi Kern. In 1966, Kern wrote that Marcelino Romero "was born in Truchas, New Mexico in the year 1905. His father worked on ranches in Colorado during the winter months. In the spring and summer he returned to Truchas and planted his own large garden. Everyday Marcelino helped by herding the family goats. He remembers that his family was very poor. One day, when he was fourteen years old, he fashioned a shovel made of wood into an instrument and began to play melodies on it. He loved music. That was the beginning of many years of violin playing. During his life, Marcelino has played in Leadville, Colorado, in Wyoming and Northern New Mexico. He has played for weddings, parties, and for many Catholic Church Ceremonies. He has performed the entire music for the Matachines Dance, played at Indian Dances and for the ... Spanish-Colonial Bailes (dances). At present, Marcelino continues to play for his church. He is 62 years old."
 

Date
1966 Date created
September 15 2018 Date modified
Curatorial Category
Hispano

Related person
Bartlett Library and Archives (publisher)