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The Placitas Community Library and The Placitas History Project are pleased to invite the public for a return performance of film historian and enthusiast Jeff Berg with another of his fast-paced, witty and completely entertaining presentations on Saturday, May 30, at 2:00 p.m. This event is entitled "Films Made in New Mexico: Route 66," and there is no admission fee.


For his newest “reel” adventure Jeff will project the width and breath of New Mexico’s Route 66, the “Mother Road,” as it wound its way, beginning in the 1920s, from Santa Rosa to Santa Fe and Las Vegas; then south along the Rio Grande down La Bajada Hill through Santa Domingo, Algodones, Bernalillo, Alameda, Albuquerque, Los Lunas and west to the Coast. In subsequent years all of these stops along “the road,” with the exception of Albuquerque, would disappear from many route maps, replaced by a “cut” through Tijeras Canyon directly to Albuquerque shortening, but dramatically changing, the way west. 


On past occasions Jeff has mined movie gold from films by Thomas Edison who visited Isleta Pueblo in 1898 to make New Mexico’s first known motion picture. Then director Sam Peckinpah in 1978 brought Kris Kristofferson , Ali McGraw and Ernest Borgnine to Placitas to to drive a semi truck off the Highway 165 “S” curves to demolish a chicken coop. Along the way Jeff re-acquainted us with Gene Autry and other Western heroes who visited New Mexico and with many of the filmed dramas and comedies that showed the beauty and diversity of our enchanted land.


So come “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”  Yes, there will be popcorn!


For more information, please visit or call (505) 867-3355.


The Placitas Community Library is located at 453 Highway 165, 5 miles east of I-25 (exit 242).


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