March 18, 2023
Community Conversation - Plaza Publica: Gathering Places in Silver City
Saturday, March 18, 2023
The Museum’s Spring series of talks will explore aspects of community building including the changing place and nature of “the public square,” media’s influence on community awareness and the scope and range of various associations and how they contribute to the energy and complexity of our larger community.
The Community Conversations are co-sponsored with our partner WILL (Western Institute of Lifelong Learning) and scheduled for the third Saturday of March, April and May. All programs take place from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at the historic Silco Theater, 311 North Bullard Street. Each session consists of a speaker presentation, followed by panel discussion then questions and dialogue from the audience.
All events will also be streamed online via Zoom and Facebook.
Plaza Publica - Gathering Places in Silver City on March 18 begins by exploring the places where people met in early Silver City - from pioneers’ parlors and smoky taverns to ballrooms and opera houses and a cantina on Chihuahua Hill. Speaker Cathleen Norman discusses how people met for many reasons and purposes during the town’s first decades and how this evolved in the twentieth century. Many critical issues and needs energized early residents, but gatherings took place purely for pleasure too.
We then take a look at how the “public square” has changed through the years. Most recently, community connection has shifted to online via social media, as well as face-to-face, bringing its own set of changes.
Panel discussion and audience voices delve into the “public square” theme further, with questions such as - where do people meet today in Silver City? How has it changed from earlier times, and why has it changed? How do these changes affect the community? What are new forums and trends?