University of New Mexico-Valencia Professor of History Richard Melzer presents "Ernie Pyle in the American Southwest," Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town, located at 19th and Mountain Rd. NW. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free in the lot south of the museum.

Ernie Pyle had a crossroads with New Mexico in the late 1930's. That intersection led he and his wife Jerry to build a house at 900 Girard SE. That house is now the Ernie Pyle Branch Library. Pyle became a roving reporter for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain in 1935 and was loved by the American public for his daily columns about "regular folks and out-of-the-way places". His greater fame was as a WWII correspondent. His death came as the result of sniper fire in 1945 on an island near Okinawa.

This lecture is presented by the Albuquerque Historical Society and the New Mexico Centennial Coalition and is featured among the New Mexico Statehood Centennial 1912-2012 series of events. Visit to learn more about centennial events.

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