Fabiola Cabeza de Baca

Born in 1894 to a ranching family of Spanish decent, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca was a remarkable free-spirit who pursued her education with a zeal that took her on an unconventional path from school teacher to extension agent to activist and author.  Early on, she was an advocate for preserving Hispanic culture in New Mexico. As an “extension agent” with the federal government for 30 years, she was on Route 66 constantly.  Her job was  was to introduce the state’s rural residents to modern techniques for both agriculture and farming, which would make it possible for them to stay in rural areas rather than having to migrate to cities. For example, she introduced women to sewing machines, while integrating them into traditional crafts like quilt making.

 

 

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