MADISON, NJ - In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Morristown National Historical Park and Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison campus) will present a program on a unique facet of colonial Latin American History; which includes a 460 year old manuscript. The program will take place on Thursday October 19 at 6:30pm in Lenfell Hall (the mansion) on the FDU campus. 

In 1557, thirty-seven years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the Archbishop of Mexico, Alonzo de Montufar, signed a Libro de Ordenanzas (book of orders) for the Cofradía of Santa Anna. This colonial lay association was nestled in a small church on the outskirts of Mexico City. The members of this cofradía used it as a means to achieve a higher status and access financial support while having an active role in the religious life of the city.  

The manuscript creating this particular cofradía by Bishop de Montufar in 1557 is part of the archival collection at the Morristown National Historical Park.  In addition to the talk, the actual manuscript will be on display, 460 years after it was created.

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The program will be presented by Morristown National Historical Park's Chief of Cultural Resources, Dr. Jude Pfister, and Fairleigh Dickinson University history professor Dr. Luz Huertas

Don’t miss this once in a half-millennium opportunity to see this one of a kind manuscript and hear the story it has to tell. 

For more information, please call 973-539-2016 x204.