Roswell (Images of America: New Mexico)

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Best known as the site of an alleged flying saucer crash in 1947 and the “Roswell Incident,” Roswell began as a humble trading post in the late 1860s along the Goodnight-Loving Cattle Trail and eventually grew into a metropolis of southeastern New Mexico. Once a cow town and home to famous Western figures such as John Chisum, Pat Garrett, and Capt. Joseph C. Lea, Roswell is also the birthplace of the New Mexico Military Institute, the testing grounds for Robert H. Goddard’s rockets in the 1930s, and the site of the Roswell Army Airfield and a German POW camp in the 1940s. Today Roswell is a popular tourist destination and home to more than 50,000 residents.

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For this volume, local author John LeMay has gathered more than 200 images from the archives of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, the Roswell Museum and Art Center, and the private collections of several prominent ufologists to tell the unique story of Roswell’s establishment, growth, and the men and women who have called it home. From horse-and-carriage days to the modern era, from cowboys to UFOs, this fascinating retrospective celebrates it all.

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Publisher: ENMUR Eastern Clips

Date: December 2008
A 2006 graduate of ENMU-Roswell has published a book featuring a pictorial history of Roswell. John LeMay’s first book, Roswell, is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. LeMay, 23, said he started working on the book in January of this year and finished in July. He worked closely with the Historical Society of Southeast New Mexico and local historian and ENMURoswell

Professor Emeritus of history, Elvis Fleming, to research the project. LeMay said he already has some ideas

for his second book and appreciates the positive feedback he is receiving for this book.
LeMay earned an Associate of Arts degree in University Studies from ENMURoswell in 2006, and he continues to take classes. The book is currently available at Hastings Books Music and Video, Cobean Stationery Company, the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, and the Roswell Museum and Art Center. LeMay said additional stores will also likely be selling the book in the coming weeks.

Title: LeMay's photo-essay Roswell book out now

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Publisher: Roswell Daily Record

Date: 12/9/2008
A new book featuring a pictorial history of Roswell hit bookstore shelves Monday. Roswell, published by Arcadia Publishing, is a photo-essay by John LeMay, a local author and Goddard High School alum.
LeMay, 23, grew up in Roswell and graduated from GHS in 2004. He is enrolled at ENMU-Roswell.
LeMay worked closely with the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico and local historian Elvis Fleming to research the project. "We scanned hundreds of pictures from the archives over a seven-month period," LeMay said. Fleming served as his guide through the intricacies of early Roswell history, and proofread the book. "I couldn't have done it without his help."
The success of the project has LeMay reconsidering his plans. "It's hard to go to school and write books. I don't know if I'll pursue any more degrees just yet. I might do another book."
The book traces the history of Roswell from a trading post on the Goodnight-Loving Trail to the modern era with more than 200 vintage photographs and a supporting narrative.
"Roswell residents seem frustrated that all the books on their hometown deal exclusively with the UFO crash. Readers will be pleased that the main focus of this book is Roswell's history," said LeMay, "while those solely interested in the crash will find it pops up frequently in the book in addition to having its own chapter."
The author will meet the public at four book signings in the coming days: Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hastings Books Music and Video, 1705 N. Main St.; later that day from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Open House at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, 11th and Main streets; Dec. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, 200 N. Lea Ave.; and Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cobean Stationery, 320 N. Richardson Ave.
LeMay said the book's release has generated more attention than he expected. "I'm used to it now," he said.
Arcadia specializes in publishing local histories, and this is the ninth book title about New Mexican subjects.
The book is part of Arcadia's Images of America series, which has 3,894 titles.
Hobbs and Lea County by Max Clampitt was also released on Monday.

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