Theodore Roosevelt called his men “children of the dragon’s blood,” those Rough Riders who bravely followed him up Cuba’s Kettle and San Juan hills in the face of blistering Spanish rifle and artillery fire. Surely no Rough Rider deserved that title more than Captain Maximiliano Luna of New Mexico. Yet his fascinating life has remained in the shadows of history – until now. Richard Melzer’s biography of Captain Maximiliano Luna is far more than a simple tale of military glory, for the author has placed this young soldier within the context of the unique place that is New Mexico.Dr. Melzer is originally from Teddy Roosevelt’s hometown of Oyster Bay, New York, and has lived in New Mexico since 1973. Melzer earned his Ph.D. in History at UNM in 1979. He has taught history at the University of New Mexico’s Valencia Campus since that same year. He is now a Regents professor of history. He is a past president of both the Historical Society of New Mexico and the Valencia County Historical Society. Tickets are $10, free for members of El Rancho de Las Golondrinas or Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Doors open at 5:15 PM.