On August 24th, 2022, J. Paul Taylor will celebrate his 102nd birthday! Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we couldn’t celebrate his 100th or 101st birthdays in-person. However, this website and the special birthday celebration video honoring him reached thousands of people from across the world.

We invite you to join us for an in-person celebration of Mr. Taylor’s 102nd birthday on Saturday, August 27th, 2022, from 10:00am–1:30pm and Sunday, August 28th, 2022 from 1:00-4:30pm at the Taylor Home in Mesilla, NM.

We are very excited to offer 2022 – 2023 members of the Taylor Friends an in-person visit with Mr. Taylor during the event.

Send a birthday greeting:

J. Paul Taylor
P.O. Box 133
Mesilla, NM 88046

102nd Birthday

at the Taylor Home

August 27th (10:00am – 1:30pm)
August 28th (1:00 – 4:30pm)

This opportunity will only be open to paid 2022 – 2023 members of Taylor Friends.

Thank you for wanting to wish Mr. Taylor a Happy 102nd Birthday! Of course, Paul would like to greet everyone, and everyone would like to greet Paul.

Taylor Friends and NM Historic Sites will honor Mr. Taylor’s 102nd birthday by hosting a meet-and-greet at the Taylor Home on Saturday, August 27th, 2022, from 10:00am-1:30pm, and Sunday, August 28th, 2022 from 1:00-4:30pm.


6 hours + 300 people + COVID safe practices = CHALLENGING

So, this year there will be a controlled TIME TICKETING SYSTEM with 15-minute time slots for groups of 8 people.

Only paid 2022 – 2023 members will be guaranteed time slots.  Last-minute and unpaid memberships will not have the opportunity to greet Paul.

Here’s how to get a time slot:

  • Between now and August 24thyou will need pay your FTFM membership dues ONLINE
    • OR MAIL a check to:
      FTFM PO Box 1305
      Mesilla, NM 88046
      * checks must be received by August 22nd!
  • When we receive your membership dues, we will respond with a link to the NM Department of Cultural Affairs/Historic Sites ticketing system.
  • Use this link to reserve your time slot. Do this as soon as possible. Time slots are limited!

Timed ticketing is the only way we can make sure this event is safe for J. Paul Taylor and for you. To be absolutely clear – only paid 2022 – 2023 members will be able to get time slots. Last-minute and unpaid memberships will not be able to come into the home or greet Paul.

On August 27th or 28th at the Taylor Mesilla Historic Site:

  • Show your ticket and get a name tag at the Mesilla Plaza entrance 5 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • Historic Sites staff will tour guests in small groups and lead them to the Sala Grande where Paul will be seated. Socially-distanced chairs will be arranged.
  • Please plan your greeting to be short and sweet because of the number of people Paul would like to greet.


  • YOU, our members, are the most vital part of the Taylor Friends group. We greatly appreciate your patience, and support of what — and whom — this endeavor represents.
  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU for helping Paul celebrate: He’s SO looking forward to seeing all of you good Friends again!
  • All funds raised by Taylor Friends go toward the preservation and interpretation of the Taylor Mesilla Historic Site.

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