Ralph Edwards Room

The history of the town’s name change in 1950 from “Hot Springs” to “Truth or Consequences” is explained with photographs and colorful attire in the museum’s Ralph Edwards Room.

The publicity contest celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Truth or Consequences radio show was only the beginning—Ralph and his wife Barbara served as wonderful ambassadors for their adopted town in the desert, forming a relationship with the city and its residents that spanned half a century.

There were many fun-filled events and celebrations associated with the Edwards’ annual trips to town, including the Miss Fiesta contest, fancy dresses, movie stars, music, parades, fishing contests, rodeos, jeep rides, and boat races down the Rio Grande.

Fiesta is still celebrated annually with much fanfare.