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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in New Mexico received $5.5 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Mexico Humanities Council for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • One hundred thousand pages of historic newspapers from 1840 to 1922, such as La Verdad and the Santa Fe Republican, are being digitized by the University of New Mexico in collaboration with the University of North Texas with the support of $661,000 in grants. This work is part of Chronicling America, which NEH is conducting through a partnership with the Library of Congress.
  • Supported by a $551,400 grant, the New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, stabilized and rehoused 10,735 historic artifacts including arms and armaments of Spanish conquistadors, Chinese silks brought from Mexico along the Camino Real, and a railway station clock struck by a bullet during Pancho Villa’s 1916 Columbus raid.
  • Pueblo of Isleta received a $328,000 grant to develop a traveling exhibition, Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the Nineteenth Century. Photographs, oral narratives, and historic records document the daily lives of Isleta’s Tiwa people in the 1800s.
  • The University of New Mexico received two grants totaling $74,300 to develop an online database to help students of ancient architecture access three-dimensional models, virtual reality environments, and geographic information system maps developed by an international team of art historians, archaeologists, and museum professionals.
  • Supported by a $5,000 grant, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, preserved 1,752 photographs either by the artist or documenting her life and work. Many of the O’Keeffe portraits are by Ansel Adams and other noted photographers.
  • Margaret Irene Malamud, a professor of ancient history and Islamic studies, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, has received $50,400 to support research for her upcoming book Black Minerva: African Americans and Classical Culture.
  • Grants totaling $478,000 supported the New Mexico Humanities Council’s preparations for the state’s 2012 centennial celebration, which included an online atlas of historical maps, oral histories, folk music events, radio broadcasts, and museum exhibitions.
  • To mark the quadricentennial of European settlement of Santa Fe, the University of New Mexico hosted two K–12 teacher workshops on “contested homelands.” Supported by a $160,800 grant, the workshops focused on sites, stories, and artifacts relevant to the history of Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
  • The New Mexico Humanities Council partnered with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museums on Main Street program to support development of local programs to complement two traveling exhibitions. Journey Stories focuses on accounts of “coming to America,” and New Harmonies on American musical history.
  • Working with six other state councils, the New Mexico Humanities Council developed Moving Waters: The Colorado River and the West, a project that addressed social issues surrounding the Colorado watershed in a documentary radio series, traveling exhibition, and a reading and discussion series.