Cross Pollination

Cross Pollination

Cross Pollination Exhibit

Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 10:00am

Pollinators, particularly bees, have become increasingly threatened by human action. Cross Pollination refers not only to how insects pollinate a large portion of the world's food supply, but also to the cross pollination of ideas in art and science, and highlights 17 artists that have chosen to raise awareness about this particular aspect of our endangered ecosystem. 

For more information, call (505)242-1445.

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Cross Pollination Exhibit

Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 10:00am - Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 5:00pm

516 ARTS, Central Avenue Southwest, Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Silver City Museum

Silver City Museum

Fifty Years Ago in Silver City Community Panel Discussion

Thu, Oct 12, 2017, 12:00pm

The era that saw the Silver City Museum established also saw the destruction of the brothels by local law enforcement. Thomas Ryan was the Silver City police chief in 1967 and oversaw the destruction of the brothels. Ernest Gomez, a police officer of that era, and Chief Ryan will discuss policing and crime 50 years ago in Silver City. Bobbie Neal was
born in the Ailman house, now the Silver City Museum, when her father was the fire chief. She knew brothel owner Madame Millie and will provide the citizen side of the story about policing and crime circa 1967.

For more information, call (575)388-1076.

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Local Policing in Late 1960s Silver City

Thu, Oct 12, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Silver City Museum, 312 W Broadway St, Silver City, NM 88061, USA

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Diana Molina

Diana Molina

Morena Moderna, Contemporary Visions of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sat, Oct 7, 2017, 1:00pm

As a modern symbol of empowerment, La Virgen de Guadalupe inspires an impassioned and universal fervor. In a multi-faceted photographic portrayal, presented by Diana Molina, a panorama of vibrant imagery embodies the spirit of the popular symbol of heritage in a contemporary cultural context. A journey that spans transnational borders, visits traditional celebrations and depicts the icon's integration within the media, commercialism and politics of the day.

This program is free and open to the public. Entrance fees may apply. For more information, call (505)757-7241.

Morena Moderna, Contemporary Visions of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sat, Oct 7, 2017, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Pecos National Historical Park, Pecos, NM 87552, USA

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Susi Wolf

Susi Wolf

Storytelling with Susi Wolf

Tue, Sep 26, 2017, 1:15pm

Story is the oldest form of communication there is. From the earliest gatherings and etchings on cave walls, Story explained a culture for those who later passed that way. Story is the great connector between people and promotes an immediate bonding among listeners and the teller. There is both practical and transcendent power within the storytelling realm, which is explored in conversation. Susi Wolf's program concentrates on animal and trickster stories from the U. S. Southwest, Mexico, Cherokee and Africa. Multiple tales will be shared, as well as Cherokee traditions and more.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 505-891-5018.

Storytelling: Animals Tales and the Lessons They Teach Us

Tue, Sep 26, 2017, 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane Southeast, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, USA

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Silver City Museum

Silver City Museum

Fifty Years Ago in Silver City Community Panel Discussion

Thu, Sep 21, 2017, 12:00pm

Cindy Medrano’s Master’s thesis is on the discrimination that Hispanics have experienced in the mining communities and other areas of Grant County. She will moderate a panel with community members Elena Cisneros, Maria Dominguez and Gilbert and Maria Garcia, all of whom experienced the impact of segregation. The panelists will all speak of their personal experiences of discrimination as Hispanics in the Grant County area and the legacy of those experiences. Segregation in mining towns, schools and downtown Silver City eased in the 1960s. By the time of the Silver City Museum’s founding, official school segregation had ended but not its legacy. For more information, call (757)388-1096.

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Segregation in Grant County

Thu, Sep 21, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Silver City Museum, 312 W Broadway St, Silver City, NM 88061, USA

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VanAnn Moore as Doña Tules

VanAnn Moore as Doña Tules

Amazing Women of the Wild West: Territorial New Mexico

Fri, Sep 15, 2017, 7:00pm

One of the most dramatic eras of New Mexico’s rich history is the Territorial period when the United States first raised the American flag on August 18, 1846 over the plaza of Santa Fe. VanAnn Moore examines the territorial women through living history portrayals of Doña Tules (Gertrudes Barcelo), Susan Shelby Magoffin, and Lydia Spencer Lane. These women represented what it took to survive and thrive during very colorful and extremely challenging times in New Mexico’s Territorial Era. 

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 505-334-9325.

Amazing Women of the Wild West: Territorial New Mexico

Fri, Sep 15, 2017, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

San Juan College (Little Theater)

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Sunny Dooley

Sunny Dooley

Diné Blessingway Stories with Sunny Dooley

Wed, Sep 13, 2017, 6:00pm

Sunny Dooley tells Diné (Navajo) Blessingway stories with the blessing of her family, clans, and elders.This talk focuses on cultural items significant in maintaining Diné matrilineal teachings. They include the Navajo basket; the woman's traditional dress of moccasins, leggings, dress with sash belt, hair tie and hair brush; goat skins, grinding stones, rock brushes, clay pot, and so on. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (505)321-0034.

Diné Folklore in Cultural Context

Wed, Sep 13, 2017, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Magdalena Public Library, 108 N Main St, Magdalena, NM 87825, USA

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Diné Folklore in Cultural Context

Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Milner Plaza, Museum of International Folk Art,706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505

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Dr. Cipriano Vigil

Dr. Cipriano Vigil

Northern New Mexico Ritual Music with Cipriano Vigil

Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 2:00pm

Cipriano Vigil, a native of Chamisal in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is the living embodiment of nuevo mexicano ritual music. As a boy, he learned from the previous generations of musicians at bailes (dances) and at entriegas, matrimonios y difuntos (christenings, marriages and funerals.) He takes you back to the encircling institutions where these village rituals bound families and neighbors together in responsibility for each other. His songs in the nueva cancion tradition (related to U.S. protest and labor songs) address poignant issues of today. 

This is a free, public program.

Ritual and Traditional Folk Music and Song of Northern New Mexico

Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave, Farmington, NM 87401, USA

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Ritual and Traditional Folk Music and Song of Northern New Mexico

Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave, Farmington, NM 87401, USA

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Dr. Steve Cormier

Dr. Steve Cormier

Cowboy Music with Steve Cormier

Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 7:00pm

Cowboy music has evolved from the open range and ranch employees who worked and rode after cattle during the late 19th and early to mid 20th century. These include songs written by ranch hands about horses, cattle and lost love. Others add death and the devil to the story. But all have in common the expression of what ranch and farm work was like during this time. Steve Cormier performs these and also songs he has written, reflecting his years as a ranch and farm hand.

This is a free, public program.

Music From the Ranch and Open Range

Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Lea County Museum Town Hall, 114 E. Central, Lovington, NM 88260

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Music From the Ranch and Open Range

Sat, Sep 9, 2017, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Capitan Public Library, 101 E 2nd St, Capitan, NM 88316, USA

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VanAnn Moore as Sarah Bernhardt and Lillian Russell

VanAnn Moore as Sarah Bernhardt and Lillian Russell

VanAnn Moore brings to life entertainers of the old West

Sat, Sep 9, 2017, 11:30am

Everyone likes to be entertained, and early days in the old West was no exception! Early theatrical troupes featuring the actresses and singers of the day were always a welcome sight, especially in the mining towns and other places "out-in-the-sticks." Some of the earliest stars who braved the rugged traveling conditions in a stage coach or wagon over mountainous roads and high desert trails were Lillie Langtree, Sarah Bernhardt, Lillian Russell, Lotta Crabtree, and the famous Lola Montez. Primitive conditions often greeted these talented women, and sometimes their audiences wore their six-shooters right into the theatres. In New Mexico there were numerous old Opera Houses in Cerrillos, Raton, Albuquerque, and Socorro. But anywhere a tent or school, saloon or stable could create a "make-shift place," you could have your entertainment. These famous women performers traveled everywhere to give their audiences excitement, diversion and charm that can only be re-imagined in this enticing performance by VanAnn Moore.

This free, public program takes place at the Hubbard Museum of the American West. For more information, call (575)378-4142.

Sopranos and Six-Shooters: Great Ladies of the Old Western Theatre

Sat, Sep 9, 2017, 11:30am - 12:30pm

26301 U.S. 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346, USA

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Stories to Bridge Cultures

Sat, Sep 9, 2017, 11:00am

Mary Ellen Gonzales is half Hispanic and half Anglo, making her a "culture bridger." She tells Hispanic stories and puts them into cultural and historical context. She also tells ghost and creation stories from many cultures. She challenges audiences of all ages to think about why things happen the way they do and how they feel about it. 

This free, public program takes place at the Las Posada Hotel. For more information, call (505)982-3997.

Stories to Bridge Cultures

Sat, Sep 9, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm

330 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501, United States

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Voss & Osborne

Voss & Osborne

1912: A Musical Snapshot of America in the Year New Mexico Became a State

12 Aug 2017

New Mexico achieved statehood in 1912 during a fascinating and complex time in America's history. The frontier was no longer open for expansion. The U.S. was becoming a major power in the world. New technologies like electric power, telephones, film, recordings, radio, automobiles, and airplanes were changing life in America. Minorities, women, and workers were all agitating for more rights. Voss & Osborne present songs that are documents of American life and tell a lot about what ordinary people of the time found interesting, and how they felt about these developments. 

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (575)378-4142.

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Nanao Sakaki

Nanao Sakaki

My Journey with Poet Nanao Sakaki

12 Aug 2017

John Brandi shares the history of his friendship with Japanese poet Nanao Sakaki. Good friends with Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg, Sakaki was encouraged by them to travel to the US, and in 1971 he was drawn to northern New Mexico where he ended up living in a school bus below Taos Mountain. Sakaki’s poetry is marked by humor and appreciation for a simple lifestyle, the embodiment of unconventional wisdom and spirited non-conformism. Brandi, founder of Tooth of Time Books, published Sakaki’s first major collection poetry, "Real Play" and will speak about Sakaki’s poetry and role as a countercultural literary icon. 

Join the New Mexico History Museum every second Saturday of the month from June-February for a presentation and conversation-style gallery talk in conjunction with the current exhibit, Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest.

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Chuy Martinez

Chuy Martinez

An American Dialogue: Latin American Ballads, Cumbia and Nueva Cancion

12 Aug 2017

For decades, a rich conversation has been exchanging musical ideas between the Americas: the ballad, from Spain and Mexico; the cumbia, of Caribbean African/Indian roots; and nueva cancion (new song), social struggle music influenced by U.S. labor and protest songs. Mr. Chuy Martinez puts the songs and rhythms in historical context.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (575)854-2361.

Silver City Museum entrance circa 1967

Silver City Museum entrance circa 1967

50 Years Ago in Silver City Exhibit

10 Aug 2017

The Silver City Museum opened its doors to the public in July 1967. The 50 Years Ago in Silver City exhibition tells the origin story of the Museum and places it in the context of life in Silver City and Grant County circa 1962-1976. Artifacts and photographs of the era from both the Silver City Museum's collection and borrowed from community members will be on view. 

The Town of Silver City granted permission to establish the Silver City Museum in the H.B. Ailman House, then in use as the fire station. The Museum would share the space with the fire department for the first years of its existence until the fire department moved to its new building. In telling the story of the Museum founders, the exhibit connects to their other interests and projects in historic preservation, forming the local arts community and the Food Co-op. 

The exhibition features popular culture artifacts and photographs, showcasing the music, clothing, sports, and cars of the era. Also featured, newsworthy local happenings in education, civil rights, mining, rodeo, and space exploration. A series of panel discussions with community experts are planned.

The exhibition runs through December 31, 2017.

For more information, call (575)388-1096. 

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POP CULTURE: 50 Years Ago in Silver City Community Panel

10 Aug 2017

Pop Culture community panel will discuss the popular diversions locals enjoyed in Silver City and Grant County circa 1967. Panelists Patricia Cano, Patsy Madrid and Cruz Bustillo will lead the conversation in remembrances of the cars, music, local sports teams and youth culture of the late 1960s.

This program is part of the 50 Years Ago in Silver City exhibit community panel series.

For more information, call (575)388-1096.

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Lesley Poling-Kempes

Lesley Poling-Kempes

Lesley Poling-Kempes, Award-Winning Author, Presents 

Ladies of the Canyons

5 Aug 2017

Ladies of the Canyons is a lecture/slide show about remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world.

Lesley Poling-Kempes is the award winning author of six books of fiction and nonfiction about the American Southwest. Her newest book “Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women & Their Adventures in the American Southwest” won the 2015 Reading the West Book Award for nonfiction from the MPIBA, a Silver Medal in US History from the 2016 IPPY Awards, and is a WWA Spur Award finalist in historic nonfiction.  

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Camilla Dodson

Camilla Dodson

Take the Kids! A Friendly World with South African Native, Camilla Dodson

27 Jul 2017

JULY 27 * 12:00 PM

Despite cultural, racial, or religious differences, all people are equally valuable. Camilla Dodson, a South African native and former resident of Ireland, offers children a fun, non-preachy lesson in this fundamental principle of a civilized society. The program includes poetry, music, and dance based on themes of equality of persons. 

This free, public program takes place at Magdalena Public library. For more information, call 575-854-2361.

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Pam Lujan-Hauer

Pam Lujan-Hauer

Taos Pueblo Potter Discusses Her Art

22 Jul 2017

Southwestern Pueblo pottery is an art-form with a long and rich tradition. Pam Lujan-Hauer, a potter from Taos Pueblo, demonstrates her art and tells the story of pottery, from the history of clay as an art form and the origins of the earliest pottery, to the threats to traditional pottery.

This program takes place at Valles Caldera National Preserve and is free. For more information, call  (575)829-4821.

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Kenneth Doss as Sgt. John Denny

Kenneth Doss as Sgt. John Denny

Buffalo Soldiers: Bringing the History of the Black Cavalry to Life

22 Jul 2017

Mr. Ken Doss, as Sgt. John Denny, and one or more of the troopers of the Buffalo Soldiers Society of New Mexico, along with over 50 period artifacts used by the Buffalo Soldiers, bring the history of the Black cavalry to life. From Medal of Honor recipients to the common trooper, from Indian battles to battles with lawbreakers, learn how a small number of Black troopers made a difference in the lives of law-abiding citizens. The Buffalo Soldiers Society of New Mexico teaches how the Buffalo Soldiers (1866-1900) overcame great hardships as they served their nation with honor and distinction. The Society was founded by George Carter, Jim Mitchem, Pete Powdrell and Victor Smith.

This program is part of the Clovis County Ethnic Fair and is free and open to the public. 

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Ralph Estes

Ralph Estes

Me and Billy

22 Jul 2017

The "world's oldest living cowboy" tells, in story and song, of his years as a cowboy and his friendship with Billy the Kid. Stories about Billy the Kid are generally exaggerated. Ralph Estes's program addresses the legend-making process while presenting the story of Billy that is supported by historical evidence.

This program takes place in Albuquerque at Cherry Hills Public Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, call (505)857-8321.

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Bob Julyan

Bob Julyan

The Place Names of New Mexico

22 Jul 2017

Sangre de Cristo, Custer Mountain, Chi-chil-tah, Mogollon- such intriguing names, rich with anecdotes and folklore. But place names also offer unique insights into the history and values of the state's peoples. With humor and local examples tailored to your locale, Bob Julyan gives audiences a lively names tour of the New Mexico landscape.

This program free, public program takes place at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center. For more information, call (505)899-0205.

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Dale Evans Scheduled to Appear in Artesia!

22 Jul 2017

Dale Evans appears as a Chautauqua character in The Way You Ride the Trail. The stage portrait, presented by Kay Sebring-Roberts Kuhlmann of Ruidoso, takes its title from a line in Happy Trails to You, the theme song Dale composed for her husband, Roy Rogers. The audience meets Dale at two stages in her life: as a film, television, and recording artist while raising a blended family of seven children; and as an inspirational author.

This free, public program takes place in Artesia at the 510 Building. For more information, call (575)464-4212.

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Kenneth Seowtewa presents Cultural Life of the Zuni Nation

22 Jul 2017

Explore the world of the A:Shiwi (Zuni), the most studied group of Native Americans, through the eyes of Kenneth Seowtewa, a man whose paternal and maternal ancestors held positions of authority through the centuries. Hear the true story of the fabled "Seven Cities of Gold" that Coronado was searching for in 1540.

This free, public program takes place in Taos at the Kit Carson Home and Museum. For more information, call (575)758-4082.

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Deborah Blanche as Georgia O'Keeffe

Deborah Blanche as Georgia O'Keeffe

O'Keeffe in Clovis!

20 Jul 2017

"Who am I? What do I have to say? How can I best express it?" The artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) continually probed into these essential human questions. Prominent in the male-dominated art world of New York City, O’Keeffe took a residence in New Mexico in the 1930’s. During the seven decades of her career she challenged herself with “what to say” that was uniquely her own.

Her colors might be bright and vivid, or black and white. Her subjects were landscapes, buildings, flowers, bones, shells, leaves, trees, cityscapes, skulls, skies, clouds, doors, and various combinations and abstractions of them. All were rendered into her own stylized images in a wide variety of mediums, while she honed an image of herself as private, independent, solitary, mysterious. Deborah Blanche brings O'Keefe's story alive with this Chautauqua performance.

The program takes place at Clovis-Carver Public Library and is free. For more information, call (575)763-9687.

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Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee

Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee

Enjoy an Afternoon of Storytelling Theatre with Live Music in Jemez Springs

19 Jul 2017

Johanna Hongell-Darsee; storyteller, dancer, mime; and Scott Darsee, guitarist, composer take you on a journey of stories. The art of storytelling is universal and as ancient as humanity; our dreams of a distant common past. In this presentation we tell stories using music, song, masks, dance and mime. Stories travel and have always traveled. On their way they pick up bits and pieces of different cultures and landscapes but the heroes and heroines, the villains and the mysterious creatures often stay familiar.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (505)925-9155.

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Susi Wolf

Susi Wolf

Susi Wolf Presents
Storytelling: Animal Tales and the Lessons They Teach Us

8 Jul 2017

JULY 8 * 10:30 am

Fort Stanton Historic Site * Fort Stanton


Story is the oldest form of communication there is. From the earliest gatherings and etchings on cave walls, Story explained a culture for those who later passed that way. It is how First Mankind declared, “Hey, we were here and this is who we were!" Our brains are literally hardwired to understand facts, statistics, concepts and more through oral tradition. Story is the great connector between people and promotes an immediate bonding among listeners and the teller. There is both practical and transcendent power within the storytelling realm, which is explored in conversation. Didactic lesson is given through animal fables in an enjoyable and plausible method. Elements of the history of oral tradition invites a participatory aspect to the presentation. The program’s concentration is on animal and trickster stories from the U. S. Southwest, Mexico, Cherokee and Africa. Susi Wolf will share multiple tales, as well as Cherokee traditions and more.


This program is free and open to the public. For more information call (575)336-2862.

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Cochiti Pueblo Master Drum Maker Arnold Herrera Presents The Way of the Drum

8 Jul 2017

JULY 8 * 11:00 am

Aztec Ruins National Monument * Aztec


This presentation is a way into the Cochiti Pueblo world told from personal experiences, traditional stories and teachings. While demonstrating steps in constructing the famous Cochiti drum, Arnold Herrera tells about tribal political structures, language, ceremony, clans and moiety membership, roles of men, women and children, and modern Pueblo social problems. This journey covers the period from the 1940s to the present.


Arnold Herrera, a Cochiti Pueblo native, grew up in a culturally rich Keresan Pueblo environment immersed in traditions and the arts. With knowledge gained from his grandparents and his father, Arnold has become an accomplished drum maker, composer/singer, and teacher of culture to all audiences.


This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (505)334-6174.

** NMHC Offices will be CLOSED July 3 & 4 **

4 Jul 2017

The New Mexico Humanities Council Thanks Congress and Constituents for Continued Funding

1 Jul 2017

On May 3rd, the FY 2017 omnibus bill funding the federal government was approved. The bill includes a $1.9 million increase for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This news comes as a welcome relief to the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) after weeks of uncertainty about the future of an important partner in their work to bring history and cultural programming to New Mexico.


NMHC Executive Director, Michelle Quisenberry, said, “We are grateful to Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham for their support of NEH and passage of the omnibus bill.” She went on to say “Their support assures that access to programming that enhances community exchange and understanding will continue throughout New Mexico, especially in our smallest communities.”


NMHC also wishes to thank everyone who advocated for the continued funding and protection of NEH. Without your voice and avid support for the humanities, it is uncertain what the result could have been.


The FY 2017 spending bill is effective through September 2017.

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