May is Heritage Preservation Month | Cultural Diversity

Each year, HPD selects a theme to highlight a current preservation cause.  In the last couple of years, the National Park Service and state historic preservation offices nationwide have sought to improve cultural diversity in the National Register and through other preservation work by focusing on underrepresented and underserved communities.

This year’s poster draws attention to African American history in New Mexico by honoring Almeta Williams, who worked for the AT&SF in Clovis. In 1943, Farm Security Administration photographer Jack Delano was compiling portraits of American workers during the Great Depression when he photographed Ms. Williams for his series. Along with the recent State and National Register listing of Dunbar Elementary School in the border town of Vado, HPD and preservationists in Clovis, Roswell and other communities are surveying historic sites associated with black history in New Mexico. The Dunbar nomination is on this website and features a summary of the early African American experience in our state.

The Calendar of Events listings are diverse. They include a Fort Union event focused on Buffalo Soldiers,  archaeological tours, a full-moon hike at White Sands, a couple wine festivals, and viewing of bats ascending from Carlsbad Caverns at dusk.

Heritage Preservation Award winners will be announced in May, and recipients honored at a ceremony at the historic St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe.

More on Preservation Month here.

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