Heritage Preservation Month

2021 Heritage Preservation Month & Heritage Preservation Awards

This year marks the 49th year that the Cultural Properties Review Committee has celebrated Heritage Preservation Month.  Due to COVID-19, activities for this year’s Heritage Preservation Month are limited to recognizing excellent preservation projects in the 2021 Heritage Preservation Awards and issuing this year’s Heritage Preservation Month poster. 

This year's presentation of the 2021 Heritage Preservation Awards will take place on Zoom and will be live-streamed to the Historic Preservation Division's Facebook page.  The public may view the presentation on the Facebook page and there is no requirement to be a Facebook user or to like or follow the HPD page.  Visit  the HPD FACEBOOK PAGE at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21, to view the presentation.  


Annual Heritage Preservation Month Poster

Harvey Kaplan, HPD Staff, has designed this year’s poster using photographs from Don Usner featuring New Mexicans from the last year.  Visit Don Usner’s website to view more of his work.

This year’s poster is the 34th year that the Historic Preservation Division has issued a Heritage Preservation Month poster.


The poster may be downloaded here as PDF.


2021 Heritage Preservation Awards

The Cultural Properties Review Committee will present its 49th Heritage Preservation Awards at a virtual ceremony scheduled for May 21, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Stay tuned for more information on how to join the presentation. 

Seven awards will be presented by the Cultural Properties Review Committee.  A list of awards may be downloaded here.

2021 Heritage Preservation Awards include:

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Christopher Wilson, University of New Mexico This award recognizes Chris Wilson for a life dedicated to historic preservation. Starting in 1982, Chris worked for Las Vegas’ Citizen’s Committee for Historic Preservation, the Historic Preservation Division, and the City of Albuquerque resulting in several publications.  In the mid-1990s Chris developed the six-course Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning. 

 Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Edgar Boles This award recognizes Edgar “Ed” Boles for a life dedicated to historic preservation. After arriving in Albuquerque from Kansas in 1981, Ed taught at UNM, attained his architectural registration and helped launch the New Mexico MainStreet program.  In 1991 he joined HPD and provided local and tribal assistance and compliance review among other duties.  Hired as a preservation planner for the City of Albuquerque he coordinated the work of the City’s preservation program.  Ed retired from the City of Albuquerque in 2013. 

 Architecture Award

  • Santa Fe County Administration Building, Restoration This award recognizes the restoration of the Santa Fe County Courthouse building designed by John Gaw Meem in 1939. Rehabilitation included removal of a c1970s addition and restoration of the historic courtyard as well as interior updates to ensure ADA accessibility and restoration of fixtures including tin chandeliers and courthouse pews.  This award goes to representatives from Santa Fe County, the Jaynes Corporation, and Studio Southwest Architects. 

 Archaeological Heritage Award

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Office This award recognizes the completion of an agreement to streamline and professionalize how compliance review is completed for the hundreds of projects NRCS completes each year. This award goes to Xavier Montoya, Steve Kadas and William Volf of the New Mexico Office.  

 Community Preservation Award

  • Community of Duran, Gary Sanchez, Joseph Hindi, & Katie Dix. This award recognizes the support of the Community of Duran including Joseph Hindi, Gary Sanchez, and consultant Katie Dix for their work in getting the Duran Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 

 Heritage Publication Award

  • Enrique R. Lamadrid & Moises Gonzales, University of New Mexico Press This award recognizes Nación Genízara: Ethnogenesis, Place, and Identity in New Mexico which examines the history, cultural evolution, and survival of the Genizaro people.  Edited by Moises Gonzales and Enrique R. Lamadrid, published by the University of New Mexico Press.

 Heritage Publication Award

  • Dr. Jamie Lara Bronstein, Department of History, New Mexico State University & Dr. Durwood Ball, New Mexico Historical Review . This award recognizes Dr. Bronstein’s 2018 article, “Ladies, have you heard? The Strange Career of New Mexico’s Equal Rights Amendments” which appeared in the New Mexico Historical Review.


2020 Heritage Preservation Month & Heritage Preservation Awards

Due to COVID-19, activities for this year’s Preservation Month have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely.  We have coordinated a list of online resources creating ways to celebrate heritage preservation in your own home.  If you have an event or link to share, please contact HPD Staff at karla.mcwilliams@state.nm.us.   

2020 Heritage Preservation Awards
The Cultural Properties Review Committee’s 2020 Heritage Preservation Awards Ceremony has been postponed indefinitely.  Stay tuned for news about re-scheduling the event. 

Heritage Preservation Month Poster
This year marks the 33rd year that HPD has issued a Preservation Month poster.  This year’s posters were designed by Harvey M. Kaplan, HPD Staff, and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in New Mexico on February 21, 1920. 


 The posters are available to download as a PDF, below:

Online Resources
To learn more about New Mexico and the 19th Amendment visit these sites for more:

Virtual Preservation Month Activities
Because of COVID-19, preservation groups and New Mexico cultural organizations have moved into hosting virtual events/tours. We thought we would include events and opportunities from New Mexico and the nation.  Visit these sites for more!

  • Sign up for daily events from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, here.
  • Milwaukee Preservation Alliance is hosting a "Preservation Pep Talk" on May 18, here.
  • Use Instagram and share your favorite preservation successes, here.
  • 13 Virtual Ways to "Edutain" Kids about History and Preservation, here.
  • Take a virtual visit to one of our National Parks, here.
  • Visit the exhibit Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe at the MOIFA website, here
  • Tour online exhibitions by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, here.
  • Take part in 'virtual classroom' activities at New Mexico Historic Sites, here.
  • Visit the searchable online New Mexico Museum of Art collection, here.
  • Visit exhibits at the New Mexico Natural History Museum online, here.