Heritage Preservation Month

2022 Heritage Preservation Month & Heritage Preservation Awards

This year marks the 50th 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 with the 2022 Heritage Preservation Awards and issuing this year’s Heritage Preservation Month poster.

This year's presentation of the 2022 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 20, to view the presentation or log in to Zoom at https://bit.ly/3L2G0rb, password: awards. 

 

Annual Heritage Preservation Month Poster

Harvey Kaplan, HPD Staff, has designed this year’s poster using a photograph of Dolores Huerta from Harvey Richard.  

 

This year’s poster is the 35th year that the Historic Preservation Division has issued a Heritage Preservation Month poster.

The poster may be downloaded here as PDF.

 

2022 Heritage Preservation Awards

The Cultural Properties Review Committee will present its 50th Heritage Preservation Awards at a virtual ceremony scheduled for May 20, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. To view the presentation, please visit the HPD Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nmhistoricpreservation of zoom at https://bit.ly/3L2G0rb, password: awards

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

2022 Heritage Preservation Awards include:

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Human Systems Research, Inc., Las Vegas, New Mexico.   Human Systems Research, Inc (Las Cruces) is receiving this award for outstanding achievement in the field of Cultural Resource Management.  HSR is a scientific and educational institution that has pursued basic and applied research in archaeology and related scientific and historic fields since 1972.  The entire archaeological staff at HPD supports the nomination. Award presented to:  Human Systems Research, inc. - Dr. Deborah M. Dennis / Dr. David T. Kirkpatrick / Mr. Karl W. Laumbach.

Individual Achievement Award

  • David Kozlowski, SiteWatch Galisteo Chapter. Mr. Kozlowski is a motivated volunteer who spends 300 hours per year working to protect some of the New Mexico’s most vulnerable archaeological sites.  David works in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and was nominated by Jessica Badner, who coordinates the SiteWatch program at HPD. 

Architectural Heritage Award

  • Castaneda Hotel, Las Vegas, New Mexico. This award is being presented to the Castaneda Hotel Restoration and Renovation, located in the City of Las Vegas. Built in 1898 by the Santa Fe Railroad, this historic National Register-listed Harvey House hotel sat derelict since the 1960s. Utilizing the NM Historic Preservation Division’s Federal Tax Credit program, the $6.8 million Castaneda project was completed in 2021.  This project represents one of the largest tax credit projects in the history of HPD and the State of New Mexico.  Award presented to:  Mr. Allan Affeldt (owner/developer) / Mr. Conor Reichert (project manager) / Ms. Diane Kasha (Hotel Manager) / Mr. Daniel Lutzick (Developer) / Mr. Jorden Grimm (Contractor).

Heritage Organization Award

  • City of Las Cruces, New Mexico.  This 2022 Heritage Organization award recognizes the City of Las Cruces and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to its preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration.  The City of Las Cruces enacted its first historic preservation ordinance in 2019 after years of grass roots efforts.  The City went on to apply for and become the state’s newest Certified Local Government, becoming certified in 2021 by the National Park Service.  This award recognizes the contributions of the City and individuals to the spirit and ethos in developing a historic preservation program within the City of Las Cruces.  Awardees include: Ms. Heather Pollard for her long-standing efforts in support of the preservation and restoration of the Amador Hotel and serving as representative of this effort; Ms. Irene Oliver-Lewis for her advocacy in the preservation of the South Mesquite neighborhood and support in the rehabilitation and reuse of the historic Court Junior High School; Ms. Faith Hutson for her long-standing involvement in preserving the South Mesquite Historic district; Mr. Robert Cruise for efforts to restore numerous buildings in the Alameda Depot and Mesquite Street Historic Districts; Mr. Greg Z. Smith for his support in creating a historic preservation ordinance and advocacy for historic preservation; The City of Las Cruces, represented by Dr. Troy Ainsworth, Historic Preservation Planner, for its commitment to establishing a historic preservation program. The efforts of the City and these citizens illustrate the importance of historic preservation at the local level where historic preservation was once highlighted in individual efforts, it is now a matter of public policy.

Heritage Organization Award

  • St. Theresa Community Center, Grants, New Mexico.  Completed in 1951, the St. Theresa Community Center is significant because it was founded by Reverend Gerard Geier, a Franciscan priest assigned to the St. Teresa of Avila Parish in 1946.  Still owned by the diocese, the center is the focal point of Grants and continues to carryout Father Geier’s vision as a place for the community to gather to celebrate.  The center was built from local materials, including the malpai (lava rock) for the foundation and 18,000 tons of sandstone for the walls. Award presented to St. Theresa Community Center and the following participants:  Father Alberto Avella; Mr. and Mrs. Corinne and Fred Padilla; Mr. Robert Horacek; and Mr. Donald Jaramillo.

Architectural Heritage Award

  • Main Library, City of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The Main Library is significant in the area of architecture because the library, designed by Albuquerque architect George Pearl and completed in 1975, is exceptional as a localized interpretation of Brutalist design, crafted for its particular site, its local climate, and its users, while still maintaining the bold forms and linear elements of Brutalism.  Listed to the state and national registers in 2019 and Landmarked by the City of Albuquerque in 2020, the Main Library is the first brutalist building in New Mexico so recognized; Award presented to Mr. Dean Smith and Mr. Joshua Fox of the City of Albuquerque, Main Library; Thea Haver of Modern Albuquerque and Leslie Naji, Preservation Planner with the City of Albuquerque.

 

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.