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NMSU professor wins state heritage preservation award


New Mexico State University history professor Jamie L. Bronstein, Ph.D., will share the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division’s (HPD) 2021 heritage publication award with Durwood Ball, Ph.D., of the New Mexico Historical Review.

Bronstein and Ball will receive the award during a May 21 online ceremony hosted by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

The award recognizes 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. 

Bronstein earned a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University in 1996, when she was hired by NMSU. She is the author of five books.

DCA’s annual heritage preservation awards honor outstanding projects, individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate significant achievements in preserving the heritage of New Mexico, DCA said in a news release. First presented by the Cultural Properties Review Committee in 1973, the awards coincide with Historic Preservation Month, held annually in May.

This year’s other winners:

Heritage Publication Award: Enrique R. Lamadrid, Ph.D., and Moises Gonzalez, University of New Mexico Press, for the book “Nación Genízara: Ethnogenesis, Place, and Identity in New Mexico,” which examines the history, cultural evolution and survival of the Genizaro people.

Heritage Community Award: The community of Duran (located in Torrance County, about 100 miles southeast of Albuquerque), Gary Sanchez, Joseph Hindi and Katie Dix. The award recognizes the support of Duran for the listing of the Duran Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places.

Architectural Heritage Award: Santa Fe County Administration Building Restoration.

Archaeological Heritage Award: Natural Resources Conservation Service, New Mexico office. The award recognizes the completion of an agreement to streamline and professionalize how compliance review is completed for the hundreds of projects the service completes each year.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Edgar Boles. The award recognizes Boles for a life dedicated to historic preservation. After moving to Albuquerque from Kansas in 1981, he taught at UNM, attained an architectural registration and helped launch the MainStreet program.

Lifetime Achievement Award:  Christopher Wilson, UNM. The award recognizes Wilson for dedication to historic preservation.

Visit http://nmhistoricpreservation.org/programs/preservation-month.html.