18 October 2009

New Mexican Personal Historians

Today, The Sunday Journal has an article in its Mature Life magazine insert about professional personal historians. These are people that record a person's life histories for posterity.

The article profiles a personal historian Genevieve Russell. The article paraphrases and quotes her by saying:

Leaving a record is a way to help children and grandchildren "appreciate where they came from" says Geneive Russell. The lives of others "further connects us and gives us clarity about who we are.

Local men who have had personal histories created for them include Ramon Montes, 90 years old, a well-known carver of traditional religious buttos and retablos, and Danish-born artist Gaston Lotvig of Santa Fe who passed away in February at the age of 96. Montes was named a Santa Fe Living Treasure and has his personal history archived in the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library.

To read more about personal historians, either find the insert in today's Sunday Journal, or go to the Albuquerque Journal website to view a digital version of the story:

* Go to abqjournal.com,
* Click on the "Magazines" header,
* Click on the "Mature Life" icon,
* View the magazine. The title of the article is "On the Record" and can be found on page 3 of the magazine. It continues on to page 12.

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