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Historical Society of New Mexico
For Immediate Release
Historical Society of New Mexico announces 2011 New Mexico HIstory Conference in Lincoln County, May 5 - 8.
The Historical Society of New Mexico, along with its partners, the Lincoln County Historical Society, New Mexico State Monuments, Fort Stanton, Inc., ENMU-Ruidoso, and the Hubbard Museum are pleased to announce the 2011 New Mexico History Conference to be held in Ruidoso and other venues in Lincoln County, May 5 - 8. An opening reception and conference registration will be held at the Hubbard Museum on Thursday, May 5, from 4 to 6 PM. Program sessions will take place at the Ruidoso Convention Center from 8:30 to 5 PM on Friday, May 6 and from 8:30 to 12:00 PM on Saturday, May 7.
The conference program includes four parallel sessions at the Convention Center, with a number of program presentations focusing on Lincoln County and the region. A highlight for those interested in Lincoln County history is a session, starting at 8:30 on Friday morning, on “Lincoln County Warriors” presented by current Lincoln County Historical Society President, Gary Cozzens, and past-President Herb Marsh. There will also be three sessions later in the conference on the history of Fort Stanton.
On Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Ruidoso Convention Center , the Historical Society of New Mexico will hold a book auction, followed by its Annual Awards Banquet from 7 to 9 PM. Two Lincoln County residents will be receiving awards from the Society. The first is Jay Smith, who is receiving the Society’s most prestigious award, the Edgar Lee Hewett Award, given for outstanding service to the public. Smith is currently the interim Director of the Silver City Museum, the President of the Mountain Plains Museum Association, and the Vice-President of the Lincoln County Historical Society. The second Lincoln County awardee is Diane Prather, who is receiving the Society’s Bradford Prince Award for significant work in the field of historic preservation, in particular, her efforts in preserving the Nogal Mesa Ranger Station barn.
Conference registration is open to all, with registration fees for the full conference starting at $35 for a single session and $75 for the full conference. In addition to the opening reception at the Hubbard Museum on May 5, registration will be available all through the sessions on May 6 and 7 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Full-time students may register for $10 and New Mexico K-12 teachers can attend for free.
There will also be a day of teachers’ sessions and workshops at the Lincoln State Monument on Saturday, May 7. The workshops will be focused on the history and impact of New Mexico’s achieving statehood in 1912 and are part of the statewide commemoration of the Statehood Centennial. These teachers’s sessions and workshops are being supported by the Historical Society of New Mexico and private donors, by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council, and by funding from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
A full program for the 2011 New Mexico History Conference can be found at the Historical Society of New Mexico’s website, http://www.hsnm.org/.