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Lincoln Historic Site Restoration Project Complete

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs announced the completion of a $400,000 restoration project at the Lincoln Historic Site in Lincoln, New Mexico.

The restoration included rebuilding the deteriorated foundation of the Tunstall Store, a building that served as Lincoln County’s wartime focal point and is listed on the National Historic Register and the National Register of Cultural Property. The work included repairing flaws and cracks in the walls of the structure.

The project threatened the habitat of the Mexican Freetail and Pallid bats living in and around Tunstall’s attic. DCA contracted wildlife biologists and bat removal specialists to carry out a bat remediation project.

In December, New Mexico Historic Sites staff and curators at the New Mexico Museum of History began working to support the return of artifacts to the site ahead of the relocation of its exhibits, which are expected to reopen in the spring. /lincoln —Michael Abatemarco

Estevan Rael-Galvez

Enslaved Native American Project Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

In February, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced a $1.5 million grant to support Native Bound-Unbound: Archive of Enslaved Native Americans, a project by former New Mexico state historian, anthropologist, and native slavery scholar Estevan Rael-Gálvez. The digital database and centralized repository focuses on the stories and experiences of millions of enslaved Native Americans.

“The objective of Native bound-unbound is to bring together data, records, and stories, and over time, transform that content into digital exhibits, timelines, and new types of cartography into one public website,” Rael-Gálvez said in a press release. “When complete, the repository will offer a distinct source of materials that have never been organized into a single collection and will be a major source for educators, scholars, storytellers, artists, and most importantly, descendants.”

The project brings to light an obscure chapter in the history of the Americas, which is supported by documents in archival repositories across the country and the world, including legal cases, censuses, letters, last wills , parish registers for baptisms, marriages and burials. . Additionally, much of the material is held by individual families, including personal records, artifacts, photographs, and oral histories. The Mellon Foundation is funding the development of the project through the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe. – MY

Applications are open for the ARTsmart Art Changes Lives Fellowship

ARTsmart, a local organization dedicated to providing access to quality arts education in Santa Fe public schools, will award its 2022 Art Changes Lives Scholarship to a graduating high school art student in Santa Fe.

The winning student will receive $5,000 for the first year of visual arts studies at a university or college, including a two-year community college, and $1,500 for the following three years. The prize will be awarded directly to the college or university and the winner must provide ARTsmart with their student ID number, contact name and the address of the admissions department of the school or university of his choice.

Taos School of Music appoints new Executive Director

The Taos School of Music has announced the appointment of Erik Christian Peterson as Executive Director.

Peterson is only the fourth person to hold the position in the institution’s 59-year history. He was selected after an extensive national search. Peterson’s role includes overseeing the school’s mission to prepare the next generation of emerging musicians for successful performing careers through a rigorous program of chamber music instruction under the guidance of quartets. world-renowned string and chamber musicians.

A former student of the famous Juilliard School in New York where he studied violin and viola, Peterson obtained a doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University. He is a founding member of the Voxare String Quartet and recipient of Chamber Music America’s coveted ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. In addition to lecturing at New York University, Oxford University, and the British Library, among other deserving institutions, he was artistic director and festival-goer of the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado for six years. , overseeing up to 60 events per season.

“I am honored to lead an organization that has played such a vital role in the lives of so many musicians,” Peterson said in a press release. “As we move forward, not only will the school continue to expand its position as a leader in education, but it will be at the forefront of digital strategy, organizational and community partnerships.” – MY