Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hispanic culture day will feature remarks from University professor

Sánchez Presents Hispanic Culture Day Remarks at the Legislature

Joseph SanchezDr. Joseph P. Sánchez, director, University of New Mexico Spanish Colonial Research Center, will present remarks for the celebration of Hispanic Culture Day in the House Chamber at the Round House, Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 9:30 a.m. The Hispanic Culture Day was the brainchild of the late Sen. Ben Altamirano, established 10 years ago and celebrated during a joint session each 60-day legislative session.

Clara Apodaca, president, National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, was asked by Sen. Michael Sanchez, to organize the event this year. She selected Dr. Joseph Sánchez, (no relation to Sen. Sanchez) to present a program, upon a recommendation from NHCC History and Literary Arts Director Carlos Vásquez,

“Sen. Altamirano will be honored and Dr. Sánchez will talk about the importance of Hispanic culture in the state,” said Mara Holguin, vice president, National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.

No one is better suited than Sánchez to speak about Hispanic history, culture and influence in New Mexico. Sánchez is founder and editor of the Colonial Latin American Historical Review (CLAHR). Before his career with the National Park Service – he is currently also director of Petroglyph National Monument – Sánchez was a professor of Colonial Latin American history at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Throughout his career, he has researched archives in Spain, Mexico, France, Italy, and England, and has published several studies on the Spanish frontiers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Alaska.

In May 2000, Sánchez was awarded the Medalla de Acero al Mérito Histórico Capitán Alonso de León by the Sociedad Nuevoleonesa de Historia, Geografía y Estadística, Monterrey, Mexico, for his lifelong work in Colonial Mexican history. In April 2005, he was inducted into the prestigious knighthood order of the Orden de Isabel la Católica as Knight Commander by King don Juan Carlos of Spain. In 2006 he was appointed to the History Commission of the Instituto Panamericano de Geografía e Historia that is headquartered in Mexico City and affiliated with the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.

Among his published books are: The Rio Abajo Frontier, 1540-1692 (1987); Pecos: Gateway to Pueblos and Plains. Joseph P. Sánchez and John Bezy, coeditors (1988); Spanish Bluecoats: The Catalonian Volunteers in Northwestern New Spain, 1767-1810 (1990); Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá's Historia de la Nueva México, 1610: A Critical and Annotated Spanish English Edition with Alfredo Rodríguez, Miguel Encinias, co-editors, 1992; The Aztec Chronicles: The True History of Christopher Columbus by Quilaztli of Texcoco (1995); Explorers, Traders, and Slavers: Forging the Old Spanish Trail, 1678-1850 (1997); Don Fernando Duran y Chaves's Legacy (1999); Memorias del Coloquio Internacional El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro; Joseph P. Sánchez and José de la Cruz Pacheco, co-editors, Mexico City, (2000); Exploradores, comerciantes y tratantes de esclavos: la forja de la Vieja Ruta Española, 1678-1850 (2001); co-authored by Joseph P. Sánchez, Bruce Erickson, and Jerry Gurulé, Between Two Countries: A History of Coronado National Memorial (2007); Between two Rivers: The Atrisco Land Grant in Albuquerque’s History, 1691-1968 (2008); and, co-authored by Joseph P. Sánchez and Larry D. Miller, Martineztown: A History of Land Tenure, 1823 – 1950 (2009).

“We at the Spanish Colonial Research Center are pleased at the opportunity to represent UNM on the program,” Sánchez said.

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