Deadline for nominations is January 15, 2018.

08HSNMMedallion_resizeThe Historical Society of New Mexico (HSNM) recognizes outstanding work by students, professional and avocational historians and organizations through various annual HSNM Awards. The awards are announced and presented at the Annual Meeting and Conference in the Spring.

Past Recipients

HSNM announced recipients in the following areas for service and contributions to the fields of New Mexico history and historic preservation at the April 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Joint History Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Society is pleased to recognize and thank these individuals and organizations for their commitment to New Mexico history.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

2012 – Nasario Garcia

Paul Walter Award, services to the Historical Society of New Mexico.

  • 2007 – John Porter Bloom
  • 2010 – Richard Melzer.
  • 2011 – Van Dorn Hooker.
  • 2012 – David Caffey.
  • 2014 – John B. Ramsay
  • 2015 – Michael Stevenson
  • 2016 – Don Bullis
  • 2017 – No Award Given

Lansing B. Bloom Award, for Outstanding Publication by an Institution of the Society.

  • 2004 – Los Alamos Historical Society Publication
  • 2004 – Nancy Cook Steeper, author. Dorothy McKibben: Gatekeeper to Los Alamos
  • 2005 – New Mexico Genealogist, quarterly journal – New Mexico Genealogy Society
  • 2005 – Union County Historical Society Review, quarterly journal – Union County Historical Society (institution)
  • 2006 – Bill Lockhard. Fourth Street, Near Manzanares: The Carbonated Beverage Industry in Socorro, New Mexico – Socorro County Historical Society
  • 2008 – New Mexico Genealogy Society. Aqui se Comineza.
  • 2009 – Rio Grande Books & Don Bullis. New Mexico, A Biographical Dictionary.
  • 2010 – Museum of New Mexico Press, Telling New Mexico: A New History
  • 2011 – New Mexico Jewish Historical Society: Legacy Menaul Historical Library of the Southwest: Menaul Historical Library of the Southwest Review
  • 2012 – Sharon Snyder. At Home on the Slopes of Mountains: The Story of Peggy Pond Church.
  • 2013 – Richard Melzer. Sunshine and Shadows in New Mexico’s Past: The Statehood Period – 1912 – Present.
  • 2014 – Corina A. Santistevan and Julia Moore, editors, Taos: A Topical History
  • 2015 – No Award Given
  • 2016 – Richard Melzer.  The Jewish Legacy in New Mexico History
  • 2017 – Historic Santa Fe Foundation.  Historic Santa Fe Foundation Newsletter

Edgar Lee Hewett Award, for Service to the Public.

  • 2005 – Roger K. Burnett, Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico.
  • 2006 – David V. Holtby, editor. University of New Mexico Press.
  • 2007 – Robert Torrez
  • 2009 – Jack Loeffler.
  • 2010 – The Maddox Foundation.
  • 2011 – Jay Smith, Former Director, Hubbard Museum, President of Mountain Plains Museum Association.
  • 2012 – David Townsend.
  • 2013 – Toni Laumbach, Chief Curator, New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum.
  • 2014 – Elmo Baca
  • 2015 – Max Evans
  • 2016 – Clayton Johnson, Program Director, Northwest New Mexico Site Stewards
  • 2017 – Ethan Ortega, Historic Site Ranger, Coronado Historic Site and Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County

Dorothy Woodward Award, for Education.

  • 2005 – Marc Simmons and Ron Kil. The Children of the West Series. UNM Press
  • 2006 – New Mexico Humanities Council for humanities programming: Chautauqua Program and the National History Day Competition
  • 2009 – Jon Hunner
  • 2010 – The New Mexico History Museum
  • 2011 – New Mexico Museum of Art
  • 2012 – Richard Melzer
  • 2013 – Craig Newbill. For advancement of education in New Mexico History.
  • 2014 – Marilu Waybourn, San Juan County Historical Society
  • 2015 – Mo Sue L. Palmer
  • 2016 – No Award Given
  • 2017 – No Award Given

Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award, Significant Contribution to the Field of History.

  • 2004 – Marc Simmons, author. Hispanic Albuquerque, 1706-1846. UNM Press
  • 2004 – David L. Witt, author. Modernist in Taos: from Dasburg to Martin. Red Crane Press
  • 2005 – Charles M. Carrillo, Saints of the Pueblos. LPD Press
  • 2005 – Barbara Vogt Mallery, Bailing Wire and Gamuza: The True Story of a Family Ranch Near Ramah, New Mexico. New Mexico Magazine
  • 2006 – Gene Peach and Max Evans, Making a Hand: Growing up Cowboy in New Mexico, Museum of New Mexico Press
  • 2006 – Mark L. Gardner and Ron Kil. Jack Thorp’s Songs of the Cowboys. Museum of New Mexico Press
  • 2007 – Shelby Tisdale, Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest: Milicent Rogers Museum Collection, Taos
  • 2008 – Joe Traugott. The Art of New Mexico: How the West is One. AND Gloria Giffords. Sanctuaries of Earth, Stone, and Light.
  • 2009 – Flannery Burke. From Greenwich Village to Taos. Erika Bsumek. Indian Made.
  • 2010 – Curtis Fort and Margaret Booker. The Santa Fe House: Historic Residences, Enchanting Adobes and Romantic Revivals. Rizolli Books.
  • 2011 – David Witt. Ernest Tompson Seton: The Life and Legacy of an Artist and Conservationist.
  • 2012 – Ronald Kil. Outstanding contribution to the Fine Arts.
  • 2013 – Jseph Traugott. New Mexico Art Through Time: Prehistory to the Present.
  • 2014 – Margaret Moore Booker, author, Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide
  • 2015 – Cipriano Frederico Vigil, author, New Mexican Folk Music: Treasures of a People
  • 2016 – Sascha T.Scott, author, A Strange Mixture: The Art and Politics of Painting Pueblo Indians
  • 2017 – Jann H. Gilmore, author, Olive Rush:  Finding Her Place in the Santa Fe Art Colony

Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Awards, for Outstanding Publication in the Field of History.

  • 2004 – Richard Melzer, author. When We Were Young in the West. Sunstone Press
  • 2004 – E. Richard Hart, author. Pedro Pino: Governor of Zuni Pueblo. University of Utah Press
  • 2005 – William Dunmire, author. The Gardens of New Spain. University of Texas Press
  • 2005 – John Nieto Phillips, author. The Language of Blood. UNM Press
  • 2006 – Stanley Hordes, author. To the End of the Earth. Columbia University Press
  • 2006 – Colleen O’Neill, author. working the Navajo Way: Labor and Culture in the Twentieth Century. University Press of Kansas
  • 2007 – David L. Caffey, Frank Springer and New Mexico: From Colfax County War to Emergence of Modern Santa Fe, Texas A&M University Press
  • 2007 – Malcolm Ebright and Rick Hendricks, The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians and the Devil, Glen Strock, Illustrator, University of New Mexico Press
  • 2008 – Richard Melzer. Buried Treasures: Famous and Unusual Gravesites in NM History.
  • 2009Paula Moore. Cricket Coogler in the Web.
  • 2010 – Marsha Weisiger. Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo County. University of Washington Press.
  • 2011 – Sunstone Press: White Shell Water Place: An Anthology of Native American Reflections on the 400th Anniversary of Santa Fe, New Mexico AND All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, An Anthology Commemorating the 400thAnniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610.
  • 2012 – Chris Wilson and Stefano Polyzoides – The Plazas of New Mexico (Trinity University Press) Neta Pope and Andrea Jaquez – The Fort Bayard Story: 1866-1899 (Self-Published) Richard Melzer, Robert Torrez and Sandra Mathews: A History of New Mexico Since Statehood, (UNM Press)
  • 2013 – David B. Holtby. Forty Seventh Star: New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood. (U. of OK Press)
  • 2014 – Richard A. Ruddy, author, Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist
  • 2015 – David L. Caffey, author, Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico
  • 2016 – Carlos R. Herrera, author, Juan Bautista De Anza: The KIng’s Governor in New Mexico
  • 2017 – Nancy Owen Lewis, author, Chasing the Cure in New Mexico:  Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health

Fray Francisco Atanasio Dominguez Award, for Historic Survey and Research.

  • 2004 – V. B. Price, author and Kirk Gettings, photographer. Albuquerque, A City at the End of the World. UNM Press
  • 2005 – Jon Hunner, author. Inventing Los Alamos. University of Oklahoma Press
  • 2006 – Richard Flint and Shirley Cushing Flint. authors. Documents of the Coronado Expedition, 1539-1542. Southern Methodist University Press
  • 2007 – Paul Kraemer
  • 2008 – John Baxter
  • 2009 – Richard Flint. No Settlement, No Conquest.
  • 2010 – The National Park Service. Preservation and Management Guidelines for Vanishing Treasures Resources.
  • 2011 – Lucy R. Lippard, Down County: the Tano of Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782. Museum Press of New Mexico.
  • 2012 – Don Bullis, New Mexico Historical Biographies (LPD Press)
  • 2013 – Peter L. Eidenbach. An Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, 1550-1941 (UNM Press).
  • 2014 – Sherry Robinson, author, I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches
  • 2015 – Malcolm Ebright, Rick Hendricks, and Richard W. Hughes, co-authors, Four Square Leagues: Pueblo Land in New Mexico
  • 2016 – Jerry D. Thompson, author, A Civil War History of the New Mexico Volunteers and Militia
  • 2017 – Joseph P. Sanchez and Bruce A. Erickson, co-authors, From saltillo, Mexico to san Antonio and East Texas:  A Historical Guide to El Camino Real de Tierra Afuera and El Camino Real de Tejas During the Spanish Colonial Period

L. Bradford Prince Award, for Significant Work in the Field of Historic Preservation.

  • 2004 – Renovation of the Eklund Hotel, Clayton; Eklund Hotel Association in Clayton, NM; John D. Feinberg, Collaborative, Inc.; Dean Brookie, Collaborative, Inc.; Global Structures, Rue Lazzell, Supervisor
  • 2005 – Renovation of the Brams House, “Little House on the Prairie” in Amistad – Women of the Amistad United Methodist Church
  • 2006 – Rev. Msgr. Jerome Martinez for rededication of St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe; Rebuilding church in El Rito; designing and building Santa Maria de la Paz, Santa Fe; redesigning the architectural responsibilities and initiating the first Archbishop’s Commission for the Preservation of Historic Churches while Vicar General.
  • 2007 – Luis Neri Azgal, Dale Kronkrite, Patricia Morris and Steve Prins for their work with the New Mexico Chapter of the National New Deal Preservation Association
  • 2008 – Lynda Sanchez
  • 2009 – Linda Davis, the Davis Family and the CS Cattle Company.
  • 2010 – David Kammer.
  • 2011 – Diane Prather for work at the Nogal Ranger Station.
  • 2012 – Mary Davis, Corrales Historical Society.
  • 2013 – Historic Santa Fe Foundation.
  • 2014 – Theodore Jojola, restoration of historic building at Albuquerque Indian School
  • 2015 – Ann Carson, Albuquerque
  • 2016 – Cecilia Bell, president, Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society
  • 2017 – Old Santa Fe Association

Pablita Velarde Award, for an outstanding children’s publication 2010 – Kathryn Lasky, Ora Eitlan, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keefe.

  • 2011 – Peggy Pond Church and Charles M. Carrillo. Shoes for Santo Niño.
  • 2012 – Enrique Lamadrid, Amadito and the Hero Children, (UNM Press) Emerita Romero-Anderson, Milagro of the Spanish Bean Pot (Texas Tech University Press).
  • 2013 – Rudolfo Anaya. How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico. (Rio Grande Press).
  • 2015 – Nasario Garcia, author, Grandma Lale’s Tamales: A Christmas Story
  • 2016 – Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum and Turner Mark-Jacobs, illustrator, Meet Bences Gonzales
  • 2017 – No Award Given

Gilberto Espinosa Prize (NMHR Award)

  • 2009 – Enrique R. Lamadrid. “Rutas del Corazon”, photos by Miguel Gandert, NMHR, 84:4.
  • 2010 – Richard Flint. “Without them Nothing was Possible: The Coronado Expedition’s Indian Allies,” NMHR, 84:1
  • 2012 – Christoph Laucht, “Los Alamos in a Way Was a City of Foreigners” German Speaking Émigré Scientists and the Making of the Atom Bomb at Los Alamos New Mexico, 1943-1946.”
  • 2013 – Nancy Owen Lewis, High and Dry in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Politics of Health
    2014 – Phillip B. Gonzales, Mexican Party, American Party, Democratic Party: Establishing the American Political Party in New Mexico, 1848-1853
  • 2015 – Sam White, author, Cold Drought, and Disaster: The Little Ice Age and the Spanish Conquest of New Mexico
  • 2016 – Frank Norris, author, Courageous Motorists: African American Pioneers on Route 66
  • 2017 – Paul Andrew Hutton, author, The Fearless Leader of a Desperate Band:  Paddy Graydon in the Apache and Civil Wars

Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Award, for outstanding publication regarding domestic life in NM

  • 2012 – Uyless Black, The Light Side of Little Texas (Lea County Museum Press) Sandra Schackel, Working the Land: The Stories of Ranch and Farm Women in the Modern American West (U of Kansas Press)
  • 2013 – Arturo Madrid. In the Country of Empty Crosses: The Story of a Hispano Protestant Family in a Catholic New Mexico.
  • 2014 – Stacia Spragg-Braude, author, If There’s Squash Bugs in Heaven, I Ain’t Staying”
  • 2015 – Andres Armijo, author, Family History in the Rio Abajo
  • 2016 – Amy M. Porter, author, Their Lives, Their Wills: Women in the Borderlands, 1750-1846; and Nasario Garcia, author, Hoe, Heaven, and Hell
  • 2017 – Anita Rodriguez, author, Coyota in the Kitchen:  A Memoir of New and Old Mexico

Recognition for Service to the Historical Society

  • 2012 – Frank Gonzales, Santa Fe

Myra Ellen Jenkins Graduate Scholarship Award:

  • 2009 – Wendy Horton, NMSU
  • 2010 – Anna Cabrera, UNM; and Christy Roye, NMS

Award Categories

The Paul A. F. Walter Award — for outstanding service to the Historical Society of New Mexico.

A true Renaissance man, Paul F. Walter served at various times as president of the First National Bank of Santa Fe, editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, and executive secretary of the School of American Archaeology. For fifty years he was a devoted member of the Historical Society of New Mexico and was elected president in 1926. In that position, he assisted Lansing B. Bloom during publication of the New Mexico Historical Review (NMHR). Until a short time before his death in 1996, Walter continued to be co-editor for the NMHR and an enthusiastic supporter of the Historical Society of New Mexico.

The Edgar Lee Hewett Award — for outstanding service to the people of New Mexico.

Edgar Lee Hewett began his professional life as an educator. He was appointed president of New Mexico Normal University (Highlands) in 1898. Soon after, archeology became his principal interest, bringing him worldwide recognition for his investigations on the Pajarito Plateau and elsewhere. Hewett is remembered as a founder of both the Museum of New Mexico and what became the School of American Research. Largely as a result of his efforts, federal officials established Bandelier National Monument in 1916.

The Dorothy Woodward Award — for advancement of education in New Mexico history.

A dedicated educator throughout a long and distinguished career, Dorothy Woodward earned her Ph.D. at Yale University in 1935. By that time she had already taught history in the Denver Public Schools for several years. Soon after leaving New Haven, she joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico, where she remained a fixture in the history department for the next twenty years. A contemporary of France V. Scholes, Woodward was sometimes called “La Suprema” by her students, who included Myra Ellen Jenkins, Robert W. Delaney and other well-known historians.

The Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award — for an outstanding publication or significant contribution by individuals or organizations to the creative arts, as related to New Mexico history.

Born in Ann Arbor in 1859, Twitchell came to New Mexico as an attorney for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Subsequently, he became well known as an attorney, Republican politician, and Santa Fe booster. More importantly, Twitchell also won acclaim as an author and historian, producing the monumental five-volume work, The Leading Facts of New Mexico History, and the invaluable two-volume research source, Spanish Archives of New Mexico (series I and II). In 1916, he became president of the Historical Society of New Mexico.

The Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award — for an outstanding publication in New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history.

A poet and soldier, Captain Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá ( 1668) arrived in New Mexico as a member of the expedition of don Juan de Oñate in 1598. Although a “creole” by birth, being a native of the city of Puebla de los Ángeles in New Spain, he went to Spain to study at the famed University of Salamanca before entering military service. His epic poem telling of the travails of the Oñate expedition, La Historia de Nueva España, has been described as the first history published that portrays a part of the future American nation.

The Lansing B. Bloom Award — for an outstanding publication in New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history by an institution affiliated with the Historical Society of New Mexico.

Author, scholar, editor— Lansing Bloom must be regarded as a preeminent figure in the pantheon of New Mexico historians. A graduate of Auburn Theological Seminary, Bloom first became interested in Borderlands history during service as a Presbyterian missionary in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Subsequently, he came to New Mexico and accepted a position on the staff of the School of American Research and the Museum of New Mexico. His interests extended from the colonial era to New Mexico’s role in World War I. During the 1920s and 1930s, Bloom made several trips for research in Spain and Mexico, returning with invaluable photographic copies from the national archives. In 1926 he became the first editor of the New Mexico Historical Review and continued in that post until his death twenty years later. All those with an interest in history are deeply indebted to Lansing B. Bloom.

The Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez Award — for an outstanding publication or significant contribution to historic survey and research in New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history.

A distinguished churchman and explorer, Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez was born in Mexico City circa 1740. At the age of seventeen he joined the Franciscan Order. In 1775 his superiors sent him to New Mexico to make an official visitation of the missions in that remote province. A keen observer, Domínguez composed a report that is undoubtedly the most accurate source available for conditions in the northern frontier during the eighteenth century. Together with his colleague, Fray Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, and with New Mexican cartographer and distinguished soldier don Bernardo Miera y Pacheco, Domíguez also led an epic search for a passable route from New Mexico to the Franciscan missions in California. Although unsuccessful, their remarkable journey ranks as one of the great explorations in the southwest.

The L. Bradford Prince Award — for significant work in the field of historic preservation in New Mexico.

Attorney, author, and politician, L. Bradford Prince was one of New Mexico’s preeminent citizens of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A New Yorker, he first came to the territory in 1879 to serve a chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. An ardent student of history, Prince was elected president of the Historical Society of New Mexico in 1883, and he remained active in the organization for many years. In 1889 President Benjamin Harrison appointed Prince Governor of New Mexico. During his four-year term, Prince resided in the Palace of the Governor’s on the Santa Fe Plaza, and he subsequently initiated efforts for its preservation. He also worked tirelessly for the preservation of Spanish colonial mission churches and wrote concerning their history.

The Pablita Velarde Award — for an outstanding children’s publication related to New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history.

Pablita Velarde, “Tse Tsan” (Golden Dawn) in the Tewa language of her Santa Clara Pueblo home, was an outstanding artist originally trained as a young student in Dorothy Dunn’s Studio Art School at the Santa Fe Indian School. She was also a wonderful storyteller as exhibited in her self-illustrated book, Old Father Storyteller, first published in 1960. Her paintings are held by many museums, with an outstanding collection at the Bandelier National Monument. She received many awards, including the Palmes Académiques excellence in art from the French government.

Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Award — for an outstanding publication or exhibit relating to domestic life in New Mexico.

Fabiola Cabeza de Baca was legendary in New Mexico for the work she accomplished as an agricultural extension agent, teacher and folklorist. During the Depression and into the 1950s, she roamed the mountains, valleys and plains bringing information and instruction to the rural population. She focused on a wide range of topics, such as gardening, preserving foods, poultry and livestock raising, sewing, and other domestic endeavors. Fabiola collected stories and recipes and published Historic Cookery (1939) The Good Life (1949), and We Fed Them Cactus (1954). This award will recognize books or exhibits about domestic life, foodways (cookbooks), fabric arts (colcha embroidery, quilting), genealogy, and folklore that relates to the cultural and social life of New Mexico.


Nominations are currently sought for book and service awards to be presented at the 2018 HSNM Conference, April 19-21, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  To be eligible for consideration, nominations must be received by January 15, 2018.  To determine the most appropriate award, please review the list of award categories.  The committee, however, reserves the right to consider a nomination for a different award from that proposed by the nominator.  Winners will be notified within two months of this deadline. For more information, please contact HSNM Awards Chair, Nancy Owen Lewis.


  • Book Awards. These awards are intended for a living author or authors, whose book has made a significant contribution to our understanding of New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history. To be eligible for a 2018 award, a 2017 publication date is required. To nominate a book, please submit the following to the Awards Chair:  1) Three copies of the publication, 2) nomination form, and 3) a brief description of why this publication is worthy of an award.   If you are not certain of the most appropriate category, the awards committee will make the decision based on the criteria available.


  • Contribution/Service Awards. To nominate an individual or an organization, please submit the following to the Awards Chair: 1) The nomination form and 2) a letter describing that person or group, the contributions or service performed, and why that individual or group is worthy of recognition.


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