First Ever Historias de Nuevomexico Conference Starts Thurs

by Staff Reporter / Oct 04, 2017 / comments

First Ever Historias de Nuevomexico Conference Starts Thurs

The Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center, in partnership with Northern New Mexico College will be hosting the first ever Historias de Nuevomexico, a three day conference exploring the histories and experiences of Hispanos and Native Americans during the Manhattan Project.

See below for a full schedule of the conference, which will take place at the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center in Alcalde.

Event Schedule:

October 12 -14, 2017
Northern New Mexico College
Española, NM
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center
  Alcalde, NM

Thursday Evening (10/12)

Pre-Conference Registration 4- 6 pm

6:00 – 8:00 pm, Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center

Honoring Pueblo and Hispano Experiences of the Los Alamos National Labs

6:00 – 6:20  Mingle

6:20 – 6:40  Welcome – Patricia Trujillo, Tomas Romero, and Willie Atencio

6:40 – 6:50  Recognition of Dignitaries, Conference sponsors

6:50 – 7:10  “The Town That Never Was”

7:10 – 7:30  Recognition of the Story Protectors

7:30: Coloniales Spanish Dance Grou

Friday (10/13) at Northern New Mexico College, Fine Arts Auditorium

8:00 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast, Center for Fine Arts, Small Theater

8:00 am – 12 pm – Registration, Center for Fine Arts, Lobby

Center for Fine Arts Theater, NNMC

8:30 am. Pre-Conference Showing of “The Town that Never Was”

9:00 am – 9:30 am – Welcome by Host Committee – Recognition of Sponsors

9:30 am – 10:10 am– Keynote: Remembering and Recovering from the ''Radiance of a Thousand Suns'”

Estevan Rael-Galvez

10:20 am – 11:50 am – Plenary I: Life Before the Manhattan Project

Moderator: Erwin Rivera, ENLACE and the former board member  of the Pararito Homesteaders Association

Politica: Nuevomexicanos and American Political Incorporation, 1821-1910

Felipe Gonzalez, University of New Mexico

They Came With Cornmeal: Early 20th Century Northern New Mexico Travels

Matthew Martinez, Lt. Governor of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Northern New Mexico College

Living with the Children of the Pajarito Plateau

Kathy Cordova, Author

12:00 pm– 2:00 pm – LUNCH, CFA Small Theater

2:10 pm – 3:30 pm – Opening Encuentro: Trabajando con Respeto y Permiso, Center for Fine Arts

Capturing Oral Histories of the Manhattan Project? Story Sharing in a Local/National Context

Nathaniel Weisenburg, Atomic Heritage Foundation

Cynthia Kelly, Atomic Heritage Foundation

Thomas Romero, Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area

Patricia Trujillo, Northern New Mexico College

3:40 pm – 5:00 pm – Plenary II: Not Just the Labs: Contexts of Community Stories and Their Meanings, Center for Fine Arts Theater, NNMC

Moderator: TBD

LANL Health Issues through Three Frames of Reference:  Industrial America, the Atomic Complex, and Indigenous Communities

Ken Silver, Eastern Tennessee State University

Los Alamos Revisited: A Workers’ History

Peter Malmgren, Author

Re-Creating the Digital Archive: A Project to Return Nuclear Testimonios to Nuevomexicano Communities,”

Myrriah Gomez, University of New Mexico

5:10 pm – 6:40 pm, – Concurrent Session Two  

Session A: Center for Fine Arts

“Untold Stories/Marginalized from the Mainstream: Stories from Northern New Mexico,”

Monique Anair and students, Santa Fe Community College


Session B: Teacher Education Building, Comadre Room

Stories of Impact: Labor, Growth, and Art in the Nuclear Age

“Citizen and Taxpayer”: Labor Unrest and Urban Growth in Atomic Albuquerque”

            Gregory Montoya-Mora, The University of Chicago

“One Man’s Journey from Rowe to Mars – Santiago Bustamante”

            Camilla Bustamante, Santa Fe Community College

 “"A Gate to the Rainbow Stream"

Alfredo Lujan, Middlebury College and retired teacher from Pojoaque Valley Schools


Thematic Story Sharing Sessions for Manhattan Workers and Families

Theme: TBD


Session C: Teacher Education Building, Saya Room

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Viewing of Interviews

Moderator: TBA

  • Esther Vigil's Interview
  • Matias A. Zamora's Interview


Saturday (10/14) at Northern New Mexico College

Session A: Teacher Education Building, Comadre Room

Trinity Downwinders: How the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium Responds to the Effects of the Manhattan Project in South Central New Mexico,

Joni Arends, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety

Tina Cordova, Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium

Myrriah Gómez, University of New Mexico


Session B: Film Screening, CFA

The Forgotten Bomb with discussion lead by filmmaker


Session C: Teacher Education Building, Saya Room

“The S-Site Burning Ground Accident Revisited”

Cary Skidmore and Daniel Preston


Session D: Teacher Education Building, Vecino Room

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Viewing of Interviews

Moderator: Willie Atencio

Eulalia Quintana Newton's Interview

Nick Salazar's Interview


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – LUNCH, CFA Small Theater

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm– Closing Encuentro: Putting Cuadernos to Work in the Community, CFA

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm Despedida – Thank you for coming!