Hispanic Heritage: Overview

New Mexico Hispanic Heritage

Heritage New Mexico Project

The Heritage New Mexico research project at the University of New Mexico explores cultural and biological variation in New Mexicans of Spanish-speaking descent.


PBS documentary The Latino Americans

From PBS, check out this website, a companion to a 2013 documentary released in 2013 about Latin Americans. Pictured: Truman awarding a Medal of Honor to Marcario Garcia.

National Register of Historic Places

The Barela - Reynolds House is located in the Mesilla Valley, also known as the J. Paul Taylor House or the Taylor Monument, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Full preservation document available from the National Park Service and photographs from the Library of Congress.

Click for Registered Buildings in Bernalillo County on Wikipedia.

New Mexico traditional "Ranchos" of northern New Mexico

Of the series Teaching with Historic Places, the traditional settlements of northern New Mexico is a great place to learn about the state's history.


Spanish Colonial Research Center at UNM

The Spanish Colonial Research Center at UNM highlights the period of colonial history in New Mexico and patrons can access digital copies of documents from the period through the New Mexico Digital Collections webpage.


Great teaching ideas and videos from the NEA and National Park Service!

There are puzzles, biographies, and printables, as well as lesson plans about Spanish treasure fleets in 1715, Ybor City in Cuba as the cigar capital of the world, and curriculum guides to National parks like Coronado and Tumacácori.





Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps

The Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps is a great resource for both the researcher and anyone curious about maps in the Southwest region.

Online Art Exhibits

National Hispanic Cultural Center Ongoing Exhibitions

There are tons of great things over at the NHCC this month! Check out their website for latest exhibitions and events.

Google Cultural Institute:
Latino Cultures

A great new platform launched by Google as part of an initiative to create online cultural exhibits. This one, released just before the month of celebration, showcases the Latino experience through digital videos and interactives, artifacts, and personal stories.




the Smithsonian
Latino Virtual Museum

Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum logo




Of course, there also books to add to your reading lists!
Start with Pura Belpré Award winners! The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

  You can find our collection of these books here

Frida Kahlo by photographer Gisèle Freund



The Making of a Seventeenth-Century Spanish Polychrome Sculpture

The polychromed wooden sculpture, which depicts the 16th-century saint known as John of the Cross, has recently undergone technical examination and conservation treatment by the object conservation department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Folk Arts of the Southwest

Muted color schemes are typical of retablos in New Mexico. The above work depicts Saint Michael, is painted on gesso over cottonwood. In keeping with most other retablos the design of this piece is flat and abstract in feeling; decorative motifs like the drapery are simplified. In these respects it is akin to a folk art style; the origins of this type of painting, however, go back to the numerous devotional images painted by followers of the seventeenth-century Spanish painter Bartolome Murillo.

From the National Gallery of Art


Latino USA from National Public Radio

Local Music Guide from the Public Library

Juan B. Rael Collection

An online collection of Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande. Collected by various ethnographers from 1900 to 1999, includes religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.


Text Collections

Books available in the Public Library Collection