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Historic Preservation Recognition Award

The purpose of the prestigious Historic Preservation Medal is to recognize and honor a person who has done extraordinary work over a long period of time in establishing a historic district, preserving a local landmark, restoring or preserving objects of historic cultural significance, or establishing or participating in oral history projects, youth leadership and education, as it pertains to historic preservation, at the regional, state, and/or national level.

The Charles Dibrell Chapter was honored to recognize Henrietta Martinez Christmas the with NSDAR’s Historic Recognition Award. This award was presented to her for her work of genealogical and historical research in the Rio-Arriba region of New Mexico. Her long standing study/knowledge is a tremendous source of information in regards to Hispanic genealogy. A native New Mexican, she descends from 11 soldiers who came to NM with don Juan de Onate in 1898. Her research of the Santa Fe Presidio has resulted in several verified Spanish soldier patriots for DAR and SAR applications.

She has published more than 150 articles relating to genealogy of families in NM. Henrietta has also authored over 15 books. She has been extensively published in Herencia Journal. She has over 25 topics on which she regularly lectures many of which she has made videos of so that the schools have access to the information. With others in the state she has translated hundreds of Spanish documents.

She is a past board member of the Historical Society of New Mexico, which was founded on December 26, 1859. It is the oldest historical society west of the Mississippi River. During the Civil War, it suspended activities, but soon resumed its role in preserving New Mexico’s History. She is also a member of the NM Genealogical Society, the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of NM, both of which she edits/manages the Society Journals, Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Carta, and History Museum of New Mexico. She is the 2012 Dona Eufemia Award winner nominated by the New Mexico Cultural Preservation League.

Sincerely, Meg Swanson, Past Chapter Regent

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