New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum receives Humanities grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Mexico Humanities Council are boosting “Virtual Learning Experiences” at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum with a $4,000 grant.

The Las Cruces museum will purchase video equipment with the funds, according to Lisa Pugh, the museum’s Deputy Director in charge of programs.

The equipment will be used to produce educational content. Examples include:

  • Virtual tours of the exhibitions and livestock areas: “Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets” (exhibit on the development of the nation’s first missile range in the midst of World War II); Casa Colonial: Daily Life in Spanish Colonial Times (exhibit environment); Cattle Breeding in New Mexico from the Territorial Period to the Present.
  • Stories from the past: As a part of the NMFRHM mission to collect and preserve the agricultural heritage of  New Mexico, the museum implemented an Oral History Program in the mid-1990s. The program includes the systematic collection of people’s recollections of their life experiences with farming, ranching, and rural life. This collection is a major component in exploring and interpreting these subjects for our visitors and other researchers. Producers will incorporate these voices from the past with appropriate imagery to create short video presentations.
  • Instructional content for students of all ages.

Also, the museum just completed a project funded by the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board ($7,990) to support digitization of the facility’s Oral History Collection.

The NMHRAB receives funds from the New Mexico Legislature and the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to fund its Historical Records Grant program for improving preservation of and access to New Mexico’s historical records.

The grant program is for the purpose of strengthening and supporting records programs in New Mexico.


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