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Branigan Cultural Center in Downtown Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Las Vegas, Nevada’s CARE Complex

Glenn Trowbridge was born in St. Albans, West Virginia, and lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for over forty years. With service in the United States Air Force, study in psychology at San Diego State University and business administration at National

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Posted in Las Cruces

Saint Luke’s Health Clinic

 James Sassak was born in Pontiac, Michigan, moved to Las Cruces in 1986, and later attended college in Orlando, Florida. Sassak returned to Las Cruces after a 2011 winter storm known as the “Deep Freeze” threatened health conditions for both

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Jardin de Los Niños

Audrey Hardman-Hartley was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, raised in El Paso, Texas and Hilo, Hawaii, and returned to Las Cruces to attend New Mexico State University. Twenty six years after completing a master’s degree, and following a career

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The Great Conversation

Randy Harris was born on Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, studied history, social science, and communication, and worked in agriculture, media, energy conservation, and entrepreneurial creativity. In 2010, Harris engaged Las Cruces citizens to participate in a series

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Research Questions –– Public History

Can the American home and workplace become sensible, inclusive, and accessible to human beings without recourse from bad credit, zombie debt, and the historical threat of cyclical individual and familia poverty? How do individuals, small groups, and municipal organizations apply

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Hope Stories Narrator Questions

Sunset from White Sands National Park

Questions design general outlines and intentions for the Hope Stories project, a working guideline to consider how a single interview might progress. The Hope Stories Questions list seeks rapport with potential narrators, greater access of memory recall, and to prepare for

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Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Stories

Doña Ana County New Mexico

This project explores human rights, access to services, and city resources as seen through the experiences of staff, community advocates, and city officials at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH).  The New Mexico State University Public History based project seeks

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Podcasts ‘R’ Us?

Podcasts pose challenges beyond the historical applications of analog oral history methodology.  Pre-interview etiquette, in-depth narrator research, closely monitored sound recording levels and interviewing techniques all continue to be valuable skills of born-digital oral history collection; however, as the Oral

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NMSU Summer Archive Internship

Los Poblanos Open Space, September 2014

In the archive, avoid to-do “which” lists that include any list of chores, errands, or projects that cannot be processed by real human beings.  In the archive, and its companion library system, any number of misfortune, pitfall, or researcher led

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Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS)

The Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) allows historians to display recorded spoken narrative alongside accompanied transcribed material on a single webpage. Many of the steps necessary to complete this process involve a moderate degree of digital literacy; however, patience and

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Posted in Las Cruces, Sound

Painting Winter

While listening to music from the room next door, Painter Enrique Harrison talks about moving to Cedro, New Mexico in 1981. A life long artist, Enrique shares a story about gathering wood and water in wintery Tijeras canyon, mud plastering the

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Posted in Albuquerque

Alabama Grove

Narrator Margaret Pool speaks about Pleasant Grove, Alabama school fairs and musicals during the Fall and Summer, family football and listening-in via transistor radio, and travel throughout the United States, including Knoxville, Tennessee seeking wild blueberry in the Great Smoky

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Posted in Albuquerque

NMSU Public History

January 2017 begins anew with a Public History master’s program at New Mexico State University located in Las Cruces.  My accepted admission Statement of Purpose outlines my initiative to record, catalog, and present narrative research on Poverty, Homelessness, and Child Hunger in

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New Mexico Identities

Narrator David Hernandez Rivero speaks about the native and international communities of New Mexico. Originally from Havana, Cuba, David has worked as a librarian, archivist, and museum curator, including study at University of New Mexico’s Maxwell Museum and 2015s collaborative

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Las Cruces 2018
David Lee

David Lee

creates dynamic open-access community archive projects for public history sound recording, reasonable workflow, and longterm digital preservation.

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