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NMSU Library sets date for 50th anniversary celebration of Rio Grande Historical Collections

  • By Tatiana Favela
  • 575-646-7953
  • Apr 12, 2022
Rio Grande Historical Collections at NMSU Library
NMSU Rio Grande Historical Collections
The New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections will celebrate 50 years of preserving the unique and historic past of Southern New Mexico and invites the NMSU and Las Cruces community to be a part of the celebration.

The anniversary event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Branson Library.

An exhibition celebrating the Rio Grande Historical Collections’ 50th anniversary will feature a panel discussion with Austin Hoover, former longtime RGHC director; Rick Hendricks, New Mexico state records administrator and former state historian; Dennis Daily, department head of Archives and Special Collections; and Jennifer Olguin, RGHC archivist.

The exhibition will include a display of original historical documents of the Mesilla Valley, southern New Mexico, and the border region. Staff will also lead behind-the-scenes tours of the RGHC facility.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the NMSU and Las Cruces communities into the archives to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary,” Daily said. “The RGHC collections document the history and cultural heritage of southern New Mexico, the Mesilla Valley, and the border region, giving us a first-hand look into the lives of the people who have called this place their home for generations.”

The RGHC located at NMSU is recognized as one of the premier historical archives of the U.S./Mexico border region and the Southwest. RSVP for the event at

For those interested in donating historical materials to the RGHC, information on the Archives and Special Collections website can be found at Financial contributions to help the program collect, preserve, and make accessible important archival treasures can be made to the Rio Grande Historical Collections fund through the NMSU Foundation at

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