Dr. LM García y Griego speaks on the Community Land Grants of the East Mountains at the September 21, 2014, 2 pm meeting of the Albuquerque Historical Society. His presentation will focus on the recent history and current challenges of the community land grants of the east mountains. Community land grants are central to New Mexico’s history. It is sometimes forgotten that nearly half of the land grants adjudicated before 1904 still have active boards of trustees and still manage some land today. Our speaker, an heir to the Cañón de Carnué Land Grant, founded twice (once in 1763 and again in 1819) is an Associate Professor of History and Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico (main campus) and the founding director of the UNM Land Grant Studies Program. He also is active in the land grant movement and serves as secretary to the New Mexico Land Grant Consejo, a statewide organization of community land grants.
García y Griego is from the village of Carnuel. His undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees are in history (from Princeton University and UCLA, respectively). He also has a Master’s in demography from El Colegio de México (Mexico City). His research has focused on New Mexico history, U.S.-Mexican relations, and international migration. His most recent book, coauthored with Roberto R. Calderón, is Más allá del río Bravo: breve historia mexicana del norte de Texas (Mexico City: Archivo Histórico Diplomático, SRE, 2013), a history of the Mexican immigrant community of north Texas.
The program will take place at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain RD. NW, in Old Town. All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking in the lot south of the Albuquerque Museum.