Friday, March 7, 2014

For immediate release: Family History in the Río Abajo


Now available by LPD Press / Río GrandeBooks:
Por Constancia/so that it may be validated:
Family History in the Río Abajo
  
"Andrés Armijo succeeds in the scholarly artistry of Por Constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History of the Río Abajo."
 —José Antonio Esquibel, Caballero de la Orden de Isabel La Católica 


What Andrés Armijo has accomplished is quite remarkable. In recent years, many Nuevo Mexicanos have traced their family history, following numerous lines over the generations. Andrés has done that through his painstaking research on many of his relatives, notably the Armijo, Bernal, and Gallegos lines, among others. But he has done something far more significant: he has told the history of the Río Abajo through the lens of his family. In many respects, this book is a model of what a family history can be. This book is a most welcome addition to the historiography of New Mexico.
—Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian

Available for purchase now:
  
BOOK SIGNING EVENTS:

·      (Sneak preview!) New Mexico History Conference, May 2, 2014, Las Vegas, New Mexico

·      Official Book Launch: Saturday, May 10, 2014, National Hispanic Cultural Center Salon Ortega, 2-4pm, 1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM



·      Treasure House Books, Saturday, June 7, 2014, 1-3pm, 2012 S Plaza, Albuquerque, NM


  • Bookworks, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 4022 Río Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM

·      New Mexico Genealogical Society Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Albuquerque Public Library (Main) in the auditorium, 5th & Copper, 10:30a.m. - 12:00 noon.


In addition to the official book launch at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on May 10, 2014, Río Grande Books / LPD Press will be selling the publication at the following events:

March 15-16, 2014
Tucson Arizona

April 10 – 12, 2014
Prescott Resort and Conference Center, Arizona

May 1-3, 2014
Las Vegas, New Mexico

June 6 – 8, 2014
Denver, Colorado





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Friday, February 7, 2014

Por Constancia/so that it may be validated: Family History in the RíoAbajo

By LPD Press / Río Grande Books:
Por Constancia/so that it may be validated:
Family History in the Río Abajo
  
"Andrés Armijo succeeds in the scholarly artistry of Por Constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History of the Río Abajo."
 —José Antonio Esquibel, Caballero de la Orden de Isabel La Católica 

Written in the form of essays, biographies, transcribed oral histories and analysis of primary source
documents, Family History in the Rio Abajo provides context on how people lived and what they did
during unique periods in New Mexico’s history. Recovering people’s life stories and placing them in
a historical, cultural and familial context provides the reader a strong understanding of Nuevo Mexicanos' social and cultural history during the later part of the Spanish Colonial Period, the Mexican Period, and the Territorial period.

Por Constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo:
by Andrés Armijo
190 pages; 8-1/2 x 11 pb (153 photos) ISBN 978-1-936744-21-3 $49.95
Rio Grande Books
925 Salamanca NW Los Ranchos, NM 87107
505-344-9382 info@nmsantos.com www.LPDPress.com
 What critics and scholars say:

What Andrés Armijo has accomplished is quite remarkable. In recent years, many Nuevo Mexicanos have traced their family history, following numerous lines over the generations. Andrés has done that through his painstaking research on many of his relatives, notably the Armijo, Bernal, and Gallegos lines, among others. But he has done something far more significant: he has told the history of the Río Abajo through the lens of his family. In many respects, this book is a model of what a family history can be. This book is a most welcome addition to the historiography of New Mexico.—Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian

 This wonderful book may be mistakenly assumed to be “only” a family history, as it is entitled. But it is much more: This is a primer on how to do genealogical research, documentation, and writing to produce an excellent family history. Most importantly, this book provides many vignettes of New Mexico’s Hispanic history and folkways that everyone will find interesting. The reader doesn’t need to be one of the author’s many New Mexico primos to find this a rewarding book.—Michael Stevenson, past-President, Historical Society of New Mexico

 This engaging work is an inspiring primer for others seeking to uncover family history.—Francisco E Balderrama, Emeritus Professor of Chicano Studies and History, California State University Los Angeles

Por Constancia is well-researched, informative, and a pleasure to read. Armijo paints a vivid picture of New Mexico’s history in the twentieth century bringing this history alive. His book attests to the importance of everyday people, and shows their stories as important historical records, erasing the
wall of modern technology that has covered so much of what makes New Mexicans unique. Armijo erases the traces of time and shows that the lives and stories of years gone by are really nearby, alive, and close to us today. This book is a must for anyone interested in our recent past or family histories.
— Nicolasa Chávez, Curator of Spanish Colonial & Contemporary Hispano/Latino Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Andrés Armijo skillfully combines family history, sense of place, and cultural expressions with historical documents, personal stories, written words and audio recordings of relatives, photographs, and historical context to illustrate a vibrant pattern of cultural development and expression of the people of New Mexico’s Hispano Río Abajo. This is an exceptional guide for those who want to better understand Nuevomejicano culture and how to document their own family history.—José Antonio Esquibel, Caballero de la Orden de Isabel la Católica

BOOK SIGNING EVENTS:
(Sneak preview!) at the New Mexico History Conference, May 2, 2014, Las Vegas, New Mexico
Official Book Launch: Saturday, May 10, 2014 National Hispanic Cultural Center Salon Ortega, 2-4pm, 1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, June 7, 2014 Treasure House Books, 1-3pm, 2012 S Plaza, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, July 19, 2014 New Mexico Genealogical Society at the Albuquerque Public Library (Main) in the auditorium, 5th & Copper, 10:30a.m. - 12:00 noon.




Thursday, January 30, 2014


San Felipe de Neri, Alburquerque, NM. The original church was on the west side of the plaza, but deteriorated due to the common floodings of the Río Grande during the Spanish colonial, Mexican and early Territorial periods.  This newer church is late 1700s. Adobe construction. Italianate style altar - wood and other materials finished and painted to look like marble. Spires and towers in a gothic style. The cruciform is no longer visible from the exterior due to the later additions on the west and east sides, including Sister Blandina's convento.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fray Angélico Library

At the New Mexico History Museum

Por Constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo

My new book is about to be published, and this is the photo my brother took of me for the back cover/jacket.  The title Por Constancia/So that it may be validated:  Family History in the Río Abajo is forthcoming by LPD Press/Río Grande Books, 2014.

Andrés Armijo photographed by Raymond L. Armijo at Center for Southwest Research, Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico in October 2013.