Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nash Candelaria dies on January 5, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Nash Candelaria was a great man. He died on January 5, 2016. He was born to Ignacio Nuanes Candelaria & Flora Rivera, who were both native Nuevo Mexicanos with deep roots in the state’s Spanish Colonial, and Mexican & Territorial periods. His only sibling, Lillian Flora Candelaria, preceded him in death, in May 2009.

I am privledged to have known Nash since I was 17 years old – he was my second cousin, mentor and friend. My sister Pearl Louise (1962-1999) and I met Nash and his wife Doranne at his residence in Palo Alto, California. He was a great influence on me in my writing, research and quest for knowledge of my family history. Furthermore, he was influential in his patience, kindness, generosity, positive attitude, and open-mindedness. I’ll always treasure his simple, encouraging words to me: “Keep on keeping on.”

His biography on reads “Nash Candelaria is a descendant of one of the pioneer families that founded Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1706. He is the author of several important works of Chicano literature including “Not by the Sword,” an American Book Award Winner, and “Memories of the Alhambra,” one of the seminal novels of Chicano literature.”  Nash’s contribution to literature, family history research, and social change can’t be emphasized enough – while he was a very modest gentleman about his accomplishments, he is deserving of much praise. I am glad that I was able to honor him in my second book “Por constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo.” (Río Grande Books, 2014)

For more information about Nash Candelaria, please read his obituary, and see his catalog of work at

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

La Virgen de Guadalupe

Danzantes celebrate día de la Virgen de Guadalupe in South Broadway district in Alburquerque, New Mexico.

Rosemary Gallegos Armijo in front of the murals at St. Francis Xavier Church in South Broadway. The mural depicts the annual Procesión de la Virgen de Guadalupe throughout the neighborhoods in South Broadway, celebrated since the 1930s.

Monday, September 28, 2015

June 11, 2015

For Immediate Release                                                                    

Contact: Kent Watson, Executive Director                                                        
Phone: (503) 901-9865

PubWest Announces 2015 Book Design Award Winners
 Category: Historical/Biographical Book
Family History in the Rio Abajo by Andrés Armijo — Rio Grande Books (Bronze); Production Manager: Paul Rhetts; Designer: Paul Rhetts; Printer: Thomson-Shore

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Andrés Armijo received the Historical Society of New Mexico "Fabiola Cabeza de Baca" Award, 2015 at the New Mexico History Conference annual award dinner for his book "Por constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo (Albuquerque: Río Grande Books, 2015).

Additional 2015 honorees included Malcolm Ebright, Rick Hendricks, Richard W. Hughes, Nasario García, Cipriano Federico Vigil, David L. Caffey, Max Evans, Ann Carson, Michael Stevenson, Mo Palmer and Sam White.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Por constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo
is the recipient of the Historical Society of New Mexico award: "Fabiola Cabeza de Baca," 2015.

This is an intimate portrait of a place and the people who lived there, painted in loving brush strokes on a wide canvas. This book is a most welcome addition to the historiography of New Mexico."
-Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian

This title, and the award winning "Becoming a part of my history: Through Images & Stories of My Ancestors" are both available through Río Grande Books, Barnes & Noble online, and

Both titles are published by Río Grande Books, Los Ranchos de Alburquerque, NM, and available locally at the Bookworks Bookstore and the University of New Mexico Bookstore.

Please visit Historical Society of New Mexico for more information about their programs.