Showing posts with label Rio Grande Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rio Grande Books. Show all posts

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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The New Mexico Genealogical Society presents: Andrés Armijo on Saturday, July 19th, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

At the Genealogy Center
On the Second level of
The Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper Street
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(Northwest corner of 5th & Copper)

"Por Constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo (LPD Press / Río Grande Books, 2014)
Andrés Armijo will provide an overview of the content of the book illustrating that the combination of primary source documents, oral history and imagery all contribute to the history of the Río Abajo.

"People's history" is often not considered important and it is unjustly overlooked for the famous characters of New Mexican history. In this presentation, Armijo will reveal unique genealogical and cultural contributions by everyday Nuevo Mexicanos who lived in the Río Abajo throughout the 19th century and early 20th century, and how they validated their own history and legacy.

Andrés Armijo is from Valencia, New Mexico, born to Rosemary Gallegos and Vincent C. Armijo, Jr. at 12:00 p.m. on August 12, 1970. At the time of his birth, the doctors exclaimed, "High Noon Armijo is born!" He holds a Master's degree in Spanish with a concentration in Southwest Hispanic Studies, and began his career at the University of New Mexico teaching in the Sabine R. Ulibarrí Spanish as a Heritage Language Program. Andrés studied and performed flamenco dance for 12 years. He is a short-subject/documentary filmmaker having shown his films with the New Mexico Film Office Showcase and at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Between 1999-2003, Andrés raised $30,000 to endow a memorial scholarship in honor of his sister Pearl Louise Armijo for the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. He is the award-winning author of Becoming a Part of My History: Through Images & Stories of My Ancestors (Río Grande Books, 2010). Andrés has dedicated a great deal of his life to the study, research, and recovery of his genealogy and family history in the Río Abajo region of New Mexico.

This program is free and open to the public.

Questions? Call (505) 796-0376 or email

Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Launch

Andrés Armijo is pleased to announce the official launch of his second publication: Por Constancia/So that it may be validated:  Family History in the Río Abajo.  Just recently published by LPD Press / Río Grande Books (2014), the book signing events begin with the launch at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, located at the pulse of the Río Abajo.  The venue is the Salón Ortega at NHCC on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Join him there for a discussion of the book, and to purchase your copy and have it autographed by him.

Book Launch at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Good Reads Book review by José Antonio Esquibel, Caballero de la Orden de Isabel la Católica

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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
 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

(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.