Two books published by the University of New Mexico Press won awards at the 2016 Historical Society of New Mexico Awards Banquet last month. Winners were announced recently at the Annual Awards Banquet held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Farmington, N.M.
Hoe, Heaven, and Hell: My Boyhood in Rural New Mexico, by Nasario García, won the Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Award for an outstanding publication relating to domestic life in New Mexico. In this memoir of his boyhood, García writes about his family’s village life, revealing an unforgettable firsthand account of New Mexico history and culture.
Folklorist and native New Mexican García has published numerous books about Hispanic folklore and the oral history of northern New Mexico, including Grandma’s Santo on Its Head / El santo patas arriba de mi abuelita: Stories of Days Gone By in Hispanic Villages of New Mexico / Cuentos de días gloriosos en pueblitos hispanos de Nuevo México and Grandpa Lolo’s Navajo Saddle Blanket: La tilma de Abuelito Lolo, both available from UNM Press. He currently lives in Santa Fe, N.M.
A Civil War History of the New Mexico Volunteers and Militia, by Jerry D. Thompson, won the Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez Award for an outstanding publication or significant contribution to historic survey and research in New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history. In this book leading Civil War historian Jerry Thompson draws on service records and numerous other archival sources that few earlier scholars have seen to tell the history of the New Mexico volunteers and militia in the Civil War.
Thompson is a Regents Professor of History at Texas A&M International University. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Texas and New Mexico on the Eve of the Civil War: The Mansfield and Johnston Inspections, 1859–1861 (UNM Press).