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About Friends of History

The mission of Friends of History is to raise funds and public awareness for the New Mexico History Museum’s exhibitions and programs. Friends of History is a unit of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, a private non-profit whose mission is to support the four New Mexico state museums in Santa Fe, and the eight Historic Sites around the state.

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Our NM History Family

New Mexico History Museum

The New Mexico History museum is a landmark destination for anyone interested in learning about the diverse experiences of the many cultures and communities that make up our state’s unique history. The Museum’s campus on the Santa Fe Plaza includes the National Historic Landmark Palace of the Governors, the Pete V. Domenici Building containing exhibitions and classrooms, and Fray Angélico Chavez Library containing a history library and photo archive. Explore the New Mexico History Museum’s diverse and varied exhibits and programs. Plan your visit to this remarkable historic resource.

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Museum of New Mexico Foundation

Friends of History operates under the auspices of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, a private nonprofit whose mission is to support the four New Mexico state museums in Santa Fe, and the eight New Mexico Historic Sites around the state. The Foundation’s principal activities are fund development for exhibitions and education programs, retail and licensing programs, financial management, advocacy, and special initiatives.

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New Mexico Historic Sites

"Explore New Mexico History Where it Happened" by visiting our friends at the eight New Mexico Historic sites. Including a palatial hacienda, military forts, ancient Indian pueblos, and the town of Lincoln made famous by Billy the Kid, the Historic Sites invite you to hit the road, explore, and get out in the golden New Mexico sun. It’s your chance to follow in the footsteps of indigenous people, Spanish conquistadors, Civil War soldiers, outlaws, and lawmen.

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How We Support the New Mexico History Museum

-Raise awareness of the Museum through tours, lectures, and events

-Assist in volunteer recruitment

-Contribute cash earnings from membership dues and public programs

-Participate in fundraising drives organized by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation

-Create project-specific fundraising drives

Steering Committee

Friends of History activities are planned and managed by a volunteer steering committee.
Committee members for 2021 include:
DOROTHY BRACEY, Professor Emerita of Anthropology
DIANA CLANIN, Owner/Director, Dancing Well
MICHAEL ETTEMA, Owner, Art Appraisals of Santa Fe
BILLY GARRETT, Executive Director,
New Mexico History Museum
DAVID MARGOLIS, Antiquarian Book Dealer
YVONNE MONTOYA, Vice-President,
Museum of New Mexico Foundation
SHIRLEY PISACANE, Retired Business Owner
BEN WOODBURY, US Department of Defense (Retired)
DAVID YOUNG, Emeritus Professor and Dean