For educators focused on New Mexico and borderlands history in general, Frontera NorteSur offers resources for the classroom. A trip to the FNS website will open a link to our special section on the New Mexico Centennial commemoration currently underway this year.
Located on the menu to the left of the page, the New Mexico Centennial section contains stories on farmworker history and struggles in southern New Mexico, community histories of Dona Ana County, African-American settlement, harvest festivals and the legacies of chile, pecan, onion and pumpkin farming in the development of the state.
In addition, viewers will find two radio documentaries that could be of use in the classroom. The half-hour programs include an English-language history of the Mesilla Valley community of Vado-Del Cerro, which grew as an African American community in the early 20th century, as well as a Spanish-language documentary on the largely unknown history of farmworkers in a region of the country that’s excelled in the production of cotton, chile, onions and more. Watch for upcoming programs and new postings during the course of 2012.
The FNS website can be accessed at: http://frontera.nmsu.edu/
Educators and other readers can always check the website for new and old stories pertaining to a host of other issues as well. The website is organized into sections related to border regional news, politics in Mexico and the U.S., immigration, human rights and women’s issues, border security, economics, education, health, and the environment. And if you want new stories “hot off the press,” just sign up for the e-mail list by sending a message to the editor at the address listed below. Your e-mail address will not be shared with other parties.
Frontera NorteSur’s New Mexico Centennial of Statehood series was made possible in part by grants from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, New Mexico Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities and the McCune Charitable Foundation.
Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur Editor