New Mexican Hispanic Culture Preservation League
is a Federal and State non-profit corporation governed by 12 officers elected by the membership and 3 appointed officers. The Board of Directors meets monthly on the first Wednesday, members and guests are always welcome. The fiscal year begins July 1st and ends on June 30th. The League was formed during the Cuartocentenario events to correct the inaccurate and misleading information being distributed about the Hispanic culture of New Mexico.
April Hispanic New Mexico History Month
NMHCPL lobbied the State Legislature and in the year 2000, accomplished having the State of New Mexico legislature declaring the month of April as Hispanic New Mexico History Month. It is our desire that:
The New Mexico legislature declaring the month of April as Hispanic New Mexican children and youth develop and maintain a healthy self-image.
Remind the public that between 1598 and 1821, the Spanish flag flew over New Mexico and between 1821 and 1846, the Mexican flag flew over New Mexico. We have proudly maintained our Spanish language, customs, culture and faith that were cultivated in the first 250 years of New Mexico's 400 years of written history.
Hispanic children of New Mexico should find their roots reflected in storybooks, oral history, history books and as parts of the curriculum in their schools, enabling them to take ownership and pride in the four hundred year development of the United States of America.
April 30th-The First Thanksgiving
NMHCPL lobbied the State Legislature to declare April 30th as the First Thanksgiving, and, in 1999 we succeeded.
June-Annual Membership Meeting
Meetings open to all members and guests.
Ongoing and past projects include:
• Through the efforts of NMHCPL the Don Juan de Onate Cuartocentenario memorial “La Jornada” has become a reality.
• Support of the Don Juan de Onate statue in El Paso, which is the world's largest equestrian statue.
• Leadership and participation in Founder's Day activities for Albuquerque's 300th birthday celebration.
• A joint project with Founders Day to revise the Roberts & Roberts history textbook used by the Albuquerque Schools. The current culturally biased version is inaccurate, misleading and inappropriate for the education of our youth.
• Promotion of April as Hispanic New Mexico History Month.
• Promotion of April 30, 1598 as the First Thanksgiving in what is now the United States of America.
• Pass legislation to require that a curriculum be established in our public schools so that school children are properly educated on our New Mexico History.
• Promotion of New Mexican Hispanic themes for the fresco in the Torreon at the National Hispanic Culture Center.
• Seek legislative support for a bill requiring New Mexico history being made a requirement to graduate from high school and requiring teachers to have a least one semester of New Mexico history.
• Advocate the adoption of Gaspar Perez de Villagra's epic poem, HISTORIA De La NUEVA MEXICO, as the official New Mexico state epic poem.
• Participation with other Hispanic organizations in New Mexico to preserve, promote and protect Hispanic history and culture.