New Mexico's extraordinary wealth of historic buildings and districts, archaeological sites, and cultural landscapes are an essential part of what makes this such a special place for residents and their out-of-state guests. The Department's Office of Archaeological Studies and Historic Preservation Division work to ensure that these cultural resources are protected and preserved.
Historic Preservation Division | www.nmhistoricpreservation.org
The preservation of New Mexico's historic treasures has enormous impacts on the social and economic well-being of New Mexicans. It underlies the state's vigorous heritage tourism industry and builds healthier local communities.
Without historic preservation, those buildings and sites that draw millions of tourism dollars each year would be lost. More importantly, without preservation efforts, our children would not learn about the events, people, and values which formed our communities.
Historic preservation is a community-building activity that stabilizes neighborhoods, revitalizes downtowns, creates good jobs, increases the tax base, and educates our youth.
The Historic Preservation Division's many activities include:
Office of Archaeological Studies | www.nmarchaeology.org
The Office of Archaeological Studies conducts archaeological research projects throughout New Mexico with a diverse group of 40 - 50 archaeologists and support staff. It's mission is to identify, interpret, and share information about prehistoric and historic sites across the state.
The office serves state agencies and private organizations that need archaeological studies performed as part of their development projects. In addition, OAS also provide ethnographic and historical research services.
OAS's award-winning education outreach program directly interacts with New Mexicans in order to answer their questions about archaeology, history, and the heritage of New Mexico.
Kimo Theater, Albuquerque
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