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Dear Colleague:
The University of New Mexico, our Museum partners and the Office of the State Historian are excited to have K-12 teachers from around the country join us in Santa Fe for the 2012 workshop, Contested Homelands: Knowledge, History and Culture of Santa Fe. The workshop dates are June 17-22, 2012 and June 24-30, 2012. Spaces are available for 40 teachers in each workshop. This workshop promises to be a challenging and rewarding opportunity for teachers to learn about the colonial experience in Santa Fe. You will learn how to integrate this colonial story into the larger curriculum related to colonial America.

The 100th anniversary celebration of New Mexico Statehood is a timely opportunity for teachers from around the country to study the complex history and culture of the area by investigating the historic sites of Santa Fe and surrounding Pueblos. The workshops will be structured around the concept of homelands and include the study of historic sites, artifacts and stories in historic Santa Fe and surrounding communities. Specifically the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (a National Historic Trail), the Palace of the Governors (a National Historic Landmark) and Taos Pueblo (a National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site) will be interpreted, studied and contrasted to understand the complexity of historical homelands. Additionally, structures, museums, centers and libraries in the historic district of Santa Fe that house artifact and document collections will be utilized to foster deeper understandings.

The institutions, scholars, and artists collaborating on this workshop are all committed to joining you on a learning adventure. Teachers will be greeted and welcomed with an evening reception in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors.

The following pages describe the workshop and application materials in more detail. Your completed application should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2012. We look forward to receiving your application.


Rebecca M. Sánchez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor University of New Mexico