Major Award!

I just received an exciting email this weekend from the Historical Society of New Mexico Awards Chair:

To:  Richard Melzer, Robert Torrez, and Sandra Mathews:

Congratulations!  You have just been named the winners of the Gaspar Perez de Villagra Award for your excellent text book, A History of New Mexico Since Statehood.  This award is offered annually by the Historical Society of New Mexico (HSNM) for an outstanding publication in history.  Your thoroughly researched and thoughtfully presented book is destined to have a broad impact, and as such, it  exemplifies the type of publication for which this honor was intended. The award will be presented at a reception hosted by HSNM on Saturday, May 5 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Governor’s Mansion in Santa Fe.  We cordially invite each of you and a guest to attend this event, which is  held in conjunction with our annual meeting. .  .  For more information about the meeting, please visit our web site at

I look forward to hearing from you.  Again, congratulations on winning this important award!

I AM ON CLOUD NINE!  Ever since I attended my first HSNM Conference in 1992, I have aspired to win this award.  Granted, this award should mostly go to Richard Melzer, I am beyond elated to have my name associated with this tremendous achievement!!!  YIPPY!  A good day indeed.


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