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Cannon recognized for heritage preservation


SANTA FE — The state Cultural Properties Review Committee will recognize 13 exemplary contributions to preserving New Mexico’s cultural heritage by honoring 21 individuals and organizations at its 45th annual Heritage Preservation Awards ceremony on Friday, the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division announced last week.

The awards are the highlight of Heritage Preservation Month in May. Signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, among others, the awards will be presented during a ceremony at the St. Francis Auditorium of the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.

The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base and Versar, Inc., of El Paso, will be recognized for documenting early 20th Century homesteading in eastern New Mexico. Homesteading’s significance to cultural development has been overlooked in historic archaeology. The base and the firm completed a report “Transition and Early-to-Middle Twentieth Century Social Dynamics on Cannon Air Force Base: Data Recovery Efforts at LA 172689 and LA 173359,” which follows the excavations of homesteading sites Cannon had identified for redevelopment.


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