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NMSU professor to lead 'time traveling' program

Jon Hunner, director of New Mexico State University's Public History Program, will present the Time Traveling through New Mexico's Past program to the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance (NMHPA) at the group's 8th Annual Statewide Conference.


ference, titled "Crossroads of Culture," will be held Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17, at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn on Avenida de Mesilla in Las Cruces.

Hunner and students in the Public History Program will be dressed in period costumes and Hunner will do a slide show presentation on this innovative educational program. The presentation is aimed at getting New Mexico teachers interested in the Time Traveling through New Mexico's Past program.

During the NMHPA conference, Hunner also will serve as a tour guide of the Mesilla plaza and will discuss the history and heritage of the village. He will assist Pat Taylor and Susan Kruger with a lime plaster workshop to generate interest in revitalizing the use of lime plaster for adobe buildings. People taking the Mesilla tour with Hunner will visit a nearby adobe house that has been refinished with lime plaster.

Hunner and 15 to 20 undergraduate and graduate NMSU students participate in living history presentations for Las Cruces elementary, middle and high schools through the Time Traveling program.

Time Traveling through New Mexico's Past gives students an opportunity to experience history by pretending to live in the past. The educational program combines living history and role-playing with historical research. In 2002, NMHPA gave the program a $9,000 grant to expand and the Southwest Border and Cultures Institute at NMSU added another $3,500 in 2003 to conduct time traveling events.

For more information, contact Hunner at (505) 646-2490.