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Homecoming exhibit to showcase border culture

The Southwest and Border Cultures Institute at New Mexico State University will offer a sampling of the region's history and culture in an exhibit at Corbett Center Student Union as part of the university's Homecoming Weekend. The displays will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in Corbett Center's Dona Ana Room.

Exhibit topics include the University Art Gallery's retablo collection, videotaped oral histories from the NMSU Public History Program, a collection of correspondence and photographs of the poet Witter Bynner from the NMSU Library's Rio Grande Historical Collections, and the NMSU Library's Borderlands Collection, which offers a wide range of electronic information resources on the border and Latin America.

NMSU alumnus Abe Pena will sign copies of his book "Memories of Cibola." Books by other regional authors also will be available.

The event is free and will include Southwestern hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

The Southwest and Border Cultures Institute, a new initiative of NMSU, promotes research, education and public outreach with an emphasis on understanding and maintaining the unique multicultural heritage of the region. The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded a $450,000 challenge grant to the university to help establish the SBCI.

For more information call Cindy Hoffmann at (505) 646-2773.