P.O. Box 3040
Pueblo, CO 81005
Welcome GSHA Members, Families and Friends
We would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the 24th Annual Meeting and Genealogical Conference of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America: "Albuquerque-Linking Customs and Cultures Since 1706" As President, it is my priority to make this conference a success. The planning committee and I have expended every effort to provide our members and guests with a quality conference, while maintaining a conservative eye on the budget.
The spirit of the American Southwest, bundled with centuries of history and a blend of customs and cultures, all come totogether to make Albuquerque a perfect site for our Annual Meeting and Genealogical Conference. Not to mention that this city--which straddles the Rio Grande and is nestled to the east by the Sandia Mountains -- is also the ancestral homeland of many of our ancestors.
Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, is home to the University of New Mexico, The National Hispanic Cultural Center, The Sandia National Laboratories, Petroglyph National Monument and The Albuquerque International Ballon Fiesta, which is the largest hot air balloon gathering in the world!
It is generally believed that the growing village that was to become Albuquerque was named by the provincial governor, Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes, in honor of Don Grancisco Fernandez de la Cueva y Enriques de Cabrera, viceroy of New Spain from 1653 to 1660. One of de la Cueva's titles was Duke of Albuquerque, referring to Alburquerque, Spain. The name is Latin in orgin and from alba quercus or "white oak"
Albuquerque was a farming community and strategically located military outpost along the Camino Real. Spain established a presidio at Ranchos de Alburquerque in 1706.The town of Alburquerque was built in the traditional Spanish style. It had a central plaza surrounded by government buildings, homes, and the San Felipe de Neri Church, built in 1793, making it the oldest surviving building in the city. Historically, this area has often been referred to as "La Placita". Today it is simply known as "Old Town".
This year's conference takes place at the beautiful and boldly colored Nativo Lodge, a boutique hotel that is rich both in modern amenities and Native American culture. The Lodge is conveniently located, just off I-25 north of downtown, Albuquerque.
The planning committee is focusing on family and networking opportunaties for a limited number of guests this year. Our conference kicks off Friday, June 14 at 6:30pm with the President's Reception where New Mexico State Archivist, John L. Martinez will welcome us to Albuquerque and the Land of Enchantment. We are featuring five notable speakers throughout this three day event, and entertainment Saturday evening by Mariachi Tradicional.
While visiting Albuquerque take a moment to go for a hike and appreciate the beautiful topography, or visit the Albuquerque Bio Park or Nature Center. Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Historic Old Town or discover Albuquerque's ancient Native American and Spanish colonial history by visiting one of the many local museums or cultural centers. One of my favorite spots is the Albuquerque Main Library's Genealogy Center, Second Floor, which contains extensive published family histories, miles of microfilm, and a large collection of material on the Hispanic families of New Mexico.
Send in your registration today and become part of this wonderful event. The Board of directors and I look forward to seeing you in Albuquerque!