IN HISTORIC CHURCHES OF NEW MEXICO TODAY (Oxford University Press, 2017), Frank Graziano travels throughout the state to detail the history of churches and the people who care for them today. Graziano, Connecticut College’s John D. MacArthur Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies, layers his stories with rich details of parishioners’ devotion and the challenges of preservation.

Photographer David Policansky has two books, Historic Catholic Churches Along the Río Grande in New Mexico and Historic Churches of Central and Southern New Mexico (Sunstone Press, 2021 and 2022). The books hold full-page, color images of the churches.

Folk artist Marie Romero Cash’s Built of Earth and Song: Churches of Northern New Mexico (Museum of New Mexico Press/Red Crane Books, 2008), originally published in 1993, includes images by photographer Jack Parsons. It grew out of a 1987 survey of religious artwork the pair conducted for the National Endowment for the Arts.

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