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History

Culture / Sep 21, 2022

How Roswell Got an Iron Cross

The iron cross, crafted by World War II-era POWs, can be viewed at the MIA/POW Park in Roswell.

By Ashley M. Biggers

History / Feb 17, 2021

Maisel’s Historic Murals

For 80 years, a storefront on old Route 66 has sheltered murals by a who’s who of Native American artists.

By Gwyneth Doland

Culture / Apr 20, 2022

New Deal Reckoning

Depression-era artists forged beauty throughout New Mexico, but a dominant perspective left too many stories untold—or told poorly. In Gallup, a…

By Kate Nelson / Photos by Gabriella Marks

Guardians of New Mexico’s past, these archivists focus on visual history, the people depicted, and the mysteries that linger—one photo at a time.


DIRTY WITH AGE AND SMALL ENOUGH to fit into the palm of a hand, the cased photograph held just three clues. Its technology—an ambrotype, essentially a glass negative placed on a dark background that