News for Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Material Added to Southwest Crossroads

Newly Added to Southwest Crossroads...

“They Literally Danced All Night And Went Home In The Morning”
“They Literally Danced All Night And Went Home In The Morning”
“They Couldn’t Make Enough Money With The Cows That They Had”
“They Couldn’t Make Enough Money With The Cows That They Had”
Southwest Crossroads (SWX)Southwest Crossroads (SWX)
Southwest Crossroads (SWX)

In collaboration with Parametrix, an environmental and cultural resources consultation company based in Albuquerque, NM, SAR is pleased to announce the addition of new material to Southwest Crossroads: Cultures and Histories of the American Southwest, an educational website created to teach people of all ages about the rich histories and cultures of the American Southwest. The new material features oral histories, letters, newspaper articles, maps, photographs, and other historical information related to the Belen Cutoff, an important early twentieth-century project that allowed the transcontinental railroad to bypass the steep grades of Raton Pass. Construction of the cutoff through Abo Canyon took several years and had a profound impact on the history of this part of eastern New Mexico.

The new materials were developed by Parametrix historians and archaeologists in consultation with SAR staff and faculty as part of a recent BNSF Railway project to build additional tracks through Abo Canyon. Along with historical documents and interviews with locals who recount what life was like in the early 1900s, new Spotlights describing the historical and cultural context have been added to Southwest Crossroads, along with new Footpaths that provide grade-school teachers with lesson plans tied to the New Mexico curricular standards. To find all the additions, visit the Southwest Crossroads website and search for “Belen Cutoff.”

About Southwest Crossroads

Southwest Crossroads is a dynamic, interactive, on-line database of original texts, poems, fiction, maps, paintings, photographs, oral histories, and films that allows users of all ages to explore the many contentious stories that diverse peoples have used to make sense of themselves and the region. The website was funded under a National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” grant and created through a partnership between Project Crossroads and SAR.

Launched in October of 2007, Southwest Crossroads has been viewed half a million times by 200,000 visitors from 178 countries.

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