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La Sagrada Familia, Pajarito, NM

La Sagrada Familia Pajarito, New Mexico In 1921, with the help of relatives and neighbors, Jose and Cecilia Vigil began construction of La Capillita de La Sagrada Familia in Parjarito on “homesteaded” land belonging to Cecilia’s family, in the shadow of San Ildefonso’s Black Mesa.  Using adobes made by family members and friends, the chapel […]

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Nuestra Senora de la Purification, Doña Ana, NM

Doña Ana, New Mexico Nuestra Senora de la Purification in Doña Ana, NM, located just north of Las Cruces, is a large adobe church built in cruciform plan in 1840. The concrete bell tower and mission façade are thought to have been added in the 1920’s or 30’s and the church was covered in cement […]

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Las Vegas Presbyterian Mission, Las Vegas, New Mexico

Las Vegas Presbyterian Mission Las Vegas, New Mexico Located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Las Vegas Presbyterian Mission is the first protestant church to be organized east of the Pecos River and it is the second oldest protestant church in New Mexico. It was finished in 1873 and in 1978 was listed on the National […]

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San José Church, Upper Rociada, NM

San José Church Upper Rociada, New Mexico San José Church, located in Upper Rociada, New Mexico, represents a story of community determination and commitment. The twenty or so families that reside in this area are the ancestors of Hispanic timber and ranching settlers who migrated to Upper Rociada in the late 19th century. The community […]

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La Purísima Concepción del Socorro, Socorro, TX

La Purísima Concepción del Socorro Socorro, Texas When the Indians of the northern pueblos of New Mexico revolted against the Spaniards in 1680, the Spaniards and many Indians fled down the Rio Grande to the present-day Juarez area. Four communities were established in the region for the refugees, one of them being the settlement of […]

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Santuario de San Lorenzo, Bernalillo, New Mexico
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Santuario de San Lorenzo, Bernalillo, NM

Santuario de San Lorenzo Bernalillo, New Mexico The middle Rio Grande valley is an area of great cultural importance in New Mexico. It was occupied by Pueblo Indians since prehistoric times and by Spanish explorers and settlers for over 400 years. Spanish explorers first visited the Bernalillo area in 1540 when Francisco Vásquez de Coronado […]

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Flood Restoration and Recovery, Hatch, NM

Flood Restoration and Recovery Hatch, New Mexico On August 14, 2006 the town of Hatch, New Mexico was devastated by flooding. Since then, Cornerstones has been at the forefront of efforts to flood victims. A grant from the National Trust and generous support from the Prothro Family Foundation has permitted our technical staff to conduct […]

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Capilla de San José, Cañoncito de La Cueva, NM

Capilla de San José, Cañoncito de La Cueva New Mexico On summer weekends from 1997-1999, the community members of Cañoncito carried materials and equipment to ford the waters of the Mora river to allow passage to San José chapel. The beginning of this restoration project was dramatic, as an unusually high wind caught the frame […]

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Bernalillo Wine Museum, Bernalillo, NM

Bernalillo Wine Museum, Bernalillo, New Mexico Located at the foot of the Sandia Mountains, the historic town of Bernalillo was officially settled in 1648 by 30 colonial families. Today’s main street, Camino del Pueblo, was part of the El Camino Real, the trade trail from Mexico. Pre-1937 Bernalillo’s main street was also part of Route […]

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