CARTA: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association Adobe Wall

Executive Director: Troy Ainsworth
Troy Ainsworth earned a BA in English and History, an MA in English, and a PhD in Land-use Planning, Management, and Design with a specialization in Historic Preservation at Texas Tech University. After completing his doctoral program, he worked as an architectural historian for Geo-Marine, Inc., in Plano, TX. One year later, he became the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of El Paso. He serves on the board of directors of Preservation Texas, Mesilla Valley Preservation, and West Texas Historical Association. Troy was born and raised in Texas.

President: Sim Middleton, Las Cruces
Sim Middleton served with the Orange County, California, Sheriff’s Department for thirty years in various law enforcement and management positions. Since retiring, he taught criminal justice at a community college, served on professional and nonprofit boards, and was an ESL volunteer in Las Cruces and abroad. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a BS in Organizational Behavior. Middleton was CARTA’s vice president prior to his becoming president.

Vice President: David H. Reynolds, Albuquerque
David Hill Reynolds is Cultural Resource Principal Investigator/GIS Analyst. He is experienced in historic and prehistoric archaeology of the Southwest, including survey, excavation, and cultural materials analysis, and he has conducted archaeological surveys, data recovery projects, and Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)/Historic American Engineering Record. Reynolds has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Denver, where he specialized in archaeology, archaeological geophysics, and GIS. Currently, he is contracted to provide environmental project review and management for all PNM projects in the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County. In addition to his work for PNM, Reynolds assists the cultural resource program at Kirtland Air Force Base and the New Mexico Spaceport Authority.

Secretary: Kristen Reynolds, Albuquerque
Kristen Reynolds is a historic preservation consultant, who has been documenting New Mexico’s historic built environment for more than ten years. She has an MA in the history of the US West from the University of New Mexico, where she worked as an editor for the New Mexico Historical Review. Kristen is owner of David Reynolds GIS Services, a cultural resource management firm in Albuquerque.

Treasurer: Peggy Hardman, PhD, Socorro
Peggy Hardman is a historian with degrees in history from Texas Tech, Midwestern State, and the University of Louisville. She left the university system to teach K12, and currently teaches US History at Socorro High School. Hardman serves on the boards of the Socorro County Historical Society and El Camino Real Historic Site (formerly El Camino Real International Heritage Center). She is active in the organizations in which she serves, leading Camino Real tours in Socorro, participating in both the Historical Society of New Mexico and the West Texas Historical Association, and helping to organize the Socorro Christmas Home Tour. Hardman has published articles on Texas African American history, African American medical organizations, and presented conference papers on Southwest/Frontier history, focusing on Native American education and disease outbreaks at frontier forts.

International Liaison: Enrique Lamadrid, PhD, Albuquerque
Enrique Lamadrid’s research on the contexts and corridors of traditional Nuevomexicano culture has led him up and down El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and into its watersheds. He has conducted several field schools to document acequia culture in New Mexico and Chihuahua. Lamadrid co-curated the permanent exhibit at El Camino Real International Heritage Center. A Distinguished Professor of folklore, literature, and cultural history at the University of New Mexico, he recently retired as Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Lamadrid is a longtime member of CARTA.

Miguel Chávez, Santa Fe
Miguel Chávez, a native of Las Cruces, is a master craftsman and furniture maker, and a Santa Fe County Commissioner following twelve years as a City Councilor. He has worked with Cornerstones restoring the San Miguel Mission, and with young students teaching the history and craft of traditional furniture making. A 13th-generation New Mexican, Miguel’s roots go back to colonists who traveled up the Camino Real and settled all along the Rio Grande corridor.

Paul Harden, Socorro
Paul Harden grew up in Alamosa, Colorado, the “end of the Camino Real.” He served in the submarine service for eight years, followed by his moving to Socorro to become an initial member of the radio telescope construction team at the Very Large Array (VLA), where he still works as an RF designer. Paul writes a monthly history article for Socorro’s local newspaper, and is President of the Board of El Camino Historic Trail Site (formerly El Camino Real International Heritage Center).

Jere L. Krakow, Ph.D, Albuquerque
After twenty years as professor of American History, Jere Krakow was a historian for the National Park Service. He worked on the feasibility study and manage-ment plan for El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, and later, as Superintendent of the National Trails System, Intermountain Region, administered it and other trails. He serves on the board of the Oregon-California Trails Association and volunteers with The Partnership for the National Trails System.

Barbara Kuhns, Las Cruces
An educator for the past thirty years, Barbara Kuhns lives one block from El Camino Real. She has lived in Las Cruces for the past fifteen years, where she has been actively involved with the Paleozoic Trackways Foundation, Las Esperanzas, Inc., Mesquite Historic District, and with the city’s efforts to establish a historic preservation office and ordinance. Currently Kuhns works in the field of online learning as an instructional designer for New Mexico Tech’s training programs for emergency responders.

David W. Love, PhD, Socorro
David Love is Principal Senior Environmental Geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, where he has worked for thirty-three years. David has contributed to and co-edited guidebooks on the geology of New Mexico. Love holds BS degrees in Geology and Anthropology from Beloit College in Wisconsin, and MS and PhD degrees in Geology from the University of New Mexico.

Vernon G. Lujan, Española
Vernon Lujan is an active participant and community member of the Pueblo of Taos, and speaks Tiwa fluently. His ancestry also includes the Pueblo of Tesuque. He received his Bachelor of University Studies in Southwest Studies and a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. Lujan is a contributing author and editor for the Taos County Historical Society, the “Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Annual Visitor’s Guide,” The Santa Fe New Mexican, and the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies and Historical Research Associates.

Lolly Martin, Santa Fe
Lolly Martin, a native New Mexican born in Carlsbad, received her BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She has been the museum shop buyer for El Rancho de las Golondrinas since 1989. In her independent research she has tackled Spanish colonial genealogy, colonial property ownership, boundary markers in La Ciénega Valley, trail and site mapping, colonial clothing, agriculture, foodways, and commerce on the Camino Real.

Shelley Sutherland, El Paso
Shelley Sutherland retired from a thirty-seven-year career in administration of higher education at Indiana State University and at the University of Oregon. Sutherland has been involved with nonprofit organizations for decades, including a professional organization that she helped to establish, the Association of Fraternity / Sorority Advisors. She served as a professional staff member for two nonprofits, and as a volunteer conference planner for the National Housing Conference. Sutherland moved to El Paso four years ago, but has had a long-distance interest in the Camino Real for many years; her father, Sheldon Hall, founded the El Paso Mission Trail Association. Sutherland is currently involved in the Mission Trail Association, the El Paso History Radio Show, and is working to establish the El Paso Heritage Alliance, whose mission is to help regional history and heritage-focused nonprofits. Throughout 2013, as a volunteer, Sutherland assisted with conference planning for CARTA’s International Symposium.

Claire Odenheim, Las Cruces
A longtime member of CARTA, Odenheim served most recently as Secretary of the trail association. She resides in Las Cruces, where she worked at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and as a librarian in the public schools. She holds a BA in Spanish and Education from Michigan State University and a MA in Library Science and Education from Michigan State University and New Mexico State University.

Catherine López Kurland, Santa Fe
Catherine López Kurland is a historic preservationist and editor. She recently completed her second two-year term as a Director of CARTA and her first two-year term as Chair of the Nominating Committee. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California, and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism from the University of New Mexico. She is co-author of Hotel Mariachi: Urban Landscape and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles (University of New Mexico Press, 2013). Kurland is Executive Editor of CARTA’s journal, Chronicles of the Trail.

Louann Jordan, Santa Fe
Louann Jordan recently retired after thirty-five years as a volunteer and staff member at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. While Curator of Exhibitions, Louann curated nineteen special exhibits in the Chapel and Exhibit Hall. She designed and drew the Golondrinas map and guidebook, which are still in use today. Her original drawings appear regularly in Chronicles of the Trail. She is a charter member of CARTA and a former board member.

Top Photograph: Adobe wall at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, outside of Santa Fe
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