Historian to speak about treaty

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Fort Union National Monument, a part of the National Park Service, has announced its monthly Glimpses of the Past program, “Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,” to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 at the CCHP/Santa Fé Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas.

Dr. Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian, will speak on the treaty that brought to an end the U.S. war with Mexico, a dramatic expression of Manifest Destiny. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, as it is known, called on Mexico to cede about half its national territory in exchange for $15 million as compensation for war-related damage to Mexican property.  

Hendricks earned his Ph.D. in Ibero American Studies at the University of New Mexico and attended the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain. As a past president of the Historical Society of New Mexico and former editor of the New Mexico governor Diego de Vargas Project at UNM, he has been a historical consultant for Sandia, Santa Ana, and Picuris Pueblos, New Mexico and Ysleta del Sur, Texas.  

Working at the New Mexico State Archives and Special Collections Department, he took part in an archival project for the Archivos Históricos del Arzobispado de Durango and the Archivos Históricos de Sombrerete.  

Hendricks has written or collaborated on 19 books and 90 articles on the Spanish colonial period in the American Southwest and Mexico, garnering notable awards.

The “Glimpses of the Past” series is free in partnership with the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025.