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Photo Courtesy of Valerie Rangel

JULY '21 - JUNE '22

Culture, History Art, Reconciliation, Truth

Photo Courtesy of Rob Martinez

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The CHART (Culture, History, Art, Reconciliation, Truth) Santa Fe project invites residents of the city

and county of Santa Fe/Oga Po’geh to its first Cultural History Series event on Thursday,

November 18, 2021, 6 - 7:15 pm, via Zoom.

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Join us for a conversation with State Historian Rob Martinez and City Historian Valerie Rangel as they

take as their jumping off point CHART’s first survey question: How can we come to a fuller

understanding of the history of Santa Fe?


The two historians will discuss the need to both broaden and deepen our knowledge of Santa Fe’s

complex history and the history of New Mexico as a whole. They will guide us in moving out of

our “history comfort zones” so that we can hear all our varied voices.


A short question and answer session by CHART team members will follow.



Rob Martinez

State Historian Rob Martínez is a native New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. A graduate of the

University of New Mexico with a B.B.A. in International Business Management, Rob then went on

to pursue his interest in New Mexican culture and history at U.N.M., earning an M.A. in Latin American

history, with an emphasis on church, cultural, and social practices of the Spanish Colonial period in

New Mexico. This included studying witch beliefs in New Mexico and the Inquisition. Rob

worked for 14 years as a research historian for the Sephardic Legacy Project, scouring civil

and church archives analyzing documents for a research and publishing project about the

Crypto Jewish phenomenon in New Mexico and the Caribbean. He was deputy state historian of

New Mexico for six years before becoming state historian in 2019.


Rob has performed musically throughout New Mexico, and on multiple occasions has presented

music and New Mexican culture at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C.,

the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship Awards, and also at the Kennedy Center

for the Performing Arts.

Valerie Rangel

Valerie Rangel is an alumna of the University of New Mexico where she earned a bachelor of University Studies

that carried a concentration in Freshwater studies and Cultural Anthropology.  She also graduated from

the Master of Community Regional Planning (MCRP) program where she majored in Natural Resources 

and Environmental Planning concentrating coursework in Indigenous Planning with a minor

in Public Health.

Valerie has worked as an archivist for the New Mexico Records Center and Archives where she digitally archived Spanish land grants, oversized maps, and civil war muster rolls. She also conducted historical research and contributed historical essays for the New Mexico Office of the State Historian. In 2016, Valerie became a

research assistant and author of a Santa Fe County Health Impact Assessment, “Indian Health Services

Budget and Urban Indian Budgeting Decisions”.  In April 2018, she presented selections from the book she published, “Environmental Justice in New Mexico: Counting Coup,” at the National Environmental Justice conference in Washington, D.C. Her book presents stories of strife and struggle in the war to protect the

integrity of natural systems, rights to religious freedom and the continuation of traditional customs.


Presently, Valerie offers technical support to communities working on Health Impact Assessments through the New Mexico’s Health Equity Partnership, and she works as the Community Outreach Manager assisting staff attorneys and frontline communities on legal cases in a fight for environmental justice and

human rights at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.

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