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“Las Cruces New Mexico Hope Stories,” by David Lee Del Norte

Join us for our monthly History Notes lecture, as David Lee Del Norte presents “Las Cruces New Mexico Hope Stories,” on Thursday, September 13 at 1pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.

The project, “Hope Stories,” seeks to document Mesilla Valley Community of Hope staff, volunteers, and board members, while encouraging a discussion about poverty, homelessness, and hunger in New Mexico.  Mesilla Valley Community of Hope consists of five contributing organizations: Camp Hope; Jardin de los Niños, the Early Childhood Educational Program; El Caldito Soup Kitchen; Casa de Peregrinos, Emergency Food Program; and St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic, now renovated into Amador Health Center.

In January 2017, Del Norte began public history graduate research on poverty, homelessness, and hunger in New Mexico borderlands at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. The NMSU Hope Stories project can be viewed at

History Notes, monthly lectures on historical topics, takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 1 pm. Lectures are free and open to the public. Please check our webpage at, or, for a full listing of these and other public programs hosted by the Branigan Cultural Center and the City of Las Cruces Museums. Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For addition information call 575-541-2154.

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