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Albuquerque Tricentennial Committee

Identifier: 2010-10-11

Scope and Content

The records of this celebration reflect the organization, task forces, committees, projects, events, publicity and financial records of this 300th celebration of the founding of Albuquerque, New Mexico.


  • circa 1996-2010

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Biography / History

The Albuquerque Tricentennial was a cooperative celebration project of the public and private sectors. Originally headed by Millie Santillanes, Director of the Cultural Services Department of the city, many city employees were involved in the meetings and events of the celebration. Millie recruited Jerry Geist, Chairman of Santa Fe Enterprises, to become the “El Jefe" of the organization effective with the announcement at the November 15, 2004 General Committee meeting. Under the leadership of Jerry Geist, the private sector became a more active and prominent partner in the planning and execution of the Tricentennial. Originally a 12 month schedule of activities, the celebration was extended to 18 months with the opening ceremony on April 16, 2005 and the closing ceremony on October 6, 2006. The Time Capsule dedication was held on November 16, 2006 in Tricentennial Tiguex Park. The final money distribution event was held January 14, 2010 at the Batten House given by The Albuquerque Museum honoring the Tricentennial. Monies were given to The Albuquerque Museum Foundation to be held for the 350th Anniversary celebration of the city. The website was turned over to the Albuquerque Historical Society in a letter of April 21, 2008 to then President, Jan Dodson Barnhart for that organization to update, edit and maintain as part of their website established several years earlier. Two major products of the Tricentennial are available at that site. The History Task Force oversaw the creation of the history Matrix with the input of many area historians which traces the history of the city from its beginning to the present in a variety of aspects. The Teachers Guide features information and lesson plans on many topics pertaining to the history of the city and was designed especially for the New Mexico history component of the 4th and 7th grades.


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Albuquerque Tricentennial Committee, circa 1996-2010
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© 2010
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Finding aid is in English

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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131