•Onate creates •Albuquerque •Mexican first permanent area settled independence settlement and named •US Territorial
To my eye, the time context of the dates seem to tell a different, and somehow more effective, story in the timeline format. I believe one gets a deeper feeling for the relative periods of time and cultural influence from this format.
That is why I chose to use a timeline format, even though it required a lot (a lot) of trial and error to:
get all the information into a single coordinated format
keep the overall physical length to 16 feet
figure out where to use 100-, 50-, 20- and 10-year visual time segments
see that adding a true-time-scale at the bottom was necessary to really effectively visually represent the relative time frames for the 600 year timeline period
From most comments, it seems to work OK and support individuals in seeing the fascinating interactions between time, geography, demography and culture.
Welcome to the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Historical and Cultural Timeline blog.
The idea for the Albuquerque Historical and Cultural Timeline arose from a 2004 conversation with Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez. His mention of the upcoming 300th birthday of the founding and naming of Albuquerque stimulated me to put two years into creating the Albuquerque Historical and Cultural Timeline, correlating and displaying 600 years of historical and cultural events across New Mexico, the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
I need to express deep appreciation here for the following individuals who very graciously provided information, assistance, support and guidance throughout:
Juan M. Solana – Mexican Consul and Alberto Bernal Acero – Deputy Mexican Consul
Claude Stephenson – State Folklorist and author of The Albuquerque Arts Alliance “Albuquerque Cultural Survey”
Sandia Laboratories Graphic Arts Department
Don Couchman – Historian and Chairman of the Tricentennial History Task Force
Craig Newbill – Executive Director, New Mexico Humanities Council
Jerry Geist and Vicky Osborne – El Jefe and La Jefecita of the Tricentennial Committee
Without their support and assistance, the Timeline would not be visible to the public in the East Wing of the Convention Center and in the passenger waiting area of the Albuquerque International Sunport.
I intend through this blog to explore and present interesting historical and cultural stories contained within the Timeline in a series of blog-post and video formats. I hope you enjoy the very first video, “5 Perspectives on Albuquerque,” which is an overview of the structure and ‘how to read’ the timeline.
Your comments, thoughts and suggestions are welcome.