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Frances Levine Frances Levine

Dr. Frances Levine has been director of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors since 2002, overseeing the development and construction of the newest museum in the Museum of New Mexico system. The New Mexico History Museum campus now includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest museum in the Museum of New Mexico system, the Fray Angélico Chavéz History Library and Photo Archives, The Palace Print Shop, and the Native American Portal Artisans Program.

A native of Connecticut, Frances received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. She came to the museum from her position as the assistant dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences at Santa Fe Community College (in Santa Fe, NM). At the college, she taught classes in New Mexico history and the ethnohistory of the Pueblo and Hispanic communities of the Southwest. In 2009, she attended the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute and she is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Mountain-Plains Museum Association and the New Mexico Association of Museums, the American Society for Ethnohistory, and the Santa Fe Trail Association.

She the author, co-editor or contributor to several award-winning books, including Our Prayers Are in This Place: Pecos Pueblo Identity over the Centuries (1999, UNM Press); Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe (2008, MNM Press, with MaryAnne Redding and Krista Elrick); and Telling New Mexico: A New History; (2009, MNM Press, with Marta Weigle and Louise Stiver); as well as a chapter in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe (2010, Sunstone Press, with Gerald Gonzalez), and Frontier Battles and Massacres: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives (now in press, University of Oklahoma Press, with Ron Wetherington, editors).

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