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Researchers to Discuss ‘Following the Manito Trail’ Sept. 22 at UW

September 19, 2017
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Among the panelists for “Following the Manito Trail: A Conversation with the Researchers” are Trisha Martinez and Levi Romero, both from the University of New Mexico, and former UW Assistant Professor Vanessa Fonseca, from Arizona State University. Their program is Friday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m. at UW’s American Heritage Center. (UW Photo)

Researchers will discuss their work -- documenting “Manitos” (New Mexicans) who migrated to different parts of the United States the last century -- during a free public presentation Friday, Sept. 22, at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC).

“Following the Manito Trail: A Conversation with the Researchers” (“Siguiendo el camino de los Manitos: una conversación con los investigadores”) will be from 5-6 p.m. in the AHC’s Stock Growers Room.

Discussing the project are former UW Assistant Professor of Latina/o studies and English Vanessa Fonseca, from Arizona State University; Adam Herrera, UW Foundation digital media editor; and Troy Lovata, Trisha Martinez and Levi Romero, all from the University of New Mexico.

“Following the Manito Trail” has been organized and is presented by UW’s American Heritage Center. The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 18 in the UW Art Museum's Boyle Gallery.

“Following the Manito Trail” is an interdisciplinary ethnographic project that documents the Hispanic New Mexican, or Manito, migration from New Mexico to different parts of the United States during the last century. The exhibition considers many sociocultural factors that have allowed Manito culture to endure beyond geographic restraints and contextualizes many aspects of Wyoming life and culture that Manitos have shaped, contributed to and influenced.

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Laramie residents Connie and John Coca’s family story of migrating from New Mexico to Wyoming is part of the “Following the Manito Trail” project. (UW Photo)

For information about the panel discussion, call Leslie Waggener, AHC associate archivist, at (307) 766-6640 or email

About the AHC

The AHC is UW’s repository of manuscript collections, rare books and university archives. The AHC is the laboratory for citizens and scholars to engage with primary sources in all formats that support the creation of historical narratives, interrogate the past, build community, and pose and answer questions about human experience. The AHC holds collections of distinction, serving citizens and scholars in Wyoming and beyond.

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