Doņa Ana County Historical Society
 Las Cruces, Doņa Ana County, New Mexico


Research Grant

The Doņa Ana County Historical Society (DACHS) exists to promote the study of the area's history and preserve its physical historic resources. To facilitate these goals, the DACHS provides grant funding for preservation of significant historic resources, historical research, public presentations of historical information (exhibits or events), and publications concerning our regional history. Most grants will not exceed $500. All are welcome to apply. Applications will be accepted September 1 through March 31.

All funded projects must result in a written final report to DACHS (not to exceed 1000 words) and a public presentation (i.e. article for the DACHS's Southern New Mexico Historical Review, a lecture, or an exhibit). The public presentation must include sponsorship credit to DACHS. For information and an application go to the Research Grant Application Form page or contact GRANT ADMIN at:

The Mary & J.Paul Taylor NMSU Student Grant

The history of Doņa Ana County has been influenced by historical developments in many nearby regions. NMSU graduate and undergraduate history students who are researching topics on local history, the Southwest and the U.S. / Mexico border region are eligible for this (up to) $1,200 grant. Students who have works in progress may also apply. Each applicant must submit a completed application to the Dona Ana County Historical Society by December 1, selection by January 15.

The application must explain the following: 1) research objectives, 2) approach for collecting data and doing an analysis, 3) expected outcome of the research, 4) plans for sharing the information publicly, 5) a projected time line and deadline for completion of the project, 6) a budget that details projected expenses, 7) a sample of a previously written paper, 8) two letters of recommendation. The Society requires that all recipients submit an article based on their research to the Southern New Mexico Historical Review by September 1 of the following year. In addition, students will be expected to present their research at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Society. Go here to download an Application Form. For more information contact  GRANT ADMIN at:

National History Day Grant

This $250 grant is presented annually to a high school graduating senior from Southwestern New Mexico who participates in the state competition of National History Day and who will be continuing his or her education at one of New Mexico's colleges or universities. Immediately following the southwestern regional NHD competition, 12th graders who are going to the state competition will be notified by the regional coordinator of their eligibility for this scholarship. Each applicant must submit a completed application to the Society by May 30 that includes the following: 1) their interest in history, 2) their future academic plans, 3) explanation of their reason for applying, 4) an official high school transcript, 5) a copy of the students NHD bibliography and process paper or completed paper, 6) two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher and one from a person in the applicants community. The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and notify the winner by July 1. The award will be given following college registration in the fall when the recipient provides the Society with a written request and evidence of enrollment in a New Mexico college or university. Go here to download an Application Form.

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