New Mexico Historical Review
Founded in 1926, the New Mexico Historical Review is one of the oldest and most distinguished historical journals in the country, publishing high-quality research on New Mexico, the Southwest, and Northern Mexico. For eighty-nine years the NMHR has published over three-hundred and fifty issues, amounting to more than one thousand individual articles by countless historians and scholars of New Mexico and the Southwest.
The NMHR offices have been staffed by editorial fellows from the history department since it came to UNM in the 1960s. Since then the NMHR has been a place for graduate students to gain skills in academic editing and publishing, while still actively pursuing their own research interests.
Latest Journal Issue - Summer 2014
In this issue:
- "Brave Christian Soldiers: The New Mexico Territorial Militia in the Civil War"
by Jerry D. Thompson
- "J.C. Penney in the Land of Enchantment: The Evolution of a National Department Store Chain in Twentieth-Century New Mexico"
by David Delbert Kruger
- "American Exceptionalism or Atlantic Unity? Frederick Jackson Turner and the Enduring Problem of American Historiography"
by Kevin Jon Fernlund
"J.C. Penney in the Land of Enchantment"
"Despite moving to New York in the summer of 1914, Penney still focused on his operation's expansion in the West, which included opening a new store in Albuquerque, a city of just eleven thousand residents. From his New York City headquarters, Penney secured the lease for a downtown location in the Melini Building on West Central Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets where the store would remain for nearly seventy years. Prior to opening the store in October 1915, the company took out a four-page advertisement in the Albuquerque (N.Mex.) Morning Journal to showcase its vast selection of merchandise and its attractive low prices. On opening day a reporter for the local newspaper thought that he would avoid what were sure to be busy daytime crowds by visiting later in the evening. To the reporter's surprise, the store had not only been crowded with customers since 9 a.m., but remained busy even into the night" (Kruger 326).
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