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New Mexico State University

University Library News Release

Date: October 5, 2009


CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492,

NMSU Library Presents Soul of a People Program

Soul of a People, the final program in the NMSU Library's year-long celebration of the Federal Writers' Project, will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. at NMSU's Creative Media Institute Theater. The program is free and open to the public.

Storytellers Dotty Ormes and Sarah Addison will tell stories based upon oral histories collected as part of the Federal Writers' Project. Ormes will tell a story regarding La Curandera, while Addison will share a story told by a former slave.

The storytelling will be followed by a screening of the first part of the documentary film Soul of a People: Writing America's Story. The film explores one of the most unique and controversial programs to come out of the New Deal. Soul of a People is a major documentary television program about the Federal Writers' Project produced by Spark Media, Washington, D.C., and broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel HD.

Soul of a People programs in libraries are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. The NMSU Library was one of thirty-five national awardees of the American Library Association/National Endowment for the Humanities "Soul of a People" grant awards of $2,500.

For more information, contact Humanities Librarian Mardi Mahaffy at (575) 646-6925 or