Chelsea Jones, director of Socorro Public Library.
File Photo | El Defensor Chieftain

In June, Chelsea Jones was sworn in to serve on the New Mexico Humanities Council, an honor for her personally but also a feather in the cap of Socorro.

Her representation there means that Socorro will benefit from more humanities-based exhibits, programs and events.

Jones said, “In my capacity as the Library Director, I’ve worked with the New Mexico Humanities Council to bring humanities programs to Socorro.”

Some of the programs hosted by the library were the Ernie Pyle WWII Exhibit, Chautauqua Speakers, and the Talking Service program Standing Down; the Great Books Foundation’s initiative to develop reading and discussion programs for veterans.

On hiatus as a columnist for the Chieftain, Jones is also working on an oral history project when she is not directing traffic for the staff and patrons of the library. This summer’s reading program for adults and kids alike is just one example of the library’s leadership in the community, under her guidance.

About the Council

NMHC supports public programs in New Mexico communities which inspire inclusive conversations that strengthen our civil society and celebrate diverse human experiences.

Since 1972, the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) has sought to engage New Mexicans with history, culture, and diverse humanities topics through Council-conducted public programs and grant funding for special projects.

The humanities explore human interaction and reflect on the experiences and meanings of life through the study of languages, literature, history, archaeology, anthropology, philosophy, comparative religion, and interpret the arts and jurisprudence. By applying thought, reason and inquiry, we are able to understand and give meaning to our history and culture, connecting our past, present and future.”

Jay Ann Cox, Editor