The New Mexico History Museum recently welcomed four new folks to the administrative team. As seen in the photo, they are, from left, Hannah Abelbeck, who works in the Photo Archives, digitizing and archiving images; Rita Garcia, who oversees front desk staff; Arlene Ann, who takes over Carla Ortiz’s administrator role; and Arcelia Pineda, who is is our go-to person for all things financial.
We asked them to answer a few questions to help us get to know them better.
Tell us a bit about yourselves.
Hanna Abelbeck: I am from Nebraska, studied English and art history at the University of Kansas and received an MA in English from Pennsylvania State University. I’ve also served as the marketing and communications director for the Dutchland Derby Rollers.
Rita Garcia: I was born and raised in Vaughn, New Mexico. I attended business college for a year, then started working in the data entry field. I have 14 years prior with the state Department of Health and Department of Human Services.
Arcelia Pineda: I moved here with my two daughters from Bakersfield, California, eight years ago. Before working at the History Museum, I was employed at the Department of Transportation for seven years. I also have a part-time job on the weekends as a hairstylist.
What’s cool about working for the History Museum?
Hannah: Working with rare and usual materials, interpreting the past and sharing an appreciation of art objects and cultural artifacts with others.
Rita: I enjoy seeing items that my parents had and the process of using those items. I like traveling through time and through the stories of our relatives.
Arlene: The exhibits and the staff.
Arcelia: Learning more about New Mexico history, culture and art.
What do you do in your spare time?
Hannah: I love to travel. I like to bicycle, and I really like to refurbish antique and vintage bicycles. I roller skate, play roller derby, and occasionally referee. I enjoy hiking, camping and snowshoeing, and love photography and reading.
Rita: I work two acres of land in the Northwest Valley of Albuquerque and three acres in Llano Quemado in Taos.
Arlene: We enjoy traveling, gardening and raising chickens for fresh eggs.
Arcelia: I enjoy staying home and spending time with my family.