Marc Simmons, the historical contributor to Santa Fe Always Online, is a professional historian and author of the Southwest. His writing, lectures and research focus on the Indian and Hispanic heritages of New Mexico. He is also recognized as an authority on the Santa Fe Trail and is past president of the Santa Fe Trail Association.

Dr. Simmons received his higher education at the University of Texas, University of New Mexico and University of Guanajuato (Mexico). He has taught at several colleges and universities. He is a member of the Western Writers of America and the Writer's Guild.

His writings include: more than 100 articles in scholarly and popular journals; a weekly history column in several New Mexico newspapers; and contributions to the "Encyclopedia Americana," the Smithsonian Institution's "Handbook of North American Indians," and the National Geographic Society's volume 'Trails West." He was also assistant editor of the "Calendar of the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, 1621-1821."

Three of his 35 books have received awards, including "Albuquerque, A Narrative History," given the Golden Spur Award by the Western Writers of America for the best nonfiction book on the West, 1983. "Murder on the Santa Fe Trail" received the 1986 C.L. Sonnichsen Book Award.

Dr. Simmons is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship to carry out a study of Hispanic agriculture in New Mexico. In 1987 the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities presented him with its Humanities Service Award. From the New Mexico Department of Agriculture he received the Rounders Award in 1991.

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