Photo courtesy of Embassy of Mexico Cultural Center Mansion, designated as an Historic Landmark in the DC inventory of Historic Sites and listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Officials of the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC embraced the Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP) January 24 to help improve relations between the USA and Mexico.
Alejandro Celorio, head of the embassy section for Hispanic and Migration Affairs, agreed to help LAMP arrange presentations in the nation’s capital by historian and educator Michael Hogan to discuss the legacy of Abraham Lincoln’s support for Mexico. Hogan’s book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico forms the basis for the LAMP outreach efforts. Celorio and Natalia Jiménez Alegría, Hispanic Affairs Officer, also offered to contact Mexican consulates throughout the United States to help arrange LAMP presentations.
“We’re excited to start working with the embassy and consulates across the country,” noted LAMP co-founder Mikel Miller after his meetings with embassy officials in Washington, DC. “Now, more than ever, it’s important to inform and educate people in the USA about the history of positive relationships between the two countries.”
LAMP representatives have met with officials at the Mexican consulate in San Diego, and plan to meet with consulate officials in El Paso and in New York City later this month. If you’re interested in working with LAMP and a Mexican consulate in your area to arrange presentations, please submit a visitor comment. Meanwhile, you can keep current on LAMP activities by clicking to follow our blog.
The meeting between LAMP and the Mexican Embassy came less than two weeks after Mexico announced a new Mexican Ambassador to the United States to the United States. Gerónimo Gutiérrez, the new ambassador, held senior posts in two previous Mexican administrations headed by the opposition center-right National Action party (PAN).
Miller, a former Carter administration official at the Department of Commerce, also met with representatives of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington to begin talks about presentations.