Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Trail Still Bridging Cultures.(Journal North)

Byline: Gary E. Salazar Journal Staff Writer

It's a path that bridged two cultures and ultimately helped define a region of the United States and Mexico.

Yet the full story and the historic importance of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro between San Juan Pueblo in New Mexico and Mexico City has yet to be told.

The historical trail served as the link between Mexico and the United States more than 400 years ago and is now being used as a way to improve relations between the two countries.

In a historic meeting Thursday in Santa Fe, 33 officials representing Mexico's museums and cultural government offices met with 22 members of President Bush's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Also attending the first meeting between the two parties at the Inn at Loretto were officials representing the National Endowment of the Arts, the U.S. Mexico Fund for Culture, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Gallery of Art and the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs. …

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