January 2016 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history opportunities:

SUNDAY JANUARY 17, 2 PM, Local historian, author and photographer Richard Ruddy presents Will Today’s Photographs be Tomorrow’s History? Albuquerque Museum, Free parking south of the Museum and free admission to the program. Richard Ruddy was a successful commercial photographer in ABQ from 1972-2002. He had more than 1,000 clients and amassed tens of thousands of unique images. He will share dozens of these photographs at this January 17 ABQ Historical Society Program.

FREE SATURDAY WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE resume January 9. Meet at 1st & Central SW at 10 am. Call 289-0586 to leave a message or reserve for a group more than five. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ, Inc. with support from the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund. www.albuqhistsoc.org  

FREE ADMISSION FOR NM RESIDENTS EVERY SUNDAY AT THE NM HISTORY MUSEUM  in Santa Fe and ALL STATE HISTORIC SITES, Free admission for seniors every Wednesday.     NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Saturday and Sunday at 12 Noon. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JANUARY 3, FREE ADMISSION for NM residents to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science in Old Town.

JANUARY 4, 11 am – 12 noon, admission fee. Traditional Farming, Wellness and Recipe Exchange by Aaron Kie, the Ag. and Education Coordinator. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, www.indianpueblo.org.

JANUARY 5, 10;30-2;30 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical Society Military Research Group meets on the top floor of the downtown Main Library.


JANUARY 9 & 10, 12 noon, Admission Fee. Buffalo dancers at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, www.indianpueblo.org.

JANUARY 9, 10am-3 pm, PBS film The Dust Bowl by director Ken Burns; discussion with BG Burr. part of the traveling exhibit about the Dust bowl of the Great Plains in the 1930s. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts, 251 Main Street SE (at the water tower) 352-7720.

JANUARY 9, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. Middle Eastern immigrants-Lebanese & Syria, presented by Monika Ghattas, Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, series on People Create Cities. How various ethnic and religious groups made history in ABQ and NM.  abclibrary.org/peoplecreatecities, 848-1376.

JANUARY 9, 1-4 pm, free admission before 1 pm. Opening of New Territories: Labs for Design, Craft & Art in Latin America. ABQ Museum.

JANUARY 9, free. Opening of art exhibit “Soul / Soil” with artist Andrew Fearnside and Bryce Hample. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 897-8831,www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JANUARY 10, 10 am. Brunch & Learn: Being Non-Christian in Albuquerque: A panel discussion of local residents-Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist. Congregation Albert Brotherhood $12 for non members. Make reservations by Jan. 7, 883.1818 X 3203.

JANUARY 10, 3-5 pm, free. Historian Richard Melzer chairs a panel which includes writer Sharon Neiderman, history professor Neal Pugach, writer Naomi Sandweiss and others. The Jewish Legacy in New Mexico,Congregation Albert,  Louisiana & Montgomery NE.

JANUARY  10, admission fee. Celebrate our “Diamond Anniversary” with unveiling of 1840 diamond tiara on loan from Smithsonian. New Mexico Museum of Natural History. www.nmnaturalhistory.com.

JANUARY 10, 2 pm, members free, others $5. Carol Vigil and Leila Flores-Duenas sing “hermanas musical genre of Mexico and the Southwest 1930s-60s”. Sandoval County Historical Society. www.sandovalhistory.org.

JANUARY 10, 3 pm, Author Gary Herron discusses his recent book Rio Ranchowhich describes the history of NM’s 3rd largest City. Book Works on Rio Grande NW.

JANUARY 11, 11:45am-1 pm, luncheon $16 members and $21 others. Santa Fe New Mexican political reporter Steve Terrell and columnist Milan Simonich discuss issues facing the 2016 Legislature. Payment required – RSVP by January 6to presswomen@yahoo.com or 720-7821.

JANUARY 13,  12 noon, free. The French in New Mexico..  Francois-Marie Patorni speaks about the Legacy of the French in NM. http://newmexicofrenchhistory.com.  Part of the Brainpower and Brownbag series, NM History Museum in Santa Fe, www.newmexicohistory.org.

JANUARY 13, 12:30 pm, free. John Taylor speaks on the Civil War in New Mexico, Bosque Farms Community Center. 950 N. Bosque Loop, 869-5133.

JANUARY 13, 12 noon – 1pm, free. Brown-bag lunch speakers Rep. Christine Trujillo and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto discuss the upcoming 2016 NM Legislature. Sponsored by Bern. Co. Comm. Margie Hart Stebbins. McKinley Community Center, 3401 Monroe NE, just east of McKinley Mid School.

JANUARY 13, 10:30, free. Albuquerque Geneaological Society annual meeting and planning for 2016. Main Library downtown. http://abqgen.swnet.com/

JANUARY 15, 6 pm, PBS American Masters Film &  discussion with the director.Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning by Dyanna Taylor, Lange’s granddaughter. Part of the traveling exhibit about the Dust Bowl of the Great Plains in the 1930s. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts, 251 Main Street SE (at the water tower) 352-7720.

JANUARY 16, 1-2 pm. Free with admission. Bean Pot Cooking Demonstration by Picuris Pueblo member Therese Tohtsoni. Includes samples of bread and chile. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JANUARY 16, 2 pm, free. Thinking Like a Watershed with Jack Loeffler, part of the traveling exhibit about the Dust bowl of the Great Plains in the 1930s. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts, 251 Main Street SE (at the water tower) 352-7720.

JANUARY 16, 10:30 am, free. Henrietta Martinez Christmas and Angela Lewis give an overview of geneaological research techniques. 796-0376. info@nmgs.org. Downtown Main Library.

JANUARY 17,  2pm, free. Dirk Van Hart speaks on the CCC Camps in the Sandias,the East Mountain Historical Society. Old Tijeras Church next to the East Mountain Branch Library. www.eastmountainhistory.org.

JJANUARY 17, 11am-12 noon. Family Fun Sunday, free. Traditional Oaxacan Radish Carving. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 897-8831,www.cabq.gov/openspace. Limited space, you must register in advance.

JANUARY 17, 2 pm. Free for members of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, $5 others. Reconstructing Kuaua: Literally, Figuratively, Digitally by Ethan Ortega. Call George at 771-9493 for information. www.kuaua.com. Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site , 771-9493 or  867-5351. .

JANUARY 17, 2-3:30 pm, free. Uncovered: The Discovery of a Confederate Mass Grave at Glorieta, NM History Museum in Santa Fe, www.newmexicohistory.org.

JANUARY 17, 1:30-3:30 pm. Family Fun Day. NM History Museum in Santa Fe, www.newmexicohistory.org.

 JANUARY 17, 2 pm, free. Richard Ruddy speaks on his 30 year history of commercial photography in Albuquerque. Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

JANUARY 18, 7-8 pm. Lunar Monday. NM Museum of Natural History.

JANUARY 18, Observance of Martin L. King Jr. national holiday.

JANUARY 20, 5:30-7 pm. free. The Counter Narrative, Wellness, Healing and Tradition Foods presented by Joseph Brophy Toledo from Jezez Pueblo. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, www.indianpueblo.org.

JANUARY 22, 10 am-12 noon, free. Paper Clay workshop with artist Andrew Fearnside. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 897-8831,www.cabq.gov/openspace. Limited space, advance registration required.

JANUARY 23, 2 pm. The Life & Writings of Caroline Henderson: A Dust Bowl Survivor with John Taylor. part of the traveling exhibit about the Dust bowl of the Great Plains in the 1930s. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts, 251 main Street SE (at the water tower) 352-7720, 7 pm (tickets available at 6 pm), JANUARY 21, $17 for dinner.  Professor emeritus Noel Pugach presents a Chautauqua of Harry Truman. Must make reservation with Gloria Bullis at Gloria.bullis@msn.com.  Westerners Corral History Dinner club. MCM Hotel Elegante, Menaul & University NE.

JANUARY 21, 5-8:30 pm, free. Honoring the work of NM tinsmith Higinio V. Gonzales. NM Tinwork with a demonstration by contemporary tinsmith Jason Younis y Delgato. Music Corridista and create your own artwork. Albuquerque Museum.

JANUARY 22, $8 includes admission, coffee and refreshments. The Search for Alien Planets. NM Museum of Natural History. Advance registration required.www.nmnaturalhistory.com.

 JANUARY 23, 10am-3 pm. free in Socorro. Celebrate Socorro history. Presentation by Socorro historian Paul Harden, tour of historic San Miguel Church, visit to NM Mineral Museum and presentation on History of NM Tech. Contact Janet Saiers, 505-299-5019 or jsaiers@msn.com for more info.

JANUARY 23, 2pm, free. former State Sen. DeDe Felman speaks from her book-Boots, Suits & Citizens: NM’s Unique Legislative Culture. Placitas Community Library, 5 miles east of I-25 exit 242. www.placitaslibrary.com, 867-3355.

JANUARY 23, 10-11:30am, free. Tour of 800 year old Piedras Marcadas Pueblo with archaeologist Matt Schmader. Meet at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 897-8831, www.cabq.gov/openspace. Limited space, advance registration required.

JANUARY 24, 10 am – 9pm, $65. Field Trip, Space limited to 25 and includes transportation snacks tour guides and dinner in Sororro.. Birds of the Bosque del Apache. NM Museum of Natural History.Make reservations with August Wainwright at 841-2861 or Email programs.NMMNHS@state.nm.us.

JANUARY 24, 2 pm, free. A panel discusses The Adobe Theatre. Corrales Historical Society at the Old San Ysidro church. www.corraleshistory.org

JANUARY 27, 9 am-12 noon, $45. Art & Science Creative Wire minerals and Jewelry, NM Natural History Museum. Registration required.

JANUARY 28, 6 pm, free. UNM  emeritus professor Enrique La Madrid speaks on Los Frios: Cultural Epidemiology of malaria in NM 1880-1930. Part of the La Canoa Legacy series . National Hispanic Cultural Center library, 1701 4th St. SW.www.nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 30, 2 pm, free. History of the CCC in New Mexico presented by Dr. Richard Melzer, part of the traveling exhibit about the Dust bowl of the Great Plains in the 1930s. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts, 251 main Street SE (at the water tower) 352-7720,

JANUARY 30, 1 PM, free. Loretta Hall presents A Bucketfull of Reflections on Space Exploration Past,Present & Future. Special Collections Library.

JANUARY 30, 10-11:30 am, free. Volunteer training for Trail Watch and other Open Space projects. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 897-8831,www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JANUARY 30, 11 am-3 pm, free. Open House at the Center for the Book at Special Colections Library.

UNM Continuing Education

Call 277-0077 to register and for more information 277-0563. www.dce.unm.edu. Fees for out of town field trips cover transportation. UNM Continuing Ed booklets with more detail available at all library branches.

****************OASIS PROGRAMS******************************

Call 884-4529 to register and for more information. Must be age 55 and up. Location at American Square Shopping Center, 3301 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite 18 (near Menaul & Carlisle) www.oasisabq.org. Fees vary.

JANUARY 19, 10:30-11:30 am, Curator Tour of the ABQ Museum, Andrew Connors, $12 LIMITED ENROLLMENT

JANUARY 19, 1-2 PM, repeat of curator tour.

JANUARY 21, 10:30-12 noon, NM Famous and unusual Gravesites in NM History, Dr. Richard Melzer, $8 with support from the Historical Society of NM

JANUARY 25, 10:30 Am-12 noon, A conversation with Arthur Alpert and KNME’s Gene Grant “New Mexico in Focus”, $8

JANUARY 27, 10:30:AM-12 noon, New Mexico’s Weather Extremes, National Weather Service’s Kerry Jones,$8

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$20 Annual Registration Fee. Each class has a fee. Many more classes in the catalog. Call 277-0077 to register or on line at ce.unm.edu/Osher.

JANUARY 15, 3:30-5:30 pm, Anthropological Genetic History The Sepharddic Jews, Angelo Cervantes, $20

JAUARY 22, 1-3 pm, Rock Art of New Mexico, Carol Chamberland, $20

JANUARY 25, 1-3 pm. NM Filmmaking: The Westerns, Part 1, Jeff Berg, $20

JANUARY 26-FEB. 16 (4 sessions) The Navajo Creation Story, Paul Solbrod, PhD, Emeritus Prof. of History Allegheny College, $49

JANUARY 27,  3:30-5:30 pm, Linda Tigges, Spanish Colonial Women, spousal Abuse and Spanish Law in NM, $20

JANUARY 29, 3:30-5:30 pm. $20 Anthropological Genetic History: The Sephardic Jews and the colonization of N), Angelo Cervantes, $20

“ONLY IN ALBUQUERQUE” Come learn the story of Albuquerque in four separately themed galleries: Innovative, Resourceful, Spirited, Courageous.

Museum of Albuquerque Admission  www.cabq.gov/museum  505 243-7255


NEW OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ALBUQUERQUE HISTORY View the scrapbooks of the ABQ City Clerk dated from 1922-1974. The books have been copied and reside at the ABQ Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE. Check at the main desNEW MEXICO DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS Over 200,000 pages of historical state newspapers have been digitized and may be viewed. http://elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/newspapers.php.k.

Website Spotlight

anapachecosantafe.com website about NM history & culture.

Unser Racing Museum www.unserracingmuseum.org

El Camino Real International Heritage Center (south of Socorro)www.caminorealheritage.org In addition to presenting the significance of this 1600′s – 1800′s trail, the website has numerous articles about NM history written by local Socorro writer Paul Harden.

NM Veterans Memorial (Albuquerque) www.nmvetsmemorial.org
1100 Lousiana NE, 256-2042. The Memorial is dedicated to the men and women who gave their youth, hopes and dreams in the name of freedom. The website includes a section on nine periods of military history and how it affected those living in NM. Go the the events section and click on History of NM Vets.


75th Anniversary of Zimmerman Library  library.unm.edu/zimmerman75.

NM Genealogical Society, Main Library, nmgs.org/index.php.


NAMED TO NATIONAL PARK SERVICE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.www.gutierrezhubbelhouse.org,  244-0507. Free tours TuesdaySaturday 10am-2pm.

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Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

.The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith and Poet of Territorial NM, Only in Albuquerque,  www.cabq.gov/museum.

Belen Harvey HouseMi Familia, The People of Belen. Historic photographs, artifacts. 104 North 1st St. 861-0581. open Tuesday – Saturday 12:30-3:30 pm, Closed Sunday & Monday.

Guiterrez Hubbell House  Photo exhibit From the Rhine to the Rio Grande: 19th Century photographs.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW – Generations of Prayer, Song, and Dance. Larry Phillips Sr from the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.  www.indianpueblo.org.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Our Penitente Land: the DeAragon/Calles Collection National Hispanic Cultural Center. History and Literacy Arts Building.“Portraiture NM, Staging the Self“. Traveling exhibit of 54 works by 6 Latino artists. Exhibit continues through March 27, 2016. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge NW. www.nhccnm.org.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Exhibit–Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its Meaning.www.indianartsandculture.org. 476-1250

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. El Agua Es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico,  maxwellmuseum.unm.edu. 277-4405, 277-1400. “Curanderismo: Healing & Ritual”. Healing and medicinal plants and herbs. 277-1400 for more info. maxwellmuseum.unm.edu

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, Billy the Kid

Along the Pecos: A Photographic and Sound Collage; Fading Memories: Echos of the Civil War; Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World. The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy. 47 Stars, NM Centennial Exhibit Pinhole Photography.  www.nmhistorymuseum.org Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time. Archaeological evidence and historic documents of old Santa Fe. Telling NM Stories, Then & Now, .

NEW MEXICO HISTORY EDUCATION RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE: ADVENTURE, ADVERSITY & OPPORTUNITY: OUR JEWISH PIONEER HISTORY IN NEW MEXICO, Education materials including middle school level lesson plans my be downloaded from the website of the NM Jewish Historical Society, www.nmjhs.org $10 donation requested but not mandatory.

UNM CONTINUING EDUCATION & OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE Maralie BeLonge, 277-6179, program supervisor for Osher. For course info go to dce.unm.edu/culture or call 277-0077. UNM CE & Osher provide travel, lectures and classes. Osher requires a $20 membership fee. Go todce.unm.edu/osher for course descriptions.

New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, NM Cultural Affairs Dept. www.nmhistoricpreservation.org.

Placitas Public Library, 453 Hy 165, 5 miles east of the I-25 exit. www.placitaslibrary.com, 867-3355.

                               ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES


SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY LOCAL HISTORY & ARCHIVES 423 Central SE, branch manager Eileen O’Connell, 848-1377. Come see the beautifully renovated library and browse through many one of a kind books about Albuquerque. Open Tuesday – Sat. 9am-6pm.

MENAUL HISTORICAL LIBRARY OF THE SOUTHWEST, 301 Menaul NE on campus of Menaul School. View artifacts of 100 year old Menaul School and archives of Presbyterian Church history of NM & Southwest. www.menaulhistoricallibrary.org. Contact 343-7480 or archives@menaulhistoricallibrary.org.

VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER to see JANUARY highlights of dance, film, workshops, music, theatre and exhibits. www.nhccnm.org. 1701 4TH ST. SW, 246-2261.


INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER, 2401 12TH ST. NW, www.indianpueblo.org


Celebrating New Mexico Statehood site, nmstatehood.unm.edu/
Celebrating New Mexico Statehood provides access to materials about New Mexico’s history and culture. Designed to facilitate research about New Mexico’s past, cultural heritage materials from 12 New Mexico institutions are available here for study and research. Materials include photographs, documents, maps, posters, art, music and video. Managed by the University of New Mexico, University Libraries and funded by UNM’s Center for Regional Studies, this project is intended to help all New Mexicans learn about and appreciate our past. Enjoy!

The 12 institutions participating in the Celebrating New Mexico site are:

  • The Albuquerque Museum
  • Farmington Museum
  • Hubbard Museum of the American West
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center
  • New Mexico History Museum, Chavez History Library
  • New Mexico History Museum, Photo Archives
  • New Mexico State University Library
  • Roswell Museum and Art Center
  • Silver City Museum
  • University of New Mexico, Art Museum
  • University of New Mexico, Center for Southwest Research

1910 New Mexico Constitution www.newmexicohistory.org/centennial.
This is from the State Historian’s office and it deals specifically with the 1910 New Mexico Constitution. It has photos & bios of all the delegates to the 1910 constitutional convention along with the text of the 1910 constitution, the 2012 amended NM constitution and an essay by the Legislative Council Services describing all the changes to the Constitution over the last 100 years. There is also info on president Taft and much more.

The ABQ Public Library has a huge web site devoted to the Centennial and NM History. There are links to all sorts of material. www.cabq.gov/library.


Visit the web sites of the Office of the State Historian, www.newmexicohistory.org and the Albuquerque Historical Society, www.albuqhistsoc.org, to see the free Centennial Teachers Resource Guide. The Guide has four sections on New Mexico History and 4th & 7th grade lesson plans. The sections are:

  • New Mexico’s Long Road to Statehood
  • New Mexico’s County Courthouses
  • The Boundaries of New Mexico
  • New Mexico’s Governors since 1912

Compiled by Janet Saiers.- jsaiers@msn.com