April 2015 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history opportunities:

More information & program brochure at www.hsnm.org.
Various registration fees and free for students and teachers !

Program always free & free parking south of the Museum
APRIL 19, 2 pm, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town

Dick Knipfing: Five Decades in Television Broadcasting 1961-2014

SPEAKER: Dick Knipfing, a “fixture in NM”,  came to Albuquerque in the early 1960s as a UNM student. He joined the news team at Channel 13 and … the rest is History ! Knipfing has worked for all three local TV stations and reported on hundreds of stories that have changed Albuquerque and the state. Working with tight deadlines and unrelenting stress, he has seen changes in technology, broadcasting styles and methods for collecting information. Come with questions and learn more about local television news with Dick Knipfing.

WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL, FREE, SATURDAYS 10 – 11:30 am. Meet at 10 am at the corner of 1st & Central in front of the movie theater. Tour goes to 8th and Central. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ, Inc. with support from the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund. (Call Janet Saiers @ 299-5019 for more info.)

APRIL 9, 2 pm, free, Zimmerman Library. Program on Latino Caribbean Music.

APRIL 10, 6  pm, free. Reticulation & Refinement, exploration of lithography and black on black pottery.Maria Martinez, Carl Gorman, Charles Lovato. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270, www.indianpueblo.org..

APRIL 11, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. The German Influence in Albuquerque presented by Stephen Helgesen, Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, monthly series on People Create Cities. Explore how various ethnic and religious groups made history in Albuquerque and NM.  abclibrary.org/peoplecreatecities, 848-1376.

APRIL 11, 1:30 pm, Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. The NM Contribution to the American Revolution. ” Speaker is George Garcia. 897-8828. www.cabq.gov/museum.

APRIL 11, 2 pm, free, Belen Harvey house, 104 N. 1st St. in Belen, Dr. Richard Melzer speaks on what it took to create a museum and save the Harvey House Train Station. 861-0581.

APRIL 11, 1-2 pm, free. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW,  Stephen Auscherman, Walking ABQ: 30 Tours.

APRIL 11, 1-2 pm, free. M. O’Keefe & Rush Dudley speak on the Little Bighorn Battle, Los Griegos Library, 1000 Griegos NW, 761-4020. .

APRIL  12, 2 pm, free for members $5 for others. David C de Baca speaks on The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House in Bernalillo on Highway 550 by the Phillips 66.  www.sandovalhistory.org

APRIL 13-OCTOBER 17, 10:15-12:15, $10. Walking tours of the Santa Fe Plaza.  www.newmexicohistory.org.

APRIL 16, 2 pm, free, Zimmerman Library.”Before there were Aliens, There were Apples:Myths, Moths, Modernity in NM’s Early Orchards.” William Carlton from the UNM Scholars Program.

APRIL 16, 5:30 pm, free. Stephen Auscherman, Walking ABQ: 30 Tours. Special Collections Library.

APRIL 16,  7 pm., free. Churro Sheep in the Southwest. Speaker is Pat Clauser.   Old San Ysidro Church next to Casa San Ysidro.  www.corraleshistory.org.

APRIL 16, Westerners Dinner History group. Meridith Hmura, Program on Northern NM,  5:30 social hour, 6:15 dinner $17. Hotel Elegante, 2020 Menaul NE.  Payment by check to the Westerners must be received by April 13 to hold a reservation. Send check to 3100 Ann Cr. SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124. Call Janet Saiers at 299-5019 for a reservation.

APRIL 16, free, 5-8 pm,   Museum of Albuquerque Third Thursday program,   Food & beverage available.  www.cabq.gov/museum

APRIL 18, 10am – 2 pm, Jefferson Middle School open house, 75th anniversary.

APRIL 18, 10:30 am, free. Miguel Torrez and Santiago Romero lead a panel discussion about DNA.  NM Genealogical Society. Special  Collections Library, 796-0376.

April 18, Los Lunas Museum begins a new series with veterans: “Talking Service for Vets“, 352-7720.

APRIL 18, 5pm, $25. Herbal Walk. Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. 4803 Rio Grande NW, www.lospoblanos.com

APRIL 18, 1-2 pm, free. Native American Jewelry Masters Round Table. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW.

APRIL 19, 2 p.m., free.  Dick Knipfing presents My 50 years in Television Broadcasting  (1961-2014). Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

APRIL 19, 2 p.m., $5 or free if a Friends of Coronado Member, Harry Truman & the Atomic Bomb presented by historian Noel Pugach , Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site. Program is at the Sandoval County DeLavy House in Bernalillo just west of Coronado. 771-9493 or www.kuaua.com, 867-5351

APRIL 19, 2-3 pm, free. Fred Harvey and American Indian Art. Diana Pardue, Curator from Heard Museum.  NM History Museum, www.newmexicohistory.org.

APRIL 23-26, American Indian Week. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

APRIL 23, 7-8:30 pm . free but registration required. Stories of the Middle Rio Grande-the Los Griegos Neighborhood.  Speaker is JoAnn Ulibarri. Bachechi Open Space Education Bldg.,  Alameda & the River. Bernalillo County, www.bernco.gov/openspace.

APRIL 24, 11 am, free. Zimmerman Library, “Policing, Moonshine, and Murder in NM, 1919-1933”. Darren Raspa, UNM Scholars program

APRIL 24, FREE, History Day competition for mid school and high school. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

APRIL 25, 6-10 pm, free. Star Party, Open Space Visistor Center, 6500 Coors NW. www.taas.org.

UNM Continuing Education

Call 277-0077 to register and for more information 277-0563. Krista Savoca program coordinator email atsirk@unm.edu information. 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.


APRIL 8, 1-3 pm, Geology of White Sands & Valley of Fires, $45
APRIL10, 3:30-5:30 Genetic Genealogy: Carthaginian Connections, $20
APRIL 24, New Mexico & Tuberculosis,  $20

*************** UNM CONTINUING ED TOURS *****************

Check their web site for more March culture & recreation tours
APRIL 8, White Oaks Ghost Tour & Scenic Drive,  $89
APRIL 11, Downtown Chaco Canyon,  $98
APRIL 12, De Na Zin, $85
APRIL 14 or 16, After You Flush (tour wastewater plant),  $45
APRIL 14, Old Hoof Highway Scenic & Cultural Tour, $85
APRIL 15, Geology of White Sands & the Valley of Fires, $105
APRIL1 7, Zuni Pueblo and Village of the Great Kivas, $120
APRIL 18, Explore Ghost Ranch, $95
APRIL 18. Las Vegas, Where the Plains meet the Mountains, $89
APRIL 19, San Jose Badlands, $85
APRIL 22, DH Lawrence Ranch, $98
APRIL 23, Lybrook: New, Easy Route, $85
APRIL 23 or 24, Before you turn on your Kitchen Sink, tour Water Utility Authority, $45
APRIL 25. Hiking Chaco Canyon: Uptown, $98

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

Call 884-4529 to register and for more information. Must be age 55 and up. New location at American Square Shopping Center, 3301 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite 18 (near Menaul & Carlisle) www.oasisabq.orgMost programs listed have $8 fee except for trips.

APRIL 9, 10-12 noon, Elena Gallegos Hike, $12
APRIL 13, 1-2:30 pm, North 4th Street: A Drive through Time, Joe Sabatini, $8
APRIL 15, 10:30-12, The History of the ABQ Landscape, Baker Morrow, $8
APRIL 16, 1-2:30 pm, Geology & Quirks of our Sandia Mountains, Dirk Van Hart, $8
APRIL  17, 1-2:30 pm, Urban Art Trawl: Trolley Tour, $40
APRIL 18, 1-3 pm, Las Vegas Day Trip, $125
APRIL 23, 1-2:30 pm, Albuquerque & TB, Mo Palmer, $8

**********************OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING***************************

$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

APRIL 16, 1-3 pm,The Elemental John Ford Western Film, $20.
APRIL 17, 10am-12 noon, Two Gentlemen on Route 66, $25


After ten years of planning and preparation, this permanent exhibit opened March 3. 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.

****************MUSEUM EXHIBITS*******************

Albuquerque Museum

Only in Albuquerque,  On the Map Unfolding Albuquerque Art & Design, and  All Over the Map, the Dialogue of Public Art. www.cabq.gov/museumAlbuquerque Museum of Art & History. Visit www.ABQonthemap.com.

Belen Harvey HouseMi Familia, The People of Belen. Historic photographs, artifacts, and 221st year of Our Lady of Belen Fiesta.
104 North 1st St. 861-0581. open Tuesday – Saturday 12:30-3:30 pm, ClosedSunday &Monday. .

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

Albuquerque Indian School “Retrospective with a Vision Forward”. The boarding school experience through a historical beginning of harsh realities, to the journey of forcible education to liefetime friendships. www.indianpueblo.org.

National Hispanic Cultural CenterOur Penitente Land: the DeAragon/Calles Collection National Hispanic Cultural Center. History and Literacy Arts Building.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Exhibit–Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its Meaning.  and Culture. 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

MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE ELECTRICITY: SPARK your Curiosity ! through April 26     Thrilling hands-on experiments with electricity

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. Toys & Games: A New Mexico Childhood.

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 Krista Foutz, 277-0563, is the program coordinator and works in cooperation with Maralie BeLonge, 277-6179, program supervisor for Osher. For course info go todce.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.



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 APRIL highlights of dance, film, workshops, music, theatre and exhibits. www.nhccnm.org. 1701 4TH ST. SW, 246-2261.




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