April 2016 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history opportunities:

SUNDAY APRIL 17, 2 PM, Susan Schwartz describes the history of Fairview Cemetery on Yale SE where many famous NM doctors, elected officials, ministers, soldiers and local heroes are buried.   Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum, Free parking south of the Museum, free admission to Museum and the program. www.albuqhistsoc.org.

FREE SATURDAY WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE 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. 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.

Register for the Historical Society of New Mexico annual conference April 14-16 in Farmington, www.hsnm.org  for more info.

APRIL 1, 5-8 pm, first Friday at the New Mexico History Museum, free. 6 pm, Jake Barrow, acting ex. director of Cornerstones Community Partnerships speaks on A Fragile Legacy: Earthen Architecture in NM www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

APRIL 1, 12 noon – 7:30 pm, free. Showcase of  15 local bands; food trucks & local brews, climbing wall, Animal Welfare adoption van. Civic Plaza downtown.

APRIL 1,  6-8 pm, free. Opening of exhibit “Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys across the Old Spanish Trail”.  National Hispanic Cultural Center, www.nhccnm.org.

APRIL 2, 4 pm, free. Book signing related to “Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys across the Old Spanish Trail”. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

APRIL 2 , 10:30-12 noon, free. Vamos al Museo. Family event to visit the art museum then learn about storytelling through images. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW, www.nhccnm.org. Call Elena Baca at 246-2261 X 167 or elenad.baca@state.nm.us.

APRIL 2, all day, admission fee. Grand Opening “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story“. This is the first change in the main exhibit since the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center opened in 1976. 12th St. NW, www.indianpueblo.org.

APRIL 2, 9, 16, 23,  8:30 am-12:30 PM, free. Clean-up days in the Sandia Foothills. Sponsored by the Open space Division. Info call Jim Sattler 452-5213.

APRIL 2, 10:30 am, free. Elmer Maestas speaks on “NM’s Stormy History-True stories of early Spanish Colonial Settlers”, sponsored by Hispanic Gen. Research Center, Special Collections Library. www.hgrc-nm.org.

APRIL 2, 10:30 am, Sandoval County Genealogical Society meets at Rio Rancho’s Loma Colorado Library. Call Michael Barger, 803-5225 for more info.

APRIL 2, 16, 30 and MAY 7, 10:30 am, free. Beginning genealogy workshops. 2nd floor Main Library.

APRIL 3, 9:30 am- 3:30pm, $25. Genetics Conference related to genetic conditions of Northern NM Hispanics. More information atwww.congregationalbert.org. In cooperation with the NM Jewish Historical Society.

APRIL 3, 1-2 pm, free admission before 1 pm. Curator Talk: Place, Materials & Process: Design, Craft & Art in Latin America, ABQ Museum. 243-7255 or Jessica Coyle, jcoyle@cabq.gov.                          .

APRIL 3, 9-10:30 am, free, must RSVP to 897-8831. Bosque Wild guided walk. Sponsored by the Open Space Division.www.cabq.gov/openspace. Art exhibit “No More Stories” continues at Open Space Visitor Center, 6400 Coors NW.

APRIL 3 , all day, free admission on the 1st Sunday for NM residents, NM Museum of Natural History & Science..                     

APRIL 6, 12 noon, free but donations accepted. Bach Lunch Concert -30 minutes woodwind concert by UNM students. First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead SW, free parking.

APRIL 7, 9:30 am, $8. A Curandera Garden: NM’s Native Medicinal Plants. NM Museum of Natural History, www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

APRIL 7, 1 pm, free. Henrietta Martinez Christmas speaks on “Ideas for solving unique Hispanic research challenges in the Colonial SW”. Main Library.

APRIL 7, 5:30-7 pm, free. Part 3, Water in the Contemporary Pueblo World: The impact of Scholarship-Speaker is Porter Swentzell from Santa Clara Pueblo. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

APRIL 7, 2-4 pm, free. “Border Doors: Unmasking Zones of Meaning. A display of 18 doors created by students from Sandia Prep. Part of a year long program dealing with immigration and historic issues between the US & Mexico. Zimmerman Library Commons Area at UNM.

APRIL 7, 5:30-6:30 pm, free. “Science on Tap”, explores science and technology in an informal setting.  Yanni’s Restaurant, 3109 Central NE. Call the Nuclear Museum at 245-2137 X 103 for more info. Beverages and food may be ordered .

APRIL 8, free, all day. Opening of Chinese Americans in New Mexico. Maxwell Museum on campus of UNM.

APRIL 8, 6 pm, free. Opening Reception for Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics. Maxwell Museum.maxwellmuseum.unm.edu.

APRIL 8, 2-4 pm, free. The Genius You can’t Refuse: Recovering the story and Music of Manuel Areu (1845-1942), Symposium, Waters Room at the Center for SW Research in Zimmerman Library.

APRIL 9, free, all afternoon – 2nd Saturday at Casa San Ysidro. 3-4 pm. Paleobotanist Bill Whitehead describes What did people in New Mexico eat 1,000 years ago.

APRIL 9, 11 am – 6 pm, $5 advance, $10 at event. Great NM Food Truck Festival (25 trucks and 20 craft beers) Balloon Museum. Contactlhubley@cabq.gov or 768-6028.

APRIL 9, 10am-12 noon, free. “Coexistence is Possible” a film and discussion of ways to coexist with wild animals. Open Space visitor Center, 6400 Coors NW.

APRIL 9, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Abbas Akhil, president of the NM Islamic Center speaks on  “ABQ’s Islamic Community “. Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, series on People Create Cities.  abclibrary.org/peoplecreatecities, 848-1376.

APRIL 10, talk 1pm, Book signing, 2 pm. Local legend Garo Antreasian speaks on the Revolutionized medium of lithography- The story of UNM’s Tamarind Institute. He also discusses his Armenian Heritage. ABQ Museum. 243-7255, Jessica Coyle, jcoyle@cabq.gov.

APRIL 10, 2 pm, free. Archaeologist Brenda Wilkinson from the BLM Socorro offices speaks on the Historic 1885 Magdalena Stock Driveway on the Plains of San Augustin.  Historic church, Corrales Historical Society, www.corraleshistory.org.

APRIL 10, 2-3 pm, free. “Success Stories”. group discussion of various young people involved in citizen science efforts helping wildlife and the Natural world. Limited space, RSVP 897-8831 with Open Space Visitor Center, 6400 Coors NW.                           

APRIL 10, 2 pm, members free, others $5, Elmer Maestas speaks on “NM’s Stormy History-True stories of early Spanish Colonial Settlers” Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House in Bernalillo off 550. www.sandovalhistory.org.

April 11, 8:30-9:30 pm. free but donations accepted. Lunar Monday with numerous telescopes. NM Museum of Natural History,www.nmnaturalhistory.com

APRIL 12, 2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A new book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans. Topic is “Pueblo Nations” by Dr. Joe Sando. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

APRIL 13, 10:30 am, free. Karen Jones speaks on The Ancestry & Legacy of Pennsylvania Dutch.  Main Library.

APRIL 14, 5:30 pm, free. Dr. Mack Faragher from Yale U speaks on Violence in Frontier Los Angeles, CA. Followed by book signing. Sponsored by Center for SW Research, the annual Calvin Horn Lecture. Student Union Building on UNM campus. Info at 247-4344.

APRIL 15, 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha Community  Stitch-Along. Bring your colcha embroidery project.National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org. Call 246-2261 X 189.

APRIL 16, 12 noon – 5 pm, free. Procession of Founding Families of ABQ at 3:30 pm. Old Town. Founder’s Day with music & performances on-going in the Gazebo.

APRIL 16, 2 pm, free. Carol Merrill speaks about Georgia O’Keefe. Placitas Library.

APRIL 16 , DUSK, free. Springtime Placitas Star Party — co-sponsored by The ABQ Astronomical Society –More information at www.taas.org ortaas@taas.org,  Placitas Community Library, 5 miles east of I-25 exit 242. www.placitaslibrary.com, 867-3355.

APRIL 17, 2 pm, free. Susan Schwartz  discusses the Historic Fairview Cemetery located on Yale SE. Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

APRIL 17, 2 pm, free. Author and film historian Jeff Berg speaks on Films in New Mexico. Historic Tijeras Church next to the East Mountain Library, sponsored by the East Mountain Historical Society.

APRIL 17, 2 pm, free for members-$5 others. Friends of Coronado Historic Site, meeting location at Sandoval county DeLavy House in Bernalillo off 550. Ethan Ortega speaks on Blackwater Draw: Mammoths, Bison & People. The excavations at the Clovis man site near Portales.www.kuaua.com 771-9493 or 867-5351.

APRIL 20, 12 noon, free. David C de Baca speaks on A Walk in Time: The Multi-cultural Heritage of Sandoval county residents from the Civil War to Vietnam. Office of the State Historian, NM Archives Building in Santa Fe on Camino Carolos Rey. Sponsored by the Historical Society of NM.

APRIL 20, 1 pm, free. “Abiquiu, NM during Georgia O’Keefe’s Years” ,UNM Zimmerman Library Center for SW Research.

APRIL 20, 5:30-7 pm. free. The Counter Narrative, The first 40 years of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, www.indianpueblo.org.

APRIL 21, 6PM, $17 for dinner.  Francois Marie Patorni speaks on “The French of New Mexico”. Must make reservation with Gloria Bullis at Gloria.bullis@msn.com.  Westerners Corral History Dinner club. MCM Hotel Elegante, Menaul & University NE

APRIL  21 5-8:30 pm, free 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Celebrate New Territories and the cultural traditions of Latin America through music, art. Local poet Carlos Contreras reads; conversation about the Hard Edge of Abstraction.

APRIL 21, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Cuba, free cooking and nutrition info, art, entertainment. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org. Call 246-2261 X 189.

APRIL 21, 12 noon, free. Brown Bag & Brainpower series. Speaker is NM Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels speaking on An Illustrated History of the Justice System in the Territory and State of NM.  NM History Museum, www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

APRIL 22, free. 6 pm, pre-show reading from Don Quixote; 7 pm, Fernando Barros Lirola & Company flamenco performance. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

APRIL 23, 1 pm, free. Artisans of China’s Past, Prof. Lan Wu along with Gallery Tour, related to Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics. Maxwell Museum. maxwellmuseum.unm.edu.

APRIL 23, 10am-4 pm, free. Annual Book, Bake and Plant Sale also featuring original Art & Ceramics. Placitas Community Library, 5 miles east of I-25, exit 242. www.placitaslibrary.com.

APRIL 23, 10 am program & Q & A, . Zhi Bin Hong speaks on a Hidden Struggles Impacting Local Asian Communities.  Sponsored by the Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center at 7521 Carmel NE Wyoming at Paseo del Norte).More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941.

APRIL 23, 10:30-11:30 am, free. Series on local history, Historian & author Dr. Joseph Sanchez speaking on The Atrisco Neighborhood,. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.

APRIL 24, 1:30-3 pm, admission fee. Opera Spotlight Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West, ABQ Museum.

APRIL 25-MAY 1, admission. Native American Week at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Speakers, four dances each day demonstrations, tours. concluding with Native Arts Market April 30.

APRIL 30, all day, admission. Native Arts Market with 50 Native Artists. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

APRIL 30, free  ABQTurkish Festival (food, crafts & more), sponsored by the Raindrop Women’s Association of NM, 7901 Mountain Rd. NE, 859-3751. abq@turkishhouse.org,

APRIL 30, 2:30 pm, free. Lloyd Kreitzer speaks on Historic Figs in New Mexico, Special Collections Library.

APRIL 30, 2 pm, free. Don Bullis speaks on NM Historical Encyclopedia, Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts. 352-7720.

APRIL 30, 2 pm, free. Beyond Right and Wrong, a film about genocide issues including Ireland, Rwanda, Israeli/Palestian Conflict. Presented by the Placitas Holocaust Remembrance & Genocide Awareness Group. Film followed by discussion. Placitas Community Library, 5 miles east of I-25 exit 242. www.placitaslibrary.com, 867-3355.

APRIL 30, all day, $100. Socorro County Historical Society tour of Armendaris Ranch. More information at http://socorro-history.org.

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.orgFees vary.

WALK MONDAYS OR WALK WEDNESDAYS – 8:30-10 am, six consecutive Mondays from March 28-May 2,  or six consecutive Wednesdays from March 30 – May 4. Walks go to various neighborhoods and little known parts of Albuquerque. $18

APRIL 12, 9-10 am, 1-2:30 pm, The Rise and Decline of Public Spaces in America

APRIL 12 OR 21, 10:30 am – 12 noon. A Stroll Through Old Town. Learn new information about historic Old Town.

APRIL 13, 10:30 am-12 noon, visit Talin: A World Market Field Trip (limited enrollment), $12

APRIL 14, 9:30-11:30 am, Open space hike in the Sandia Mountains.

APRIL 15, 10:30-12 noon. Close Encounters with a Pipe Organ. Demonstration of organ at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral downtown.

APRIL 20, 8:30-4 pm, Day Trip to Jemez area: The Geology of the Rio Jemez Valley (inc. Soda Dam & Battleship Rock) $79.

APRIL 20, 10:30 am – 12 noon. Wildlife and Water Source Protection for the Rio Grande, speaker Laura McCarthy.

APRIL 21, 10:30 am-12 noon. Biggest Land Grant Swindle in US History (parts of AZ & NM), speaker BG Burr.

**********************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.

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 desk.

NEW 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.

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 Tuesday – Saturday 10am-2pm.

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

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 –   www.indianpueblo.org. The Original Instructions: Pueblo Sovereignty & Pueblo Governance; Our Land, Our Culture, Our Story.

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,

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 APRIL 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