April 2017 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

APRIL 9 (because of Easter, AHS meeting is on 2nd Sunday)–  POPEJOY @ 50 presented by Aracely Chapa. She will describe the making of the documentary which tells the story of UNM President Tom Popejoy’s vision to create a world class performing arts facility at UNM. After the showing of the video, Ms. Chapa will take questions.  Sponsored by the 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 by Tucano’s Restaurant. Downtown metered parking not monitored on Saturdays. Call 289-0586 to leave a message or reserve for a group more than five. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ.  www.albuqhistsoc.org.

Articles about New Mexico people, places & events. READ OVER 100 ISSUES OF LA CRONICA, the publication of the Historical Society of New Mexico. https://ejournals.unm.edu/index.php/lacronica.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Saturday / Sunday-11am, 2 pm. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org

APRIL SATURDAYS 1,8,15,22,29, 1-2 pm, admission fee.  Tour of the Art Museum,  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

APRIL MONDAYS, 1:30-2:30 PM. Admission fee. Tour the NM Natural History Museum.

Listen to the music of  northern New Mexico-view lyrics in both Spanish and English. Learn about the Robb Musical Trust, www.robbtrust.org. (recordings of some 3,000 folk music and Native American chants)

Free admission every Sunday 9 am-1 pm. Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

APRIL Wednesdays, either 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am, free. “Stories in the Sky” Preschool program includes songs, crafts, stories. Balloon Museum. www.balloonmuseum.org. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE.

APRIL 1, 8 am, free. Maxwell Museum moves their historic totem pole (which came to UNM in 1941) from the courtyard into storage for cleaning. www.maxwellMuseum.org.

APRIL 1, 10;30 am-12 noon, free but $5 donation requested. Artist Kenny Chavez leads a tour of the Art Museum. Vamos al Museo, children’s programs on the first Saturday mornings at the Art Museum of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org

APRIL 1, 24th annual Cesar Chavez Day & Regalos Craft  Fair (10 am-2 pm) keynote address by Dolores Huerta. Fiesta starts at 12 noon-poetry, dancing, games, music, keynote. More info from Corine Marquez, 383-4705 or cmarquez@nhccfoundation.org. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

APRIL 1, 2-4 pm, free. Celia Lopez Chavez speaks on Epics of Empire and Frontier. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

APRIL 1, 3 pm, free. Diana Molina speaks about “Raramuri, the footrunners of the Sierra Madre“. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Art.352-7720.

APRIL 1, 10:30 am, free. “New Mexicans who served in the Navy during WW I” presented by Dorothy Chavez Wiskup.  sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center. www.hgrc-nm.org. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

APRIL 1, free. Belen Railroad Day at the Belen Harvey House, 104 N. 1st St – Belen Landmark contest from 10am-5pm, Doodlebug tours at the Depot, 2nd & Becker; Book sale at the Belen Library 9 am-12 noon, 333 Becker St., Harvey House, 861-0581; Library, 966-2600.

APRIL 2 , first Sunday admission free for all NM residents. NM Natural History Museum. 1801 Mountain Rd. NW. www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

APRIL 2, 3:30 pm, $15. 50th anniversary concert for UNM’s Pipe organ which is one of the largest in New Mexico. Concert by Maxine Thevenot and lecture by Christian Holtkamp, son of Walter Holtkamp who built and installed the organ. Keller Hall, UNM. 277-4569.

APRIL 4, 12 noon-1 pm, free. Dr. Joseph P. Sanchez, director of the Spanish Colonial Research Center at UNM presents “Spanish Colonial Cartography and our National Heritage”. Since 1983, Dr. Sanchez, has collected thousands of Spanish colonial maps and documents about North America and the Caribbean from the archives of Spain and Mexico. Dr. Sanchez will share the stories the maps and documents tell about the little known Spanish side of our American saga.   Learn more about English and American intrigue and intrusion in the lands first opened by the Spanish.” UNM Zimmerman Library Waters Room.

APRIL 4 , 7 PM,  free. NM State Historian Dr. Rick Hendricks presents “Claunch, New Mexico: Before, During, After”: (settling of Central NM). Manzano Mountain Art Council Art Center, 101 E. Broadway (Highway 60) at the blinking light, Mountainair. www.manzanomountainartcouncil.org. (Info on their Facebook page).

APRIL 4, 10:30-2:30, free. Main Library, Military Research Group,  ABQ Genealogical Society. Contact d-eker@swcp.com.

APRIL 4, 11, 18, 25, $5-$10 per class. Cuban salsa dance class, 6-7 pm beginner & intermediate; 7-8 pm intermediate & advanced., 2 – 4 pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center, www.nhccnm.org.

APRIL 5, noon, donation. Music (flute & harp) at First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, parking on site. A $5 box lunch is available by calling 239-4421. kaempermusic.com.

APRIL 5, 6-9 pm, free. Spring Stargazing at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center. Call 281-5259. Location & map at www.nmnaturalhistory.org

APRIL 6, 7 pm, free. “Voices from the past”, stories from NM’s Spanish, Mexican and Terrritorial period archives. Bachechi Open Space. www.bernco.gov/openspace. Contact Collene Langan, 314-0398 for more info.

APRIL 7 , admission fee. First Friday Fractals at 6 and 7 pm; Fractals Rock at 8 and 9 pm. NM Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town, www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

APRIL 7, 5-8 pm, free admission on 1st Friday to the NM History Museum in Santa Fe. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

APRIL 8, 2 pm, free. Van Ann Moore performs “Amazing Women of the West, 1846-1912“. Placitas Library. www.placitaslibrary.org  867-3355,   453 Highway 165, 5 miles east of the I-25 exit. Also sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

APRIL 8, 12 noon – 6 pm, 3rd annual Great NM Food Truck and Craft Beer Fest. Balloon Museum. www.balloonmuseum.org.

APRIL 8, 5-6:30 pm, free. Flying the Lindbergh Line: Then & Now; the story of the pioneer cost-to-coast airline trave presented by Robert Kirk. Contact Paul Garvey at 768-6030 for more info.

APRIL 8, 12 noon – 5pm, free. Old Town. Fiestas de Albuquerque celebrating ABQ’s 311th birthday. Music, artist demos, kids activities, performers; 3:30 pm procession of the Founding Families.www.cabq.gov/oldtown. More info from Bree Ortiz, 768-3556.

APRIL 8, 8:30-10 am, free. Bird Walk at Ojito de San Antonio Open Space. Cedar Crest, NM. Sponsored by the Bernalillo County Open Space Program. Contact Colleen Langan at 314-0398 or calangan@bernco.gov. .

APRIL 8, 10 am, free but limited space. RSVP at 314-0398.  Hilario Romero The Route: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. 244-0507.  www.guiterrezhubbellhouse.org.

APRIL 8, 1-4 pm, free. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, “Outdoor Science Day” come to a fun day of science indoors and out! Take your own self-paced tour of this historic property. www.cabq.gov/casasanysidro.org

APRIL 9 , 2 pm, free-includes free parking and free admission to the Museum. “Popejoy at 50″ telling the story of how Popejoy Hall was built. Presenter Aracely Chapa. Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

APRIL 9, 11 am – 12:30 pm, free. Historic Orchards in New Mexico. presented by William Carleton, PhD candidate at UNM. Carlito Springs Open Space. Contact Collene Langan, clangan@bernco.gov or 314-0398

APRIL 9, 2 pm, free for members; others $5. The origins of My Bernalillo Family presented by Alice Crespin Aguilar. Sandoval County Historical Society in Bernalillo at the DeLavy House. Turn at the I-Hop off Highway 550. www.sandovalhistory.org. .

APRIL 9, 2 pm, free. BG Burr presents the Chautauqua “Ernie Pyle-Bringing the World to America’s Doorstep.  Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council and the Corrales Historical Society,Old Church in Corrales. www.corraleshistory.org.

APRIL 10, admission fee. Exhibit Owls in the Land of Enchantment opens at the NM Natural History Museum. www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

APRIL 10, 11:30 am, buy your own lunch. Discussion of the fall vote involving a Sick Leave Ordinance. Golden Corral meeting room, 5207 San Mateo NE. Albuquerque Press Women & Friends. $5 fee if not member of Press Women, as Press Women is a exclusive club, these are women that work hard enough and do things like going out on dates and have fun with their partners using toys like an amazing anal vibrator and others.

APRIL 11, 6:30 pm, $5 donation suggested for non-members. Archaeologist Dr. Marc Thompson presents Unmasked: Icons of Duality at Hueco Tanks.  Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. Sponsored by the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo. www.friendsoftijeraspueblo.org.

APRIL 11,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month is Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.orgbookclub@indianpueblo.org.

APRIL 11, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Susie Turner from the Telephone Museum presents  “The History of Telephones in ABQ ” Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE,  848-1376.

APRIL 12, 10:30 am, free. “Brick Wall Strategies” – what you should do when you hit the brick wall of family genealogical research. ABQ Genealogical Society. Downtown Main Library.

APRIL 15, 2 pm, free. Pat McCarthy speaks about her pioneer Irish immigrant grandmother, “Floy, an Irish Family Tale”. Placitas Library. www.placitaslibrary.org, 867-3355.

APRIL 16, 2 pm, free for Coronado Historic Site members, $5 others. Alan Osborne presents New Mexico before Columbus,  Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House, off 550 turn at I-Hop just west of Coronado Historic site, 771-9493  www.kuaua.com.

APRIL 17-21, different fees. Week to honor the Life of Miguel de Cervantes and his epic Don Quixote. April 17, 6-7 pm, free. Reading of the 1st chapter in numerous languages inc. Russian, Hebrew, Chinese, Vietnamese; 7-8:15 pm, Fernando Barros presents a show of video/song and lecture. April 19, 6-8:30 pm, $45 individual/$80 couple. The Gastronomy of 17th Century food. Cooking seminar. National Hispanic Cultural Center.  APRIL 20, 6:30-8:30 pm, Film-Un Quijote sin Mancha. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

APRIL 19, 12 noon, free. Katrina Hotrum new director of Behavioral Health (and the mental health tax) speaks.at the McKinley Community Center 3401 Monroe NE just east of McKinley Mid School. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins. Brown bag lunch bring your own.

APRIL 20, 5:30-7:30 pm, free Salud y Sabor, foods from New Mexico, cooking demos, art & entertainment. Also includes dedication of new US postal stamp series, Delicioso Hispanic foods.  National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

APRIL 20, 5-8:30 pm, free. “Wild West” explore the myth and legacy of the Western films in NM with historian Jeff Berg. Listen to the music of Bob Farrell and Brushfire.. Third Thursday: related to the exhibit . Albuquerque Museum. contact Jessica Coyle, jcoyle@cabq.gov or 243-7255 for more information. www.cabq.gov/museum.

APRIL 20, 5:30 register, 6 pm program, free. Various speakers about Bees: Sustainability & Their Future, part of the Lobo Living Room Series. Hodgn Hall Alumni Center, following the program is a reception and various displays about urban beekeeping. Info at 277-9092, 277-5808, alumni@unm.edu.Free parking in the “B” lot at Central & University

APRIL 21, 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 22, 10 am-5 pm, free. Carrizozo: Celebrate Your History-Enjoy a day in this Lincoln County Town. 10 am Kathy Flynn speaks about the New Deal, 11 am Visit with Smokey Bear, 12 tour the ruins of a CCC camp, 12:30 pm learn about Spanish Colonial Art, 3:30 Phil & Roseanne Archuleta speak about Historic Markers, 4pm learn about the ghost town of White Oaks. Carrizozo, NM (just 2.5 hours from ABQ). More info from John Schultz at   jaschultz@gmail.com.

APRIL 22, 2 pm, free. La Canoa series presents “Standing on their Shoulders: A History of Bilingual Education in NM “presented by Rebecca Blum Martinez. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org

APRIL 22, 11 am-1pm, $5 per car. New Mexico raptors: Laura McCann will bring a great horned owl, red-tailed hawk and turkey vulture to help explain the habits and types of raptors. Cerrillos Hills State Park (south of Santa Fe on Highway 14). Call 505-474-0196 for more information or www.nmparks.com. .

APRIL 22, 9 am-4 pm, free. Come meet numerous NM book authors at the Moriarty Community Library “Authors for Literacy” event. Moriarty Civic Center. Food will be available.  mormuseum@yahoo.com.

APRIL 22, 10 am-5 pm, free. Annual fundraising book, plant and bake sale. Placitas Community Library.

APRIL 22, opening of the exhibit “Chasing the Cure to Albuquerque: Tuberculosis and Social change”. ABQ Museum.

APRIL 22, 10 am program & Q & A, Dr. Linda Hao presents “Modern Day Miracles:The Curious Art of Neuro Acupuncture”    Sponsored by the Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center at 7521 Carmel NE Wyoming at Paseo del Norte. Followed by complimentary lunch (donations accepted.) More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941

APRIL 23, 5-6:30 pm, free. Just Before Dinosaurs ruled the Earth-Vertebrates from the Last Triassic of New Mexico. Bachechi Open Space. 9521 Rio Grande NW at the Alameda Bridge. Contact Collene Langan at 314-0398, www.bernco.gov/openspace.

APRIL 24-30. American Indian Week, various performances, demonstrations. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

APRIL 29, 10 am-5 pm, $10 adults; $5 kids 4-12. Renaissance Faire. Balloon Museum. Contact Bree Ortiz at 768-3452 or bortiz@cabq.gov.

APRIL 29, 3-5 pm, $50 Trolley Tour visit film and TV sites around the city. Provided by the ABQ Trolley Co. cabq.gov/museum.

APRIL 29, 9 m, $5. Tour of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Sponsored by the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Art. RSVP to 352-7720.

APRIL 29/30, 10 AM-4 PM, free. ABQ Recycled Art Fair 2017. Art vendors, music, youth market, fun contests, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. 897-8831.

APRIL 29/30 Spring Art market with some 50 native American vendors. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

APRIL 30 , 1-3 pm, free. Plant Walk, Garden Talk: Medicinal Plants in Folk Healing, presented by Dianne Rand. Gutierrez Hubbell House, www.bernco.gov/openspace for information.

APRIL 30, 1:30-3 pm, free. Epic Hide & Seek – join a park-wide version of hide & seek, family fun. Bachechi Open Space. 9521 Rio Grande NW at the Alameda Bridge. Contact Colleen Langan at 314-0398, www.bernco.gov/openspace

APRIL 30, 3:30-5 pm, free. Geology of The Rio Grande-.Presented by Jack Oviatt, Professor of Geology. Bachechi Open Space. 9521 Rio Grande NW at the Alameda Bridge. Contact Collene Langan at 314-0398, www.bernco.gov/openspace

APRIL 30, all day, $10. Rezilience Indigenous Arts. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

UNM ART MUSEUM April 12, 5:30 pm, Lecture by Rachel Cox for her exhibit “Shiny Ghost. April 19, 5:30 pm. Indian – Pop- Politics: the Rise and Fall of a Native American Art Movement. April 29, 10 am-1 pm. Lobo Studio Family Workshop based on the current exhibit of Botanical Drawings. Limited space, RSVP to Tracie Quinn, tmquinn@unm.edu.

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.


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.


$20 Annual Registration Fee. Each class has a fee. 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

BOOKWORKS PROGRAMS WITH LOCAL & STATE AUTHORS, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW,  www.bkwrks.com.

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.k.

Website Spotlight

anapachecosantafe.com website about NM history & culture.

Unser Racing Museum www.unserracingmuseum.org

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.


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


Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.

Only in Albuquerque. www.cabq.gov/museum
Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film

Albuquerque Museum. Carved Line: Block Printmaking in New Mexico.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. Chinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics   maxwellmuseum.unm.edu. 277-4405, 277-1400.
Belen Harvey House, 104 North 1st St. 861-0581. open Tuesday – Saturday 12:30-3:30 pm, Closed Sunday & Monday.

NM Museum of Natural History “Opals from around the World

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW –   www.indianpueblo.org. Brand new 40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.

National Hispanic Cultural Center  Fantasia Fantastica art exhibit, A Life of Service: The Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection; The Art of Acquisition New, New Mexico Works, Cervantes & Don Quixote, 4th & Bridge NW. www.nhccnm.org.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944″ an installation by American sculptor Jim Sanborn. Step back in time to experience pure science through art … the recreation of the super secrets from the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb. Nuclear Museum, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, info@nuclearmuseum.org.

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

New Mexico History Museum – Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern NM; The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, 47 Stars; Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time; Telling NM Stories,Then & Now.

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 to dce.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 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 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