August 2015 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history opportunities:

Program always free & free parking south of the Albuquerque Museum
AUGUST 16, 2015 , 2 pm, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town

The Albuquerque Indian School : Origins, History and Communities

SPEAKER: Joe Sabatini, volunteer at the Library/Archives of the Indian Pueblo CC, will discuss the origins of the Albuquerque Indian School (AIS) and changing federal Indian education policies over the century the school was active. He will describe the many interactions between the school and the Albuquerque community, including cultural, athletic, religious and economic relationships. He will also discuss, from a political and neighborhood perspective, the history of the AIS property following the school’s closing in 1981.  This part includes the deterioration of the campus, the creation of the Indian Pueblos Federal Development Corporation (IPFDC), the reaction of the neighborhood, and development agreements with the City. He will conclude with the effort to save and repurpose the last remaining building on the historic campus.

WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL, FREE, SATURDAYS 10 – 11:30 am. Meet at 10 am at the corner of 1st & Central NW on the north side of Central. 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 at 299-5019 for info,       .   

AUGUST 1, 10:30 am, free, 1st Saturday family program, visit the art museum & enjoy hands-on art activities. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

AUGUST 1, 1 pm, free. The movie “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day Lewis & Sally Field. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Art. 251 Main St. at the water tower, 352-7720.

AUGUST 1, 12:30-4 pm, free. Belen Harvey House, 104 1st. St. Belen. Opening of Descansos in Valencia County.

AUGUST 1, 2 pm, free. State Historian Rick Hendricks speaks on Spanish Paleograpy. Hispanic Genealogical Research Center, Special Collections Library at Edith & Central NE.

AUGUST 22-4 pm, free. Adobe Architecture presented by Franciso Uvina, Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. tour of the GHH,  244-0507.

AUGUST 2, 7 pm, free. Barbara Santillanes Tapia speaks about the community of Alameda. Part of the series  “Stories of the Middle Rio Grande”. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. 314-0398.

AUGUST  3, 11 am, free with admission. Tesuque pueblo Runners and the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW,  724-3506

AUGUST 4, all day across Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Neighborhood Night Out. Check with Darrel Dady at Bernalillo County

AUGUST  4 ,10:30-2:30 pm, free, ABQ Genealogical Society Military Research Group. Main Library.

AUGUST 4, 11, 18: 6 pm, fee. Dance classes, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

AUGUST 5, 12 noon, free. Women Marked for History. Roseanne & Phil Archuleta and the Historic Marker Program. Part of the Brainpower and Brownbag series, NM History Museum in Santa Fe,

AUGUST 7, 14, 21, and 28  1 pm, free with Museum admission. Introduction to Pueblo art, history and culture through murals from legendary Pueblo artists. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

AUGUST 7, First Friday free admission 5-8 pm, lecture at 6 pm. Wars, Revolts & Defining Collective Memory in the Context of the Pueblo Revolt, speaker is Jason Shapiro, NM History Museum,

AUGUST 7, Exhibit opens of Sam Adams Photography, NM History Museum,

AUGUST  8, 1 pm, Richard Melzer & John Taylor discuss Descansos in Valencia County as part of their book “A River Runs Through Us: True Tales of Rio Ariba”, 861-0581, Belen Harvey House, 104 1st Street.

AUGUST 8, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. The Hungarian Community of Albuquerque , presented by  retired UNM professor Steve Borbas, 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., 848-1376.

AUGUST 8, 2 pm, free with admission. A discussion of Spanish Colonial Stagecraft by James Middleton. New Mexico History Museum

AUGUST 8, 2 pm, free, Cibola County Historical Society in Grants presents Paul Pena  speaking of the Pena Family Heritage in Cibola County. Double Six Gallery in Grants. 1001 Santa Fe Ave.

AUGUST 8 , 10:30 am, free, Cantando la Cultura / Learn and Sing-along traditional songs of Hispanic heritage taught by local musicians., National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

AUGUST 8, 1:30 pm, Casa San Isidro in Corrales, , demonstrations. Also sponsored by the Camino Real Trail Association. 897-8828.,

AUGUST 9, 12 noon, free, Songs from the Loom, Navajo Weaving Talk. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

AUGUST 9, 2-3 pm, Film historian Jon Bowman presents The Alvarado & Fred Harvey Hit the Silver Screen, NM History Museum,

AUGUST  . . . . Sandoval County Historical Society takes break for July & August.

AUGUST 12, free. the ABQ Genealogical society meets at Zimmerman Library with speaker Mark Emmons. How Zimmerman can help you do genealogical research,

AUGUST 13, free, 3 pm.(doors open at 2:30 pm) The Sights and Sounds of the Inka Trail, music of South America during the Spanish Colonial time, presented by Miguel harth Bedoya, NM History Museum. 476-5200 

AUGUST 15, 2pm, free. BG Burr presents Billy the Kid in Movies, Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. 251 Main Street at the water tower.

AUGUST 15, 10:30 am-12 noon, free. Jeff Berg presents “Made on 66” films about Rt. 66, Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE

AUGUST 15, 10:30 am, free, Cuentos en La Cocino, story telling and cooking activities for kids, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge

AUGUST 16, noon, Neighborhoods Community Day, See and hear the spirited stories of the International District, ABQ Museum.

AUGUST 16, 2 pm, free,   The  Albuquerque Indian School: Origins, Histories, Communities.  Speaker is Joe Sabatini, Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

AUGUST 18, 2-4pm, free. Exploring and Making the Most of your Public Library System, speaker Anne Lefkofsky. UNM contininuing Ed building, sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

AUGUST 19, 5:30  pm, free. Coffee and Conversation: Screening of Frontera! Revolt and Rebellion on the Rio Grande, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270,

AUGUST 20, free, 5-8 pm,   Museum of Albuquerque Third Thursday program,   Food & beverage available.

AUGUST 20, 12 noon – 1 pm, free. UNM Library Waters Room. Cultural Responses to the Los Alamos National Lab, by Daniel Arbino. Call Keira Phillip 277-7047 for information.

AUGUST . .   program takes summer break, Friends of Coronado Historic Site meeting at the Sandoval County DeLavy House in Bernalillo just west of Coronado. 771-9493 or, 867-5351. Coronado Historic Site also displays art created by students of Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian school in the 1930s.

AUGUST 225-8 pm, free. Celebrate the end of the summer with music. Placitas Library, 867-3355,

AUGUST 22, 1:30-4 pm, free. Women’s Equality Day Celebration and Poetry Reading-Celebrate the 19th amendment when women got the right to vote. Music, poetry, refreshments, Botts Hall Special Collection Library, 423 Central NE.

AUGUST 23, 2 pm, free. Roger Zimmerman speaks on Rerouting of Rt. 66, through Tijeras Canyon. Also grand opening of “Mapping our vanishing Past, Unique map of East Mountain landmarks. East Mountain Historical Soc. at the Old Church in Tijeras next to the East Mountain

AUGUST 28, 6-7 pm, free. Lecture about Santa Barbara, CA 1782 Spanish presidio and efforts to preserve it, NM History Museum,

AUGUST 29, 12 noon-8 pm, free. Chili Fiesta at Gateway Park, 100 Isleta SW.

AUGUST 29, 2pm, free. Angel de Cervantes of the NM DNA project speaks on Coronado and Spanish Exploration of the Southwest. Special Collections Library.

AUGUST 29 & 30, 10 am-4pm, free Turquoise Trail Arts Festival, 8 locations on North 14 & South 14.

UNM Continuing Education

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


No classes scheduled for August

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No tours scheduled for August.
****************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.orgMost programs listed have $8 fee except for trips.

AUGUST 3, 1-2:30 pm, Ogapogeh: A Native Village in Downtown Santa Fe, matthew Barbour, $8

AUGUST 6, 1-2:30 pm, Native American Cryptography, Theresa Pijoan, $8

AUGUST 11, 10:20-12 noon, The First Americans: Who, When, Where, & How?, Dave Weaver, $8

AUGUST 11, 1-2:30 pm, The Turquoise Trail: A short history, Laurie Frantz, $8

AUGUST 14, 2-3:30 pm, Jimmy Abraham & the Adobe Brothers, a high energy time of bluegrass, old time, Latin American, folk and more,

AUGUST 18, 10:30-12 noon, A History of the ABQ Open Space Division, William Pentler, $8.

AUGUST 25 10:30-12 noon, The Civil War in NM, John Taylor, $8

AUGUST 28, 10:30-12non, A Brief History of Chocolate in NM, Patricia Crown, $8

AUGUST 29, Angel Cervantes, Special Collections Library

**********************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


After ten years of planning and preparation, this permanent exhibit openedMarch 3. Come learn the story of Albuquerque in four separately themed galleries: Innovative, Resourceful, Spirited, Courageous.

Museum of Albuquerque Admission  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.

Website Spotlight website about NM history & culture.

Unser Racing Museum

El Camino Real International Heritage Center (south of Socorro) 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)
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

NM Genealogical Society, Main Library,

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Albuquerque Museum
Only in Albuquerque,  Under the Influence: Psychedelic Art, Museum of Art & History.

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. .

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.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Our 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 476-1250

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

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, Billy the Kid

MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE & HISTORY, 601 Eubank SE Come see the newly restored B-29 Superfortress from WW II

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. 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.

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

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, $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 or call 277-0077. UNM CE & Osher provide travel, lectures and classes. Osher requires a $20 membership fee. Go to for course descriptions.

New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, NM Cultural Affairs Dept.

Placitas Public Library, 453 Hy 165, 5 miles east of the I-25 exit., 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. Contact 343-7480 or

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




Celebrating New Mexico Statehood site,
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
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.


Visit the web sites of the Office of the State Historian, and the Albuquerque Historical Society,, 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.-