August 2016 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following AUGUST history events:

AUGUST 21 — THE LEGACY OF THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS IN ALBUQUERQUE (1930s-40s), presented by NM historian and author Dr. Richard Melzer  Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum, Free parking south of the Museum, free admission to Museum and the program.

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.

DO YOU HAVE A NM HISTORY RESEARCH PROJECT? LOOK AT THE “SCHOLARS PROGRAM” AT NM STATE HISTORIAN’S OFFICE. Contact or call 505-476-9782. Sponsored by the Office of the State Historian.

FREE ADMISSION FOR NM RESIDENTS FIRST SUNDAY & 1ST FRIDAY NIGHT FROM 5-8 PM AT THE NM HISTORY MUSEUM  in Santa Fe. ALL STATE HISTORIC SITES free on 1st Sunday, Free admission for seniors every Wednesday at Historic Sites.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Friday at 2 pm, Saturdays / Sundays-11am, 2 pm. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

AUGUST 7 SUNDAY, free admission on the 1st Sunday for NM residents, NM Museum of Natural History & Science.

AUGUST 5, 1st Friday free, 5-8pm. New Mexico History Museum.

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

AUGUST TUESDAYS 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, pay what you can $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,  

AUGUST 2, 7:15 pm, free “Dark Sky Evening”, Gran Quivira / Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, 25 miles south of Mountainair on NM 55. Call Bethany Burnett, 847-2770 for more information.

AUGUST 3, 6-8 pm, free. Family music  with Andy Mason 6-7 followed by Greg Daigle Band at 7 pm, Balloon Museum. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE at Balloon Fiesta park. More info at, 768-6028, www.balloonmuseum

AUGUST 4, 5:30-7:30 Happy Arte Hour, Adult beverages for sale, complimentary snacks. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Contact Elena Baca 246-2261 X 167 or

AUGUST SATURDAY nights 6, 13, 20, 27-  Family Fun Days,  5 – 8 pm. AUGUST theme is “Why isn’t it Raining ?” -Crafts, experiments, bring picnic food, no registration necessary. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW at Alameda., 314-0398.

AUGUST 6 & 13 Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12 noon,  free but $5 donation appreciated. Children’s programming – hands-on art, bilingual sing-alongs, bosque walks, story time. Different theme each Saturday. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. NM Museum of Natural History. contact Elena Baca at 246-2261.

AUGUST 6, 2-3:30 pm, free. Former US Ambassador to Honduras, UNM Dean and mentor to many -Mari Luci Jaramillo speaks about her life of service. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 6, 6:30-7:30 pm, free. Icons & Symbols of our Regional Heritage, presented by Diana Molina. Petroglyph National Monument.

AUGUST 6, 5-10:30 pm, free. Downtown Summerfest on Civic Plaza, music, food vendors, kids activities.

AUGUST 6, 8AM-4 pm, $3 per car parking free. “Summer Wings, A Festival of Flight” celebrate hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies & bees. Nature walks, speakers, crafts for kids and more. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW.

AUGUST 6, 10 am, free. Sandoval County Genealogical Society meets at Rio Rancho’s Loma Colorado Library. Call Michael Barger, 803-5225 for more info.

AUGUST  6, 9 am-1pm. free. Public Open House, Sandia Mountains Natural History Center. Outdoor adventures in the Sandias, 7 miles of trail, four self-guided The center is located at 60 Columbia Lane in Cedar Crest

AUGUST 7, 2-4 pm, reception, free. Opening exhibit explaining how art pieces are acquired by the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Art Museum. Focuses on New Mexico artists. Tours at 11 am, 1pm & 3 pm-only 20 per group.

AUGUST 7, 7-9 am, free. Bosque Wild nature walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, register 897-8831.

AUGUST 7, 2 PM, fee. Gloria Abella Ballen speaks on the Sephardic Illuminated manuscripts. NM History Museum.

AUGUST 9, 2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month is Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

AUGUST 10, 10:30 am, free. “Summer  Stories & book sale”, ABQ Genealogical Society, Main Library

AUGUST 11, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Movie –Grapes of Wrath-part of the Rt. 66 Exhibit. Special Collections Library.

AUGUST 12, 7 pm, free “Dark Sky Evening, Perseid Meteor Shower“, Gran Quivira / Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, 25 miles south of Mountairair on NM 55. Call Bethany Burnett, 847-2770 for more information.

AUGUST 13, free. Cibola County Historical Society, Grants, NM.

AUGUST 13, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Branch manager Eileen O’Connell talks on  “The Story of the Albuquerque Progress Magazine published by Albuquerque national Bank“. Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE,  848-1376.

AUGUST 13, 12 noon – 4:30 pm, free. Various poets & calligraphers. Check website. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

AUGUST 13, 6:30-7:30 pm, free. Estevan the Black: Journey into the Unknown. Chautauqua performance by Edward Wallace, Petroglyph National Monument.

AUGUST 13, 1:30 pm, free. ABQ Museum history curator Deb Slaney speaks on Wonders of Weaving, an overview of the Museum’s weaving collection. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales.

SUMMER BREAK FOR Westerners Corral History Dinner club, Sandoval County Historical society & Friends of Tijeras Pueblo lecture series

AUGUST 15 , 8:30-9:30 pm. free but donations accepted. Lunar Monday with numerous telescopes. NM Museum of Natural History,

AUGUST 17, 1 pm, free. Elmer Maestas speaks on New Mexico’s Long & Stormy Settlement History. NM History Museum

AUGUST 17, 5:30-7 pm, free. The Counter Narrative: Pueblo Catholicism. The complex history of Catholicism in the Pueblo community is explored by a speaker from Cochiti and from Isleta.

AUGUST 18, 5-8:30 pm, free 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Celebrate Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road

AUGUST 18, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Puerto Rico, free cooking demos about Puerto Rican cuisine and nutrition info, art, entertainment. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 189.

AUGUST 19, 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha Community  Stitch-Along. Bring your colcha embroidery project. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge Call 246-2261.                                                          

AUGUST 19, 7-9 pm, free. Full moon concert by Jeez La Weez. Open Space Visitors Center, 6400 Coors NW.

AUGUST 20, 5-6:30 pm, free. Spiders: Species Rediscovery & Evolution Questions, Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW at Alameda Blvd.

AUGUST 20, 11 am – 7 pm, free. Bosque Chili Festival. . Arts & crafts, food trucks, kids activities, salsa cook-off & tasting for $5.  National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

AUGUST 20, 6:30-7:30 pm, free. Happy Birthday-the 100 year history of the National Park Service presented by Ranger Allison Martin. Petroglyph National Monument.

AUGUST 21, 2 pm, free. Dr. Richard Melzer tells about the legacy of CCC -Civilian Conservation Corps projects in ABQ during the 1930s & 40s.  Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

AUGUST 21, 9-11 am, free. Plants of the Rio Grande and their healing power/curanderismo. Register at 452-5222. Open Space Visitor Center.

AUGUST 21, 6-7:30 pm, free. Exhibitions & Celebrations – A special time to visit Maxwell Museum, campus of UNM. Information 277-4405.

AUGUST 27, 10 am-4pm, free. Mountainair Sunflower Festival. Mountainair, NM.

AUGUST 27, 2 pm, free. 60 Generations of changing Land use in the San Clemente Land Grant. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts. 3352-7720.

AUGUST 27, 10:30-11:30 am, free. Series on Villages along the Rio Grande, Historian Francelle Alexander  speaking on The Neighborhood of Los Padillas. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. Register with or 314-0398.                                                   

AUGUST 27, 10-11 am, free. Lions, Hiker, Bears – Oh,My ! presented by wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak. Must register, limited space.  897-8831, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

AUGUST 27-28, 10 am – 6 pm, ticketed event. ABQ Mini-Maker Faire, Balloon Museum.

AUGUST 27, 10 am program & Q & A, YanYan Cao presents The Magic of ‘Face Changing’ and other folk dances of China. 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.

AUGUST 28, 11 am, free. A hike through Mining History. Cerrillos Hills State Park, in Cerillos, NM. More info at 474-0196.

AUGUST 28, 2 pm, free but donation appreciated. Converso Ancestral Voices, Temple Beth Shalom, 205 E. Barcelona Rd. in Santa Fe.

UNM Continuing Education

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

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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. Many more classes; these illustrate some local & NM interest.

AUGUST 5,  2-3:30 pm, Georgia O’Keefe Chautauqua by Deborah Blanche

AUGUST 8, 10:30-12 noon, Impacts of the North American Monsoon on NM’s weather & Climate, local weathercaster Deirdre Kann

AUGUST 9, 1-2:30 pm, the Rio Grande Rift by geologist Dirk Van Hart

AUGUST 12,  2-3 pm, local country western group The Tumbleweeds

AUGUST 17, 1-4 pm,, local Turkish cultural center shows preparation of Turkish foods

AUGUST 23, 1-2 pm, Advise & Consent: The Selection of Federal Courtjudges

AUGUST 24, 9-10:30 AM, walk the new Rio del Norte Bosque Trail

AUGUST 25, 1-2:30, George Ovitt examines some notable close presidential elections of the past

AUGUST 27, 10:30-12 NOON, a local group of Muslim women speak about Islam from a female perspective

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$20 Annual Registration Fee. Each class has a fee. More classes in the catalog. Call 277-0077 to register or on line at

New Mexico Wildlife Lecture Series Aug. 4 Snakes; August 11, NM Gray Wolf Recovery Project; August 18, Life & Times of NM Raptors; August 25, Birds of NM.

The Manhattan Project series August 12: Project Beginnings 1939-1943, Politics & Personalities Aug. 12; The Secret City, Dilemmas & Implications of the Bomb 1943-1945, Aug. 26. .

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 of Art & History.

Drawing into Architecture: Sketches and Models by Antoine Predock, Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road,  Back to Life: Historic Fairview Cemetery; A Tinsmith and Poet of Territorial NM, Only in Albuquerque.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. Chinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics 277-4405, 277-1400.

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 – Brand new 40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story“,  The Original Instructions: Pueblo Sovereignty & Pueblo Governance; Our Land, Our Culture, Our Story.

National Hispanic Cultural Center  Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys across the Old Spanish Trail, 4th & Bridge NW.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History  American Road: The Journey of Rt. 66.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Exhibit–Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its 476-1250

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts


Along the Pecos: A Photographic and Sound Collage; Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern NM, Fading Memories:  The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy. 47 Stars, NM Centennial Exhibit 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, $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 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.-