August 2017 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:


AUGUST 20, 2 PM, Local historian B.G. Burr will describe Ernie Pyle’s connection to ABQ. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum. Free admission to the Museum and the program.

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.

Articles about New Mexico people, places & events. READ OVER 100 ISSUES OF LA CRONICA, the publication of the Historical Society of New Mexico.

UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research Exhibit – A New Deal at UNM. Waters Room and foyer. Open to public daily through Friday August 4, 2017

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

AUGUST TUESDAYS  8, 15, 22, 29; $5-$10 per class. Cuban salsa dance class, 6-7 pm beginner & intermediate; 7-8 pm intermediate & advanced., National Hispanic Cultural Center, Friday and Saturdays, 7-9 pm; Sundays 1-3 pm at the Old Town Gazebo. Free musical groups. More info at

AUGUST Saturday and Sunday mornings 8:30-10 am, $3 per car. Bird Walk, Rio Grande Nature Center.

AUGUST SATURDAYS 8,15, 22, 29, 1-2 pm, admission fee.  Guided Tour of the Art Museum-a different  tour each week,  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST SATURDAY EVENINGS, 7-9 pm, Sunset Music Series, Elena Gallegos amphitheater, $2 per car.

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

AUGUST Sundays, 12 noon – 5 pm, Family Fun Days at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW. Crafts, outdoor activities. More info from or 314-0420.

AUGUST MONDAY & TUESDAYS, the mobile Farmer Market in the SE & South Valley. MONDAYS: 9:30-11 am, UNM SE Clinic, 8200 Central SE; 12-1:30 pm, 1st Nations, 5608 Zuni SE; 2:30-4 pm, Van Buren Mid School, 700 Louisiana SE

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

AUGUST 3, 5:30 pm, free but $5 donation appreciated. Happy Arte Hour. Art projects for adults in a environment with snacks, beer and wine for sale. Contact, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW.

AUGUST 3, 5:30-8:30 PM, $14. Trees on Paper, Trees on Clay (evening workshop) Sandia Mtn. Natural History Center. More info at

AUGUST 3, 7 pm (tix available at 6 pm) free. Award winning movies. Valentine, 86 minutes (Spanish with English subtitles, PG13). National Hispanic Cultural Center. 1701 4th St. SW.

AUGUST 4 , 5-8 pm, free admission on 1st Friday to the NM History Museum in Santa

AUGUST 4, First Friday $5, The Great American Eclipse. Come  learn about how to safely view the August 21 partial eclipse of the sun. All displays are open. NM Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town,

AUGUST 4, 2 pm, free. Author Anne Hillerman speaks and signs her books at the Belen Public Library, 333 Becker Ave.

AUGUST 5, 10:30 am-12 noon. free but $5 donation encouraged. Summer youth program-Jugamos Juntos: Vamos al Museo. Art activities, bosque walks, bilingual sing-along. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Pre-register with Elena Baca at 246-2261 or

AUGUST 5, 10 am, $2 per car. “Beat the Heat Hike”.  Cerrillos State Park in historic Cerrillos on Highway 14. Call 474-0196 for info. www.emnrd.state.nm/SPD

AUGUST 5, 10:30am-2:30 pm, free. NM Genealogical Society presents “Salute to Military”, Special Collections Library.

AUGUST 5, 2-4 pm, free. Jonathan Marcantoni speaks about his books – Kings of 7th Avenue and Tristiana. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 5, 2pm, free. “A River Thirsting for Itself: A History of the Rio Grande”:. Petroglyph National Monument, 6510 Western Trail NW off Unser Blvd. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

AUGUST 5, 6-8 pm, free. Full Moon Concert on the patio. Feliz y Los Gatos. Food trucks at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. www.cabq/

AUGUST 5, 8:30 am-3 pm, $3 per car. 24th Annual Summer Wings Festival: speakers, guided walks, wildlife rescue presentations, arts & crafts for kids; 11 am John Fleck speaks about NM water issues. Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW, 344-7240.

AUGUST 5 , 7-9 pm, $2 per car. Sunset Music Series featuring Blues Jam (open Mic), Elena Gallegos amphitheater.

AUGUST 5/6, 8:30-10 am, $3 per car fee. Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center, 344-7240.

AUGUST 6, 7 am, free. Bosque Wild guided nature Walk. Open Space Vitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 897-8831.

AUGUST 6, 1-2:30 pm, free but must pre-register at  Fall Plant Wisdom: A Healthy Heart Workshop. Info about maintaining a healthy heart and cardio vascular system. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW.

AUGUST 6, 1-2 pm, admission museum. Indigenous Computer Labor: Photo history of Navajo Fairchild Ladies of Shiprock NM 1965-1976, Lisa nakamura, Professor of American Cultures, U of Michigan Ann Arbor. NM History Museum.

AUGUST 6, 2-4 pm, museum admission. Make electronic textiles using light cords. RSVP 476-5087, ages nine and up. NM History Museum.

AUGUST 8, 4:30 pm, free. Jodi Thomas speaks about writing at the Los Lunas Public Library.

AUGUST 8,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month is PoPay Leader of the First American Revolution” by Joe Sando. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

AUGUST 10, 7 pm (tix available at 6 pm) free. Award winning movies.  Pelo Malo / Bad hair 93 minutes (Spanish with English subtitles, not rated). National Hispanic Cultural

AUGUST 12, 8:30-10 am, $3 per car fee. Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center, 344-7240.

AUGUST 12, 1 pm, free. From Days of Infamy to Days of Remembrance: A Japanese American Journey. Maxwell Museum’s Hibben Center at UNM. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

AUGUST 12, 1-4 pm, free. Join us for a look Cowboy Life. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. Also tour Casa at your leisure, lots of docents to answer your

AUGUST 12, 9am-12 noon, $50. Spanish colonial colcha embroidery class limited to 15 students. Instructor Annette Butierrez Turk. All materials furnished. Register at, 238-7654.
0:30 – 12 noon, free.  Local historian Rolard Penntila describes Little Beaver Town: Albuquerque’s Failed Verson of Knott’s Berry Farm. Part of the series “Making Change”. Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE,  848-1376.

AUGUST  12, 9am-1pm, Sandia Mountain Natural History Center Archeology and History Day. Talks at 9 am and 9:30 am; 10:30 am guided hike. Located in Cedar Crest. Only open to the public at special times. Directions at

AUGUST 12, 2 PM, $6.. Special tour of the Art Museum’s exhibit “San Ysidro-Patron Saint of Farmers led by Robin Gavin, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and Sean Paloheimo from Las Golondrinas. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 12, 2-4 pm, $2 parking fee. Gila Monsters & Beaded Lizards presented by Jerry Tuttle. Cerrillos State Park in historic Cerrillos on Highway 14. Call 474-0196 for info.

AUGUST 12, 2 pm, free but must register at 897-8831. Indo-Hispano History & Identity Talk with historian Enrique laMadrid. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

AUGUST 12, 2 pm, admission. Book discussion celebrates novels by NM authors which became movies. Discussion of the Milagro Beanfield War. More info from Elizabeth Becker at 243-7255.Albuquerque Museum.

AUGUST 12, 5-10:30 pm, free. Downtown Summerfest on Civic Plaza featuring Dennis DeYoung. Kids’ activities, microbrew garden, artisan market, food trucks.

AUGUST 12, 12-1:30 pm, museum admission. My Journey with Nanao Sakaki (living in a school bus in Taos in 1971) by John Brandi. In conjunction with “Voices of Counterculture in the SW”. NM History Museum.

AUGUST 12, 2 PM, free. Rasmuri: The Footrunners of the Sierra Madre by Diana Molina at Petroglyph National Monument. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

AUGUST 12, 1 pm, free. Ladies of the Canyons, book signing and program by Lesley Poling Kempes at the Cherry Hills Library in ABQ. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

AUGUST 12 / 13, 4-6 pm, parking fee $5. Music in the Mountains: different performers each day. Hyde State Park in Santa Fe.

AUGUST 12, , 7-9 pm, $2 per car. Sunset Music Series featuring Alice Blumenfeld & Abrepaso Flamenco – a performance and lecture about flamenco music and dance. Elena Gallegos amphitheater.

AUGUST 17, 5-8:30 pm, free. Third Thursday at the Museum. “Music in Film” – music by classical music ensemble Chatter. Albuquerque Museum. contact Jessica Coyle, or 243-7255 for more information.

AUGUST 17, 5-7 pm, free. Showing of the Milagro Beanfield War; part of the exhibit about NM Novels & Movies. Special Collections Library.

AUGUST 17, 6:30-9:30 PM. Smoke Signals in the Courtyard. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

AUGUST 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: CUBA. free evening of food, art and entertainment. National Hispanic Cultural Center. RSVP with, 246-2266 Z 167.

AUGUST 17 , 7 pm (tix available at 6 pm) free. Award winning movies. sUGAR Kisses / Besos de Azucar  85  minutes (Spanish with English subtitles, not rated). National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 18, 12 noon – 1 pm. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier, Country Music, Cowboy Waltzes. Special Collection Library.

AUGUST 18, 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha Community  Stitch-Along. Bring your colcha embroidery project. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 189.

AUGUST 19, 8:30-10 am, $3 per car fee. Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center, 344-7240.

AUGUST 19, 10 am-7 pm, $5,, under age 5 free. Bosque Chile Festival. Kids’ activities, arts and crafts, chef demo’s, green chili stew contest. Info at, 468-1418. Location, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 19, 1-2 pm, free.  Growing Up and Looking Out, Book Signing with Katherine Augustine (Laguna) Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. More info at

AUGUST 19, 10:30 am, free. PART 2 OF Jeff Berg describes “From Page to Screen” – movies based on works of NM authors. Special Collections Library.

AUGUST 19, 3:30  pm, free. Cross Pollination: Art & Science, Panel Discussion. 516 Arts on Central downtown. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

AUGUST 19, $2 per car. Kevin Caffrey & San Gregorio Jam Crew – sing-along to Beatles Music. Elena Gallegos Picnic Area.

AUGUST 2O , 2 pm, free. ERNIE PYLE & ALBUQUERQUE  – Historian Baldwin Burr will talk about what and why brought Ernie Pyle to Albuquerque in the 1940s. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum. Free admission to the Museum and the program.

AUGUST 20, 9am-12 noon, free. Backyard Farming  / Chickens & Bees– how to keep chicken and start a backyard beehives. More info from Colleen Langan at 314-0398.

AUGUST 23, 12 noon-1pm, free – bring your own lunch. Dr. Bill Shuttlesworth, Director of the UNMH Brain & Behavioral Healtth Institute is speaker. McKinley Recreation Center just west of McKinley Mid School. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins

AUGUST 24 , 7 pm (tix available at 6 pm) free. Award winning movies,  Sin Nombre (Spanish with English sub-titles, 96 minutes, rated R). National Hispanic Cultural

AUGUST 25 / 26, free. Annual Sunflower Festival in Mountainair. Friday night 5-8 pm, wine, art, jazz. Saturday August 26, 10-4 pm. Music, arts & crafts, raffle, kids’ activities, food vendors, juried arts & crafts show.

AUGUST 26, 10 am program, free. The Woman is Bone and the Man is Blood / The Femal-centric matrilineal Mosuo of SW China presented by Prof. Siobhan Mattison.    Sponsored by the Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center at 7521 Carmel NE Wyoming at Paseo del Norte. Followed by snacks.) More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941

AUGUST 26, 7 am-2pm, free. Free Air Show & Food– demos, visit with pilots, see various aircraft. Double Eagle Airport. Take I-40 or Paseo to Atrisco Vista and follow the signs. More info at 933-10003.

AUGUST 26 , 7-9 pm, $2 per car. Sunset Music Series featuring Light & Shadows: Sketching from nature  led by famous artist Leo Neufeld. Elena Gallegos

AUGUST 26, 11 am-1 pm, $2 parking fee. Mining History Hike. Cerrillos State Park in historic Cerrillos on Highway 14. Call 474-0196 for info.

AUGUST 26, tickets $40.  FUNDRAISER FOR THE LOS LUNAS LIBRARY & MUSEUM , Teofillo’s Restaurant in Los Lunas.

AUGUST 26, Zuni Trunk Show with Kent McManeo and Grey Dog Trading. Albuquerque Museum.

AUGUST 26, 5-10 pm, free. Westside Summerfest  at Cottonwood Corners, featuring Chubby Checker and the Twist. Music, food, beer stations, arts & crafts. or 311.

AUGUST 26, 9:00 AM, Basic Map and Compass Skills. Presenter and Master Naturalist Jim Patrick will cover all the basic skills and tools for navigation using a map and compass. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW at the Alameda Bridge. Bernalillo County.Open Space,

AUGUST 27, 1-2:30 pm, museum admission. The Forgotten Plague, an original film by PBS for American Experience. The social and economic impact of tuberculosis. Comments by Dr. Richard Melzer. Albuquerque Museum.

AUGUST 27, 2pm, free. Ronald Lah speaks about The foods of the Chihenne, NM Chiricahua Apaches. Sponsored by the East Mtn. Historical Society at the Old Tijeras Church just west of the East Mountain Library Branch on old 66 in Tijeras.

AUGUST 27, 9-10:30 AM, FREE but must pre-register at www.bernco.go/openspace or call 314-0398. Sabino Canyon Open Space Plant Walk.

AUGUST 27, 8:30-A11:30 am, free but limited space. Must pre-register with Bill Pentler, or 452-5222. A Day of Mindfulness & Nature. a morning of tranquility and meditation led by Dug Corpolongo of the ABQ Buddhist Fellowship. Carolino Canyon Open Space in Tijeras.

AUGUST 27, 10 am-3 pm, free. Car & Truck Show to celebrate the Blake’s Lota Burger 65th anniversary. Blakes Lota-Burger at 2529 Washington NE just south of Menaul. Call 884-2160 for info.

AUGUST 30, 6:30  pm (doors open at 5:45 pm), $7 adults / $6 members / $4 students. “A Janus Look at Petroglyph National Monument” by Park Supt. Dennis Vasquez. He describes the geologic and ancient past of the Monument, current issues and future management. NM Natural History Museum. Contact Jayne Aubele for more info, 841-2840


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


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.

WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT website about NM history & culture.

Unser Racing Museum

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.


NM Genealogical Society, Main Library,


UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research
Exhibit – A New Deal at UNM. Waters Room and foyer. Open to public daily through Friday August 4, 2017. Groups and classes welcome. UNM’s involvement in New Deal programming, as recipient of funds and a location for programs. Includes material from the archives of the Center for Southwest Research on the National New Deal Collection recently donated to CSWR, WPA art, music and writers projects, the WPA Spanish art portfolio, the WPA “stories,” the WPA translations of the Spanish archives of New Mexico, the Farm Service Administration photos, CCC, NYA student jobs, PWA buildings, art from the Carrie Tingley hospital, etc.  Contact CSWR –

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History – “Only in Albuquerque”, “Chasing the Cure to Albuquerque: Tuberculosis and Social change”, “Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film” 

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNMChinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics 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 ”

The Struggle for Human Dignity, Social Justice and Civil Rights in NM, ten panels from the African-American Museum & Cultural Center. Displayed at the Holocaust Museum, 616 Central SW.

Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. 244-0507.

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts. “Outhouses of New Mexico”  inspired by the research of historian Richard Melzer

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW –  New 40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.  Meditations on the Journey by artist Felix Vigil (Jemez, Jicarilla)

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 Quixote4th & Bridge NW.

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,

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

New Mexico History Museum – 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 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 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 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.-