August 2018 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY,  AUGUST 19 , 2 pm, Free.  Rudolfo Anaya and Albuquerque presented by historian Dianne Layden. Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum and free admission to the Museum and the program.

FREE SATURDAY GUIDED WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE.   MEET YOUR GUIDE AT SW CORNER OF 1ST & CENTRAL IN FRONT OF THEATER.  City meters 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.

Every Wednesday, all day, seniors age 62 + ride the Railrunner for free. Must show ID.


FREE-OLD TOWN GAZEBO MUSIC ALL SUMMER: Friday / Sat. from 7-9 pm; Sundays 1-3 pm. List of performers at

Every Saturday morning 10:30 am-12 noon through mid August, free. Jugamos Juntos Vamos al Museo-Art activities for children, free but donations appreciated. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact Elena Baca at 246-2261 or by email,

SUNDAYS 12 noon-5 pm AUGUST 5. 12, 19, 26 – FAMILY FUN DAY August theme is Calling All Explorers. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW. Sponsored by the Bernalillo County Open Space Division. No reservation needed.

TWO IMPORTANT TEMPORARY EXHIBITS AT MAXWELL MUSEUM AT UNM: Gun violence: a Brief Cultural History (the role of museums in the romanticizing of guns) through Aug. 15.; Return to Dine Bikeyah: 150th anniversary of the Signing of the Navajo Peace Treaty (through Sept. 1)

TUESDAYS AUGUST 7, 14, 21, 28 ,  Pay what you can $5-$10. Cuban Salsa classes for beginners and intermediates. Beginners & intermediate 6-7 pm; 7-8 pm Intermediate and advanced.  National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Contact, 246-2261 ext. 34744.

THURSDAYS AUGUST 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6 pm. Chatter Summer Concert Series –Free concert of classical music at the ABQ Museum.

SUNDAYS IN AUGUST, 5, 12, 19, 26, 9-10:30 am. First Class $5, next classes $15. Yoga with a View. Open Space Visitor Center.

AUGUST 2, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Happy Arte Hour. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 3, 10:30 am, free. Ernie Pyle Day at the Ernic Pyle Branch Library, 900 Girard SE. Includes speakers, Boys Choir, cake and more. 256-2065.

AUGUST 3, 7 pm, free. Capitan Public Library. Robert Torrez speaks on Voices from the Past: the History of the NM State Archives. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

AUGUST 3, 9 am-5 pm, 1st Friday free at the Balloon Museum. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr.,  768-6020,

AUGUST 3, 5-7 pm, admission. Exhibit opening in the IPCC Artists Circle Gallery with Michelle Lowden.

AUGUST 3, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special price $5. NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd.

AUGUST 3, 2 pm, free. Belen Public Library presents NM author Steven Havill. Contact or 966-2607. Havill is the author of some 20 plus novels about the American West.

AUGUST 4, 9 am-4 pm, $25. Historic home tour of Las Vegas, NM, sponsored by the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation.

AUGUST 4, 2 pm, free.  Dr. Paul Bauer speaks on the Rio Grande River History in NM, Why Taos Valley is one of the most dynamic landscapes on earth”. Kit Carson Co-op, 118 Cruz Alta Rd. Sponsored by the Taos County Historical Society.

AUGUST 4, 10:30 am, free. State Historian Rick Hendricks speaks on Free Masonry, Odd Fellows, Knights of Columbus Fraternal organizations in territorial and early statehood period of NM. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 4, 4-10 pm, free. Summerfest on Civic Plaza. Live Entertainment with Robert Randolph and the family Band. Kids’ Activities, Food Trucks, Microbrew. Call 311 for more information.

AUGUST 410:30 am-12 noon. free but donations accepted. Jugamos Juntos Vamos al Museo-Art activities for children, art making with Catalena Salina. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact Elena Baca at 246-2261 or by email,

AUGUST 4, 2-3 pm, free. New Mexico based television Colores double feature. River Where we Dream-Cochiti pueblo children at the Santa Fe Oper. Mural: Tools of change. Mike Ipiotes discusses troubled youth.  Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

AUGUST 4, first annual  Back to School Bash sponsored by the NM Dept of Health, NM Community Dental. Free school supplies, dental cleaning for kids, food. 2116 hinkle SE near Broadway and Gibson. 843-7493.

AUGUST 4, 9 am-5 pm, free. BernCo Bernie’s Sheep Day and Youth Rodeo, 7003 South Coors SW. Food trucks, music, jumpers, crafts, facepainting.

AUGUST 4/5 (repeats every Saturday and Sunday), 12 noon – 5 pm, free. Mundos de Mestizaje, tours of the colossal fresco mural about the Hispanic world in the Torreon at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 5, 2 pm, free. Ana Pacheco, noted Santa Fe historian speaks about the Pueblos of New Mexico. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

AUGUST 5, 8-10 am, free. Bosque Wild walk. Open Space Visitor Center. 6500 Coors NW. Pre-Registration required, contact Kent Swanson,, 897-8831.

 AUGUST 5, 4-5;30  pm, free. Earth Geology and the Rio Grande Riff presented by Jack Oviatt. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. Must pre-register with Bernalillo County Open Space, 314-0420.

AUGUST 7,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month  is “The Taos Indians and the Battle for Blue Lake” by R.C. Gordon-McCutchan. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Only slots for 15 people so RSVP at 843-7270.

AUGUST 7, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical Society Military Research Day, Main Library, 2nd floor. More info from Stuart Murray, Free two hour parking at City garage across the street.

AUGUST 7, around ABQ, free. National Night Out in various neighborhoods.AUGUST 8, 10:30 am, free. Theme is Summer Stories and Book Sale. Main Library downstairs. Free parking for two hours at City parking garage across the street. ABQ Genealogical society

AUGUST 9, 10 am, free. Rio Rancho Library, 755 Loma ColoradoDr. Noel Pugach portrays John Steinbeck. More info at 891-5225. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

AUGUST 9, 7 pm, free. Film: My American Girls. Part of a national discussion of immigration. Discussion leader Dr. Gabriel Sanchez from UNM. English 62 minutes. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 1110:30 am-12 noon through mid August, free. Jugamos Juntos Vamos al Museo-Cantando La Cultura for children, free but donations appreciated. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact Elena Baca at 246-2261 or by email,

AUGUST 11, 2 pm, Cibola County Historical Society presents author Don Bullis speaking on Historic Budville and Events along Rt. 66.  525 West High – the old library near City Hall. Sponsored by the Historical Society of NM

AUGUST 11, 1-4 pm, free. “Pottery Connects Us” part of 2nd Saturday at Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. Contact Aaron Gardner, 898-3915.

AUGUST 11, 2 pm, free. A Pueblo Narrative of the Pueblo Revolt 1680 by Jon Gahate member Laguna/Zuni. Placitas Library, 867-3355. East of I-25 at the Placitas exit.

AUGUST 11, 10 am-12 noon, Encaustic Art Workshop, free but registration limited to 8 people. Open Space Visitor Center. 6500 Coors NW. Pre-Registration required, contact Kent Swanson,, 897-8831.

 AUGUST 11, 10:30 am, free. Dede Feldman, former NM Senator speaks on her new book, Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.AUGUST 11, 9am-3 pm, $5 includes van transport. Tour of Mineral Museum at NM Tech in Socorro. Also historic plaza and buildings in Socorro. Sponsored by Los Lunas Museum of Art and History. 505-352-7720.

AUGUST 11, 9 am-12 noon, free. Backyard Farming, Cooking and Preserving, Guiterrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, three miles south of Rio Bravo. Must register at 314-0398, Bernalillo County Open Space.

AUGUST 11, Dusk pm, free. Astronomy Night at the Gran Quivira unit of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument by Mountainair. Telescope viewing of the night sky. Call 505-847-2400 for information.

AUGUST 11/12 (repeats every Saturday and Sunday), 12 noon – 5 pm, free. Mundos de Mestizaje, tours of the colossal fresco mural about the Hispanic world in the Torreon at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 12, 8:30-10 am, free. Ojio de San Antonio Bird Walk. Pre-registration required. 314-0398, Bern County Open space.

AUGUST 12, 1-5 pm, $12 in advance-$15 at door. The Power of Words in Jewish Identity. Santa Fe Congregation Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pecos Trail, 505-920-7771.

AUGUST 12, 2 pm, admission. Artist Azia Murray discusses the exhibit Because it’s Time. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 13, first day of Albuquerque Public Schools.

AUGUST 15, 10 am, free. Former State Historian Robert Torrez speaks about the history of NM’s historic documents. Rio Rancho Esther Bone Library. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

AUGUST 15, 12 noon, free – bring your own lunch. Bernalillo County clerk Linda Stover speaks about the Mobile voting unit and other election related topics. McKinley Recreation Center, 3401 Monroe NE, enter from west of McKinley School.

AUGUST 15, 12 noon, free. New Mexico & WW I presented by Dr. Thomas Shumaker. Yucca Room of the State Records and Archives Center on Camino Carlos Rey just off Cerrillos Rd. in Santa Fe.

AUGUST 16, 8:30-10 pm. Fundraiser showing of movie “More than FryBread” Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

AUGUST 16, 5:30-7:30 PM, FREE. Salud Y Sabor, Cuba, Apples and Melons. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 16, 5-8 pm, free. 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Remy Rotenier  does jewelry making demo. ABQ Museum.

AUGUST 17, ALL DAY, $120. Leadership Summit hosted by Oasis ABQ and Central NM Community College. Fee includes seven speakers, two books, catered lunch. Featured speakers kathy Winograd, president, CNM; Garnett Stokes, president UNM. Main campus CNM Smith Brasher Hall. Register through

AUGUST 17, 9:30-12 noon, free. Colcha Community Embroidery, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 17-19, Genealogical Society of Hispanic America Annual Meeting, Pueblo, Colorado.

AUGUST 18, 4-10 pm, free. Cottonwood Mall, Westside Summerfest. Live entertainment Ozomatli, Kids’ activities, food Trucks, microbrew garden, artisan Market.

AUGUST 18, free with admission. Opening of Exhibit From Calder to Chicago: Sculptors on Paper. Albuquerque Museum.

AUGUST 18, 10 am-6 pm, $5 adults. Bosque chile Festival includes arts and crafts, food vendors and contests, music, chef demos, chile roasting. Sponsored by Bernalillo County and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. 1701 4th SW.

AUGUST 18, 10:30 am, free. As part of the Great American Read program, a book discussion of Frank Herbert’s book Dune; followed by its adaptation in film at 1:30 pm. Dune. Special Collections Library.

AUGUST 18, 9 am, $5. Limited space to visit the Cerro de Tome hike and museum. Sponsored by the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Art. Call 352-7720.

AUGUST 19, 2 pm, free.  Rudolfo Anaya and Albuquerque presented by Dianne Layden.  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 19, 2 pm, free. Fake News! Journalism goes to Hollywood — film & Discussion Series. Showing of the  Oscar winning SPOTLIGHT about coverup in the Catholic Church. Followed by discussion led by Devin O’Leary from the Alibi.  KiMo Theater. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

AUGUST 19, 9 am-12 noon, free. Edible & Medicinal Plants of NM taught by Dara Saville. Open Space Visitor Center. 6500 Coors NW. Pre-Registration required, contact Kent Swanson,, 897-8831.

AUGUST 19, 1-3 pm, free. Splash Day & Grape Harvest. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. Must pre-register with Bernalillo County Open Space, 314-0420.

AUGUST 18/19 (repeats every Saturday and Sunday), 12 noon – 5 pm, free. Mundos de Mestizaje, tours of the colossal fresco mural about the Hispanic world in the Torreon at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 22, 8:30 am, 10 am, free. Nature Journaling to Music. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. Must pre-register with Bernalillo County Open Space, 314-0420.

AUGUST 23,  Film The Search for General Tso, the Chinese American Experience. 57 minutes, not rated. Part of the discussion of immigration in America. National Hispanic Cultural

AUGUST 24, 5:30-7 pm, free. Catalog Release Party for Because It’s Time, Unraveling Race & Place in NM. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 24-25, FREE. Mountainair Sunflower Festival. food, entertainment, crafts. Manzano Mountain Arts Council.

AUGUST 24, 6:30-8pm, free but must RSVP. Would Leonardo da Vinci make a good Astrobiologist. Presented by Penelope Boston, PhD; director of the NASA Astrobiological Institute. NM Natural History Museum.

AUGUST 25, 10 am-3 pm, free. Symposium with speakers on How WW I affected New Mexico. NM History Museum auditorium in Santa Fe.

AUGUST 25, 11 am, free. Andy Lim speaks about Entrepreneurship ABQ The Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center. More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941.

AUGUST 25, 10:30 -11:30 am, free. Georgia O’ Keeffe: Close Up and Far Away by Deborah Blanche. Special Collections Library.

AUGUST 25, 6-9 pm, free. Full Moon concert with Red Light Cameras. You may bring food and beverage. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

AUGUST 30, 5:30 reception, 6:15, golf clinic, free. Lobo Living Room showcase of UNM Golf with coaches and student athletes. UNM South Golf Course, 3601 University SE. Sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association. contact

AUGUST 31, 7-8:30 pm, free. Georgia O’Keefe: Close Up and Faraway. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. Must pre-register with Bernalillo County Open Space, 314-0420.

SEPT. 1, 1:30-4 pm, free. The documentary Challah Rising in the Desert about the Jews of New Mexico. Los Lunas Railrunner Depot.

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


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) Fees 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 to the events section and click on History of NM Vets.


NM Genealogical Society, Main Library,


Holocaust & Intolerance Museum, 616 Central SW.

UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research
 Contact CSWR –

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History – New Openings on Chinese Americans of Albuquerque,  American Jewelry in New Mexico,  “Only in Albuquerque”, “Excavations: Patrick Nagatani, Buried Cars and Other Stories”.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM.  Opening of the exhibit “The Last Supper” calling attention to the negative effects of contemporary diets and diabetes on native nations. 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.

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 House6029 Isleta SW. 244-0507,

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center2401 12th St. NW –   40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.

National Hispanic Cultural Center4th & Bridge NW.  People Powered-New Mexicans and Social Movements, La Ultima Exhibicion based on the visual interpretation of the novel Bless Me, Ultima; Unraveling Race and Place in New Mexico“, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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, yearly memberships: Family $75; adult $40; Senior $35, Youth under 13, $25 ).

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

New Mexico History Museum – The Land that Enchants Me, picturing sheet music covers 1840-1960 with NM themes.  Voices of Counter Culture in the Southwest; 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, 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 SOUTHWEST301 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. www.nhccnm.org1701 4TH ST. SW, 246-2261.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE & HISTORY 20, Casa San Ysidro reopens. Call 898-3915.


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.-