December 2015 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history opportunities:

HOLIDAY BREAK FOR FREE SATURDAY WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL. Tours resume January 9.SATURDAYS 10 –11:30 am. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ, Inc. with support from the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund.  

FREE ADMISSION FOR NM RESIDENTS EVERY SUNDAY AT THE NM HISTORY MUSEUM  in Santa Fe, free admission for seniors every Wednesday.

BELEN HARVEY HOUSE MUSEUM PRESENTS “The Bugg Lights”, 104 North First St. Free admision but donations welcome.November 28-December 31. Sun.-Thursday5-8 pm, Friday/Saturdays 5-9 pm.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Saturday and Sunday at 12 Noon. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

PUEBLO STYLE GINGERBREAD HOUSES  ON DISPLAY through January 6. FREE ADMISSION EVERY SUNDAY FOR NM RESIDENTS at State Heritage Sites, free admission for seniors every Wed.; age 16 and under always free.

DECEMBER 2, 12 noon, free. Ladies of the Canyon.  Writer Lesley Poling Kempes speaks about her book.  Part of the Brainpower and Brownbag series, NM History Museum in Santa Fe,

DECEMBER 2, 9, and 16, 6 pm, fee. Beginning Tango Dance classes, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

DECEMBER 3, 5:30 pm, free. “Science on Tap” a speaker on science and technology. Andrea Mammoli from UNM speaks on “What could possibly go Wrong/”. Sponsored by the Museum of Nuclear Science and Energy, UNM and Explora. Yanni’s Restaurant on Central                                                                                

DECEMBER 3, 5-9 pm, free. Nob Hill Shop & Stroll. Central is closed to traffic, streets are decorated with luminarias, entertainment & more.

DECEMBER 3, 7 pm (tickets available at 6 pm), free  40 minute film.  Colores, Michael Narranjo and a Southwest Christmas. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge,

DECEMBER 4, 6-7:30 pm, free. Open House – view the latest exhibitions, refreshments.  Maxwell Museum on campus of UNM.

DECEMBER 4- 6. 10 am-4pm,  Old Church in Corrales Fine Crafts Show, sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society at the old church.  688-4117.

DECEMBER 4, 5-9 pm. Old Town Shop & Stroll. Lighting of City’s official Christmas tree, live entertainment all night.

DECEMBER 4, 5-7 pm, free. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Shop and Stroll. Native dancers, artists demos.

DECEMBER  4, 5:30 pm, Friday night free admission 5-8 pm. Treasures from a Trunk: The Costumes of Los Pastores. NM History Museum in Santa Fe,

DECEMBER  52-4 pm, free.  Reception for “Wearable Art” featuring six local artists. Placitas Library on Hwy.  165 E. of I-25, 867-3355,

DECEMBER 5, 12, 19, 5 pm.  Admission fee. Pueblo Stories by the Fire, hear stories and participate in art projects. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER  “Portraiture NM, Staging the Self“. Traveling exhibit of 54 works by 6 Latino artists. Exhibit continues through March 27, 2016. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge NW.

DECEMBER 5, 10:30 am, free, 1st Saturday family program,  VAMOS AL MUSEO, visit the art museum & enjoy hands-on art activities. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

DECEMBER 5, 2 pm, free. UNM Anthropology emeritus professor Sylvia Rodriquez speaks on Acequias: Connectivity & Mutualism. Part of the La Canoa Legacy series . National Hispanic Cultural Center library, 1701 4th St.

DECEMBER 5, 10:30 am-12 noon, free. History of Human Interaction with the Rio Grande presented by Fred Phillips, NM Tech; G. Emlen  Hall, UNM Law School, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW,

DECEMBER 6, FREE ADMISSION for NM residents to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science in Old Town.

DECEMBER 6, 9 am, free. Guided nature walk, Open Space Visitor Center.

DECEMBER 6, 5-8 pm, free. Lights of Kuaua, luminarias, bonfire, music, dancers, refreshments. Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo. Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site , 771-9493 or  867-5351. .
DECEMBER 6 , 11 am-4 pm, free. Chanukah Festival with folk art, books, crafts, dance performances. Jewish Comm. Center, 5520 Wyoming NE.

DECEMBER  61:30-4 pm, free admission on Sundays for NM residents. Wool & Weaving , An Unbroken Thread- 20 minutes film at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.  In conjunction with the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, NM History Museum in Santa Fe,

DECEMBER 7 – Pearl Harbor remembrance day.

DECEMBER 10, 7 pm (tickets available at 6 pm), free film. Las Maravillas de Navidad: NM’s Ancient Adobe Churches. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW,

DECEMBER 114-6 pm, free . Open House for the City Public Art and Urban Enhancement Program as they move to their new home in the Convention Center.

DECEMBER 12, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. Albuquerque A-Z , presented by V.B. Price, Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, monthly series on People Create Cities. Explore how various ethnic and religious groups made history in ABQ and NM., 848-1376.

DECEMBER 12,  12 NOON – 2 pm, free. Stories in Silver. Learn about silversmiths and storyteller bracelets. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

DECEMBER 12, 5-8:30 pm, free. Light among the Ruins. Luminarias, bonfires, Pueblo food and art available for purchase, wagon rides. 575-829-3530 or email,  Jemez Historic Site in Jemez Springs, NM.

DECEMBER 13, 1pm, admission. Part of the Contemporary Issues Series. Through the Lens of Breaking Bad, presented by Ursula Coyote. She has been a still photographer for numerous film and TV series shot in NM. Albuquerque Museum.

DECEMBER 16 ,  5:30 – 7 pm, free.  State Historian Rick Hendricks speaks from his book Four Square Leagues and Pueblo Land. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 20, 11 am, free. Winter Solstice Seed mandala. Create art piece that feeds wildlife. Open Space Visitors Center.

DECEMBER, HOLIDAY BREAK, NO PROGRAM FOR the Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

DECEMBER 17, 6 pm, $17 for dinner. Jim Jones presents A Cowboy Christmas-western music and sing along. Must make reservation with Gloria Bullis at  Westerners Corral History Dinner club. MCM Hotel Elegante, Menaul & University NE.

DECEMBER 17, 5:30 pm, free. Salud Y Sabor, food & family activities, food from  Southe America. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

DECEMBER 19, 6 pm, free. Las Posadas at the historic church in Tijeras (next to the East Mountain Library Branch). Hosted by the East Mountain Historical Society. Songs in Spanish and refreshments following.

DECEMBER Continuation of photo exhibit From the Rhine to the Rio Grande: 19th Century photographs.Gutierrez Hubbell House


DECEMBER 31, 2 pm, Poems for the New Year, Special Collections Library

NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 31, “Bugg Lights” at the Belen Harvey House.

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.

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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.

DECEMBER 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Curator Tour of the ABQ Museum, Andrew Connors, $12

DECEMBER 9, 1-2 PM, repeat of curator tour.

DECEMBER 10, 1-2 pm, African Art at the UNM Art Museum: A curator Tour by Ray Hernandez-Duran, $12

DECEMBER 15, 1-2:30 pm, All about Owls by Gail Garber, $8

DECEMBER 17, 1-2:30 PM, A Little Night Music: Places & Faces in Albuquerque’s Past, Mo Palmer, $8

 **********************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

DECEMBER 4, 3:30-5:30 pm, Anthropological Genetic History: The Moors Connection to NM Families (part 2), Angelo Cervantes, $20

“ONLY IN ALBUQUERQUE”  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,


NAMED TO NATIONAL PARK SERVICE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.,  244-0507. Free tours TuesdaySaturday 10am-2pm.

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Albuquerque Museum, Only in Albuquerque, 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

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


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.

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 DECEMBER 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.-