December 2016 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

NO DECEMBER PROGRAM – next program January 15, 2017, 2 pm — Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum, Free parking south of the Museum, free admission to Museum and the program.

SEASON ENDED NOVEMBER 19 FOR FREE SATURDAY WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE – Tours begin again January 7, 2017. 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.

FREE ADMISSION FOR NM RESIDENTS FIRST SUNDAY DECEMBER 4 & 1ST FRI. DECEMBER 2 AT THENM HISTORY MUSEUM  in Santa Fe. ALL STATE HISTORIC SITES free on 1st Sunday, Free admission for seniors every Wednesday at Historic Sites.

DECEMBER 4, 1ST SUNDAY FREE admission to NM residents – must show ID. NM Natural History Museum in Albuquerque.

Bugg Holiday Lights on display at the historic Belen Harvey House, 104 N. 1st Street, Belen. Open daily from 5-9 pm. Free.

DECEMBER TUESDAYS 6, 13, 20, 27, pay what you can $5-$10 per class. Cuban salsa dance class, 6-7 pm beginner & intermediate; 7-8 pm intermediate & advanced., National Hispanic Cultural Center, 246-2261 X 189,,

DECEMBER 3, 10, 17 SATURDAYS, 5-6  pm. With paid admission. Children’s Stories by the Fireside told by Pueblo elders. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER SATURDAYS / SUNDAYS, 8:30 am, $3 per car parking free program. “Bird Walks” . Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW,

DECEMBER 1 , 1:30-4 pm, free. Come help set up thousands of luminarias for the Lights of Kuaua at Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo.

DECEMBER 1, 5pm-9pm, free. Nob Hill open house. Street entertainment, luminarias, Historic Nob Hill shops & restaurants invite shoppers. Central is closed to automobiles.

DECEMBER 2, 11 am-4 pm, free. Bernalillo County Holiday Mercado to benefit the United Way. Various vendors, bring non-perishable food item to get a raffle ticket. Bern Co Annex, 415 Tijeras NW.

DECEMBER 2-4, 10 am-4 pm, free. Corrales Historical Society Fine Crafts Show at the Old Church.

DECEMBER 2, 6-7:30 pm, free. Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Holiday open house. Refreshment, gift shop open, all exhibits open.

DECEMBER 2, 5-9 pm, free. Old Town Stroll, Christmas tree lighting at 6:15. Carolers, dancers, handbells, luminarias, food for sale. All area museums open with free admission: Explora, ABQ Museum, Natural History Museum. Free shuttle parking from 18th & Bellamah NW lot.

DECEMBER 3, 10, 17, 1-2 pm, free with admission. Tour of the Art Museum. National Hispanic Cultural Center,

DECEMBER 3, 10:30-12 noon, free. Vamos al Museo, children’s art activity. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 3, 2 pm, $5 per car. The Way of the Drum presented by Arnold Herrera.  History of the Cochiti Drum along with pueblo language, ceremonies, clans and more. Cerrillos Hills State Park in Cerrillos NM.

DECEMBER 3, 2-8 pm, free. Celebrate the 400th anniversary of Don Quixote and Cervantes. Movie posters, 400 drawings by NM students, universal quotes from the book, US city and street names from the book. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 3, 5:15 pm, free. Twinkle Light Parade on Central from Washington west to Girard.

DECEMBER 3, 2 pm, free. The Road / solo El Caminoeight decades of Cuban Poetry. Poetry readings by internationally famous Margaret Randall. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Also supported by the Bank of Albuquerque.

DECEMBER 3, 9-11 am, various fees. “Santa Scoot 5 K, Elf Scoot”. Entry fees include full Santa outfit. Balloon Museum.

DECEMBER 4, 9 am, free. Bosque Wild nature walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, register 897-8831.

DECEMBER 4, 1 pm, 25 cents. Nob Hill is 100, 15 people share their experiences about the history of Nob Hill. Guild Cinema on Central west of Carlisle.

DECEMBER 4, 11 am-3pm, free. Holiday open house,  cookie decorating, make ornaments, handbells, carol sing-along, Balloon Museum,, 768-6031,

DECEMBER 4,  2pm, free with Museum admission (tickets available at 1 pm). The Passions of Mabel Dodge Luhan, a one hour play. Albuquerque Museum.

DECEMBER 4, 5 – 8 pm, free. Lights of Kuaua (luminarias, bonfire, music, dancing, refreshments). Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo. Come at 4 pm to help light the luminarias.

DECEMBER 5 & 19, 6 pm, free. Lunar Monday. Telescopes set up for star gazing. NM Natural History Museum.

DECEMBER 6, 10:30-2:30, FREE. ABQ Genealogical Society monthly military research group, free help. Main Library downtown.

DECEMBER 7, 6 pm, free. Sandia Mountain Stargazing. Contact or call 281-5259. Sandia Mountain Natural History Center.

DECEMBER 7,  12 noon, free. Native Americans on Rt. 66 presented by Shawn Kelly and Kristen Reynolds. Part of the Rt. 66 90th Anniversary Lecture Series at Zimmerman Library Waters Room.

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.

DECEMBER 8, 6-8 pm, $45. Spanish Christmas food cooking class (appetizer, main, dessert, wine) National Hispanic Cultural Center. Call 724-4777 to RSVP.

DECEMBER 8 & 22, 10 am, free. Hora de Cuentos bilingual story time. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 9, 5:30 – 8 pm, free. Christmas at the Palace. Refreshments, live music, crafts, piñatas at the Santa Fe Palace of the Governor.

DECEMBER 10, 5-8:30 pm, free. Light among the Ruins at Jemez Historic Site. Farolitos outline the Gisewa Pueblo and San Jose Church. Song & dance, bonfires, Pueblo food and art may be purchased. Come at 4 pm to help light the farolitos. Hayride transportation from Jemez Springs.

DECEMBER 10, 11 am, free. Holiday sing-along with Andy Mason. Santa arrives at 12 noon. Placitas Community Library., 867-3355, located 5 miles East of I-25.

DECEMBER 10, 10 am-12 noon, free. Winter Wildlife and Birds Hike. Open Space Visitor Center, RSVP at 897-8831.

DECEMBER 10, 9am-3 pm, free. Young Native Artists Winter Show, NM History Museum.

DECEMBER 10, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Dr. Noel Pugach speaks on, “Jewish Merchants and the Evolution of the Downtown Business District 18880-1950“. Special Collections Branch Library, 423 Central NE,  848-137

DECEMBER 11, 5:30-7 pm, free. Las Posadas, begins at the Santa Fe Plaza.

DECEMBER 13, 2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month’s book is Lewis Tewanima: Born to Runand the comic book about a young boy, Super Indian Vol. One and Two. Tewanima (Hopi) won a medal in the 1912 Olympics. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 14, 9:00-10:30 am, free. Downtown Historic Walking Tour – WITHOUT THE WALK! Presented by Roland Penttila, Albuquerque Historical Society. Barelas Senior Center – Stover Room, 714 7th St. SW.

DECEMBER 14, 12 noon, free. NM State auditor Tim Keller speaks about the role and purpose of the state auditor. NM food lunch provided by Commissioner Hart Stebbins. McKinley Community Center, 3401 Monroe NE just east of McKinley Mid School. RSVP to Janis at or call 468-7108.

DECEMBER 14, 1 pm, free. Tim Maxwell speaks about “New Mexico Turquoise in Mexico ?” NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

DECEMBER 14, 10:30 am, free. ABQ Genealogy Society Holiday Show & Tell & Party, Main Library.Call 768-5141 for more info

DECEMBER 16, 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha Embroidery community stich-along, bring your project or come learn the traditional New Mexican craft. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 17, 10-11 am, free. The Magic Of Light: Solstice Stories. Open Space Visitor Center, RSVP at 897-8831.

DECEMBER 17, 10 am-12 noon. program & Q & A, Ian Hui presents The Art of Cantonese Operas. 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

DECEMBER 17, 2 pm, free. Victor Valle speaks on “How the Chile came to NM: The Aesthetics of Fire: On the art of Chile Eating. National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Arts Building.

DECEMBER 17, 2 PM, free. Opening of  traveling exhibit on the Bill of Rights from the National Archives. Also the 4th annual juried art show, Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 352-7720. 251 Main Street by the Water tower.

DECEMBER 18, 1-3 pm, free with admission. A View into the Collection (limited to 15 people). Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, RSVP at 843-7270.

DECEMBER 18, 1:30-3:30 pm, free. Family Hanukkah based activities. NM History Museum.

DECEMBER 18, 11 am-1 pm, free. Create a winter seed outdoor mandala to feed migratory birds. Open Space Visitor Center, no RSVP needed.

DECEMBER 18, 1 pm, free. Opening of the exhibit In Search of Dominguez & Escalante. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

DECEMBER 22, 9-10:30 am, free Winter bosque Bird Hike led by Sara Cole from the Central NM Audubon society. Open Space Visitor Center, RSVP at 897-8831.

DECEMBER 31, last day to see Fractured Faiths exhibit. NM History Museum.

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.


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.


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

Museum of Albuquerque  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

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,


Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.

Jews of Albuquerque in the 20th Century, Drawing into Architecture: Sketches and Models by Antoine Predock, 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  Fantasia Fantastica art exhibit, 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

Fractured Faiths, 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 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 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.-