December 2017 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

There will be no December program of the Albuquerque Historical Society. Programs resume January 21 at the Albuquerque Museum with free parking south of the Museum and free admission to the Museum and the program.

NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER 30, 5-9 pm, free. Bugg Holiday Lights at the historic Belen Harvey House, 104 N. 1st St., 861-0581.

NOVEMBER 18 WAS LAST DAY FREE SATURDAY WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE. Walking Tours resume in January; check website for exact date. 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 – THE HISTORY OF SPORTS AT UNM. Waters Room and foyer. Open to public daily through March, 2018.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Saturdays/Sundays at 12 noon. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

SATURDAYS / SUNDAYS 12 noon-5 pm, free, (Closed Dec. 23-24 and Dec. 30-31). Mundos de Mestizaje, tours of the colossal fresco mural about the Hispanic world in the Torreon at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER SATURDAYS 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 5-6 pm. Stories by the Fireside. Different Native American storytellers share fascinating stories for children and families around the bonfire. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER SATURDAYS 9, 16,  1-2 pm, admission fee.  Guided Tour of the Art Museum-a different  tour each week,  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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)


DECEMBER 1-3, 10 am-4 pm, free. Fine Crafts Show at the old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. Proceeds benefit the maintenance of the Old Church.

DECEMBER 1, 5:45 PM, free. “Hanging of the Greens at UNM” an 80 year tradition with luminarias across the campus. Caroling begins at the bookstore at 5:45, proceeds to the president’s house, then finishes at Hodgin Hall for a reception.

DECEMBER 1, 6 pm, free. Maxwell Museum Holiday Open House with harpist Guy de Lyne and refreshments.

DECEMBER 1, 5-10 pm, free. Holiday open house in Old Town. Performing groups, hand bells, carolers.

DECEMBER 1, 5-8 pm, IPCC admission. Pueblo Shop & Stroll.

DECEMBER 2, 9-11 am, free but limited seating, Register at 897-8830. Reading and book signing by Sue Houser of The Corn Whisperer, an account of ancient Pueblo traditions. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

DECEMBER 2, 10 am, free. Ballads, Stories and Songs of Winter by Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsell. Make Crafts for Hanukkah, Kwanza and Christmas. Santa Claus arrives at 11:30 am. Placitas Community Library.

DECEMBER 2, 10:30 am, free but please register. Vamos al Museo! Children’s Art Programs. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 2, 2 pm, free but limited seating, Register at 897-8830. Una Nueva Tierra, a documentary of the off-grid community outside Albuquerque. Filmmakers will take questions afterwards. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

DECEMBER 2, 5-7 pm, free. The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style. Approximately 430 handmade ornaments by more than 125 NM artists. They have been collected by the Duran family and are being shown together for the first time. National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum.

DECEMBER 2, 2 pm,free. Historians Richard Melzer and John Taylor describe the USS New Mexico, a Navy ship from WWI – WW II. Los Lunas Transportation Center next to the Railrunner Station.

DECEMBER 2, 2 pm, free. Opening of “Borderless: The Art of Luis Tapia”, his 45 year career includes New Mexico. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 2-3, tickets. Winter Spanish market sponsored by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 2, 5 pm, free. Annual “Twinkle Light” holiday parade on Central beginning at Washington and marching west to Girard. Hundreds of entries decorated with colorful lights.

DECEMBER 2, 4-5:30 PM, $25, must register. Biscochitos Workshop, Perea’s Restaurant 4590 Corrales Rd.

DECEMBER 3, 9-11 am, free. Bosque Wild Nature Walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

DECEMBER 3 – free admission for NM residents on first Sunday at the NM Natural History Museum on Mountain Rd. in Old Town.

DECEMBER 4 – JANUARY 7, 2018, free admission to view in the lobby. Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 5, 12:30 – 1:45 pm, free. Professor Aeron Haynie speaks on What could UNM be in the 21st Century?, Part of the History of UNM lecture series. Waters Room, UNM Zimmerman Library.

DECEMBER 5, 6 pm, free. Professor Gabriel Melendez, Director of the UNM Center for Regional Studies speaks from his book, The Book of Archives and Other Stories from the Mora Valley New Mexico. Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.

DECEMBER 5, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical Society Military Research Group. Main Library genealogy area on 2nd floor.

DECEMBER 6, 12:05 pm, free. Kaemper Music series present Le Chat Lunatique, the award winning gypsy jazz band. First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, free parking. Box lunch may be purchased for $5. Call 239-4421 or

DECEMBER 6, 6:30 pm, free. “A Brief History of Christmas Music” by Andy Mason. Lomas Tramway Branch Library. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

DECEMBER 6, 10 am-12:30 pm, First Wednesday free. “Pollock”, a film about the life of Jackson Pollock. Pollock’s work is displayed in the Museum’s exhibit When Modern Was Contemporary. Albuquerque Museum.

DECEMBER 6, Booksigning 5:30-6:30pm, Lecture 6:30 – 8:00 pm. $7, $6, $4. Limited space. Hunting for Intraterrestrials and Exploration in New Mexico’s Fort Stanton Cave with Diana Northup, Ph.D. and Ronald Lipinski, Ph.D. Hear about the exploration of Fort Stanton Cave in NM, the 15th longest cave in the U.S., by two expert speleologists – Dr. Northup is a world-renowned cave biologist, who investigates the role of microbes in cave formation and possibilities on other planets. Dr. Lipinski (a retired Sandia engineer) has surveyed portions of Carlsbad Caverns and Lechuguilla Cave, is the Vice Chair of the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project. They are part of the new book, “12 Miles from Daylight,” describing the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project, a unique blend of adventure, science, archaeology, history, geology, biology, and hydrology. Purchase tickets at NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd NW. Questions: or 505-841-2840

DECEMBER 6, 12 noon-1pm, free. Frere Arsene Brouardi: NM’s Forgotten Botanist presented by Dr. David Johnson. NM History Museum in Santa Fe,


DECEMBER 7, 12:30 – 1:45 pm, free. Robert Doughty III, president of the UNM Board of Regents speaks on The Future of UNM. Part of the History of UNM lecture series. Waters Room, UNM Zimmerman Library.

DECEMBER 7, 6 pm, free. The Secrets of Spanish Florida – a preview of the film which reveals the history of Spanish colonial Florida in 1565. The filmmakers answer questions later in a panel moderated by Gene Grant. Hibben Center at the Maxwell Museum.

DECEMBER 9, 5:30-8 pm, free. Christmas at the Palace of the Governors.

DECEMBER 9, 10:30 am-12 noon, free (should be overflow crowd, come early). From Days of Infamy to Days of Remembrance-the incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry at the beginning of WWII. Presented by the Japanese America Citizens League Players. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council. Special Collections Library.

DECEMBER 9, 12 noon, museum admission. “The Rise of Permaculture” by Roxanne Swentzell of Santa Clara Pueblo. Part of the “Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest” exhibit, NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

DECEMBER 9, 12 noon-2 pm, free. Celebration of Zuni Fetish Carving by Abby & Clayton Panteah of Zuni Pueblo. Includes demonstrations. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 9, 2 pm, free. A Chautauqua of territorial NM governor Lew Wallace presented by Noel Pugach. Cerrillos Hills State Park on North 14.
Call 474-0196 for info. www.emnrd.state.nm/SPD Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council,

DECEMBER 9, 10 am, free. Genealogist Henrietta Martinez Christmas and author Paul Rhetts describe their book-Basic Genealogy Checklist: 100 Tips & Tactics to find our family history. Los Lunas Transportation Center by the Railrunner station.

DECEMBER 9. 5 pm, free. “Light Among the Ruins” at the Jemez Historic Site. The ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San Jose de las Jemez are decorated with farolitos, bon fires, pueblo dancers, flute music, Native American crafts, food trucks. Call 575-829-3530 for more information.

ON HOLIDAY BREAK UNTIL JANUARY 2018. 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 10, 5:30-7pm, free. Las Posadas on the Santa Fe Plaza.

DECEMBER 11, 11:30 am, $5 for non-members, buy your own lunch. A preview of the 2018 Legislative session: Matthew Reichback, Editor of the NM Political Report and longtime journalist Sherry Robinson. Golden Corral Restaurant, 5207 San Mateo NE. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Press Women.

DECEMBER 12, 2-4 pm, free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans. This month is Everything you know about Native Americans is Wrong” by Paul Chatt Smith. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 12, 6 pm, free. Stephanie Beninato speaks about Pope & Naranjo: Leadership in 1680 Pueblo Revolt. Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup. Call the library for more info 863-1291. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

NO DECEMBER PROGRAM, RESUMES JANUARY 2018. Friends of Tijeras Pueblo at the Sandia Ranger Station on highway 337 just off I-40.

DECEMBER 14, 5:30 pm, free. Dr. Dennis Reinhartz speaks on “The Cartographic Legacy: Spanish Royal Engineers for the Southwest”, Waters Room, UNM Zimmerman Library.

DECEMBER 15, 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.

DECEMBER 16, 2 pm, free. La Canoa: Under the Canopy of the Cottonwoods of Alameda. Dr. Jerry Gurule describes the community Alameda through history and anecdotes. National Hispanic cultural Center library.

DECEMBER 16-17, 10 am-4 pm, free. Festival of the Nativities. Hundreds of nativity scenes on display. Various musical groups will perform. Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales.

December 17, 1-3 PM, free with IPCC admission. A View into the Collection, the quarterly tour of the IPCC vaults. Must RSVP for only 15 slots, 843-7270. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 17, 2 pm, free. Wanagi Wolf Rescue. Meet wolf ambassadors Angel, Bindi & Jyoti. Placitas Community Library.

DECEMBER 17, 11am-12 noon, free. Come build the Winter Solstice Seed mandala – it will fade into the ground and provide food for migratory birds. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

DECEMBER 20, 12 noon-1pm, free – bring your own lunch. Santero Adan Carriaga is speaker. McKinley Recreation Center just east of McKinley Mid School, 4500 Comanche NE. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins

NO DECEMBER AHS PROGRAM, RESUMES JANUARY 21, Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum. Free admission to the Museum and the program.

DECEMBER 24-25 CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. (Many museums are closed. Check individual schedules.)

DECEMBER 28, 5:30-6:30 pm, free. Demonstration of the antique printing press in the library’s Press Room. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE.

DECEMBER 30-JANUARY 1 NEW YEAR HOLIDAY. Check listings of museums for hours of operation.


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 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 History of Sports at UNM.  Contact CSWR –

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History – Mansions, Motoring, Millennials – the history of the Huning Highlands area; When Modern was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy Neuberger Collection; “Only in Albuquerque”

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. 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.

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 Center4th & 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 – 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, 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 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. 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.-