December 2018 NM History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:


ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, no December program, next program January 20, 2 pm, Free. 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.   10 am, MEET YOUR GUIDE AT SW CORNER OF 1ST & CENTRAL IN FRONT OF THEATER.  You must now PAY City meters. Call 289-0586 to leave a message or reserve for a group more than five. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ.

ALL MONTH HOLIDAY “BUGG LIGHTS”, Belen Harvey House 104 N. 1st St. in Belen. 861-0581,

The Wheels Museum is located in the Barelas steam locomotive repair shops at 1100 2nd St. SW. It  is open for small group tours but you must call Leba Freed at 243-6269 to schedule a tour. The Museum showcases the history of area transportation including rail, Route 66, and Camino Real. It also includes info on past, present and future modes of transportation in the west. It has photos and archives of men who worked in the Barelas facility.

TIME EXPOSURES,  historical photos of Isleta Pueblo, free admission. Photos on display on the hotel side of the Isleta Resort & Casino Complez, 11000 Broadway SE. On display through Summer 2019.

STORIES BY THE FIRESIDE – NIGHTLY DECEMBER 1-29, 5-6 pm, museum admission. Participate in the oral tradition of native American story telling. Indian Pueblo Cultural

DECEMBER 1, 5 pm, free. Twinkle Light Parade on Central from Washington west to Girard.

DECEMBER 1, 2 pm, free Dr. Peggy Hardman presents “Yes in my backyard please, visiting the past along highway 1 in Socorro.” Program at Magdalena Public Library, 108 N. Main. More info at 575-854-2361.

DECEMBER 1, 10:30-12 NOON, free but $5 donation appreciated. Vamos al Museo program for children. Includes 30 minute tour of Art Museum. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 1, admission fee. Opening of photo exhibit Everyday People-photos of people in Albuquerque in the 1940s & 50s. Albuquerque Museum.

DECEMBER 1, 10 am-4 pm, free. Tijeras Pueblo Bookstore shopping event. Includes field guides, maps and books. Lobby of the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras.

DECEMBER 1, 2-3 pm, free. Feature films from PBS Colores at Special Collections.  Author Hampton Sides followed by Our Lady: La Fiesta de Guadalupan (South Broadway neighborhood celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe). Special Collections Library.

DECEMBER 1, 11 am-8 pm; December 2, 8 am-12 noon. Showing of hundreds of nativities from around the world. Sandia Presbyterian Church, Paseo del Norte & Eubank NE (take frontage road from Eubank).

DECEMBER 1/2 (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.

DECEMBER 1/2, free. Fine Art & Craft Show at historic Corrales church and Casa San Ysidro. Co-sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society and the Corrales Art Society.

DECEMBER 2, 8-10 am, free. Bosque Wild guided nature walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

DECEMBER 2, 3 pm, $10, adults, $5 students. Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination presented by Eugen Garver Ph.D. Congregation Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. More information from

DECEMBER 2, First Sunday free admission to the Art Museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 5, 12 noon, free. Vocalist Dianna Hughes and Sid Fendley on the piano. Part of the Bach Lunch series at the First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, Free parking. Box lunch available for $5 or bring your own.

DECEMBER 5, 12 noon, free. Jack Loeffler and Frank McCulloch present The new Deal in New Mexico, Preserving Hispanic Culture through Music & Lore. New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.

DECEMBER 5, free. First Wednesday free admission all day at the ABQ Museum.

DECEMBER 6, 5:50 pm, free. James McGrath Morris presents An Archival Detectives Tales: Pulitzer, Hemingway, Hillerman. Morris is currently writing a biography of Tony Hillerman. UNM Zimmerman Library Waters Room.

DECEMBER 7, Observance of Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack.

DECEMBER 7, 6:30 pm, free. Open House at historic Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. Food and music.

DECEMBER 7, 9 am-5 pm, 1st Friday free at the Balloon Museum. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr.,  768-6020,

DECEMBER 7, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special admission price $5; DynaTheater another $5 to see Volcanoes. NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.

DECEMBER 7, 5-9 pm, free. Holiday Stroll open house in Old Town. Christmas tree lighting at 6 pm.

DECEMBER 7, 5-8 pm, free. Shop & stroll. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 8, 10 am, free. Placitas Community Library annual New Mexico Christmas open house and includes tradition of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. crafts, books, Santa for children. 867-3355.

DECEMBER 8, free. Luminaria or Farolito Festival. 3-4 pm, UNM’s Enrique Lamadrid speaks on the history of the luminaria. 4:30 pm an illuminated bicycle parade; 7 pm, Luminaria vs. farolito poetry slam. Contact for more information, 383-4724. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 8, 10:30 am-12 noon, free. Special Collections Librarian Leslie Fox describes “4 Blocks Square, 100 years Deep” the area around historic McClellan Park which became the site of the federal courthouse at 4th & Lomas NW.  Special Collections Library.

DECEMBER 8, 4-7 pm, free. Fossil Viewing, Synapsid Symposium, Nosh & Slosh. Mountainair Art Center, 101 Broadway in Mountainair. Contact

DECEMBER  8, 5 pm, $10 adults, $5 children. Light among the Ruins at Jemez Historic Site. Native America flute music, pueblo dancers.

DECEMBER 9, 5:30-7 pm,, free. Historic Las Posadas at the Santa Fe Plaza followed by carols, cookies and cider at the Palace of the Governors courtyard.

DECEMBER 9, 2-3 pm, museum admission. Remembering 1882 in Today’s Immigration Debates. Ted Gong speaks about the Chinese Exclusion Act. Albuquerque Museum.

HOLIDAY BREAK for Chinese American Speaker Series.  North Domingo Baca Community Center. More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941.

DECEMBER 8/9 (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.

DECEMBER 10, 11:30 am, $5 for non-members and buy your own lunch. Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Sen Mark Moores give a preview of the upcoming legislative session. Albuquerque Press Women and Friends monthly luncheon. Mimi’s Cafe on 4316 The 25 Way NE.

DECEMBER 11, 12:30-2:30, free. Nuevo Mexicana/o Baby Boomers: stories and histories. NM students from the Dept. of Spanish and Portugese describe their oral histories of New Mexicans born between 1945-1966. Discuss family, traditions, identites, culture and more. National Hispanic Cultural Center. 1701 4th

DECEMBER 12, 7 pm, free. Watch Sacred Land, Sacred Water, a 53 minute documentary of the issues of fracking in Sandoval County. Describes the subsurface geology of the Rio Grande rift. Discussion follows led by producer Lewis Jacobs. Placitas Community Library.

DECEMBER 12, 12 noon-2 pm, free. Clifford Fragua (Jemez) shows his work. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 12, 12 noon, free. NM State Historian Rick Hendricks describes “La Gripe: The Spanish Flu Pandemic in New Mexico. Yucca Room of the State Records and Archives, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, just east of Cerillos Rd. 505-476-9782.

DECEMBER 12, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical Society Holiday Party and Show & Tell, Main Library, 2nd floor.  Free two hour parking at City garage across the street.

DECEMBER 12,  12 noon, free, New Mexico lunch provided for this holiday month. Paul Bardacke, former NM Attorney General speaks about the efforts to have open primaries where independents and DTS may vote. McKinley Recreation Center, 3401 Monroe NE, enter from west of McKinley School.

DECEMBER (2nd Tuesday) Friends of Tijeras Pueblo have program break and resume in Feb. 2019. Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras Canyon.

DECEMBER 13, 9:30 am, admission. Curator’s Coffee discussion of the Legacy of Uranium Mining on Native American Lands in New Mexico. Limited to 15 people. NM Natural History for more info and to register.

DECEMBER 14, 2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A monthly discussion of books written about or by Native Americans. This month’s book is Dance Hall of the Dead and Boy who made Dragonfly by Tony Hillerman. Meets in the Pueblo House of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 14-21, 11am, 3 pm, 4 pm, admission fee. Daily laser light shows, Legends of Night Sky. NM Natural History Museum. for more information.

DECEMBER 15, 2-4 pm, free. Vicky Otero and Ana Pacheco present Raices y Recuerdos – Roots and Music from the archives of Carolos Jose Otero (1947-2018). Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts in Los Lunas by the water tower. 352-7720.

DECEMBER 15/16 10am-5 pm, free. Festival of the Nativities. Nativities from all over the world. Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales.

DECEMBER 16, 10:30-12 noon, free. Create a seed mandela as part of winter solstice. Followed at 12:30-2 pm, the Magic of Light: A Celebration of Winter Solstice in Story and Song. Musicians Regina Ress and Scott Hongell-Derse. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

NO DECEMBER PROGRAMS at Abo unit of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument by Mountainair. Call 505-847-2770 or 847-2585 X 220 for information.

Third Sunday of the Month, free. No December Albuquerque Historical Society Program, next program January 20, 2019. Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum. Free parking south of the Museum; Free admission to the Museum and the program.

DECEMBER 15/16 (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.

DECEMBER 22, 1-5 pm, admission. Part 2 of the Visions of the Hispanic World. Includes a talk by Museum Director Andrew Conner, music by Vincente Griego and Cesar Bellvallet. More information from Elizabeth Becker, 243-7255. ABQ Museum.

DECEMBER 22, 11 am-12 noon, free. Tour of the Special Collections Library.

DECEMBER 22/23 (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.

DECEMBER 23, 3-4 pm, free. Andy Mason presents A Brief History of Christmas Music–from the 16th century to the present. Taylor Ranch Library, Bogart St. NW. Articles about New Mexico people, places & events. READ OVER 100 ISSUES OF LA CRONICA, the publication of the Historical Society of New Mexico.


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 –  Chinese Americans of Albuquerque,    “Only in Albuquerque”, Visions of the Hispanic World – Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library.

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.

Santa Fe Public Library,  Japanese American Prison Camps of New Mexico. Santa Fe Southside Library on 6599 Jaguar.

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. National Hispanic Cultural Center.  “Unraveling Race and Place in New Mexico“. New Mexico Hometown Heroes: Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients photo exhibit.

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.  The Great War opens Nov. 11; The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, 47 Stars; Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time; Telling NM Stories,Then & Now. The First World War exhibit which includes letters, photos and objects. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

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

NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER highlights of dance, film, workshops, music, theatre and exhibits. www.nhccnm.org1701 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.-