February 2015 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history opportunities:


Program always free & free parking south of the Museum
February 15, 2 pm, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town

50 Years of Coronado Shopping Center, 1964-2014

SPEAKER: Randy Sanchez, General manager. will describe the business, societal changes and planning that brought about the construction of Coronado Mall in 1964. Sanchez is a graduate of Rio Grande HS and Columbia College with a BS degree in Business. He has served on numerous local boards and Commissions including the International Council of Shopping Centers, NM Retail Association, Hispano Chamber of Commerce and Albuquerque Air Quality Board.

WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVENUE, FREE, SATURDAYS10 – 11:30 am. Meet at 10 am at the corner of 1st & Central in front of the movie theater. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society & Historic ABQ, Inc. with support from the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund. (Call Janet Saiers @ 299-5019 for more info.)

MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE ELECTRICITY: SPARK your Curiosity ! opens Jan. 31 – April 26     Thrilling hands-on experiments with electricity

NW MEXICO DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS Over 200,000 pages of historical state newspapers have been digitized and may be viewed. http://elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/newspapers.php.

JANUARY 31, 10-11 am  free, Come get a free 2015 calendar about bird migration and bird sightings. Bachechi Open Space at Alameda & the River. Bernalillo County, www.bernco.gov/openspace.

JANUARY 31, 2-5 pm,  opening of All over the Map: The Dialogue of Public Art.Also the Opening of “On the map, Unfolding ABQ – Art & Design“. Music, poetry by Hakim Bellamy. Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. Visit www.ABQonthemap.com.

FEBRUARY 1, all day free admission to the NM Museum of Natural History, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.

FEBRUARY 1, 10-4 pm, free, Family Fun Day . Come use a “Nature Pack.” Bachechi Open Space at Alameda & the River. www.bernco.gov/openspace.

FEBRUARY 3, 10:30-2:30 pm, Albuquerque Genealogical Society, Military Research Group. Main Library. Contact Pat Eker at d-eker@swcp.com  for more information.

FEBRUARY 3,10,17, 24. Beginning, intermediate and advanced Cuban style Salsa dance lessons. No experience needed. (pay $5-$10). National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW. www.nhccnm.org, 246-2261.

FEBRUARY 5, noon – 1 pm. Various professors from the UNM School of Architecture & Planning sign their books at the UNM Bookstore.

FEBRUARY 6, 5:30 p.m. Nancy Meem Wirth speaks on “Preserving What Matters / A Conversation with Nancy Meem Wirth”. George Pearl Hall at the School of Architecture & Planning, Central & Cornell NE.

FEBRUARY 6, 9 am-$45. Learn about NM’s ore metals that create copper, gold, silver wire and the minining industry. Create a wire sculpture. All materials provided. NM Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

FEBRUARY 6, 5:30 -7 pm, free admission. Be Mine: A Valentine Craft Event,  NM History Museum, Santa Fe. History Museum’s First Friday series.www.newmexicohistory.org.

FEBRUARY 7, 10:30 am, free. Free family event. “Vamos al Museo”, short tour of the art museum followed by hands-on art making session.  National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW. www.nhccnm.org, 246-2261.

FEBRUARY 7, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Robert Torrez speaks on  From the Palace of the Governors to the Roundhouse: the Evolution of NM’s Capitol Buildings. Hispanic Genealogical Research Center, Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE.  www.hgrc-nm.org/.

FEBRUARY 7, 10 am, Exploring Family History, Sandoval County Genealogical Society, Rio Rancho Loma Colorado Library. Beginners welcome. scnmgs.weebly.com.

FEBRUARY 7, 10 am-3 pm, free with Museum Admission. STEM Day join local scientists and engineers for experiments and hands-on activities. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, www.nuclearmuseum.org

FEBRUARY 7, 8-11 am, free. Volunteers needed to prepare beds for crops. Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. 4803 Rio Grande NW, www.lospoblanos.com

FEBRUARY 7, 2 pm, free. Book signing and program by Mary Carter onBecoming Jewish after 50. Placitas Library.

FEBRUARY 8, 2 pm, free for members $5 for others. Bob Smith speaks on Old Route 66 Stories,  Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House in Bernalillo on Highway 550 by the Phillips 66.  www.sandovalhistory.org.

FEBRUARY 10, 17, 24 & MARCH 3  Scarce & Sacred: Water in New Mexico. UNM Continuing Education. Attend all four for $70 or individually for $20.. Feb. 10, Solutions to the Water Crisis in NM. Feb. 17, How water is allocated and reallocated in NM; Feb. 17 Traditional  Irrigation Systems in Northern NM Watersheds; March 3, The enduring role of Aldo Leopold in Community Planning. $20 each. More info at UNM Continuing Ed.

FEBRUARY 11, 10:30-2:30 pm, Albuquerque Genealogical Society, Researching Common Names. Main Library, 5th & Copper. Free parking for two hours in City lot across the street. Bring your ticket to validate.

FEBRUARY 12, 7-930 pm, $6. The Rio Grande and its Food Webs. Dr. Burdett discusses the relationship among predators and prey linked together by food chains affected by flow conditions on the Rio Grande. Ayesha Burdett Ph.D. Museum of Natural History, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

FEBRUARY 12, 7:30 PM, free. What were ancient Maya Landscapes really like?  presented by Wendy Ashmore, Anthropology professor University of California, Riverside. Hibben Auditorium, Maxwell Museum. Free parking in lots B & C

FEBRUARY 14 10:30 – 12 noon, free. Asian-American Legacy Stories, Public Library Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, monthly series on People Create Cities. Explore how various ethnic and religious groups made history in Albuquerque and NM. Second Saturday of each month. abclibrary.org/peoplecreatecities, 848-1376.

FEBRUARY 14  2 pm., free, “Sound of innovation. Come meet members of the Pimental guitar making family. Concert & Q & A in the Old Church. Visit Casa San Ysidro before and after 1-4 pm, Corrales. 897-8828. www.corraleshistory.org.

FEBRUARY 15, 2 p.m., free. Randy Sanchez, General Manager of Coronado presents Fifty Years of Coronado Center Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

FEBRUARY 15, 2 p.m., $5 or free if a Friends Member, Chautaqua Performance of James Beckwourth, Frontiersman presented by Ed Wallace, Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site. Program is at the Sandoval County DeLavy House in Bernalillo just west of Coronado. 771-9493 or www.kuaua.com, 867-5351

FEBRUARY 18, 5 pm, free. Impetus Seekers/Pueblo Women Artists. Panelists comment on mixing tradition with innovation.  Margarete Bagshaw, Deborah Jojola, Glendora Fragua, Marla Allison.  Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Art exhibit at Kimo Theatre Gallery.

FEBRUARY 18, 12 noon, free. Lozan, Apache Warrior Woman,  John McWilliams, NM History Museum, Santa Fe. enter through Washington Street Doors,  Brown Bag & Brainpower series.  www.newmexicohistory.org.

FEBRUARY 19, 1:30 p.m., free. Home Circles 1914-2014. Its Impact on African American women in NM. Valencia Campus of UNM in Tome.   Contact the NM Humanities Council at 505 633-7370 for more info.

FEBRUARY 19, Westerners Dinner History group. 5:30 social hour, 6:15 dinner $17. Hotel Elegante, 2020 Menaul NE.  Call Janet Saiers at 299-5019 for a reservation.

FEBRUARY 19, free, 5-8 pm,  Celebrate the Public Art Program, Museum of Albuquerque Third Thursday program,  food & beverage available.www.cabq.gov/museum

FEBRUARY 19, 5:30 pm, free. Free family event with entertainment, food and art. Cooking demo, music and nutrition information. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW. www.nhccnm.org, 246-2261.

FEBRUARY 21, 2 pm, free. Our Penitente Land: the DeAragon/Calles Collection.Limited seating for lecture – come early. Reception and book signing after the lecture. Ray John de Aragon and Rosa Marie Calles. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW. www.nhccnm.org, 246-2261.

FEBRUARY 25, 5 pm, free. “The Experience of African American Teachers in NM Indian Schools”. Co-sponsored by the African-America Cultural Center and Museum. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

FEBRUARY 25, 11 am-3 pm, Bread baking demo, also Indian tacos, and fry bread. Presented by the Edaakie family of Isleta Pueblo. Maxwell Museum patio. Get parking pass from Museum.

FEBRUARY 27, 6 pm, $40. Cooking class, The Flavors of Spain. Watch or participate; includes a three course dinner. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW. www.nhccnm.org, 246-2261.

FEBRUARY 28 & MARCH 1, 11 am – 2 pm. free with museum admission. NM Birds Weekend. Meet bird experts and groups trying to protect NM birds. NM Museum of Natural History 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

UNM Continuing Education

Call 277-0077 to register and for more information 277-0563. Krista Savoca program coordinator email atsirk@unm.edu information. www.dce.unm.edu. Fees for out of town field trips cover transportation. UNM Continuing Ed booklets with more detail available at all library branches.

******* CLASSES *********

February 6, 1-5 pm, The Civil War in New Mexico, $35, Gordon Johnston
February 10, 1-3 pm, Coronado and The Tiguex War, Dennis Herrick, $20
February 12, 19, 26, March 5 The Manhattan Project in Film and Television     $75 February 10, 17, 24 & March 3 Scarce and Sacred: Water in NM All four $70 or $20 each.
February 20, 3:30-5:30. Anthropological Genetic Genealogy: The Basque Connection to New Mexican families, Angelo Cervante, $20
February 28, 2-4 pm, UNM Architecture & Historical Tour, $20

*************** UNM CONTINUING ED TOURS *****************

Check their web site for more February culture & recreation tours
February 11, Geologic Hike at Ojo Caliente Spa, Plus a Soak $105
February 19, Espanola Valley: Heart of Northern NM,                $89
February 20, The Confederate Invasion of NM: ABQ & Valverde, $92
February 21, Quebradas Back Country Byway-Hike and Drive,   $85
February 27, Georgia’s Geology, $89 (Georgia O’Keeffe area)
February 28, Abo Rock Art Tour, $85

****************OASIS PROGRAMS******************************

Call 884-4529 to register and for more information. Must be age 55 and up. New location at American Square Shopping Center, 3301 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite 18 (near Menaul & Carlisle) www.oasisabq.org. Most programs listed have $8 fee except for trips.

February 2, 10:30-12 noon. Countless Curiosities: Loving and Living with Antiques, Christian Dimery.

February 10, 1-2:30 pm. Scientific Research in the Sandias. Presented by Paul Mauermann manager of the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest.

February 13, 10:30-12 noon. The Life of James Beckwourth, Chautauqua performance by Edward Wallace                                                                    February 16, 1-2:30 pm, Avanyu: Mysteries of the Pueblo Plumed Serpent, Dennis Herrick.

February 17, 10:30-12 noon or 1-2:30 pm. $12 Tour of the new art exhibitVisualizing Albuquerque, at the ABQ Museum.

February 25, 1-2:30 pm. The Supressed memories of Mabel Dodge Luhan.

**********************OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING***************************

$20 Annual Registration Fee. Each class has a fee. Call 277-0077 to register or on line at ce.unm.edu/Osher

FEBRUARY 4, 3:30-5:30 pm, From Home Front to War Front: WWII Women Spooks & Spies, $20.

FEBRUARY 11, 2-4 pm, Ernie Pyle, $20

FEBRUARY 18 & 25 A Woman in Both Houses: My career in NM Politics, Pauline Eisenstadt, $45

FEBRUARY 18, 3:30-5:30 pm Women / WW II –The WASPS, $20


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.

Website Spotlight

anapachecosantafe.com website about NM history & culture.

Unser Racing Museum www.unserracingmuseum.org

El Camino Real International Heritage Center (south of Socorro)www.caminorealheritage.org 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) www.nmvetsmemorial.org
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  library.unm.edu/zimmerman75.

NM Genealogical Society, Main Library, nmgs.org/index.php.

****************MUSEUM EXHIBITS*******************

Albuquerque Museum

January 31 Opening of On the Map Unfolding Albuquerque Art & Design, and  All Over the Map, the Dialogue of Public Art. www.cabq.gov/museum.

Belen Harvey HouseMi Familia, The People of Belen. Historic photographs, artifacts, and 221st year of Our Lady of Belen Fiesta.
104 North 1st St. 861-0581. open TuesdaySaturday 12:30-3:30 pm, ClosedSunday & 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 “Retrospective with a Vision Forward”. The boarding school experience through a historical beginning of harsh realities, to the journey of forcible education to liefetime friendships. www.indianpueblo.org.

Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, Squash, describes the botanical history, medicinal value and cultural meaning of these three foods. National Hispanic Cultural Center. History and Literacy Arts Building.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Exhibit–Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its Meaning.  and Culture. www.indianartsandculture.org. 476-1250

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. El Agua Es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico,  maxwellmuseum.unm.edu. 277-4405, 277-1400. “Curanderismo: Healing & Ritual”. Healing and medicinal plants and herbs. 277-1400 for more info. maxwellmuseum.unm.edu

47 Stars, NM Centennial Exhibit Pinhole Photography.  www.nmhistorymuseum.org
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, www.nmjhs.org $10 donation requested but not mandatory.

UNM CONTINUING EDUCATION & OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE Krista Foutz, 277-0563, is the program coordinator and works in cooperation with Maralie BeLonge, 277-6179, program supervisor for Osher. For course info go to dce.unm.edu/culture or call 277-0077. UNM CE & Osher provide travel, lectures and classes. Osher requires a $20 membership fee. Go todce.unm.edu/osher for course descriptions.

New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, NM Cultural Affairs Dept. www.nmhistoricpreservation.org.

Placitas Public Library, 453 Hy 165, 5 miles east of the I-25 exit. www.placitaslibrary.com, 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. www.menaulhistoricallibrary.org. Contact 343-7480 or archives@menaulhistoricallibrary.org.

VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER to see FEBRUARY highlights of dance, film, workshops, music, theatre and exhibits.www.nhccnm.org. 1701 4TH ST. SW, 246-2261.




Celebrating New Mexico Statehood site, nmstatehood.unm.edu/
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 www.newmexicohistory.org/centennial.
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. www.cabq.gov/library.


Visit the web sites of the Office of the State Historian, www.newmexicohistory.org and the Albuquerque Historical Society, www.albuqhistsoc.org, 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.- jsaiers@msn.com