February 2018 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

FEBRUARY 18 , 2 pm, Free. The 50th Anniversary of the Albuquerque Museum, 1967-2017 presented by Deb Slaney, History Curator, ABQ Museum. Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum and free admission to the Museum and the program. www.albuqhistsoc.org.

FREE SATURDAY GUIDED WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE.   MEET YOUR GUIDE AT SW CORNER OF 1ST & CENTRAL IN FRONT OF THEATER.  City meters NOT monitored on Saturdays. Call 289-0586 to leave a message or reserve for a group more than five. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ.   www.albuqhistsoc.org.

Articles about New Mexico people, places & events. READ OVER 100 ISSUES OF LA CRONICA, the publication of the Historical Society of New Mexico. https://ejournals.unm.edu/index.php/lacronica.

Mountainair winter lecture series, Every Saturday in February at 1 pm. Manzano Mountain Art Council Center.

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

SATURDAY / SUNDAYS 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.

Listen to the music of  northern New Mexico – view lyrics in both Spanish and English. Learn about the Robb Musical Trust, www.robbtrust.org. (recordings of some 3,000 folk music and Native American chants)


FEBRUARY 15:30-7 pm, free. Update on the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Mountain View Community Center. www.friendsofvalledeoro.org

FEBRUARY 1, 6 pm, free. Panel Discussion. Entrepreneurship: the Value of Ownership-A History of African American owned businesses in NM presented by the African American Museum & Cultural Center of NM and the African American Artist Guild. Location: African American Performing Arts Center at Expo NM, free parking.

FEBRUARY 2, 9am-5 pm1st Friday free at the Balloon Museum. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr., 768-6020.

FEBRUARY 2, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special price $5. Prepare for Da Vinci !. NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NWwww.nmnaturalhistory.org.

FEBRUARY 3, 10:30 am-12 noon, free but donations appreciated. Vamos al Museo! Children’s Art program will be creating metal embossed hearts. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

FEBRUARY 3, 10:30 am, free. Well known NM historian Dr. Richard Melzer describes his book-Captain Maximiliano Luna, a NM Rough Rider. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org. Sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Resource Center of NM.

FEBRUARY 3, 1 pm, free. Mountainair winter lecture seriesKate Nelson, editor of NM Magazine, speaks on the life of artist Helen Hardin, torn between her Santa Clara Pueblo roots and the creative foment of the 1960s. Manzano Mountain Art Council Center at the highways 55 & 60 blinking light.

FEBRUARY 3, 2 pm, free. Sunny Dooley speaks on Winter Tales from the Navajo Nation. Placitas Community Library.

FEBRUARY 3, 1-4 pm, admission. Opening of exhibit Making Africa: A Continent of Design. Albuquerque Museum.

FEBRUARY 3, 1-5 pm, free but must RSVP at communityengagement@cabq.gov. Mayor Keller’s Transition Team invites you to dialogue on solutions to community issues. Albuquerque Convention Center.

FEBRUARY  3, 3-6 pm, free but donations accepted. Meridel Rubenstein “Eden Turned on Its Side” the effects of war on Iraq. 3-4 pm program, 4 pm book signing, open house till 6 pm. UNM Art Museum. unmartmuseum.org or 277-4001.

FEBRUARY 3/4 (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.

FEBRUARY 4, 9 am, free. Bosque Wild walk. Must RSVP  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, kswanson@cabq.gov. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NWwww.cabq.gov/openspace.

FEBRUARY 4 – free admission for NM residents on first Sunday at the NM Natural History Museum on Mountain Rd. in Old Town.

FEBRUARY 4, 10 am-1 pm, free. Drone Discovery Day – explore the world of drones. Balloon Museum.

FEBRUARY 6, 13, 20, 27 Tuesdays,  Pay what you can $5-$10. Cuban Salsa classes for beginners and intermediates. Beginners & intermediate 6-7 pm7-8 pm Intermediate and advanced.  National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.  Contact elsa.menendez@state.nm.us, 246-2261 ext. 34744.

FEBRUARY 6, 10:30-2 pm, free. Military Research Group, genealogy at Main Library.

FEBRUARY 7, 12:05 pm, free. Kaemper Music series presents Music for Italy: Horn & Piano. First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, free parking. Box lunch may be purchased for $5. Call 239-4421 or music@firstumcabq.org. Info at kaempermusic.com.

FEBRUARY 7, all day. Free admission to the Albuquerque Museum.

FEBRUARY 7, 12 noon-1 pm, free. Friends of History Lecture Series presents retired historian and librarian Joe Sabatini. “The Christmas Revels – the 1919 Mounted Police Raid on Santo Domingo Pueblo”. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

FEBRUARY 7, 6 pm, free. Sunny Dooley speaks about Dine Origin Stories, Magdalena Public Library.

FEBRUARY 8, 5:30-7 pm, free. Brett Hendrickson speaks about Whose Dirt? Healing, Tourism and Access at the Santuario de Chimayo. Zimmerman Library Waters Room. Sponsored by the Center for SW Research as part of their People and Places Series.

FEBRUARY 9, 1 pm, free but RSVP to 247-0606 by Feb. 6. Holocaust & Intolerance Museum presents “In the Eye of the Storm: Budapest to Mexico 1941″ presented by Holocaust survivor Samuel Marein Efron. Holocaust & Intolerance Museum, 616 Central SW.

FEBRUARY 10/11 (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.

FEBRUARY 10, 2-4 pm, free. Book signing & reading – Diana Siva “Mole Mama-A Memoir of Love, Cooking and Loss”. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

FEBRUARY 10, 2 pm, free. Eddie Corley Sr. describes the Corley Family History in Cibola Co. (Grants) NM. 66 Gallery 1001 West Santa Fe. Grants, NM sponsored by the Cibola County Historical Society.www.cibolahistory.org.

FEBRUARY 10, 12 noon-2 pm, free. Pottery & Story Tellers by Carol Lucero Gachupin of Jemez Pueblo. Includes demonstrations. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

FEBRUARY 10, 1 pm, free. Mountainair winter lecture seriesAward-winning author Bob Julyan speaks on “New Mexico from Above”. Manzano Mountain Art Council Center at the intersection of highways 55 and 60.

FEBRUARY 10, 10am-3 pm, free with Museum admission. Discover STEM Day for youth. Many favorite hands-on activities. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. nuclearmuseum.org. (Consider yearly memberships: Family $75; adult $40; Senior $35, Youth under 13, $25 ).

FEBRUARY 10, 10:30 am, free. Loretta hall presents Albuquerqueans who have contributed to the USA Space Program. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

FEBRUARY 10, 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Home Composting. Must RSVP  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, kswanson@cabq.gov. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NWwww.cabq.gov/openspace.

FEBRUARY 10, 1-3 pm, $10. On the Edge:Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop. Must RSVP  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, kswanson@cabq.gov. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NWwww.cabq.gov/openspace.

FEBRUARY 11, 2 pm, suggested donation of $15. “Jewish Harlem: the World’s third largest Jewish Community 1870-1930″. Presented by Justin Ferate. Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE. Sponsored by the NM Jewish Historical Society. RSV{ at 348-4471/

FEBRUARY 12, 12:30 PM later time this month), $5 for non-members, buy your own lunch. Tara Gatewood, host of “Native America Calling” (KUNM) speaks about her national radio call-in show. Golden Corral Restaurant, 5207 San Mateo NE. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Press Women and Friends.

FEBRUARY 13, 2-4 pm or 6-8 pm free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month  is ““The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie”. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org bookclub@indianpueblo.org.

FEBRUARY 13, 6:30 pm, $5 for non MembersPreserving Sandia Cave-Community Collaboration in Preserving Place, Culture & Landscape. Sandra Arazi Coambs, Archaeologist, Cibola National Forest; Carrin Rich, Speleological Society Friends of Tijeras Pueblo at the Sandia Ranger Station on highway 337 just off I-40www.friendsoftijeraspueblo.org.


FEBRUARY 15, 6-8 PM, free. Author Francelle Alexander signs and reads from her books about ABQ’s North Valley: Los Griegos, Los Candelarias, Alameda, Los Ranchos. Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

FEBRUARY 15, 9-11 am, free. Thursday Birders Guided Tour of the Area. Must RSVP  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, kswanson@cabq.gov. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW,www.cabq.gov/openspace.

FEBRUARY 15, 5-8:30 pm, free. Burque Noir: Multi-media experience with arts and entertainment delivered by Black artists. Third Thursday program at the Albuquerque Museum. www.cabq.gov/museum

FEBRUARY 15, tickets available at 6 pm, film at 7 pm, free. Red Sky at Morning (filmed in NM), PG , 112 minutes, English. National Hispanic cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org. Bank of America Film series.

FEBRUARY 16, , 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha Community  Stitch-Along. Bring your colcha embroidery project. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org. Call 246-2261 X 189.

FEBRUARY 16, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Opening reception for La Ultima Exhibicion based on the visual interpretation of the novel Bless Me, Ultima. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

FEBRUARY 16, 6:30-11 pm, $27. Date Night with Da Vinci, Valentine’s Party. NM Natural History Museum.

FEBRUARY 17, 8-11 am, free. Birding & Breakfastwww.FriendsofValledeOro.org.

FEBRUARY 17, 1-2:30 pm, free. “Nisei, the greatest Generation” – Soldiers, protestors, prisoners of WW II. Presented by the NM Japanese American Citizens League and the NM Humanities Council. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE at Edith.

FEBRUARY 17, 12 noon-4 pm, free. Come meet the pueblo artists who created the original coffee travel mugs. They will sign their mugs and offer other work for sale. Starbucks across from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

FEBRUARY 17, 11 am- 1 pm, free. Author Francelle Alexander signs and reads from her books about ABQ’s North Valley: Los Griegos, Los Candelarias, Alameda, Los Ranchos. Los Ranchos Village Hall, 6718 Rio Grande NW.

FEBRUARY 17, 1pm, free. Reenactors Dixie Boyle and Donna Deiner perform a living history “True Stories of Frontier Women”. Mountainair’s Manzano Mountain Art Council Center at highways 55 & 60 blinking light.

FEBRUARY 17 , 2 pm, free. La Canoa Series: Huapango Arribeno music: Verses & Flows-Migrant Lives and the Sounds of Crossing. Presented by Asst. Prof. of Anthropology Alex E. Chaves. National Hispanic Cultural Center library. www.nhccnm.org.

FEBRUARY 17, 2 pm, free. Matt Barbour describes Ft. Marcy in 19th century Santa Fe. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, at the water tower in Los Lunas.

FEBRUARY 17/18 (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.

FEBRUARY 17, 12 noon-3 pm, fee. Learn to fly Drones beginners starting at age 8. Call Paul Garver 768-6030, pgarver@cabq.gov for more info. Balloon Museum.

FEBRUARY 18, 2 pm, free. The History of the Albuquerque Museum 1967-2017 presented by Museum History Curator Deb Slaney. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum. Free parking south of the Museum; Free admission to the Museum and the program. albuqhistsoc.org/programs

FEBRUARY 18, 1-3 PM, free. Author Francelle Alexander signs and reads from her books about ABQ’s North Valley: Los Griegos, Los Candelarias, Alameda, Los Ranchos. Treasure House Books, 2012 S. Plaza NW in Old Town.

FEBRUARY 18, 9am-12 noon, $15 per family. Great Backyard Bird Count. NM Natural History Museum.

FEBRUARY 18, 2 PM, free for members Friends of Coronado, $5 others. Jim Beckwourth: From Slave to American Hero: The Life of James Beckwourth. Program in the Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House off Highway 550 in Bernalillo at the I-Hop.

FEBRUARY 20, 6:30-7:45 pm, free. Some 15 local Corrales authors speak about their books and the process of writing. Corrales Writing Group. Corrales Community Library. hometownreads.com/city/corrales.

FEBRUARY 20, Casa San Ysidro reopens. Call 898-3915.

FEBRUARY 21, 12 noon-1pm, free – bring your own lunch. Program to be announced. McKinley Recreation Center just east of McKinley Mid School, 4500 Comanche NE. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins.

FEBRUARY 22, tickets available at 6 pm, film at 7 pm, free. Nasario Remembers the Rio Puerco, narrated by historian and folklorist Nasario Garcia. English. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org. Sponsored by the Bank of America.

FEBRUARY 24, 11am, free.  Professor Elvira Masson from the Confucious Institute at NMSU presents Why Confucius ?. 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.

FEBRUARY 24, 10;30-12:30 pm, free. Books on the Big Screen, “Jamaica Inn”. Special Collections Library.

FEBRUARY 24, 1pm, freeAuthor and New Mexico historian Lynda Sanchez presents Stories of Bootleg Whiskey, Billy the Kid and the Apache. Mountainair’s Manzano Mountain Art Council Center at the intersection of highways 55 & 60.

FEBRUARY 24/25 (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.

FEBRUARY 24, 1-4:30 pm, free. Compost Tea & Extracts Worshop. Must RSVP  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, kswanson@cabq.gov. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NWwww.cabq.gov/openspace.

FEBRUARY 25, 1-2:30 pm, free. The Foods We’ve Come to Love: the Mestizaje of NM Cuisine presented by Cherie Montoya. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. RSVP with Colleen Langan, calanga@bernco.gov or 314-0398.

FEBRUARY 25, 1-2:30 pm, admission. Meet authors of “Santa Fe, the Chief Way” a nostalgic look at the streamliners of the Santa Fe Railroad. Authors John Vaughn, Robert Strein and Fenton Richards. Albuquerque Museum. Call 242-0434 for more info.

FEBRUARY 25, 2 pm, free. Estevan the Black: Journey into the Unknown  presented by Edward Wallace, Co-sponsored by the NM Humanities Council. Corrales Historical Society at the Old San Ysidro Church.www.corraleshistory.org.

FEBRUARY 28, 6:30 pm, $8. Dr. Luis Campos presents Leonardos Many Lives. NM Natural History Museum.


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.org. 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 ce.unm.edu/Osher.

BOOKWORKS PROGRAMS WITH LOCAL & STATE AUTHORS4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW,  www.bkwrks.com.

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. http://elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/newspapers.php.k.


anapachecosantafe.com website about NM history & culture.

Unser Racing Museum www.unserracingmuseum.org

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 to the events section and click on History of NM Vets.


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


UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research
Exhibit – A History of Sports at UNM.  Contact CSWR – http://elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/index.php

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History – “Mansions, Motoring, Millennials – the History of the Huning Highlands area”, “Only in Albuquerque”

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNMChinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics   maxwellmuseum.unm.edu. 277-4405, 277-1400.

Belen Harvey House104 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 House6029 Isleta SW. 244-0507.  www.guiterrezhubbellhouse.org.

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center2401 12th St. NW –   www.indianpueblo.org.  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. www.nhccnm.org.

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, info@nuclearmuseum.org.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its Meaningwww.indianartsandculture.org. 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.www.nmhistorymuseum.org.


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 to dce.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 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. www.menaulhistoricallibrary.org. Contact 343-7480 or archives@menaulhistoricallibrary.org.

VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE 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, 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 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