February 2020 NM History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY FEBRUARY 16, 2020. Albuquerque and The Nuclear Age presented by Sandia Labs retiree and Nuclear Museum Docent Duane Hughes. Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum, free admission to the program & Museum. www.albuqhistsoc.org.

​SATURDAY 10 am DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS. FREE SATURDAY GUIDED WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE. MEET YOUR GUIDE AT SW CORNER OF 1ST & CENTRAL IN FRONT OF THEATER.  You must PAY City meters. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ. You may also arrange a tour on a different day BY CALLING 289-0586 & LEAVING A MESSAGE.www.albuqhistsoc.org.


****BLACK HISTORY MONTH, more info at www.nmblackhistorymonth.com****

All Sunday mornings from 9am-1pm, free admission to the ABQ Museum.

Wheels Museum now open Monday – Thursday from 9 am-12 noon or by appointment by calling 243-6269. 1100 2nd SW.

CHECK WEBSITE   www.abqtodo.com for chronological calendar listing of Albuquerque activities in arts & culture.


Woman’s Right to Vote, 100th anniversary of ratification of 19th Amendment in 1920. Women got the right to vote one hundred years ago in 1920. There will be many programs this year commemorating the 100th anniversary of Women getting the right to vote! NM approved the 19th amendment on Feb. 21, 1920.


FEBRUARY 1, 2-4 pm, free. Ride the Pink Horse, 1947 (not rated). Film noir set in rural NM (footage of zozobra and partially filmed at the La Fonda). Special Collections Library.

FEBRUARY 3-5, various fees. John Robb Symposium. Free daytime talks & workshops. UNM Keller Hall, Monday-Wed. at 7:30 pm. Robbtrust.org.

FEBRUARY 4 10:30 am-2:30 pm, free. ABQ Gen. Society Military Research Group meets at Main Library, 2nd floorMore info with stubucks@gmail.com.

FEBRUARY 4, at 7 or 9:30 pm, free movie showing of Harriet at the UA Cottonwood Stadium 16 theatre. Part of Black History Month. Go on the website to reserve free tickets. www.nmblackhistorymonth.com.

FEBRUARY TUESDAYS 4, 11, 18, 25. Salsa classes for beginners, 6-7 pm and intermediates, 7-8 pm. More info from elsa.menendez@state.nm.us, 246-2261 X 34744. Pay what you can. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org

FEBRUARY 5, 6:30-8 pm, $5-$8.Pluto & Beyond: Exploring the Solar System’s Final Frontier presented by John Spencer Ph.D. New Mexico Natural History Museum. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance. Contact   jayne.aubele@state.nm.us.   www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

FEBRUARY 5, 12 noon, free. Kaemper Music Series – Opera’s  Top 40. First Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, free parking, Call 239-4421 if you want a $5 box lunch.

FEBRUARY 5, 12 noon -1pm, free. China: the Aim of the Coronado Expedition presented by Richard Flint Ph.D and Shirley Cushing Flint, MA. Presentation on Antonio de Mendoza, architect of the Coronado Expedition of 1539-42. Sponsored by the Friends of History Lecture Series. New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

FEBRUARY 5, 11:30-1 pm, free. The Legacy of the Black Panther Party-Yesterday & Today. UNM Sub, Santa Ana Room A & B. Part of NM Black History Month, nmblackhistorymonth.com.

FEBRUARY 6, 10:30 am, free. ABQ Gen. Society DNA Research Group, 2nd floor Main Library. Contact JohnAFarris@comcast.net for more information.

FEBRUARY 6, 6-8 pm, free but $5 donation appreciated to cover art supplies. Happy Arte Hour. Make Valentine Art with Nick Abdalla and Susan Spring. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, nhccnm.org.

FEBRUARY 6, 6 pm, free. Jack Loefller presents The Practice of Aural History. Abiquiu Inn in Abiquiu, 21120 US highway 84. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council. www.nmhum.org.

FEBRUARY 6, 7-9 pm, free. 1dt Annual NM Rt. 66 Film Festival- includes some 25 short films from over 1,000 submitted. Moriarty High School Performing Art Center.

FEBRUARY 7, 5-8 pm, free. First Friday Art Crawl at various art galleries around ABQ. www.artscrawlabq.org.

FEBRUARY 7, 1st Friday free admission to the Balloon Museum.

FEBRUARY 7, 5-8 pm, free. First Friday ABQ Artwalk. Numerous restaurants and gallery open houses including businesses along Central and south 4th street. Print map at www.abqartwalk.com.

FEBRUARY 7, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday Admission price $5.    NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.  www.NMnaturalhistory.org

FEBRUARY 7, 5:30-7 pm, free. Pueblo Pop art opening, art by Amanda Beardsley. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

FEBRUARY 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. 1701 4th SW.

FEBRUARY 8/9, 6 am-12noon, free. Valentines Friends & Lovers Balloon Rally. Balloon Fiesta Park.

FEBRUARY 8, 10:30 am-12 noon, free. Making change Courage & Compassion: Shared stories of NM’s Japanese Americans during WW II. FDR’s executive order 9066 in Feb. 19, 1942 changed the lives of thousands of American citizens of Japanese descent. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE.

FEBRUARY 8, 1-4 pm, freereopening of Casa San Ysidro. Mundos de Mestizaje: Keeping Heritage Alive. The National Hispanic Cultural Center brings a virtual tour of Frederico Vigil’s fresco. Casa San Ysidro museum in Corrales. www.cabq.gov.

FEBRUARY 8, 3-5 pm, freeSnail mail social “Come write letters with us” . Paper and other materials provided. Special Collections Library.

FEBRUARY 8, 10 am-3 pm, regular museum admission. Discover STEM Day – a day of family fun with exciting STEM activities: robots, fly model airplanes, make ice cream with liquid nitrogen. National Atomic Museum, 601 Eubank SE, nuclearmuseum.org.

FEBRUARY 8, 2-4 pm, free. La Canoa presents The Past, Present and Future of Mujeres Valerosas and the Hispanic Women’s Council. Readings from the book Mujeres Valerosas and discussion about the Hispanic Women’s Council. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, www.nhccnm.org

FEBRUARY 8, 2-5 pm, admission fee. New Mexico Street food and Beer Festival. Balloon Museum.

FEBRUARY 8, 9-12 noon, free. Training to become a volunteer at Open Space facilities. More info from Dionne Epps, depps@cabq.gov. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

FEBRUARY 9, 3-5 pm, free for HS & college students with ID, others $15-20. Josephine Baker: A Black Venus in Europe. UNM School of Architecture, Pearl Auditorium. Black history month event, nmblackhistorymonth.com.

FEBRUARY 9, 3-5 pm, $20. Fundraiser for Wheels Museum: Rails, Roads, Ragtime. First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle NE. Tickets available at my505tickets.com

FEBRUARY 9, 2 pm, freeSandoval County Historical Society presents former state historian Robert Torrez speaking on Conflict along NM’s frontier: constant state of war.l. DeLavy House off 550 in Bernalillo. www.sandovalhistory.com.

FEBRUARY 10, 11:30 am, $5 for non members, buy your own lunch. UNM Professor Peter Kierst, constitutional law expert, will discuss the impeachement process. Albuquerque Press Women and Friends, Mimi’s Cafe on 4316 The 25 Way.

FEBRUARY 11, 2-4 & 6-8 pm, free. Pueblo Book Club with books about Native Americans or written by Native Americans. Faded Pueblos of the Tiguex War by Dennis Herrick. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

FEBRUARY 11, 7 or 9:30 pm, free showing of Harriet at the UA Cottonwood Stadium 16 theatre. Part of Black History Month. Go on the website to reserve free tickets. www.nmblackhistorymonth.com.

FEBRUARY 11, 6:30pm, $5 for non members. Matt Barbour, regional manager of Coronado and Jemez Historic sites speaks on Pueblo Identity and the People of Kuaua Pueblo. Sponsored by Friends of Tijeras Pueblo. Program at Sandia Ranger Station off I-40 in Tijeras. 281-3304.

FEBRUARY 1210:30 am, free. ABQ Genealogical Society monthly meeting, DNA Testing can open new doors in your brick walls to assist your genealogical Research. Main Library.

FEBRUARY 12, 12 noon, free. State historian Rob Martinez presents Nuestras Madrecitas: New Mexico Women in History. Bring your lunch. Yucca Room of the State Records and Archives, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, just east of Cerrillos Rd. 505-476-9782. Santa Fe.www.newmexicohistory.org.

FEBRUARY 14 VALENTINE’S DAY-Marriages performed all day at the County Clerk’s office.

FEBRUARY 1411 am-2 pm, free. Love in the Archives,How people expressed love over the centuries with words, song, dance and photos. Paintings of dancers, Mexican cookbooks, romantic poetry. Light refreshments served. More info from Portia Vescio, pvescio@unm.edu.  UNM Zimmerman Library

FEBRUARY 1510:30 am – 1pmfree. ABQ Gen. Soc. Research Day, main Library 2nd floor. More info at 768-5141 or Lark Robart, lrobart@comcast.net.

FEBRUARY 15, 2pm, free. Margaret Randall Book signing and reading. Margaret Randall is a feminist, poet, writer, photographer, and social activist. She reads from Center of the World. National Hispanic Cultural Center. nhccnm.org.

FEBRUARY 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.

FEBRUARY 16, 9 am-12 noon, $4 or $10 per family. 5th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. You will walk two miles with an experienced birder. NM Natural History Museum, More info at nmnaturalhistory.org.

FEBRUARY 16, 2-3 pm, free. Friends of Coronado Historic Site present Lesley Poling Kempes speaking on Ladies of the Canyons. Bernalillo Town Hall on the corner of Camino del Pueblo and Camino Presidente in Bernalillo. www.kuaua.org. .

FEBRUARY 16, 2 pm, free. Duane Hughes, Sandia Labs retiree and volunteer docent at the Nuclear Museum presents Albuquerque’s Nuclear History.  Albuquerque Museum.  Free parking south of the Museum; Free admission to the Museum and the program. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

FEBRUARY 16, 1pm, free. Lecture: A Myth Busting account of slavery in the New World presented by Flora Sanchez..Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW, 244-0507, www.gutierrezhubbell.org.

FEBRUARY 16,  1pm, freeMountainair Winter Lecture Series. Jim Sloan, docent at the Harvey House presents “Belen in Photos”. Manzano Mountains Arts Council Building, 101 E. Broadway in Mountainair.

FEBRUARY 16, 3:30 pm, freeOne New Mexico Gospel Concert with guest performer Kelontae Gavin. Hiland Theatre.www.nmblackhistorymonth.com.


FEBRUARY 19, 12noon-1pm, free. Heading into the Wind: A Memoir by Jack Loeffler.  NM History Museum.

FEBRUARY 20, 7:30 pm, free. Indigenous Material Goods in Amazonian Cosmology, presented by Suzanne Oakdale. International Anthropology Day. UNM’s Maxwell Museum, MaxwellMuseum.unm.edu.

FEBRUARY 20, 5:30 pm, free George Orwell & Food presented by Caleb Wood Richardon. Zimmerman Library Waters Room.

FEBRUARY 20, 5-8 pm, free. 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Puppeteers of NM: watch films, live performances. 6-7 pm discussion of the biographical book about the life of Jim Hensen. Food & beverage for sale, music, art activities related to the Jim Henson exhibit.

FEBRUARY 21, 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha embroidery stitch along, bring your project or just come watch. Contact elenaD.baca@state.nm.us or call 246-2261. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Bridge SW,  www.nhccnm.org.

FEBRUARY 21, 12 noon, free. Sylvia Ramos Cruz, M.D. presents Women’s Suffrage and Suffragists in New Mexico. State Archives Building in Santa Fe.

FEBRUARY 21/22, all day, free. History Festival-Mundos de Mestizaje celebrating 10 years of the fresco Mundos de Mestizaje. 10 am, Diana Krumholz McDonald speaks on Ancient American Worlds in the Torreon Fresco: A History told in Art.
11 am workshop for educators on how to teach the fresco.
3 pm Dr. Josie Lopez speaks on When the Border crossed Us: from Mexican Republic to US Territory. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW.

FEBRUARY 22, 1:30-3 pm, free class with admission. Heritage Spinning & Weaving. Learn to comb, wash and spin wool: historic fiber in Spanish Colonial NM. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales.

FEBRUARY 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. 1701 4th SW.

FEBRUARY 22, 2 pm, free. Chester Nez, Code talker presented by Judy Avila, sponsored by the NM Humanities Council. 867-3355. Placitas Community Library, 453 NM Highway 165. Take Placitas exit from I-25.

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

FEBRUARY 22, 2-4 pm, Free. Books to big Screen,Destry Rides Again. Special Collections Library.

FEBRUARY 22, 1 pm, free. Mountainair Winter Lecture Series. David Policansky presents Catholic Churches in NM. Manzano Mountain Art Council building, 101 E. Broadway in Mountainair.

FEBRUARY 23, 1-2 pm, admission. Brian Jay Jones discusses the book Jim Hensen: the Biography. Albuquerque Museum.

FEBRUARY 23, 2 pm, free. Belen Harvey House presents Women’s Suffrage in the Southwest presented by Valencia County historian Roberta Scott. 104 N. First St., Belen.

FEBRUARY 23, 2 pm, free. Fred Harvey and the Harvey House Museum in Belen by docent Marty Henderson. Corrales Historical Society.   www.corraleshistory.com


FEBRUARY 26, 6-10 pmfree. Kumbuka Celebration and Asante Awards. KiMo Theatre. Part of Black History Month.


FEBRUARY 28, 6-10 pm, repeat of Feb. 26 event but $15 ticket.. Kumbuka Celebration and Asante Awards. Lensic Theatre in Santa Fe. Part of Black History Month.

FEBRUARY 29, 1 pm, free. Mountainair Winter Lecture Series.  Dixie Boyle and Donna Deiner present the History of the Shaffer Hotel and Paranormal activity. Location is the Shaffer Hotel. 103 W. Main St in Mountainair. Call 847-2888 for the lunch special. Sponosored by the Manzano Mountain Arts Council.

FEBRUARY 29, 2-5 pm, free. 20th Anniversary kick off party & open house: music, poetry, tours. National Hispanic Cultural Center. nhccnm.org. 1701 4th SW.

FEBRUARY 29, 10 am-12 noon, free but you must register with Rose Poston at Channel 5 NM PBS, rposton@nmpbs.org, 277-2396. The PBS Science Cafe at the Natural History Museum. Topic is “The Plastic Problem”.

FEBRUARY 29, 2-4 pm, free. Opening of two art exhibits relating to NM land: Earthbound: Mapping the Strata.. and Wetlands & Borderlands. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.www.cabq.gov/openspace

FEBRUARY 29, 5-9 pm, free. Star party-family friendly astronomy event. Open Space Visitor Center, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NWwww.cabq.gov/openspace.



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 has photos and archives of men who worked in the Barelas facility.

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

OASIS PROGRAMS, 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.

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING, $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 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.


NM Natural History MuseumOpening of Reclaimed Creations, re-purposed plastic Jewelry. Artist is Sayaka Ganz who uses discarded household items to create sculptures.

Holocaust & Intolerance Museum616 Central SW.

UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research Contact CSWR – http://elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/index.php

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History – JIM HENSEN, IMAGINATION UNLIMITED, Let the Sun Shine In: Street Photos of ABQ from 1968-1972. By Walter McDonald. ABQ Museum Keleher Gallery. Dreams Unreal: The Genesis of the Psychedelic Rock Poster.  the relationship between rock music and the rock counterculture.. 

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. Current exhibits are — Heartbreak: Love Letter to the Lost national Museum; A Vernacular Response, Photograpy of the Navajo Nation; Drowned River: The Death and Rebirth of Glen Canyon on the Colorado River; People of the Southwest, Ancestors. www.maxwellmuseum.unm.edu.
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 House6029 Isleta SW. 244-0507, www.gutierrezhubbelhouse.org

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts. The Weirdest and Most Creative mailboxes in New Mexico Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main Street at the water tower. 352-7720.Call 352-7720 for more information.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center2401 12th St. NW –   www.indianpueblo.org Zia Sun – different ways the symbol has been used on merchandise and its impact on Zia Pueblo, 40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.

National Hispanic Cultural Center4th & Bridge NW. www.nhccnm.org. 1701 4th SW, 246-2261, www.nhccnm.org.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, www.nuclearmuseum.org. Consider yearly memberships: Family $75; adult $40; Senior $35, Youth under 13, $25 ).

 NM Humanities Council Office4115 Silver SE.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its Meaningwww.indianartsandculture.org. 476-1250

New Mexico History Museum – The Land that Enchants Me, picturing sheet music covers 1840-1960 with NM themes.  The Great War, The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, 47 Stars; Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time; Telling NM Stories,Then & Now. www.nmhistorymuseum.org. T 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 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, 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.

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 as a volunteer effort by Janet Saiers.- jsaiers@msn.com