January 2017 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

JANUARY 15– THE THEORETICAL TEXAS BOUNDARY IN NEW MEXICO: WHY TEXAS WANTED HALF OF NEW MEXICO ! presented by AHS president Roger Zimmerman. He will explain the efforts by both the Republic of Texas and State of Texas to claim all the territory of New Mexico east of the Rio Grande. The program will include a timeline, details and outcomes of the claims. Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum, Free parking south of the Museum, free admission to Museum and the program. www.albuqhistsoc.org.

JANUARY 7 STARTS THE FREE SATURDAY WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE Meet at 1st & Central SW at 10 am by Tucano’s Restaurant. 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.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Saturday / Sunday-12 noon. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JANUARY  SATURDAYS 7, 14, 21, 28, 1-2 pm, admission fee.  Tour of the Art Museum ,  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JANUARY MONDAYS, 1:30-2:30 PM; WEDNESDAYS, 2:30-3:30 pm. Admission fee. Tour the NM Natural History Museum.

ALL MONTH, Art of Indigenous Scholarship: Celebrating the contributions of Indigenous Faculty at UNM. Zimmerman Library, 2nd Floor.

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)

JANUARY 6, New Mexico Statehood Day – New Mexico became the 47th state in 1912. Explore the website of the Office of the State Historian, www.newmexicohistory.org. Check out a New Mexico history book from your local library.

JANUARY 6, first Friday free admission to the NM History Museum in Santa Fe. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

JANUARY 6, admission to the NM Natural History Museum plus separate ticket purchase. First Friday Fractals at 6 and 7 pm; Fractals Rock at 8 and 9 pm.

JANUARY 6-8, FEES.  Historic B-17 flights and tours at Double Eagle Airport. take I-40 or Paseo del Norte west to Atrisco Vista and follow airport signs . Reserve flights at www.b17.org or call 800-359-6217.

JANUARY 7, 10:30 am, free. State historian Dr. Rick Hendricks speaks on “Missing Records for Presidios on New Spain’s Northern Frontier” sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center. www.hgrc-nm.org. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

JANUARY 7, 2 pm, free. Opening of Bill of Rights exhibit. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. Main Street by the water tower. 352-7720.

JANUARY 8, 9 am, free but RSVP to 897-8831. Bosque Wild: Guided nature Walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.www.cabq.gov/openspace.com.

JANUARY 8, free admission to the NM History Museum (replaced regular 1st Sunday free admission because of New Year’s Holiday.)

JANUARY 9, 11:30 am, $5 if not member of Press Women, buy your own lunch. Noted journalists Steve Terrell from the Santa Fe New Mexican and Andy Lyman from the NM Political Report give their take on the upcoming 60 day legislative session. Golden Corral, 5207 San Mateo NE. Sponsored by ABQ Press Woman & Friends. Reservations not needed.

JANUARY 9, 7-8 pm, free. Lunar Monday at the NM Natural History Museum. Telescopes provided. www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

JANUARY 10 and other Tuesdays JAN. 17, 24, 31, $5-$10 per class. Cuban salsa dance class, 6-7 pm beginner & intermediate; 7-8 pm intermediate & advanced., 2 – 4 pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center, www.nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 10,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month is Taos Pueblo Painted Stories and Dragonfly’s Tale (Zuni). Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.orgbookclub@indianpueblo.org.

JANUARY 11, 18, 25,  either 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am, free. Every Tuesday pre-school program with stories, songs, movement activities, arts & crafts. Balloon Museum.www.balloonmuseum.org. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE.

JANUARY 12, 5-6:30 pm, free. Opening of quilt exhibit “Life in Pieces: Quilts” by Emilie Bezzeg. Oasis Learning Center, 3301 Menaul NE # 18. just west of American Furniture.

JANUARY 12, 5-6:30 pm, free. Opening of “New Mexico Perspectives”, recent public art acquisitions. Bernalillo County building 10th floor.

JANUARY 13, 5-7 pm, free. Opening of the art exhibit “Critters” at the Placitas Library. Come meet and visit with the artists.www.placitaslibrary.org.

JANUARY 14, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Program on  “The Many Enterprises of the Huning Brothers ” presented by B.G. Burr. Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE,  848-1376.

JANUARY 14, 10 am-4 pm, free but day-use parking $3 per vehicle. Winter Bird and Bat Festival, walks in the park, talks in the education building. 10 am, All about Owls; 11 am, Terrestrial Birds of the Rio Grande Nature Center; 1pm Rescued Bats in Captivity: Their Care and Biology. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW.

JANUARY 14, 10 am program & Q & A, UNM student Lawrence Leung  speaks about his journey to Shanghai to learn more about his Chinese Heritage.  Sponsored by the Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center at 7521 Carmel NE Wyoming at Paseo del Norte. Followed by complimentary lunch (donations accepted.) More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941

JANUARY 14,  1pm, free. Henrietta Martinez Christmas speaks on “Researching Women” and at 2 pm, Christine St. Vrain Fischahs speaks on “Ceran St. Vrain is New Mexico True“, frontiersman, mountain man, businessman on the Santa Fe Trail, involved with settlement of Taos and the Mora Valley. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE

JANUARY 14, 1-4 pm, admission fee. Opening reception for Carved Line: Block Printmaking in New Mexico. Albuquerque Museum. www.cabq.gov/museum.

JANUARY 14, 2-4 pm, free but reserve seat at 897-8831. Home Composting Basics. Open Space Visitor Center.

JANUARY 14, 2-4 pm, free. Opening reception for Exploring NM Landscapes from two Perspectives. Open Space Visitor Center Gallery. 6500 Coors NW.

JANUARY 14, 3 pm,free. opening reception for American Illustrators 1890-1950. Some 30 works from the collection of Dennis Coberly. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts.

JANUARY 15 , 2 pm, free-includes free parking and free admission to the Museum. The Texas claim to New Mexico presented by AHS president Roger Zimmerman. Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

JANUARY 15, 2 pm, free. Award winning “Cowboy” singer: Jim Jones presents Western Songs & Stories describing the challenges of writing western fiction-incudes various songs. Corrales Historical Society at the Old church. www.corraleshistory.org.

JANUARY 15, 2 pm, free for Coronado Historic Site members, $5 others. “What’s New at Coronado Historic Site” by site ranger Ethan Orega. Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House, off 550 turn at I-Hop just west of Coronado Historic site, 404-0284  www.kuaua.com.

JANUARY 16, observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Check local media for more information.

JANUARY 19 , 5-8:30 pm, free.  Tickets  for the 7-8 pm play available starting at 5 pm (overflow in Lobby).  3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Play begins at 7 pm “Altitude Sickness” the story of D.H. Lawrence’s relationship with his wife Frieda, Dorothy Brett and Mabel Dodge Luhan. Part of the Mabel Dodge Luhan exhibit. www.cabq.gov/museum.

JANUARY 20, 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.

JANUARY 20, Presidential Inauguration Day.

JANUARY 21, 10am-12:30 pm, free. Volunteer Training for Trail Watch or to become a docent at the Open Space Visitor Center. RSVP to 897-8831.

JANUARY 21, 1-2 pm, FREE. Artist demo by painter & sculptor Fernando Padilla Jr. (San Felipe, Navajo, Apache). Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JANUARY 21, 1 pm, free. Author Dr. Irene Blea speaks about writing both academic textbooks and novels on New Mexico life. South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE.

JANUARY 21, 2 pm, free. New Mexico Author Michael McGarrity speaks and signs his books. Los Lunas Transportation Center next to the Railrunner Station. Sponsored by the Friends of the Los Lunas Library.

JANUARY 21, 2-4 pm, free. Latinos in the Public Media & the Popular Imagination. presented by Michael Olivas, University of Houston Law School professor and native New Mexican. Part of the La Canoa series. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 21, 2-3 pm, free but RSVP for seat to 897-8831. The Crane in Asian Art & Culture by Joelle Collier, Ph.D. Open Space Visitor Center.

JANUARY 22, 2-3 pm, tickets available at 1 pm. tickets  for the one-hour play. (overflow in Lobby). 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. “Altitude Sickness” the story of D.H. Lawrence’s relationship with his wife Frieda, Dorothy Brett and Mabel Dodge Luhan. Part of the Mabel Dodge Luhan exhibit. www.cabq.gov/museum.

JANUARY 25, free. Opening of Civil War exhibit, Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Art. Main Street at the water tower, 352-7720.

JANUARY 25, 1-5 pm, free with admission. Afternoon Science Adventure Series (hands-on family activities), Space Science. www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

JANUARY 27, last chance to see Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company. Albuquerque Museum.

JANUARY 28, Chinese New Year,  check local media for activities.

JANUARY 28, 1-2:30 pm, free with Museum admission. Opera Southwest (with real opera singers) presents Puccini & Popcorn. Albuquerque Museum. Call 243-0591 for more info.

JANUARY 28, 1-3 pm, free but RSVP to 897-8831. Winter Wildlife Walk. Open Space Visitor Center.

JANUARY 28, 2 pm, free. NM’s Living Landscapes: from Grasslands to Mountains to Deserts, a slide illustrated talk of the six eco-regions in NM by William Dunmire. Placitas Library,www.placitaslibrary.com.Approx 5 miles north of I-25 on the Placitas Rd. 867-3355.

JANUARY 28, 1 pm, free. Dr. Irene Blea speaks about her New mexico character “Suzanna” and signs books. Bookwords, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

JANUARY 28,  2-4 pm, free. Give Me Life: Iconography & Identity in East LA murals by Author Holly Barnett Sanchez, a leading expert on mural art. National Hispanic Cultural Center. History & Literary Arts Building.

JANUARY 28, 2 pm. 600 Generations of Changing Land Use in the Region of the San Clemente land Grant a lecture by Dr. David Edward Stuart. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts.

JANUARY 29, 10 am-8pm, $65 includes tour guides, bus at the Refuge and dinner in Socorro. Field trip to Bosque del Apache (bring your own lunch). www.nmnaturalhistory.org. Contact  tish.morris11@gmail.com.

JANUARY 29, 1-2:30 pm, free but limited seating so come early.  The Women of Pajarito Mesa, presented by Historian Henrietta Martinez Christmas. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.www.guiterrezhubbellhouse.org.

JANUARY 31, 10:30am-3 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical society research day. Main Library 2nd floor. Pat Eker 345-9161 or Lynda 898-5592.

UNM Continuing Education

Call 277-0077 to register and for more information 277-0563. 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.


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.orgFees 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.

Museum of Albuquerque Admission  www.cabq.gov/museum  505 243-7255

BOOKWORKS PROGRAMS WITH LOCAL & STATE AUTHORS, 4022 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.

Website Spotlight

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


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


Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.

Jews of Albuquerque in the 20th Century; Only in Albuquerque. www.cabq.gov/museum.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. Chinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics   maxwellmuseum.unm.edu. 277-4405, 277-1400.
Belen Harvey HouseMi Familia, The People of Belen. Historic photographs, artifacts. 104 North 1st St. 861-0581. open Tuesday – Saturday 12:30-3:30 pm, Closed Sunday & Monday.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW –   www.indianpueblo.org. Brand new 40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.

National Hispanic Cultural Center  Fantasia Fantastica art exhibit, A Life of Service: The Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection; The Art of Acquisition New New Mexico Works, Cervantes & Don Quixote, 4th & Bridge NW. www.nhccnm.org.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

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

New Mexico History Museum – Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern NM; The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, 47 Stars; Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time; Telling NM Stories,Then & Now.

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 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 DECEMBER 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 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