January 2019 NM History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY,  January 20 , 2 pm, Free. Award winning author & historian Don Bullis will speak on significant Personalities in New Mexico history. Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum and free admission to the Museum and the program. www.albuqhistsoc.org.

NO JANUARY WALKING TOURS / TOURS BEGIN FEB. 2 — 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. Tours can also be arranged for other days and times. 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.

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 Complex, 11000 Broadway SE. On display through Summer 2019.

2019 CALENDARS FOR SALE FEATURING BEFORE & AFTER SCENES OF EAST MOUNTAIN HISTORY.  The calendars may be found at the Triangle Grocery and Roots Cafe. More info at www.eastmountainhistory.org.

JANUARY 2, 12 noon, free. Patrick Moore, director of NM Cultural Sites speaks on “Blazing New Trails through NM Historic Sites”. NM History Museum, Santa Fe. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

JANUARY 2, 12 noon, free. FOUR HAND PIANO by Dr. Daniel Cummings and Natalia Tikhovidova. . 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. kaempermusic.com.

JANUARY 2, free. First Wednesday free admission all day at the ABQ Museum.

JANUARY 2, 12 noon-3 pm, regular museum admission. “New Horizons at Ultima Thule.” Learn about the mission to study the edges of the solar system.  NM Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.  www.NMnaturalhistory.org.

JANUARY 4, 9 am-5 pm, 1st Friday free at the Balloon Museum. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr.,  768-6020,   www.balloonmuseum.org.

JANUARY 4, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special admission price $5;  NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.  www.NMnaturalhistory.org.

JANUARY 5, 2-3 pm, free. Feature films from PBS Colores at Special Collections.  Katherine Stinson: Her Story, an aviator before Amelia Earhart; ABQ’s Historic Railroad Shops.  Special Collections Library.

JANUARY 5, free. New exhibit opens in Los Lunas on American Illustrators.

JANUARY 5/6 (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.

JANUARY 5, 8:30-4 pm, free. Nature in Winter Festival-guided walks, storytelling under the cottonwoods for children, speakers, bird ID with the Audobon Society, arts and crafts, live birds. More info at rgnc.org. , Rio grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW.

JANUARY 5, 10:30 am, free. Santiago Gonzales speaks on “What information can a Marriage Dispensation Record Reveal”. Comments about the history of consanguinity. Hispanic Genealogical Resource Center at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JANUARY 6, 8-10 am, free-must RSVP to Kent Swanson at 897-8831 or kswanson@cabq.gov.  Bosque Wild guided nature walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

JANUARY 6 ANNIVERSARY OF NEW MEXICO STATEHOOD, 1912 – Observe the statehood date by reading a book on NM history or visiting a local museum!

JANUARY 6, First Sunday free admission to the Art Museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JANUARY TUESDAYS 8, 15, 22, 29. Salsa classes for beginners, 6-7pm and intermediates, 7-8pm. More info from elsa.menendez@state.nm.us, 246-2261 X 34744. Pay what you can. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JANUARY 8, 2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A monthly discussion of books written about or by Native Americans. This month’s book is The Ancient Southwest: A Guide to Archaeological Sites  by Gregory McNamee and Larry Lindahl. Meets in the Pueblo House of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JANUARY 9, 4-6 pm, six consecutive Wednesdays, registration fee. Teen Art Studio for ages 15-17. ABQ Museum.

JANUARY 10, 6-8 pm, free. Nationally know NM artist Eric Garcia discusses his work and does a book signing of Drawing on Anger: Portraits of US Hypocrisy (a collection of political cartoons).National Hispanic cultural Center. wwwnhccnm.org.

JANUARY 10, 6 pm, free. Opening of the art exhibition Black Art Speaks – a collaborative exhibition curated by the NM African American Artists Guild. Runs weekdays 9am-4pm through March 29. NM Humanities Council Office, 4115 Silver SE.

JANUARY 10, 7 pm, free. Michael Hurd, son of artist Peter Hurd speaks on “The Life & Art of Peter Hurd. Part of the exhibition “Drawn to the Land: Peter Hurds’s New Mexico”. Farm & Ranch Museum, Las Cruces.

JANUARY 10, 3 pm, $10 for non-members, must RSVP. Brujeria: a history of witchcraft in NM presented by assistant state historian Rob Martinez. Historic Santa Fe Foundation. Contact Jacqueline Hill at 505-983-2567 or info@historicsantafe.org.

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

JANUARY 11, 3 pm, free. Planning meeting for all organizations involved in commemorating the centennial of women receiving the right to vote, 1920-2020. RSVP at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JANUARY 12, 2 pm, free. Norma Libman speaks on “From Spain to New Mexico: The Journey to Keep a Secret“. Learn about the 1492 Edit of Expulsion which brought many Jews to the New World. Sponsored by the Historical Society of NM Speakers Bureau. Placitas Community Library. 453 Highway 165 in Placitas, 867-3355. www.PlacitasLibrary.com.

JANUARY 12, 10:30 am-12 noon, free. Special Collections Librarian John Deuble describes “Kirtland Air Force Base during WW II” Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE/

JANUARY 12, 12 noon-2 pm, free. Watch Mayor Keller’s State of the City address from the ABQ Journal Theatre in the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Various events along with his speech.

JANUARY 12/13 (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.

JANUARY 13, 2-3 pm, admission. More than Goya’s Muse: the Duchess of Alba. Presented by Marcus Burke, senior curator of the Hispanic Society Museum and Library. ABQ Museum.

JANUARY 14, 11:30 am, $5 for non-members and buy your own lunch. Speaker is Sonya Chavez, a New Mexico native who was recently appointed US Marshall for the State of NM. Albuquerque Press Women and Friends monthly luncheon. Mimi’s Cafe on 4316 The 25 Way

JANUARY 15, NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE BEGINS. Daily events, speeches and performances in the Capital Building / Roundhouse.

JANUARY 16, 12 noon, free. Assistant NM State Historian Rob Martinez describes “Lonesome Dove and the Tiger of the North: Gov. David Cargo, Reies Lopez Tijerina and the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Event 1967 New Mexico. Yucca Room of the State Records and Archives, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, just east of Cerillos Rd. 505-476-9782.

JANUARY 16,  12 noon, free. APS Board Member Barbara Peterson speaks about and answers questions about the upcoming mail-in election for the APS Capital Program. McKinley Recreation Center, 3401 Monroe NE, enter from west of McKinley School.

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

JANUARY 17, 5-8 pm, free. Third Thursday as the ABQ Museum. Music, food and beverage for sale. Speaker on The Connection between Spain and Jewish Culture. Part of the exhibit Visions of the Hispanic World.

JANUARY 17, 5:30 pm, free. “Who is Safe in Cyberspace?” presented by UNM’s Lobo Living Room in the Centennial Engineering Auditorium, 300 Redondo West Dr. on the UNM campus. RSVP to Sue MacEachen at 277-9088 or smac14@unm.edu.

JANUARY 18, 9:30am-12 noon, free. Colcha embroidery stich 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.

JANUARY 19, 2-3 pm, free but must RSVP to Kent Swanson, 897-8831 or kswanson@cabq.govThe Crane in Asian Art & Myth presented by Joelle Collier. Open Space Visitor Center.

JANUARY 19, 12 noon-2 pm, free. Wilson A. Romero (Cochiti, Dine) demonstrates his fetish carving. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

NO JANUARY Programs at Abo unit of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument by Mountainair. Call 505-847-2770 or 847-2585 X 220 for information. nps.gov/sapu.

JANUARY 19,  2pm, free. Film historian Jeff Berg presents a different format showing the 1947 film noir of Ride a Pink Horse which was shot in Santa Fe in 1947 during the Santa Fe Fiesta. Film showing followed by Q & A. Placitas Community Library. 453 Highway 165, 5 miles east of I-25.

JANUARY 19/20 (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.

JANUARY 20. Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum. Author & historian Don Bullis speaks on Significant Personalities in New Mexico History. Free parking south of the Museum; Free admission to the Museum and the program. albuqhistsoc.org/programs

JANUARY 20, 2 pm, $5 for non members. Pueblo Oral Traditions: Storytelling through Music by Marlon Magdalena. Magdalena is the instructional coordinator of Jemez Historic Site.  Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site at the Sandoval County Historical Society building in Bernalillo off Hwy 550.www.kuaua.com.

JANUARY 21, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY – Check websites and newspaper for various events, parades, etc.

JANUARY 23, 30 & FEB. 5, Inside Opera-the opera of Maria de Buenos Aires presented by Oliver Prezant. Must register with the National Hispanic cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 246-2261,www.nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 24, 5:30-6:30 pm, free. Tour the printing press area at Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE.

JANUARY 24, 5:30 pm, free. Pat Mora speaks on his book House of Houses (a memoir). National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JANUARY 24, 7 pm, free. Tickets are available at 6 pm. The Queen of Spain (2016, English, 128 minutes), National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JANUARY 25,  6 pm, free. Opening of exhibit “Braceros”. This collection of 30 black & white photos tell the story of the WW II labor program that brought Mexican men to the US to supply the much needed labor force. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 246-2261, www.nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 26, 1-3 pm, admission. Opening of “Pesos to Patriots” – New Mexico’s role in the War of Independence. Albuquerque Museum.

JANUARY 26, 11-12 noon, free. Take a guided tour of the 1920s era Special Collection Library.

JANUARY 26, 2pm, free. Patricia Perea speaks on “The Sustenance of Story-Chicana/o autobiography & film”. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 246-2261, www.nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 26, 10:30 am, free. Sagit Zilberman performs “Songs of Peace” a global music program with instruments from around the world. Perfect for children of all ages. Placitas Community Library.

JANUARY 26/27 (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.

JANUARY 27, 2 pm, free. George Garcia speaks on Bernardo de Galvez, Spanish Colonial Governor: one of only eight honorary American Citizens. San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Rd. in Corrales. www.corraleshistory.org.

JANUARY 27, 2-4 pm, free. People’s State of the Union / Share your Story, open to all. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JANUARY 27,  10am-9pm, $75. Birds of Bosque del Apache. Fee includes transportation, dinner, tour guides. Mususum of Natural History.

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


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.

  • # 18 January 17, 10:30am-12 noon, $10. What are the consequences of the 2018 elections for NM & the US. Presented by Fred Harris.
  • #68, $8. January Lesser Known and Unexpected Conquistadors presented by Matt Barbour.
  • #128 Jan. 29, 3-4:30 pm, $18. Field Trip to the National Weather Station.
  • #174, Jan. 14, 3-4:30 pm, free. Harvey Girls in the Southwest from Respectable to Notorious presented by Dr. Richard Melzer.
  • #145, Jan. 17, 1-2 pm, $8. Hidden Gems of ABQ
  • #146, Jan. 23, 10:30am-12 noon, $8. A Short History of NM’s Railroads. Fred Friedman.


$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.


Ana Pacheco Santa Fe 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.


Holocaust & Intolerance Museum, 616 Central SW.

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

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History – Visions of the Hispanic World – Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library, photo exhibit Everyday People-photos of people in Albuquerque in the 1940s & 50s. Albuquerque Museum.

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. UNM.www.maxwellmuseum.unm.edu.Chinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics   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.

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, www.gutierrezhubbelhouse.org

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center2401 12th St. NW –   www.indianpueblo.org.   40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.

National Hispanic Cultural Center4th & Bridge NW. www.nhccnm.org.  People Powered-New Mexicans and Social Movements, La Ultima Exhibicion based on the visual interpretation of the novel Bless Me, Ultima;  “Unraveling Race and Place in New Mexico”; “New Mexico Hometown Heroes: Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients” photo exhibit. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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.(Consider 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 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 opens Nov. 11; The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, 47 Stars; Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time; Telling NM Stories,Then & Now. www.nmhistorymuseum.org. 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 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 by Janet Saiers.- jsaiers@msn.com