January 2020 NM History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY JANUARY 19, 2020.  Rex Funk presents a photographic history of the Albuquerque Open Space system going back to the 1960s. Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum, free admission to the program & Museum. www.albuqhistsoc.org.



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

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!

JANUARY 1- 7, free in the lobby of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Gingerbread houses in a New Mexico Pueblo style. 

JANUARY 3, 5-8 pm, free. First Friday Art Crawl at various art galleries around ABQ. www.artscrawlabq.org.

JANUARY 3, 1st Friday free admission to the Balloon Museum.

JANUARY 3, 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.

JANUARY 3, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday Admission price $5.    NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.  www.NMnaturalhistory.org

JANUARY 3, 6 pm, free. Swearing-in of the Albuquerque City Council. Albuquerque Convention Center.

JANUARY 4, 1 pm, $10. NM DNA Project presents Julius Caesar and the Celts. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria NE.

JANUARY 4, 2-3 pm, free. Films from PBS Colores at Special Collections Library.Understated Sacredness, Santa Clara Pueblo artist Rina Swentzell presents about her childhood at Santa Clara. 2nd film, Another Side of the Story. This describes the 1800s work of George Cushing at Zuni Pueblo. Now Zuni artist Phil Hughte looks at those drawings and the assumptions made about pueblo people. Special Collections Library. Edith & Central NE.

JANUARY 4, 2-3 pm, free but limited space so RSVP. Watch the film Crowville and learn about the American Crows that are drawn to the Rio Grande Bosque. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. RSVP with Kent Swanson or call 897-8831, www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JANUARY 4, 12 noon-2:30 pm, free but come early for good seats. Mochi (sticky rice cake) Making New Year’s Celebration at the Japanese Kitchen Sushi Bar, 6511 America Parkway in Park Square.. Come learn about Japanese New Year. Free samples of mochi, Japanese taiko drumming and more.

JANUARY 4, 10:30 am, free. HGRC & Dr. Joseph Sanchez present Doing the King’s Business: the Camino Real de las Californias – history of the path from San Diego to San Francisco. Sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Resource Center, National Hispanic Cultural Center.1701 4th SW.

JANUARY 5, 8-10 am, free but limited space so RSVP. Bosque Wild Guided Nature Walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. 897-8831 or kswanson@cabq.govwww.cabq.gov/openspace.

JANUARY 5, 5 pm, free. Lighting of the historic De Anza Motor Lodge Sign, 4301 Central NE.

JANUARY 5, 10-11 , free and an Amazon $50 gift card to participants. Teachers grades 1-8 workshop on SmartPath, a resource for teaching economic and financial literacy. NM Natural History Museum.

JANUARY 6 — New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. Visit the website of the New Mexico State Historian and read about people, places & events! newmexicohistory.org. Visit a museum, check out a book on the history of New Mexico.

JANUARY TUESDAYS 7, 14, 21, 28. 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

JANUARY 8, 12 noon, free. Kaemper Music Series – New Orleans Dixieland, Jazz ala Carte. First Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, free parking, Call 239-4421 if you want a $5 box lunch.

JANUARY 8, 10:30 am, free. ABQ Genealogical Society monthly meeting, Main Library.

JANUARY 8, 12 noon – 1 pm, free. Workshop of Democracy, Statehood and WW I presented by author & historian David Holtby. Sponsored by the Friends of History Lecture Series. New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

JANUARY 8, 5:30-7 PM, $5 donation. The Exiles (One night in the life of Native american men and women living in Los Angeles), Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.)

JANUARY 9, 6-8 pm, free. Reception for New Works from the Apronista Collective Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote Centennial. NM Humanities Council building, 4115 Silver SE. 633-7371.

JANUARY 10, 6-7:15 pm, $5. Opening of Reclaimed Creations, re-purposed plastic Jewelry. Artist is Sayaka Ganz who uses discarded household items to create sculptures. NM Natural History Museum.

JANUARY 11, 10 am, Dedication of Asian American sculpture at 400 Lomas NW  followed by 12 noon-2 pm, free. Includes free lunch. Lecture & panel discussion. How Asian Americans fought against racial and judicial discrimination since the 1880s. Panelists include John Wunder, Robert Schwarrtz, UNM Regent and UNM Law school professor; Carol Suzuki and Serge Martinez from the UNM Law School. Tickets for the lunch and lecture at:  https://bit.ly/2SkjIZY

JANUARY 11, 10 am2pm, free with paid Museum admissionWorkshop of re-purposed plastic jewelry, free with Museum Admission. NM Natural History Museum.

JANUARY 11, 11 am, free. Indoor Painting Workshop and Demo – Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. www.gutierrezhubbellhouse.org, 244-0507.

JANUARY 11,  1-4 PM, free. “Croak & Dagger” – meet and talk with New Mexico mystery, suspense and thriller authors. Los Lunas Transportation Center next to the Railrunner station. Sponsored by the Friends of the Los Lunas Public Library. Call 839-3850 or j7057r@msn.com for more info. Authors include gloria Casale, Linda Triegel, Patricia Wood and Lee Higbie.

JANUARY 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. 1701 4th SW.

JANUARY 11, 2 pm, free Susan Bapty, Director of Education/Volunteer Programs at the Holocaust Intolerance museum discusses the theme of why collaboration, silence and indifferece contributed to the holocaust. Placitas Community Library, 453 NM Highway 165. Take Placitas exit from I-25.

JANUARY 11, 3 pm, free. Navajo Scouts during the Apache Wars, Program & book signing by John Lewis Taylor at BookWorks, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

JANUARY 11, 10 am-2 pm with program at 1 pm, free. Mayor Keller’s 2020 One ABQ State of the City Celebration, fun for the entire family: crafts, vendors, food. Albuquerque Convention Center.

JANUARY 11, 10:30 am-12 noon, free. Joe Sabatini speaks on J.R. Willis Old Town Arts Entrepreneur and Postcard Artist. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE.

JANUARY 11, 2-4 pm, free. La Canoa presents Nina Otero Warren, a New Mexican 20th Century Mujerota”, part of the 2020 Centennial of the Woman’s Right to Vote by Dr. Anna Nogar. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JANUARY 11, 1-4 pm, freePublic opening of Dreams Unreal: The Genesis of the Psychedelic Rock Poster. 1 pm lecture on the relationship between rock music and the rock counterculture.. ABQ Museum, more info at 764-6515, Elizabeth Becker, ebecker@cabq.gov.

JANUARY 12, 10 am-12 noon, free. Kickoff of the Family Nature Club. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. 897-8831, www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JANUARY 12, 2 pm, freeSandoval County Historical Society presents Ed Romero, former ambassador to Spain speaking on Timeless Travel. DeLavy House off 550 in Bernalillo. www.sandovalhistory.com.

JANUARY 12, 12 – 4 pm, $8. Jewish Food Festival, Nosh Fest at Sandia Hotel Resort. More info/tickets at abqnoshfest.com.

JANUARY 13, 11:30 am, $5 for non members, buy your own lunch. Recently retired senior political reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican Steve Terrell discusses the upcoming legislative session. Albuquerque Press Women and Friends, Mimi’s Cafe on 4316 The 25 Way.

JANUARY 14, 2-4 & 6-8 pm, free. Pueblo Book Club with books about Native Americans or written by Native Americans. In Search of the Old Ones: Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest by David Roberts. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JANUARY 14, 7 pm, free. Nuclear Weapons “A Southwestern Thing: Los Angeles and Sandia Labs magazine ads, 1956-1964” presented by Martin Pfeiffer at the Fuller Lodge, Pajarito Room, 2132 Central in Los Alamos. www.losalamoshistory.org.

JANUARY 15, 12 noon, free. Marcus Flores, senior archivist presents Are Your Ancestors hiding in the Archives – A look at Genealogical Resources at the NM State Archives. 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.

JANUARY 15, 10:30 am, free. ABQ Gen. Society Writers Interest Group meets at Main Library, 2nd floor.

JANUARY 15, Many members of the NM Legislature will hold town halls regarding the 2020 session. January 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, Senator Michael Padilla Town Hall at South Valley Library, 3904 Isleta SW.

JANUARY 15, 6-9 PM, $30 includes materials & drink ticket.  Jewelry Re-boot Event. New Mexico Natural History Museum. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance. Contact   jayne.aubele@state.nm.us.   www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

JANUARY 16, 6-7 pm, free Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu NM Agape Center. Ned Omalia presents The Spirit of Place, Sacred New Mexico. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council. nmhum.org. 

JANUARY 16, 5-8 pm, free. 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Food & beverage for sale, music, art activities related to the Jim Henson exhibit.

JANUARY 17, 5-7 pm, free. Winter Wonders Art Show reception, meet the artistsPlacitas Community Library. www.placitaslibrary.com.

JANUARY 17, 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.

JANUARY 18, 10:30 am, free. ABQ Gen. Soc. Research Day, main Library 2nd floor. More info at 768-5141 or Lark Robart, lrobart@comcast.net.

JANUARY 18/19  (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 18, 2-4 pm, free. The Weirdest and Most Creative mailboxes in New Mexico presented by Dr. Richard melzer. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main Street at the water tower. 352-7720.

JANUARY 18/19, 1/2 price weekend at the Zoo, Botanic Garden & Aquarium.

JANUARY 19, 2-3 pm, free. Friends of Coronado Historic Site present Cynthia Dobson speaking on Historical Stories and Folk Tales from the Land of Enchantment. Bernalillo Town Hall on the corner of Camino del Pueblo and Camino Presidente in Bernalillo. www.kuaua.org. .

JANUARY 19, 2 pm, free. Rex Funk, former superintendent of the Open Space Division presents a photographic history of the city’s Open Space Program from the 1960s to the present.  Albuquerque Museum.  Free parking south of the Museum; Free admission to the Museum and the program. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

JANUARY 19, 6:30-9:30 PM, free. Vietnamese New Year’s Lunar Festival including music, lion dance, Vietnamese food for sale. Holy Ghost School, 6201 Ross SE near San Pedro. Contact vietnewmexico@gmail.com for more info.

JANUARY 20 Observation of Martin Luther King Jr. birthday holiday, various area wide events.

JANUARY 20, 12 noon, free. Santa Fe Branch of the NAACP presents a program at the Roundhouse featuring the new Public Ed Dept. secretary designee Dr. Ryan Stewart. More info at 505-652-2403.

JANUARY 21, 6:30 pm, free but must RSVP with UNM Community Lecture Series. UNM Med School Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science,.Dr. Avroom Kriechman, MD speaks on Keeping Young People Safe. ABQ Academy’s Simms Auditorium, 6400 Wyoming NE Contact Bridgette Wagner Jones, 272-7866.

JANUARY 21 New Mexico legislature convenes for 30 day session. Each day there are various displays & exhibits in the rotunda of the Roundhouse. More info on the Legislature’s web site.

JANUARY 23, 9:30-11 am, $8 covers museum admission, program & refreshments. Curator’s Coffee, Update on The Legacy of Uranium Mining on Native American Lands in New Mexico. presented by Jose Cerrato Ph.D, UNM Engineering Dept. NM Natural History Museum.

JANUARY 25, 1-2:30 pm, free but come early for a good seat..CHINESE NEW YEAR celebration outdoors at the Chinese Cultural Center, 425 Adams SE,

JANAUARY 25, 1-3 pm, free.Hardship, Greed and Sorrow: An Officers Photo Album of 1866 NM Territory. Presented by Devorah Romanek. NM History Museum.

JANUARY 252-4 PM, free Make a Vote Pin, part of the Women’s Right to Vote Centennial. NM Humanities Council Building, 4115 Silver SEwww.nmhum.org.

JANUARY 25, 11 am-12 noon. free. Tour of the Special Collections Library..

JANUARY 25, 11am-2 pm, $40. Roadrunner Food Bank annual Souper Bowl fundraiser. Enjoy soup and desserts from some 40 local restaurants. More info at rrfb.org5840 Office Blvd. NE.

JANUARY 25, 3 pm, free. Franciscan Friars, Program & book signing by Jack Clark Robinson at BookWorks,   4022 Rio Grande NW.

JANUARY 26, 2 pm, free. History, Legend, Myth and the First Comers by Carl Malone, Society of Mayflower descendants. Corrales Historical society. www.corraleshistory.com.

JANUARY 26, 1:30-3 PM, free. Lecture Eye of the Artist, Landscape painting in New Mexico-the history of plein air painting.Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW, 244-0507, www.gutierrezhubbell.org.

JANUARY 28 12 noon – 1 pm, free. Concert by Newpoli, playing a melding of traditional Italian folk, Greek and Turkish music. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. Special Collections Library.

JANUARY 29 12 noon – 1 pm, free. Concert by Newpoli, it plays a melding of traditional Italian folk, Greek and Turkish music. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. Cherry Hills Branch Library.


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.


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.

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. 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.

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. Call 352-7720 for more information.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center2401 12th St. NW –   www.indianpueblo.orgOpening of exhibit 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