July 2015 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history opportunities:

Program always free & free parking south of the Albuquerque Museum
JULY 21, 2 pm, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town
SPEAKER: Learn about the 80 year history  of the MRGCD. Speaker Adrian Oglesby Is a Board Member of the MRGCD.

WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL, FREE, SATURDAYS 10 – 11:30 am. Meet at 10 am at the corner of 1st & Central NW on the north side of Central. Tour goes to 8th and Central. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ, Inc. with support from the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund. Call Janet Saiers at 299-5019 for info, www.albuqhistsoc.org.
Volunteers being recruited for tour guide training. Training is three mornings, 10am-12 noon; July 17, 24 and 31. Go to   www.albuqhist.soc for more information.

JULY  3, 1 pm, Four Faces West, Friday free NM themed western movies at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 352-7720.

JULY 4, 5 pm, free, 44th Army Band plays a free concert. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy. New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE at Gibson.

JULY 7 ,10:30-2:30 pm, free, ABQ Genealogical Society Military Research Group. Main Library.

JULY  10, 1 pm, Milagro Beanfield War,  Friday New Mexico themed western movie series, free. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. 352-7720.

JULY 11, all day, $5. Field trip to Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. RSVP required-only 24 may attend. Meet at Los Lunas Railrunner station. Sponsored by the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts., 352-7720

JULY 11, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. The French Community of ABQ, presented by Francois Marie Patorni , Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, monthly series on People Create Cities. Explore how various ethnic and religious groups made history in Albuquerque and NM.  abclibrary.org/peoplecreatecities, 848-1376.

JULY 11, 4 pm, free. The Cali Shaw Band plays “modern folk music”.  Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE.

JULY 11, 10:30 am, free, Cantando la Cultura / Learn and Sing-along traditional songs of Hispanic heritage taught by local musicians., National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 11, 1:30 pm, Casa San Isidro in Corrales, Strike the Anvil, blacksmith demonstrations. Also sponsored by the Camino Real Trail Association. 897-8828. www.cabq.gov/museum, www.corraleshistory.org.

JULY 14 , 6 pm, fee, Dance classes, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org

JULY  . . . . Sandoval County Historical Society takes break for July & August.  www.sandovalhistory.org

JULY 15, 5:30  pm, free. Coffee and Conversation: Curating Buffalo Thunder’s Art Collection. Karl Duncan Pojoaque Pueblo’s director of Tribal Marketing and Arts explains the Hotel collection. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270, www.indianpueblo.org.

JULY 16, 5:30 pm, free, Salud y Sabor:Columbia, food demos, free family activities, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.www.nhccnm.org

JULY 16, Los Alamos County Historical society, Reflecting on the 70th Anniversary of Trinity.                                                    

JULY 16, free, 5-8 pm,   Museum of Albuquerque Third Thursday program,   Food & beverage available.  www.cabq.gov/museum

JULY 17, 1 pm, free. New Mexico based western movie series Lonely are the Brave, Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts.

JULY 18, 10:30 am, free. New Mexico Genealogical Society, Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. Noted speaker & genealogist Henrietta Martinez Christmas presents Clemente Gutierrez 1716-1785 Spaniard, Merchant & Just Plain Wealthy. Includes tour of the GHH Museum.www.gutierrezhubbelhouse.org.

JULY 18, 2 pm, free. Author Anne Hillerman reads from her new book Rock with Wings. Placitas Library,867-3355, www.placitaslibrary.com.

JULY  18 and other Saturdays. Beginning genealogy workshops. ABQ Genealogical Society,  http://abqgen.swnet.com. 768-5131, Main Library.

JULY 18, 12 noon, free. Turquoise-Gemstone of Enchantment. Come learn about the current state of the turquoise industry, why so many cultures use turquoise; what are the facts & myths about recent mine closures. Speaker is Joe Dan Lowry, founder of the Turquoise Museum. Indian Pueblo Cultual Center.

JULY 18 , 10:30 am, free, Cuentos en La Cocino, story telling and cooking activities for kids, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.www.nhccnm.org

JULY 18, 2 pm, free. Grand opening and reception for the exhibit Billy the Kid.  Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts. 352-7720.

JULY 19, free, 10am-noon and 1:30-3:30 pm. Free Family event at the NM History Museum. Childhood 1860s Style. Learn about a child’s life in the Civil War era. RSVP to rene.harris@state.nm.us or Melanie.laborwit@state.nm.us.

JULY 19 , 2 pm, free,   The Unpredictable River: The History of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District,  Speaker is Adrian Oglesby board member of the MRGCD. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

JULY 20, 12 noon, free. Writing about Billy the Kid, Pat Garrrett and Peckinpah. Paul Seydor, Los Angeles based writer and editor. Part of the Brainpower and Brownbag series, NM History Museum, www.newmexicohistory.org.

JULY . .   program takes summer break, Friends of Coronado Historic Site meeting at the Sandoval County DeLavy House in Bernalillo just west of Coronado. 771-9493 or www.kuaua.com, 867-5351. Coronado Historic Site also displays art created by students of Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian school in the 1930s.

JULY  24, 1 pm, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Friday free NM themed western movies at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. 352-7720.

JULY 25, 1-3 pm, free. Earthen Architecture -How communities in NM preserve their adobe structures, NM History Museum, www.newmexicohistory.org.

JULY 25, 2 pm. free. Noted authors of NM History books Richard Melzer and John Taylor sign their book A River runs Through Us. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts.

JULY 31,  all day, $85. Santa Fe Opera Civil War Symposium with authors, scholars and music in cooperation with the Opera’s premiere of Cold Mountain, www.santafeopera.org, NM History Museum, www.newmexicohistory.org.

UNM Continuing Education

Call 277-0077 to register and for more information 277-0563. Krista Savoca program coordinator email atsirk@unm.edu information. 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.


JULY 7, 10am-12 noon, Opera Rigoletto. Relates to July 10 field trip to Santa Fe Opera.

JULY 14, 10am-12 noon, Opera Salome. Relates to July 18 field trip to Santa Fe Opera.

JULY 20, 3-5:30 pm. The Merchant of Santa Fe-Historical Examination of this dramatic presentation of NM’s Crypto-Jews.

JULY 24, 3:30-5:30 pm, Anthropological Genetic Genealogy: The VandalsDNA and NM Family History, $20, Angel Cervantes

*************** UNM CONTINUING ED TOURS *****************

Check their web site for more July culture & recreation tours
JULY 14 Timeless Taos, $110
JULY 16-17 Bosque Redondo memorial at Fort Sumer $225


Rigoletto July 10
Salome July 18
July 21 Hollywood Meets the Sioux, travel to Historic Nambe Trading Post
July 23 Kei & Molly Textile Studio Tour,  $45
JULY 25, Roswell: An Artist Haven, $70

****************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.orgMost programs listed have $8 fee except for trips.

July 7 (repeats July 30), 1-2:30 pm, Antique Native American Basketry: A Collectors View, Alan Blaugrund

JULY 10, 9-12 noon, Birding at Sulphur & Cienega Picnic Areas: Field Trip

July 16, 9-10:30 am, The Mysteries of Keeping over 10,000 Mouths Fed: Field trip to the ABQ Aquarium

JULY 16, 1-2:30 pm, More New Mexico Mysteries, Don Bullis

JULY 20, 10:30-12 noon, The Civilian Conservation Corps in NM, Richard Melzer

JULY 20, 1-2:30 pm, Coyotes: Living with American’s Song Dogs.

JULY 23 10-11:30 am National Weather Service Field Trip

**********************OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING***************************

$20 Annual Registration Fee. Each class has a fee. Many more classes in the catalog. Call 277-0077 to register or on line at ce.unm.edu/Osher



After ten years of planning and preparation, this permanent exhibit opened March 3. Come learn the story of Albuquerque in four separately themed galleries: Innovative, Resourceful, Spirited, Courageous.

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

JULY 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 desNEW 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

El Camino Real International Heritage Center (south of Socorro)www.caminorealheritage.org In addition to presenting the significance of this 1600′s – 1800′s trail, the website has numerous articles about NM history written by local Socorro writer Paul Harden.

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.


75th Anniversary of Zimmerman Library  library.unm.edu/zimmerman75.

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

****************MUSEUM EXHIBITS*******************

Albuquerque Museum

Only in Albuquerque,   www.cabq.gov/museum. Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.

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 – Generations of Prayer, Song, and Dance. Larry Phillips Sr from the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.Albuquerque Indian School “Retrospective with a Vision Forward”. The boarding school experience through a historical beginning of harsh realities, to the journey of forcible education to liefetime friendships. www.indianpueblo.org.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Our Penitente Land: the DeAragon/Calles Collection National Hispanic Cultural Center. History and Literacy Arts Building.

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

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. El Agua Es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico,  maxwellmuseum.unm.edu. 277-4405, 277-1400. “Curanderismo: Healing & Ritual”. Healing and medicinal plants and herbs. 277-1400 for more info. maxwellmuseum.unm.edu


Fading Memories: Echos of the Civil War; Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World. The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy. 47 Stars, NM Centennial Exhibit Pinhole Photography.  www.nmhistorymuseum.org Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time. Archaeological evidence and historic documents of old Santa Fe. Telling NM Stories, Then & Now, Toys & Games: A New Mexico Childhood.

APRIL 13-OCTOBER 17, 10:15-12:15, $10. Walking tours of the Santa Fe Plaza.  www.newmexicohistory.org.

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 Krista Foutz, 277-0563, is the program coordinator and works in cooperation with Maralie BeLonge, 277-6179, program supervisor for Osher. For course info go todce.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 to see JULY 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 Office of the State Historian, www.newmexicohistory.org and 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