July 2016 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following JULY history opportunities:

JULY 17 –THE HISTORY OF ALBUQUERQUE’S WATER SYSTEM, presented by  John Shomaker PhD. Come learn how our water system grew from a series of individual wells to the huge system it is today ! Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum, Free parking south of the Museum, free admission to Museum and the program. www.albuqhistsoc.org.

FREE SATURDAY WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE.  Meet at 1st & Central SW in front of Tucano’s at 10 am. Call 289-0586 to leave a message or reserve for a group more than five. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ, Inc.  www.albuqhistsoc.org.   

FREE ADMISSION FOR NM RESIDENTS EVERY SUNDAY & FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT FROM 5-8 PM AT THE NM HISTORY MUSEUM  in Santa Fe.         ALL STATE HISTORIC SITES free on Sundays, Free admission for seniors every Wednesday at Historic Sites.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Friday at 2 pm, Saturdays / Sundays-11am, 2 pm. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JULY 1 , 5-8 pm, free. 1st Friday program on the Declaration of Independence. See the Palace printing press and get a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Talk with Rod Torrez former staff member Bandelier National Monument. NM History Museum, Santa Fe. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

Every Friday in July, dusk, free. Movies in the Park, sponsored by Bernalillo County, check www.bernco.gov or call 314-0477 for the schedule.

JULY Friday / Saturdays 7-9 pm; Sundays 1-3 pm, free. Music at the Old Town Plaza gazebo. www.cabq.gov  or 311 for schedule.

JULY SATURDAYS 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 –  Family Fun Days5 – 8 pm. July theme is “Arid Adaptation” – Crafts, experiments, bring picnic food, no registration necessary. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW at Alameda.  www.bernco.gov/openspace, 314-0398.

JULY 2, 9, 16,23, 30 Saturday Family Days, 10:30 am-12, free but  $5 donation suggested. Children’s activities, National Hispanic Cultural Center. July 9, Cantando la Cultura Instruments & Sounds from Puerto Rico; July 16 Summer Bosque: Ecosystem and Cultural Connections; July 23 Cuentos Bilingual Story time. www.nhccnm.org.

JULY Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 am, $3 per car. Bird Walks. Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW.

JUNE 2, 5:30-7:30 Happy Arte Hour, Adult beverages for sale, complimentary snacks. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org. Contact Elena Baca 246-2261 X 167 or elend.baca@state.nm.us.

JULY 2 , 10:30 am, free. Miguel Torrez speaks on the “Genetic DNA-My Results arrived, Now What?”. co-sponsored by the NM Genealogical Society and the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center. Special Collections Library, www.nmgs.org/index.php. www.hgrc-nm.org.

JULY 2, 10 am . Sandoval County Gen. Society meets at Rio Rancho’s Loma Colorado Library. Call Michael Barger, 803-5225 for more info.

JULY 3, all day free admission for New Mexico residents to the NM Natural History Museum. Must bring drivers license or proof of residence.

JULY  2 and every Saturday in July, summer Saturday series, 10 am, regular entry fee. Coronado Historic Site. www.kuaua.com
JULY 3, new earlier time 7-9 am, free. Bosque Wild nature walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, register 897-8831. www.cabq.gov/openspace

JULY 4, 3-10 pm, Free. Freedom4th at Balloon Fiesta Park. vendors, fireworks, kids’ activities, park & ride. www.cabq.gov.

JULY 4 & 5, 10 am – 12 noon, learn about the Juno spacecraft entering the orbit of Jupiter. Speakers & video at the ViewSpace Theater at the NM Natural History Museum,www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

JULY 5 , 10:30-2:30 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical society Military Research Group, Main Library.

JULY 5 and other Tuesdays through July 12, 19, 26, $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.

JULY 6 , 7-8 pm, free. concert by ABQ Concert band, Balloon Museum lawn, www.balloonmuseum.org, .

JULY 7, 7-10 pm, $5. KiMo Theatre presents Route 66 movies Two Lane Blacktop.

JULY 7, 5:30-7 pm Happy Arte Hour for adults, explore stories of family history. contact 246-2261 or elenad.baca@state.nm.us. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 8, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. “Sun Up Moon Down”, exhibit by Art street Community artists. Historic Sundowner Motel Community Room, 6101 Central NE, 248-0817.

JULY 9, 2 pm, free Enrique La Madrid & photographer Miguel Gandert discuss and sign their award winning book – Hotel Mariachi Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles, National Hispanic Cultural Center.4th & Bridge SW.

JULY 9, 2 pm, free. Opening of Tercentennial Exhibit commemorating the San Clemente Land Grant. The Leopolds in Light of the Lunas and Oteros, presented by Estella Leopold-daughter of Aldo Leopold and Dr. Priscilla Solis Yarra. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Art, Main Street at the Water Tower.

JULY 9, 2-4 pm, free. Opening reception for Women Who Shoot: three Illusionists-an Exhibition that defies photography.. Placitas Community Library, 5 miles east of I-25, exit 242.www.placitaslibrary.com.

JULY 10 –SUMMER BREAK for Sandoval County Historical society, no program.

JULY 9, 2:30-4 pm, free. Lecture about ABQ’s First balloon flight in 1882 by Park Van Tassels presented by Dick Brown. Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE at Balloon Fiesta Park,www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/balloonmuseum.

JULY 9, 1-4 pm, free admission to Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. Program at 2 pm  A Dress of Tarlatan … and Two Flint Plates: presentation by archaeologist Dedie Snow about the 1832 will of Santa Fe resident Maria Baca reveals the impact of the Santa Fe Trail trade. www.cabq.gov/museum.

JULY 9 , 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  The Coming of the Railroad, part of the New series  “Making change: Businesses, People & Projects that shaped a City”, Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE,  abclibrary.org, 848-1376.

JULY 11, 8:30-9:30 pm. free but donations accepted. Lunar Monday with numerous telescopes. NM Museum of Natural History, www.nmnaturalhistory.com

JULY Lectures begin again in September, Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras, www.friendsoftijeraspueblo.org.

JULY 12, 2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A new book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month is America the Beautiful, the last collection of poems by Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna / Sioux). Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.orgbookclub@indianpueblo.org.

JULY 13 , 10:30 am, free. “Trails West: Then & Now”  presented by Aaron Mahr, Supt of National Trails, ABQ Genealogical Society, http://abqgen.swnet.com. Main Library, lower level.

JULY 14, 7-9 pm, $5. KiMo presents Mother Road Route 66 movies: Starman.

SUMMER BREAK FOR Westerners Corral History Dinner club. MCM Hotel Elegante, Menaul & University NE

JULY 15 , 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.

JULY 13 , 5:30 pm, free. Salute to Mariachi, its History & Excellence, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JULY 15, $3 per car. Twilight Hike. Rio Grande Nature Center. Call 344-7240 to register and get time of hike.

JULY 16, 12 noon-1:30 pm, free. Book Signing by Tanaya Winter, poetry collection Words like Love resented by Kevin Washburn (Chickasaw) Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JULY 16, 2-10:30 pm, free. Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill. Entertainment, music, vendors. www.cabq.gov.

JULY 17, 1-3 pm, tickets are $10/5. Book signing and Talk: Michael Wallis: historian and voice of the movie Cars. Albuquerque Museum.

JUly 17, 2 pm, free. The History of Albuquerque’s Water Supply by John Shomaker.  Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

JULY 19, 7 pm, free. Book signing and talk by Ron Hart author of Sephardic Jews, the Epic Story from the Inquisition, Expulsion and Diaspora. Santa Fe Jewish Center, 230 W. Manhattan. More information at 505-920-7771, gaonbooks@gmail.com.

JULY 19, 6-9 pm, free but $10 donation appreciated. Drumfire: A Pueblo Celebration – music, food samples, artist demo’s. Indian Pueblo CC. Call 724-3510 to RSVP.

JULY 20, 6-8 pm, free. Concert of “World Music” by Frank Leto. Picnic baskets OK on the lawn of the Balloon Museum.

JULY 21 , 5-8:30 pm, free 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Free trolley rides to view Central Ave. neon at 6, 7 and 8 pm. View exhibit Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Rt. 66 Mother Road. Contact Jessica Coyle for more info, jcoyle@cabq.gov. www.cabq.gov/museum.

JULY 21 , 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Costa Rica, free cooking and nutrition info, art, entertainment. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org. Call 246-2261 X 189.

JULY 22, 5-8 pm, with lecture at 6 pm, free. Adobobot Art Installation by artist Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Picuris / Navajo). Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JULY 23, 2 pm, free.  NM’s unique cultural landscape: Mythology, Ethnicity and Cross cultural Conflict & Assimilation over 1000 Years by Larry Larrichio, PhD. Cerrillos State Park, 16 miles south of Santa Fe on Highway 14.

JULY 23, 10:30-11:30 am, free. Series on Villages along the Rio Grande, Historian Elaine Lujan speaking on The Neighborhood of Pajarito. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. Register with calangan@bernco.gov or 314-0398.

JULY 23, 10 am program & Q & A, Yi Ling Lin and Yi Chun Wang  speak on “Journey to the West, Telling Theatrical Style.  Sponsored by the Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center at 7521 Carmel NE Wyoming at Paseo del Norte).More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941.

JULY 24, 2-3 pm, free. Former NM History Museum director Frances Levine speaks on “Dona Teresa Confronts the Spanish Inquisition”. Part of Fractured Faiths exhibit. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

JULY 28, 6:30 pm, free, tickets available at 5:30pm. Sandra Cisneros author on House on Mango St. discusses and signs her book. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 30, 10 am – 12 noon. free. Edible & Medicinal Plants. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Boulevard NW limited registration  must RSVP call 897-8831.

JULY 30, 10:30 am, $3 per car. The Geologic Story of Albuquerque by Jayne Aubell. Rio Grande Nature Center.2901 Candelaria NW, www.rgnc.org.

JULY 30, all day, admission fee. (Note yearly passes for adults, $40 & seniors, $35) Thunderbird Car Club show on the grounds as part of the Rt. 66 exhibit. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, www.nuclearmuseum.org.

****************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.orgFees vary.

JULY 6,  10:30-12 noon, Catching the Bad Guys, TV news reporter Larry Barker

JULY 7, 10:30-12 noon, Legendary Leaders of ABQ, historian Richard Melzer

JULY 7, 1-2:30 pm, Historic Ranches of NE New Mexico, historian BG Burr

JULY 14 & 21, 10:30-12 noon, 2 part series Thrill & Drama of NM. by author & historian Don Bullis

JULY 25, 1-2:30 pm, Bob W ills & the Texas Playboys

 **********************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.

JULY 8, 3:30-5:30 pm, DA and NM Family History, Angelo Cervantes

JULY 11, 2-4 pm, The White Hat Guys & the Black Hat Guys, Mary Mortensen Diecker

JULY 12, 1-4 pm, The Apache POWS, 1886-1913

JULY 13, 1-3 pm Ernie Pyle, Instructor Roberta Boggess

JULY 19, 10am-12 noon, Larry Barker Investigates

JULY 22, Hernan Cortes: Conqueror of Mexico, Angelo Cervantes

July 27, 10am-12 noon Colonial NM, Instructor Roberta Boggess

JULY 29, 3:30-5:30 pm, The Anza Expedition: 1775-1776, Angelo Cervantes

JULY 26, 3-5 pm, Mexico: The Country to Watch?

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.

BOOKWORKS PROGRAMS WITH LOCAL & STATE AUTHORS, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW,  www.bkwrks.com.       July 12, 6 pm. BG Burr signs his book “Historic Ranches of Northeastern New Mexico”.

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 of Art & History. Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road,  Back to Life: Historic Fairview Cemetery;

Drawing into Architecture: Sketches and Models by Antoine Predock (internationally known Albuquerque-based artist). Only in Albuquerque

www.cabq.gov/museum, 243-7255.

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.

Guiterrez Hubbell House  Photo exhibit From the Rhine to the Rio Grande: 19th Century photographs.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW –   www.indianpueblo.org. Brand new 40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story“,  The Original Instructions: Pueblo Sovereignty & Pueblo Governance; Our Land, Our Culture, Our Story.

National Hispanic Cultural Center  Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys across the Old Spanish Trail, 4th & Bridge NW. www.nhccnm.org.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History  American Road: The Journey of Rt. 66.

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. Chinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics 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.

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts

Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern NM, Fading Memories: 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, .

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 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