July 2017 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

JULY 16, 2 pm, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town  The History of Kirtland Air Force Base – Base historian Steve Watson will describe the origins of KAFB prior to WW II, how it got its name and its impact on 21st Century Albuquerque.    Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum. Free admission to the Museum and the program. www.albuqhistsoc.org.

FREE SATURDAY WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE – Meet at 1st & Central SW at 10 am by Tucano’s Restaurant. Downtown metered parking not monitored on Saturdays. 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. ejournals.unm.edu/index.php/lacronica.

UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research Exhibit – A New Deal at UNM. Waters Room and foyer. Open to public daily through Friday August 4, 2017

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Friday at 2 pm, Saturdays, Sundays at 11am and 2 pm. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

JULY Friday and Saturdays, 7-9 pm; Sundays 1-3 pm at the Old Town Gazebo. Free musical groups. More info at www.cabq.gov/oldtown.

JULY Saturday and Sunday mornings 8:30-10 am, $3 per car. Bird Walk, Rio Grande Nature Center.

JULY SATURDAYS 8,15, 22, 29, 1-2 pm, admission fee.  Guided Tour of the Art Museum-a different  tour each week,  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JULY SATURDAY EVENINGS, 7-9 pm, Sunset Music Series, Elena Gallegos amphitheater, $2 per car. www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JULY MONDAYS, 1:30-2:30 PM. Admission fee. Tour the NM Natural History Museum.

JULY Sundays, 12 noon – 5 pm, Family Fun Days at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW. Crafts, outdoor activities. More info from bospace@bernco.gov or 314-0420.www.bernco.gov/openspace.

Listen to the music of  northern New Mexico-view lyrics in both Spanish and English. Learn about the Robb Musical Trustwww.robbtrust.org. (recordings of some 3,000 folk music and Native American chants)

JULY 7 , 5-8 pm, free admission on 1st Friday to the NM History Museum in Santa Fe. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

JULY 8 & other Saturdays in July, dusk, free. Movies in the Park presented by Bernalillo County. Starts at dusk, subject to weather cancellation. July 8, North Domingo Baca Park, Petes Dragon; July 15, Twin Parks, Moano; July 22, Los Vecinos Community Center, Sing; July 29 Mariposa Basin Park, Zootopia; Call 314-0477 for more info.

JULY 6, 7 pm (tix available at 6 pm) free. Award winning movies. The Sea Inside / Mar Adentro (2005) 125 minutes (dubbed in English, not rated). National Hispanic Cultural Center.www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 7, 5-9 pm, $5. First Friday $5 Night. Build a musical instrument, listen to poets and musicians, tour the exhibits. NM Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town,www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

JULY 8, 7am-1pm, free. Lavender and Garlic Celebration. Los Ranchos Growers Marker , 6718 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.

JULY 8, 12 noon-1:30pm, museum admission. Flashing on the 60s. Photographer Lisa Law, famous for her iconic photos of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the New Buffalo Commune speaks about the 1960s. NM History Museum Santa Fe, Part of the “Counter Culture” exhibit.

JULY 8, 10:30 am-12 noon. free but $5 donation encouraged. Summer long youth program-Jugamos Juntos: Cantando la Cultura. Art activities, bosque walks, bilingual sing-along. Learn traditional songs reflecting Hispanic Heritage. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Pre-register with Elena Baca at 246-2261 or ElenaD.baca@state.nm.uswww.nhccnm.org.

JULY 8, 10 am-2 pm, admission. Screenings & discussion with Native American filmmakers. Albuquerque Museum. Schedule available at cabq.gov/museum.

JULY 8, 1-4 pm, free. Join us for a look into 1950s Casa San Ysidro before its life as a museum. NM was a busy place in the 1950s-think of the science, the art, and the archaeology. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. “All Things 1950s“. www.cabq.gov/casasanysidro.org

JULY 8, 6-8 pm, free. “Full Moon Concert by Lone Pinon“. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic; food also available from vendors. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

JULY 8, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Dan Ware from PNM describes The evolution of the Public Service Co of NM from the days of wood chip fuel at the Sawmill Power Plan, the Albuquerque Gas and Electric Light & Power to today – How PNM has kept on the lights. Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE,  848-1376.

JULY 8 , 7-9 pm, $2 per car. Sunset Music Series featuring “Rio Grande Players” doing a radio show enactment, Elena Gallegos amphitheater. www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JULY 9, 9-11 am, free. The History of Little Beaver Town, ABQ’s “old west amusement park” that closed down in the early 60s. Roland Penttila walks you on City open space where the building remnants can still be seen. Old 66 just east of Tramway. www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JULY Tuesdays 11, 18, 25; $5-$10 per class. Cuban salsa dance class, 6-7 pm beginner & intermediate; 7-8 pm intermediate & advanced., National Hispanic Cultural Center,www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 11,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month is From Sand Creek” by Simon J. Ortiz. Themes of the famous book include the massacre of Cheyenne & Arapaho children in the 1800s. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.  bookclub@indianpueblo.org.

JULY 12, 6 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm), free. Salute to Mariachi Heritage and Excellence. Includes performances and demonstrations. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JULY 12, 5-7 pm, $1 (yes just one dollar!). Wild Music Night – see the Wild Music exhibit (rest of the Museum closed). NM Natural History Museum.

JULY 13, 7 pm (tix available at 6 pm) free. Award winning movies. Princesas (2005) 114 minutes (Spanish with English subtitles, not rated). National Hispanic Cultural Center.www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 15, 10:30 am-12 noon. free but $5 donation encouraged. Summer long youth program-Jugamos JuntosWalk through the Bosque.  National Hispanic Cultural Center. Pre-register with Elena Baca at 246-2261 or ElenaD.baca@state.nm.uswww.nhccnm.org

JULY 15, 9 am-4 pm, $8, ages 3-12 $3. . Lavender in the Village, over 70 vendors at the Agri-Center, 4920 Rio Grande NW. www.lavenderinthevillage.com.

JULY 15, 10:30 am, free. Jeff Berg describes “From Page to Screen” – movies based on works of NM authors. Special Collections Library.

JULY 15, 1-2 pm, free. “Corn in Native Arts & Crafts” staff describe the importance of corn and its influence on pueblo artists. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JULY 15 , 7-9 pm, $2 per car. Sunset Music Series featuring Bonnie Schmader & Friends playing classical and jazz. Elena Gallegos amphitheater. www.cabq.gov/openspace

JULY 16, 8:30-10:30 am, free. Mesa Prieta Hike led by Dr. Matthew Schmader at Petroglyph National Monument (strenuous hike)J. Musst pre-register at 452-5222.

JULY 16 , 2 pm, free. The History of Kirtland Air Force Base
Base archivist Steve Watson will describe how the Albuquerque Airport was started in 1928 and how it became the ABQ Army Air Base in 1941 and later became Kirtland Air Force Base. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum. Free admission to the Museum and the program. albuqhistsoc.org/programs

JULY 18, 9 pm, $15, $10. Bosque Moonlight Hike, Bio Park. www.cabq.gov

JULY 19, 6-7:30, $20.  Grillmaster Cooking Class taught by the award-winning chefs of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Must register at 724-3510.

JULY 19, 1 pm, free. Storytelling Theatre with Live Music. Jemez Springs Library

JULY 20, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Peru. free evening of food, art and entertainment. National Hispanic Cultural Center. RSVP with ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us.

JULY 20, 5-8:30 pm, free. Third Thursday at the Museum. Fusion Theatre reads the first episode of Breaking Bad-must reserve free ticket. Albuquerque Museum. contact Jessica Coyle, jcoyle@cabq.gov or 243-7255 for more information. www.cabq.gov/museum.

JULY no program, will resume in August. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins. Brown bag lunch bring your own.

JULY 21, 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 21, 5-8 pm, free. Opening reception for Meditations on the Journey by artist Felix Vigil (Jemez, Jicarilla) . Pueblo Cultural Center, www.indianpueblo.org.

JULY 22, 10:30-11:30 am, free but $3 per car fee. Bob Julyan presents The Best Hikes with children in New Mexico. Rio Grande Nature Center, 344-7240.

JULY 22, 10:30 am-12 noon. free but $5 donation encouraged. Summer long youth program-Jugamos Juntos: Ciencia en la Cocina – the science and culture of cooking along with recepies. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Pre-register with Elena Baca at 246-2261 or ElenaD.baca@state.nm.us.

JULY 22, 1 pm, free. Ralph Estes presents Chautauqua “Billy the Kid”.  Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE,857-8321. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council, Friends of the Library, National Endowment for the Humanities.

JULY 22, 2 pm, free. Architect Edith Cherry, FAIA speaks on “Appreciating Historic Architecture in Albuquerque:”. Main Library, 768-5141. Free two hour parking at the City garage at 5th & Copper across from the library.

JULY 22, 10 am, $5 to have 5 books appraised by local experts. “Belen Old Books Road Show”, Belen Harvey House, 104 N. 1st St.. 861-0581.

JULY 22, 3-10 pm, free. Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill, on Central from Girard to Carlisle. Music, food, beer stations, arts & crafts. www.cabq.gov or 311.

JULY 22, 1-2:30 pm, free. The National park in your own Backyard” presented by Diane Souder. Limited space RSVP at 897-8831. Open space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

JULY 23, 1-2 pm, admission. The Spirit of Creation (what it means to be a Native American artist today.) Albuquerque Museum.

JULY 22, 10 am program, free. Little Bit of Heart, Dim-sum making chef Young-Hsin Lieu shows how to make and taste Shieu-mai, Pearl Balls”    Sponsored by the Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center at 7521 Carmel NE Wyoming at Paseo del Norte. Followed by snacks.) More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941

JULY 22 , 7-9 pm, $2 per car. Sunset Music Series featuring two barbershop quartets. Elena Gallegos amphitheater. www.cabq.gov/openspace

JULY 23, 1-3 pm, free but must RSVP to 897-8831. Photography Tips with professional photographer Jerry Goff. Open Space Visitor Center, 5500 Coors NW.

JULY 25, 7-9 pm, $10. Jewish Film Festival Carvalho’s Journey – the life and work of Solomon Nunes Carvalho, Sephardic Jew explorer who photographed the American west in the 19th century. Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE, 348-4471. www.nmjhs.org.

JULY 25, ABQ Genealogical Society Research Day at Main Library, 10:30 am-3:30 pm. Call Lynda Katonak, LLKatonak@comcast.net, 768-5131.

JULY 26, 9-10:30 am, free but must pre-register. Basic Map & Compass Skills presented by Jim Patrick. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW at the Alameda Bridge. Bernalillo County.Open Space, www.bernco.gov/openspace.

JULY 27 , 7 pm (tix available at 6 pm) free. Award winning movies,  Extraterrestrial (English, 90 minutes, not rated). National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 29, 3 pm, free. Reception for exhibit of WW II Journalist Ernie Pyle with Q & A by historians BG Burr and Dr. Richard Melzer. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts on Main Street at the Water Tower, 352-7720.

JULY 29, 9-11 am, free but must pre-register.  Medicinal Plants for ABQ Gardens, led by Dara Seville. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 452-5222. www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JULY 29 , 1 pm, free. The Harvey Girls and the Santa Fe Railway: Myth, Legend & History presented by author Lelsey Poling Kempes. Petroglyph National Monument. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

JULY 29 , 7-9 pm, $2 per car. Sunset Music Series featuring the East Mountain K-9 “Search Hounds”. Elena Gallegos amphitheater. www.cabq.gov/openspace


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.


UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research
Exhibit – A New Deal at UNM. Waters Room and foyer. Open to public daily through Friday August 4, 2017. Groups and classes welcome. UNM’s involvement in New Deal programming, as recipient of funds and a location for programs. Includes material from the archives of the Center for Southwest Research on the National New Deal Collection recently donated to CSWR, WPA art, music and writers projects, the WPA Spanish art portfolio, the WPA “stories,” the WPA translations of the Spanish archives of New Mexico, the Farm Service Administration photos, CCC, NYA student jobs, PWA buildings, art from the Carrie Tingley hospital, etc.  Contact CSWR – http://elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/index.php

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. – “Only in Albuquerque”, “Chasing the Cure to Albuquerque: Tuberculosis and Social change”, “Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film” 

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNMChinese Americans in New MexicoEarth, 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.

NM Museum of Natural History “Opals from around the World ”

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 House, 6029 Isleta SW. 244-0507.  www.guiterrezhubbellhouse.org.

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts. “Outhouses of New Mexico”  inspired by the research of historian Richard Melzer

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW –   www.indianpueblo.org.  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 Quixote4th & Bridge NW. www.nhccnm.org.

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.

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

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

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, 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 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