July 2018 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY,  JULY 15 , 2 pm, Free.  Photo presentation of Visit of the Japanese Mini-Sub to Albuquerque and NM in 1943 presented by retired submariner Dick Brown. Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum and free admission to the Museum and the program. www.albuqhistsoc.org.

FREE SATURDAY GUIDED WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE.   MEET YOUR GUIDE AT SW CORNER OF 1ST & CENTRAL IN FRONT OF THEATER.  City meters 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.

DA VINCI THE GENIUS EXHIBIT CLOSES JULY 29 – The most comprehensive traveling exhibition on the life, art and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci ever assembled. NM Natural History Museum in Old Town. 

Every Wednesday, all day, seniors age 62 + ride the Railrunner for free. Must show ID. www.rioMetro.org


FREE-OLD TOWN GAZEBO MUSIC ALL SUMMER: Friday / Sat. from 7-9 pm; Sundays 1-3 pm. List of performers at www.cabq.gov.oldtown.

Every Saturday morning 10:30 am-12 noon through mid August, free. Jugamos Juntos Vamos al Museo-Art activities for children, free but donations appreciated. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact Elena Baca at 246-2261 or by email, ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us.   www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 FAMILY FUN DAY EVERY SUNDAY, 12 noon-5 pm: July theme is Arthropods Abound / Insects in Open Space. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW. Sponsored by the Bernalillo County Open Space Division. No reservation needed. www.bernco.gov/openspace.

EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT AT DUSKMovies in the Park sponsored by Bernalillo County, free. Call-314-0477 for listing.

TWO IMPORTANT TEMPORARY EXHIBITS AT MAXWELL MUSEUM AT UNM: Gun violence: a Brief Cultural History (the role of museums in the romanticizing of guns) through Aug. 15. Return to Dine Bikeyah: 150th anniversary of the Signing of the Navajo Peace Treaty (through Sept. 1)

JULY 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Tuesdays,  Pay what you can $5-$10. Cuban Salsa classes for beginners and intermediates. Beginners & intermediate 6-7 pm7-8 pm Intermediate and advanced.  National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.  Contact elsa.menendez@state.nm.us, 246-2261 ext. 34744.

JULY 3, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical Society Military Research Day, Topic is “Westward Ho! 1865-1890”, Main Library, 2nd floor. More info from Stuart Murray,  stubucks@gmail.com. Free two hour parking at City garage across the street.

JULY 4, USA INDEPENDENCE DAY -Check schedules of museums & local historic sites as many are open.

JULY 4, all day. First Wednesday free admission to the Albuquerque Museum.

JULY 4, 3-10 pm, Balloon Fiesta Park Freedom 4th. Features entertainer Jo Dee Messina. Kids activities, food trucks, microbrew. Free admission but $10 per car. Call 311 or cultureABQ.com. Use of shuttles encouraged from Coronado shopping Center and Cottonwood Mall.

JULY 5, 10 am, free. The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument at Quarai near Mountainair hosts a Naturalization / Citizenship ceremony for 10 people. Includes three speakers. Info at 847-2585. www.nps.gov/sapu.

JULY 5, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Happy Arte Hour. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JULY 6, 9 am-5 pm, 1st Friday free at the Balloon Museum. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr., 768-6020. www.balloonmuseum.org.

JULY 6, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special price $5.  ($5 off DaVinci admission). Theme of night is DaVinci & Earth Science. There will be numerous displays from community organizations: NM Geology Bureau, Institute of Meteoritics, Mama’s Minerals and more. NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NWwww.NMnaturalhistory.org.

JULY 7, 9 am-5 pm, $3-$8. Lavender in the Village Festival, 100 vendors, food, wine, Beer, music. 4900 Rio Grande NW but no on-site parking except limited handicapped. Shuttles from Taft MS, Alvarado ES, Shepherd in the Valley Church. LavenderIntheVillage.org.

JULY 7, 10:30 am<, free. Noted researcher Henrietta Martinez Christmas speaks on “Walking in Hernan Cortes’ Footsteps from Vera Cruz to Mexico City 1519-2019″http://www.hgrc-nm.org/noticias.html. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JULY 7, 2 pm, free but limited space, RSVP at 861-0581. Van Ann Moore presents “Honoring Dolley Madison”. Belen Harvey House, 104 North 1st St. Belen.

JULY 7, 2-3 pm, free. New Mexico based television Colores feature. “Trinity: Getting the Job Done” the sometimes frightening, humorous story of the creating of the atomic bomb. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

JULY 7, 2-4 pm, free. Opening of exhibit “Resonations in Clay-Life in the Bosque”. Open Space Visitor Center Art Gallery. 6500 Coors NW.www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JULY 7, 2 pm, free. Music and Q & A with Fatemah Bargmoradi. Part of the exhibit ” Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race & Place in New Mexico. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 7, 2-4 pm, free. John Taylor presents “ New Mexico’s Navy”, how numerous Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines vessels were named for people and places in NM. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main Street at the water tower.

JULY 7/8 (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.

JULY 10,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month  is “A ZUNI LIFE: A PUEBLO INDIAN IN TWO WORLDS”. by Virgil Wyacom from Zuni. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Only slots for 15 people so RSVP at 843-7270. www.indianpueblo.org.  bookclub@indianpueblo.org.

JULY 11, noon, free. Sharon Snyder speaks on “Intersecting: The Los Alamos Ranch School and Manhatten Project“. NM History Museum, Santa Fe.www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

JULY 11, 10:30 am, free. Karen Jones speaks on Sails, Trails, Rails: How our Ancestors Traveled. Main Library downstairs. Free parking for two hours at City parking garage across the street. http://abqgen.swnet.com. ABQ Genealogical society

JULY 13-15, free except for rodeo admission. Old Timers Reunion, Magdalena, NM. Parade, street dance, kids activities, food trucks and more. Call 575-506-5735.

JULY 14, 12 noon – 2 pm, free. Demonstration by Anderson Peynetsa from Zuni. “Hands of a Potter”. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.www.indianpueblo.org.

JULY 14, 10:30 am, free. Jack Fox, NM Dept. of Veterans Services Secretary speaks on the Storied history of the NM National Guard. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

JULY 14, 7 pm and 7:30 pm, free. Rock art tours of the Abo unit of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument by Mountainair. Followed by telescope viewing of the night sky. Call 505-847-2400 for information.

JULY 14, 1-4 pm, free. Simon Ortiz Poetry Slam featuring the NM Poetry Society and poet Laureate Manuel Gonzalez. Cas San Ysidro in Corrales. Contact Aaron Gardner at 897-8828 or agardner@cabq.gov.

JULY 15, 4 pm, free. Barelas: Neighborhood at a Crossroads. A Film and Discussion. Contact valerie.martinez@state.nm.us. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JULY 14/15 (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.

JULY 15, 2 pm, free.  Visit of Japanese Mini-sub to  Albuquerque in 1943 during WW II presented by Dick Brown. 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 15, 2 pm, admission. Hannah Mattson speaks on Prehistoric Jewelry in NM, ABQ Museum.

JULY 15, 2 pm, free. Fake News! Journalism goes to Hollywood — film & Discussion Series. Showing of the 2000 Oscar winning biopic Almost Famousabout a teenage reporter for the Rolling Stones magazine. Followed by a panel of journalists with Q & A.  KiMo Theater. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council. www.nmhum.org.

JULY 16, 9 am, $5. Limited space to visit the Los Lunas Mystery Rock. Sponsored by the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Art. Call 352-7720.<

JULY 18, 6:30-11 pm, $8, or $7 for members. (Expected to sell out so get tickets in advance). The Time and Place of DaVinci Genius presented by Miriam Franchina PhD. She describes the legacy of DaVinci in modern Italy. NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NWwww.nmnaturalhistory.org.

JULY 18, 7-8 pm, free. Albuquerque Concert Band. Balloon Museum. You may bring food or buy from food trucks. also free admission from 4:30-8:30 pm. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr., 768-6028, Linda Hubley, lhubley@cabq.gov.  www.balloonmuseum.org.

JULY 19, 6-9 pm, $55 or $45 includes refreshments. “Relax, It’s Just Art”, take home a painting of a WW II bomber. Cost goes to the campaign to restore aircraft at the Museum. Nuclear Science Museum. www.nuclearmuseum.org601 Eubank SE, 245-2137. Contact dmcvay@nuclearmuseum.org.

JULY 19, 6 pm, free. Aaron Dixon, former captain in the Black Panther party speaks about “Race & Social Movements in New Mexico”. Part of programming for “People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements”. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JULY 19,  5-8:30 pm, free.   Third Thursday program at the Albuquerque Museum. www.cabq.gov/museum

JULY 21, 2:30-4 pm, free. Nature Forest Bosque Therapy by Lloyd Kreitzer. Special Collections Library.

JULY 21, 9 am-12 noon, Clay demonstrations. free but limited space so must RSVP to 897-8831. Open Space Visitor Center., 6500 Coors NW.www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JULY 21, 10:30-12 noon, free. Who was Ultima’s Owl?  Children’s art & nature activity will explore the owls of the Rio Grande. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 21, 10:30-1:30 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical society work day. Beginners encouraged to come. Library is 768-5141 or Lynda, 898-5592; Marianne, 833-3991. Main Library.

JULY 21/22 (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.

JULY 21, 3-10 pm, free. Summerfest in Nob Hill, Central between Carlisle and Girard. Live Entertainment with New Orleans Queen of Soul Irma Thomas, Kids’ Activities, Food Trucks, Microbrew. Call 311 for more information. www.cabq.gov.

JULY 25, 6-9 pm, $60. Flame, Fauna & Flora – catered dinner. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

JULY 26, 5:30-8:30 pm, $55.  The Brain, It’s More than you Think. Includes reception, lecture by Michael Gelb and copy of his book, “How to think like DaVinci”. Part of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the NM Natural History Museum. www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

JULY 28, 10:30-12 noon, free. Bailando Con Familia.  Children’s art & music activity. National Hispanic cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 28, 11 am, free. Tour of the Special Collections Library.

JULY 28, 11 am, free. Feng Hou speaks about Technology & Education: Society’s Equalizer The Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center. More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941.

JULY 28, 2 pm, free. Anne Hillerman speaks on her new book Cave of Bones.  Program at Placitas Library. More info at 867-3355. Located east of I-25 in Placitas. Exit 241.

JULY 28, 6-9 pm, free. Full Moon concert with Le chat Lunatique-jazz, western swing, doo-wop, reggae. You may bring food and beverage. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

JULY 29, 2-4 pm, free but $10 donation appreciated. Israel and NM Jewish History at 70. Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NEwww.nmjhs.org.

JUNE 29, 2-3 pm, free. Summer Concert with Le chat Lunatique-jazz, western swing, doo-wop, reggae. Special Collections Library.

JULY 29, 7 pm, free. Georgia O’Keefe: Close Up and Faraway. Bachechi Open Space.

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 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 – New Openings on Chinese Americans of Albuquerque,  American Jewelry in New Mexico,  “Only in Albuquerque”, “Excavations: Patrick Nagatani, Buried Cars and Other Stories”.

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.

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“, National Hispanic Cultural Center. 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.(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.  Voices of Counter Culture in the Southwest; The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, 47 Stars; Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time; Telling NM Stories,Then & Now. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

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.

VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER highlights of dance, film, workshops, music, theatre and exhibits. www.nhccnm.org1701 4TH ST. SW, 246-2261.


Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge –  www.FriendsofValledeOro.org.

Casa San Ysidro – Reopens FEBRUARY 20. Call 898-3915.


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