June 2015 History Opportunities




Program always free & free parking south of the Museum
June 21, 2 pm, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town
Learn lots of new information about our famous NM stretch of Rt. 66. Speaker Bob Smith Is an amateur historian who has researched local dairy history, railroad history along with Rt. 66.

Auction benefiting the New Mexico chapter of the New Deal Preservation Association. Artistic Shovels created by local artists. Santa Fe, $10 per ticket.
More information at www.newdeallegacy.org

Fundraiser benefiting the Wheels Museum, $100 adults, $35 children.  Take Railrunner from Albuquerque to Belen.
More information at www.wheelsmuseum.org or call 243-6269

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.          

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

JUNE 3, noon, free. Waters Room of the Center for SW Research at Zimmerman Library, Writing and Speaking from the Border: Rhetorical Practice at UNM 1889-1912. Elizabeth Leahy, UNM Scholars program.

JUNE 4, 6 pm, free, The Jews of Cuba, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org

JUNE 5, 6  pm, free. Opening Reception for Visionary Concepts Genres of Pueblo Art. Pieces from the vault of IPCC. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270, www.indianpueblo.org.

JUNE 5, 6 pm, free. Before Bataan, NM’s 200th Coast Guard Artillery. Ron Dean, former managing editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican.  NM History Museum, www.newmexicohistory.org.

JUNE 5-7, registration fee, Genealogical Society of Hispanic America Conference in Santa Fe. http://facc-gsha.com.

JUNE  5, 1 pm, Georgia O’Keefe, Friday free NM themed movies at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts.

JUNE 6, 2 pm, free. The Social Impact of African American Women’s Clubs on NM History. 867-3355. Placitas Library. www.placitaslibrary.com.

JUNE 6, 10am, free, Vamos Al Mueo! family visit to Art Museum with hands on art activities, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.www.nhccnm.org

JUNE 6 and other Saturdays. Beginning genealogy workshops. ABQ Genealogical Society,  http://abqgen.swnet.com.

JUNE 6, all day, $5. Field trip by van to the Salinas Pueblo Missions of Abo and Grand Quivira. Meet at the Los Lunas Railrunner station. 352-7720. Sponsored by the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts., 352-7720.

JUNE 6, 11 am-12 noon, $10. Tour of buildings and grounds. Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. 4803 Rio Grande NW, www.lospoblanos.com

JUNE 7,  2 pm, Sundays free for NM residents. The Civil War remembered: Slavery and Territorial NM. Dwight Pitcaithley, Part of the exhibitFading Memories Echoes of the Civil War.  NM History Museum, www.newmexicohistory.org.

JUNE 8, 11:45 am, $21 luncheon. Come hear the unique story of water engineer Norm Gaume in his efforts to stop the project to dam the Gila River. MCM Elegante Hotel, 2020 Menaul NE. Reservations required by June 3. Submit to presswomen@yahoo.com. Sponsored by the Abq. chapter of Press Women.

JUNE 9, 6 pm, fee, Dance classes, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org

JUNE  12, 1 pm, Grapes of Wrath,  Friday free NM themed movies at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. 352-7720.

JUNE 13, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. African American Neighborhoods of Albuquerque presented by Rita Powdrell, 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.

JUNE 13, 1 pm, free. Movie Salt of the Earth about the 1950s miners strike in New Mexico. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts.

JUNE 13, 10:30am, 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.or

JUNE 13, 7 pm, $7, KiMo Theatre. Writers Mira Jacob and Kirstin Valdez Quade speak. Benefits the Public Library Foundation.

JUNE 13, 1:30 pm, Casa San Isidro in Corrales, folklorist and historian Enrique Lamadrid describes his book with the compelling story of children helping to save lives. Also sponsored by the Camino Real Trail Association. 897-8828. www.cabq.gov/museum, www.corraleshistory.org.

JUNE 14,  1 pm, free. Andrew Thomas (Dine) plays the flute. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270, www.indianpueblo.org.

JUNE 14, 2 pm, free. Mapping our vanishing Past : places in the East Mountains that no longer exist. Old Tijeras Church next to the East Mountain Library. East Mountain Historical Society. www.emhs.org.

JUNE  14, 2 pm, free for members $5 for others. Folklorist Nasario Garcia signs copies of his new book “Hoe, Heaven & Hell” Shebana Coelho shows her documentary, When the Stars trembled in Rio Puerco, which is based on a Nasario Garcia book. Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House in Bernalillo on Highway 550 by the Phillips 66.  www.sandovalhistory.org

JUNE 16, 2 pm, free, Waters Room of Center for SW Research located in Zimmerman Library. The First American pageant & Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce: Transforming Views of “Indian” Identification 1928-1931.  Jane Sinclair, from the UNM Scholars Program.

JUNE 17, 5:30  pm, free. Coffee and Conversation: Reviving Traditions. Potter Erik Fender of San Ildefonso speaks on black-on-black pottery. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270, www.indianpueblo.org.

JUNE 18, free, 5-8 pm,   Museum of Albuquerque Third Thursday program,   Food & beverage available.  www.cabq.gov/museum

JUNE 18, 5:30 pm, free, Salud y Sabor, food demos, free family activities, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org

JUNE  19, 1 pm, Bless Me Ultima, Friday free NM themed movies at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. 352-7720.

JUNE 20, free Powered by the Sun – events related to solar energy. Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. 7851 2nd St. SW. ContactTeresa_skiba@fws.gov.

JUNE 20, 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

JUNE 20, 1-4 pm, 50th anniversary UNM School of Medicine Symposium, Domenici Center at UNM Health Sciences, http://som.unm.edu/history/gala.html. 272-8085.

JUNE 21, 2 pm, free,  Bob Smith presents Get your Kicks on Route 66, Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org/programs.

JUNE 21, 2-3 pm, free. What you might have seen inside the Alvarado Hotel. Deb Slaney, History Curator from the Albuquerque Museum.  Part of the exhibit Setting the Standard: the Fred Harvey Company and its Legacy, NM History Museum, www.newmexicohistory.org.

JUNE 21, 2 p.m., $5 or free for Friends of Coronado Members, Prehistoric Weaponry of the Southwest presented by anthropologist / archaeologist Ron Fields , Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site. Program is 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.

JUNE 22 -repeats JUNE 29 all day. Free teachers workshop. Teaching with Historic Maps presented by Dennis & Judy Reinhartz,   free. NM History Museum, www.newmexicohistory.org.

JUNE  26, 1 pm, Them (50s SciFi), Friday free NM themed movies at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts.

JUNE 27, 2pm, free. NM composer and music historian Jane Ellen speaks on 12th century music of Hildegard of Bingen. 867-3355.www.placitaslibrary.com.

JUNE 27, 12 noon, free. Dennis Herrick speaks about and signs his book Winter of the Metal People / The Tiguex War of 1540-1542.  Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270, www.indianpueblo.org.

JUNE 27, 10:30 am, free, nature walk in the Bosque and family nature activities, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.www.nhccnm.org

JUNE 29 all day. Free teachers workshop. Teaching with Historic Maps presented by Dennis & Judy Reinhartz, 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.


JUNE 3-24 (4 sessions) , 10 am-12 noon, The New Mexico Novel, $65
JUNE 5, 3:30-5:30 pm, Anthropological Genetic Genealogy:  The Suebi Connection, $20, (Angel Cervantes)
JUNE 9, Coronado and the Tiguex War, 1-3 pm,  $20
JUNE 16-18 (two sessions) 10 am – 12 noon, Willa Cather and the making of NM, $ 35
JUNE 24, 3:30-5:30 pm, DNA and NM Family History, $20, Angel Cervantes

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

Check their web site for more June culture & recreation tours
JUNE 5, Mesilla,  $80
JUNE 5, Los Alamos: Secret City of the Manhattan Project,  $95
JUNE 13, Bandelier and the Tsankawi Ruins, $99
JUNE 13, Mosaic Tile Art Tour (tour of public and private sites in ABQ, Rio Rancho, Placitas) $45
JUNE 27, White Water Rafting, $ 185

****************OASIS PROGRAMS******************************

Call 884-4529 to register and for more information. Must be age 55 and up. New 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.

JUNE 3, 10-12 noon, Ecology of the Sandia Mountains, Field Trip,
JUNE 6, 8:30-10 am, Murals of the Metro Area, $8  and optional bus field trip following
JUNE 6, Mural Art Day Trip, 10 am – 5 pm , $119 includes transportation and  lunch in Old Town
JUNE 11, 10:30-12 noon, Wildflowers of Northern & Central NM, $8
JUNE 12, 9 am – 3:30 pm, Colcha Embroidery Workshop, $50
JUNE 15, 10:30-12 noon, NM’s Summer Birds
JUNE 19, 1-2:30 pm, Colcha Day Trip to Villanueva area includes bus and picnic lunch ,  $109
JUNE 22, 1-2:30 pm, Los Alamos Ranch School
JUNE 23, 10am – 12 noon, Only in Albuquerque – visit to ABQ Museum led by Deb Slaney
JUNE 29, 1-2:30 pm, Puebloan DNA, by Angelo Cervantes

**********************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

JUNE 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, and 221st year of Our Lady of Belen Fiesta.
104 North 1st St. 861-0581. open Tuesday – Saturday 12:30-3:30 pm, ClosedSunday &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.  and Culture. 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


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.

                               ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES


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 JUNE 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