June 2018 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY,  JUNE 17 , 2 pm, Free.  Albuquerque’s Space Pioneers presented by Loretta Hall. 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 – The most comprehensive traveling exhibition on the life, art and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci ever assembled. Continues through July 29, 2018 at the NM Natural History Museum in Old Town. 

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

JUNE 1, 6-8 pm, free. Rooted in Familia y Tierra: Barelas and Martineztown Part I, Stories of Resistance & Resilience. Poetry, music, storytelling, Casa de Cultura gallery, 804 Park Ave SW. (8th & Central SW)

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

JUNE 1, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special price $5.  ($5 off DaVinci admission). Theme of night is DaVinci & Technology. There will be numerous displays from community organizations. NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NWwww.NMnaturalhistory.org.

JUNE 2, 10:30 am, free. Francelle Alexander speaks on ABQ’s North Valley: Alameda & Los Ranchos. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JUNE 2, 2-3 pm, free. Performance of weaving by artist Eric-Paul Riege as part of the exhibit “Because it’s Time, Unraveling Race & Place in NM”. National Hispanic Cultural Center.www.nhccnm.org.

JUNE 2, all day, free. Frontier Festival in Magdalena, NM. Music, speakers, opening of box car museum. 3 PM Paul Harden speaks about then Magdalena Township.  https://tinyurl.com/yck85z4w  575-854-2361.  Facebook post: https://tinyurl.com/y86fb9d5 575-854-2361.

JUNE 2, 1-4 pm, free. Opening of American Jewelry in New Mexico. Albuquerque Museum.

JUNE 2, 2 pm, free. Taos County Historical Society.  “Ceran St. Vrain is NM True” presented by Christine St. Vrain Fischahs. Kit Carson Coop Meeting Room, 118 Cruz Altos Rd.

JUNE 2, 2-6 pm, free. Celebrate the opening of the new grocery in Mountainair. Free food and sales from Sierra Blanca Brewery.

JUNE 2, 2-4 pm, free. New Mexico based television Colores double feature. “Beaumont Newhall, the History of Photograpy” and “Hands of a Craftsman, Heart of an Artist: Gustave Bauman“. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

JUNE 3, 4 pm, free but donation of $10 appreciated. Dr. Noel Pugach speaks on Jews in New Mexico Ranching Families. Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NEwww.nmjhs.org.

JUNE 3, all day, free. Opening of exhibit “Atomic Histories”. NM History Museum in Santa Fe. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

JUNE 2/3 (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.

JUNE 3, 2 PM, free for members Friends of Coronado Historic Site, $5 others. Sherry Hardage will describe PreColumbian Meso American Trade.  Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House off Highway 550 in Bernalillo at the I-Hop.

JUNE 3, 10, 17, 24  FAMILY FUN DAY EVERY SUNDAY, 12 noon-5 pm: Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW. Sponsored by the Bernalillo County Open Space Division. No reservation needed. www.bernco.gov/openspace.

JUNE 3, 8-10 am, free. Bosque Wild Walk. Must RSVP  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, kswanson@cabq.gov. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NWwww.cabq.gov/openspace.

JUNE 3,  free admission for NM residents on first Sunday at the NM Natural History Museum on Mountain Rd. in Old Town. (does not include the Da Vinci exhibit). www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

JUNE 5, 12, 19, 26 Tuesdays,  Pay what you can $5-$10. Cuban Salsa classes for beginners and intermediates. Beginners & intermediate 6-7 pm; 7-8 pm Intermediate and advanced.  National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org. Contact elsa.menendez@state.nm.us, 246-2261 ext. 34744.

JUNE 5, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical Society Military Research Day, Main Library.

JUNE 6, 12:05 pm, free. Kaemper Music Bach’s Lunch series presents soprano Kimberly Johnson “My Favorite Arias” . First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, free parking. Box lunch may be purchased for $5. Call 239-4421 or music@firstumcabq.org. Info at kaempermusic.com.

JUNE 6, all day. First Wednesday free admission to the Albuquerque Museum.

JUNE 6, 12 noon, free. Laurence Creider, professor emeritus NMSU presents Padre Martinez and NM’s 1st Printed Publications. NM History Museum. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

JUNE 7, 5:30-7 pm, free but limited space, RSVP with Traci Quinn, tmquinn@unm.eduExcavating Nagatani’s Early Works. UNM Art Museum curator of photographs Mary Statzer speaks on the work of Patrick Nagatani. UNM Art Museum. www.unmartmuseum.org or call 277-4001.

JUNE 9/10, 10am-12 noon, $50. Art Workshop – Modern Mona Lisa: Paper Pulp with artist Michelle Korte. NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

JUNE 9, 1-4 pm, free. Opening of new exhibit The Chinese American Experience in ABQ: From Invisible to Visible. Includes 1 pm, Lion Dance; 2-3 pm, Questions & Answers with members of ABQ’s Chinese American community. Albuquerque Museum.

JUNE 9, 4-10 pm, free. Summerfest in the Heights, North Domingo Baca Park. Live Entertainment, Kids’ Activities, Food Trucks, Microbrew. Call 311 for more information. www.cabq.gov.

JUNE 9, 1 pm, Reconsidering Tijerina, a program about Rio Arriba County and Reis Tijerina presented by UNM professor Enrique Lamadrid and music by Cipriano Vigil. Abiquiu, NM church parish plaza.

JUNE 9, 2 pm, free. Leslie Joy Coleman presents a chautauqua of “Calamity Jane talks to Tourists“. Placitas Library. More info at 867-3355. Located east of I-25 in Placitas. Exit 241.

JUNE 9, 1-4 pm, free. Native Identities in NM Film, the history of over 120 years of films in NM presented by Jeff Berg, Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. 897-8828 or Aaron Gardner, agardner@cabq.gov.

JUNE 9, 10:30 am, free. Nancy Turner continues Part 3 of  The Golden Age of ABQ Postcards: Stationers, Printers, Curio Dealers & More  Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

JUNE 9/10 (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.

JUNE 10, 1-3 pm, with IPCC admission. Limited size, RSVP. A View into the Collection. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.www.indianpueblo.org.

JUNE 10, 11am,, free. Local activist Javier Benavidez speaks on The Work of Fighting for NM’s Future. National Hispanic CC.

JUNE 10, 1-3 pm,  local favorite Jeez LaWeez performs at Old Town Gazebo.

JUNE 12, 6:30 pm, $5 for non Members. A New Light on the Village of Kuaua: Recent Archeological Findings at Coronado Historic Site. Presented by Ethan Ortega. Friends of Tijeras Pueblo at the Sandia Ranger Station on highway 337 just off I-40www.friendsoftijeraspueblo.org.

JUNE 12,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month  is “Men on the Moon: short stories by Simon Ortiz”. Ortiz, from Acoma Pueblo, is a poet and author. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org bookclub@indianpueblo.org.

JUNE 14 – Observance of Flag Day.

JUNE 14, 7 pm, free – tickets available at 6 pm. Film series followed by Q & A to encourage discussion of immigration issues against a backdrop of immigration history. Part 1-The Power and the People of New York: A documentary film (30 min.) and Jewish Immigration: A World of their Own (2008) 30 min. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Will continue over over six weeks.

JUNE 15, all day, $40 includes meals. Las Vegas New Mexico Family Heritage Day. Ilfeld Auditorium Las Vegas, NM. More info at the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, lvcchp.org.

JUNE 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.

JUNE 15, 6:30-11 pm, ticket event. Libations & Leonardo. Dancing, cash food / bar. NM Natural History Museum.

JUNE 16, 10 am, free. Vamos Afuera-Ultimas’ Garden. Come help plant an herb garden at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.com.

JUNE 16, 9 am-2 pm, free. Pollination Celebration – music, crafts, honey vendors, bee hive info. Part of National Pollinator Week. Open Space Visitor Center.

JUNE 16, 2pm, free. Tomas Jaehn speaks on German Pioneers in NM. Jaehn has written about Germans in the SW and is head of the Center for SW Research at Zimmerman Library. Program at Placitas Library.

JUNE 16, 10:30-1:30 pm, free. ABQ Gen. Society Research Day at the Main Library, 768-5141.

JUNE 16/17 (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.

JUNE 16, 1-2 pm, admission. Artist Levon Loncassion (Zuni) demonstrates his painting. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

JUNE 16/17, 9:30-3pm, free.  Ft. Union Days – historical re-enactors, Native American dancing, Buffalo Soldiers, historic weapons, demonstrations. Ft. Union National Monument, I-25 north of Las Vegas, NM.

JUNE 17, 2 pm, free. Space Pioneers of Albuquerque presented by Loretta Hall. 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

JUNE 19, 10:30 am, free. The Way of the Drum presented by M. Herrera from Cochiti Pueblo. Edgewood NM Community Library, 281-0138. Sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council.

JUNE 19, observance of Juneteenth, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas June 19, 1865.

JUNE 20. 6-6:45 pm, free. High Desert Jazz Band followed by the ABQ Concert Band. Bring blankets & chairs for the grass area.  Balloon Museum, more info at 768-6020 or Linda Hubley, lhubley@cabq.gov.

JUNE 20, 5:30-7 pm, free. The Counter Narrative presents Zia: Iconogrphy and Appropriation. A panel discusses how the Zia symbol was appropriated by the state of NM to use for the state flag and why debate continues on this. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JUNE 21,  5-8:30 pm, free.  Music by Simple Truth jazz group, demo by jewelry artist Allen Aragon, presentations, art projects. Third Thursday program at the Albuquerque Museum. www.cabq.gov/museum

JUNE 21, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Local Herbs). Cooking demos and art activities. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact David Torres, 246-2261 for more info or DavidM.Torres@state.nm.us.

JUNE 23, all day. $1 admission. Book sale at the Hispanic Cultural Center. Door prizes and refreshments.

JUNE 23, 10:30 am-12 noon, free. Leba Freed from the Wheels Museum speaks about “The Coming of the Railroad, Many Personalities. Main Library downtown. Free two hour parking at City parking garage at 5th & Copper NW.

JUNE 23, 10 am-12 noon, $50.  Art Workshop about DaVinci’s Scientific Illustrations. Part of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the NM Natural History Museum. www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

June 23, 12 noon – 3 pm, free. Demonstration by Dominic Arquero from Cochiti. “Hide & Chic”, jewelry making using rawhide. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JUNE 23, 1-4 pm, free. Opening of the photography exhibit curated by Joseph Traugott. “Excavations: Patrick Nagatani, Buried Cars and Other Stories”. Albuquerque Museum.

JUNE 23, 11 am, free.  Julie So speaks about Debunking the 3Cs-When Communicating with the Chinese The Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center. More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941.

JUNE 24, 2-4 pm, free. The Personal Accounts of New Mexico Jews in Business and Community Life. Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

JUNE 23/24 (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.

JUNE 25, 6-8 pm, $20. Come learn how to make salsa. All ingredients provided. Call 724-3510 to reserve a spot. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JUNE 27, 12 noon-1pm, free – bring your own lunch.  Speaker is Sarah Lucero from the NM Farmers Market. Different location-Keshet Center for the Arts, 4121 Cutler NE. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins.

JUNE 28, 7 pm, tickets available at 6 pm, free. Film series to encourage discussion of immigration issues against a backdrop of immigration history. Part 2-Welcome to Shelbyville, Promise & Prejudice. What happened when a group of Muslim Somali refugees are relocated to a small Tennessee town. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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

JUNE 30/JULY 1 (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.

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


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.


$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.


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”,

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. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

 “Unraveling Race and Place in New Mexico“, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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.


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge  www.FriendsofValledeOro.org.

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales. Call 898-3915. https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/albuquerque-museum/casa-san-ysidro


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