March 2016 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history opportunities:

SUNDAY MARCH 20 , 2 PM, Ann Carson describes the preservation and changes in the Huning Highlands neighborhood which grew after the 1880 coming of the railroad.   Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum, Free parking south of the Museum, free admission to Museum and the

FREE SATURDAY WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE Meet at 1st & Central SW 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.  

FREE ADMISSION FOR NM RESIDENTS EVERY SUNDAY AT THE NM HISTORY MUSEUM  in Santa Fe and ALL STATE HISTORIC SITES, Free admission for seniors every Wednesday.     NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Saturday and Sunday at 12 Noon. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Register for the Historical Society of New Mexico annual conference April 14-16in Farmington,  for more info.

MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, $5-!0 pay what you can. 6 pm beginning, intermediate; 7-8 pm  intermediate & advanced Cuban Salsa dance instruction. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 189.

MARCH 3, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Happy (Arte) Hour with artist Jocelyn Salaz. National Hispanic Cultural Center-Dominici Ed. Building, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 167.  Snacks and refreshments available.

MARCH 3, 5:30-7 pm, Free. Role of Water in the Contemporary Pueblo world-how water affects architecture. (Series continues April 7, May 5) Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 843-7270.

MARCH 4, 3:30-6 pm, and MARCH 5, 11 am – 2 pm, free admission. Book Sale and fundraiser at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH 4 ,5-8 pm, first Friday at the New Mexico History Museum, free. 6 pm, Rick Hendricks, NM state historian speaks on 1623 in  Print in New Mexico, the same year as Shakespeare’s portfolio. NM History Museum,

MARCH 5, 10:30 am, free. New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks describes his recent research trip to the Mexico City archives. Sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

MARCH 5, 1 pm, free. John Mulhouse speaks on “Ghost Towns of the Area”. Salinas National Monument headquarters in Mountainair, 847-2585.

MARCH 5, 2 pm, free. Reception for an art exhibit by local high school students. Los Lunas Museum of Art & Heritage, Call 352-7720, at the water town on 251 Main St in Los Lunas.

MARCH 5, 3-5 pm, free. A Slice of American Pie -Low Rider Art installation painted by Luis Tapia. NM Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 5, 10:30 am-12 noon, free. Hands-on art making for children of all ages. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call Elena Baca at 246-2261 X 189.

MARCH 5, 10 am, free. Sandoval County Genealogical Society. Rio Rancho’s Loma Colorado Library, 755 Loma Colorado Blvd.

MARCH 5, 1-2:30 pm, free but you must register Opera Southwest: Puccini and Popcorn, a program for children and families to learn about opera. Albuquerque Museum.

MARCH 5 , 10:30-12 noon, free. Vamos al Museo. Family event to visit the art museum then do printmaking. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW, Call Elena Baca at 246-2261 X 167 or

MARCH 6, free, must RSVP to 897-8831. Bosque Wild guided walk. Sponsored by the Open Space Division. Art exhibit “No More Stories” continues at Open Space Visitor Center, 6400 Coors NW.

MARCH 6, 2 -3 pm, free (limited seating, come early). Pancho Villa & the US Army. Jeff Lowdermilk, Helen Patton (granddaughter of WW II General George Patton, NM History Museum,    Santa Fe.

MARCH 6, FREE 1st Sunday ADMISSION for NM residents to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science in Old Town.                         

MARCH 8, 6:30 p.m. free. Friends of Tijeras Pueblo speaker series presents David Greenwald from the Jornada Research Institute speaking on Research at Creekside Village in the Tularosa Basin. Location, Sandia Ranger Station just off I-40 and south Hwy. 14.

MARCH 9, 10 am, free. Preserving & Sharing Research”. ABQ Genealogical Society Main Library 5th & Copper.

MARCH 10, 5:30-6:30 pm, free. “Science on Tap”, explores science and technology in an informal setting. Nuclear engineer Carl Willis describes how he creates art using electrodeless glass vessels. Yanni’s Restaurants, 3109 Central NE.Call the Nuclear Museum at 245-2137 X 103 for more info. Beverages and food may be ordered to partake during the program                       

MARCH 12, get free one day tickets to visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Go to their website:

MARCH 12 , 11 am, free. Literary History of Poets in Placitas with Larry Goodell and John Roche followed by a short drive with a walking tour showing where various poets and authors lived in the 60s & 70s:  Placitas Community Library, 5 miles east of I-25 exit 242., 867-3355. Followed by a 3 pm poetry reading by Larry Goodell and “open mic”  stories of the 60s & 70s counterculture at Silva’s Bar in Bernalillo.

MARCH 12, 6-9 pm, free, must RSVP to 897-8831. Star Party using numerous telescopes in cooperation with the ABQ Astronomical Society. Open Space Visitor Center, 6400 Coors NW.

MARCH 12, 9 am-12 noon, free. Backyard Farming series. sponsored by Bernalillo County open space at the Guiterrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW, or 314-0398.

MARCH 12, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Naomi Sandweiss speaks on  “Jewish Albuquerque“. Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, series on People Create Cities., 848-1376.

MARCH 12, 2 pm, free. Ellen Dowling speaks on The Irish in Albuquerque. Cherry Hills Library Branch. Limited seating call 857-8321 for more information.

MARCH 12, admission charge. 12 noon, Zuni Olla Maidens, a traditional dance performance from this all-female dance group. 1 pm Lucy Lewis: Celebrating the Legacy. How the legendary Acoma potter’s legacy is being carried on by her family. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,

SUNDAY MARCH 13, admission, 1 pm. A Famous Family in the World of Art: A view into the Collection: Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin & Margarete Bagshaw. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH 13, 2 pm, free, Opening reception for the Photo exhibit  “Santa Fe Faces: the photographs of Alan Pearlman”. NM History Museum,

MARCH 13, 2 pm, members free, others $5.  Dirk Van Hart speaks on “The What If’s in History”. Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House in Bernalillo off

MARCH 14, 7-8 pm. free. Lunar Monday. NM Museum of Natural History,

MARCH 16, 12 noon-1pm, free (bring a sack lunch). Meet new Bernalillo County attorney Ken Martinez (former State Rep. from Grants, NM) at the monthly community program sponsored by Commissioner hart-Stebbins. McKinley Community Center just east of McKinley Mid School.

MARCH 16, 6 pm, free. Heriberto von Feilitzsch speaks on “The Road to Columbus” about the German Secret Service and the Mexican Revolution (in remberance of the 100th anniversary of the Pancho Villa Raid on Columbus, NM). National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 189.

MARCH 16, 5:30-7 pm. free. The Counter Narrative, Pueblo Women with Tewa Women United a non-profit empowering indigenous women to be social agents for change. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,

MARCH 17,  7 pm, free. “O’Keefe: Up Close and Faraway” Chautauqua about the life of Georgia O’Keefe by Deborah Blanche. Corrales Historical Society at the Old San Ysidro church.

MARCH  17, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Bolivia, free cooking and nutrition info, art, entertainment. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge Call 246-2261 X 189.

MARCH 17, free tickets available at 6 pm, film at 7 pm. Film about dancer and actress Chita Rivera’s career, co-presented by NM PBS. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 189.

MARCH 18-19, all day, free. Antequarian Book Fair at the MCM Elegante Hotel on Menaul at University.

MARCH 17, $17 for dinner.  Writer & artist Slim Randles presents Must make reservation with Gloria Bullis at  Westerners Corral History Dinner club. MCM Hotel Elegante, Menaul & University NE

MARCH 17, 5-8:30 pm, free 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Celebrate New Territories and the cultural traditions of Latin America through music, art making and demonstrations.

MARCH 18, 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha Community  Stitch. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 189.

MARCH 19, 10:30 am, free. Author and film historian Jeff Berg speaks on Films in Albuquerque. Special Collections Library.

MARCH 19, 2 pm, free. Dr. Tom Chavez former director of the NM History Museum and the National Hispanic Cultural Center speaks on Spain’s Contribution to the American Revolution. Placitas Community Library, 5 miles east of I-25, exit Limited seating, come early.

MARCH 19, 2 pm, free. Noted author and folklorist Nasario Garcia and Dolores Aragon speak about their book Grandpa Lolo’s Matanza: A New Mexico Tradition. Los Lunas Museum of Art & Heritage on Main Street at the water tower.

NEW MARCH 19, 7 – 10 pm, free. Star party sponsored by the ABQ Astronomical Society and Bern County Open Space at the Bachechi Open Space at Alameda and the River. Reservations not needed.

MARCH 20, 2 pm, free. Ann Carson  discusses the Huning-Highlands Victorian era neighborhood. Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

MARCH 20, 1:30-3:30 pm, free. “Families Make History- Colcha Embroidery”, NM History Museum,

MARCH 20, 2 pm, free for members-$5 others. Friends of Coronado Historic Site, meeting location at Sandoval county DeLavy House in Bernalillo off 550. Jacque Kocer, archaeology doctoral candidate at UNM speaks on the Gallina Culture of 1050-1300, a site near Chaco Canyon. 771-9493 or 867-5351.

MARCH 23, 11 am-3 pm, free. Native American bread baking demo, Indian Tacos, fry bread by the Edaakie family of Isleta Pueblo. Maxwell Museum.

MARCH 26, 10:30 amMarch begins; 12 noon, free. Fiesta to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day; National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 189.

MARCH 26, 10 am program & Q & A, . Dr. Dora Wang from UNM Hospital speaks on aManaging Anxiety for a Happier Healthier Life.  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.

MARCH 26, 10:30-11:30 am, free. Series on local history, David Schneider speaking on Albuquerque: Old Town to ABQ 1846-1949. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.

NEW MARCH 26, 9-5pm, admission fee. Opening of “Back to Life: the Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery“. Albuquerque Museum.

MARCH 27, Easter holiday and many museums and historic facilities closed.

MARCH 30, 12 noon, free. Brown Bag & Brainpower series. Speaker isdoctoral student Michael Cangemi speaking on The Killer President of Guatemala: US Guatemala Relations 1976-1988.  NM History Museum,

UNM Continuing Education

Call 277-0077 to register and for more information 277-0563. Fees for out of town field trips cover transportation. UNM Continuing Ed booklets with more detail available at all library branches.

****************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.

MARCH 10, 9-10 am, 11-12 noon, 1-2 pm visit the Recycling Center

MARCH 15, 1-2;30 pm, visit the 911 Call Center.

MARCH 16, 1-2:30 pm, Pueblos & Haciendas,

MARCH 21, 1-2:30 pm, Beekeeping in New Mexico

MARCH  28,  Walking Mondays, 8:30-10 am

MARCH 29 New Mexico Spring Birds

MARCH 29, chose from 10:30-12 noon or 1:30-3 pm, Casa San Ysidro Tour

MARCH 30, 8:30-10 am Walk Wednesdays

MARCH 30, 1-2:30 pm, the music of Glenn Campbell who lived & performed in ABQ as a young man).

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

Museum of Albuquerque Admission  505 243-7255


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.

Website Spotlight website about NM history & culture.

Unser Racing Museum

El Camino Real International Heritage Center (south of Socorro) 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)
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

NM Genealogical Society, Main Library,


NAMED TO NATIONAL PARK SERVICE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta,  244-0507. Free tours Tuesday – Saturday 10am-2pm.

                              ****************MUSEUM EXHIBITS*******************

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

.The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith and Poet of Territorial NM, Only in Albuquerque,

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 – The Original Instructions: Pueblo Sovereignty & Pueblo Governance; Our Land, Our Culture, Our Story.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Our Penitente Land: the DeAragon/Calles Collection National Hispanic Cultural Center. History and Literacy Arts Building.“Portraiture NM, Staging the Self“. Traveling exhibit of 54 works by 6 Latino artists. Exhibit continues through March 27, 2016. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge NW.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Exhibit–Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its 476-1250

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. El Agua Es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico, 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,

Along the Pecos: A Photographic and Sound Collage; Fading Memories: Echos of the Civil War; Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World. The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy. 47 Stars, NM Centennial Exhibit Pinhole Photography. 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, $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 or call 277-0077. UNM CE & Osher provide travel, lectures and classes. Osher requires a $20 membership fee. Go for course descriptions.

New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, NM Cultural Affairs Dept.

Placitas Public Library, 453 Hy 165, 5 miles east of the I-25 exit., 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. Contact 343-7480 or

VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER to see MARCH highlights of dance, film, workshops, music, theatre and exhibits. 1701 4TH ST. SW, 246-2261.




Celebrating New Mexico Statehood site,
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
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.


Visit the web sites of the Office of the State Historian, and the Albuquerque Historical Society,, 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.-