March 2017 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

MARCH 19 —  ALBUQUERQUE’S LITTLE BEAVER TOWN: 1961-1963 presented by AHS member Roland Penttila. He will explain the short but exciting history of this amusement park on the east edge of ABQ and why it didn’t last.  Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society. Albuquerque Museum, Free parking south of the Museum, free admission to Museum and the program.

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.

Articles about New Mexico people, places & events. READ OVER 100 ISSUES OF LA CRONICA, the publication of the Historical Society of New Mexico.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Saturday / Sunday-12 noon. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH SATURDAYS 4, 11, 18, 25, 1-2 pm, admission fee.  Tour of the Art Museum,  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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

Listen to the music of  northern New Mexico-view lyrics in both Spanish and English. Learn about the Robb Musical Trust, (recordings of some 3,000 folk music and Native American chants) Free admission every Sunday 9 am-1 pm. Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

MARCH Wednesdays, either 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am, free. “Stories in the Sky” Preschool program includes songs, crafts, stories. Balloon 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE.

MARCH 3, 6-8 pm, free. Opening reception for a display of artistic aprons that illustrate women’s issues. NM Humanities Council office, 4115 Silver NE,

MARCH 3, admission fee. First Friday Fractals at 6 and 7 pm; Fractals Rock at 8 and 9 pm. NM Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town,

MARCH 3, 5-8 pm, free admission on 1st Friday to the NM History Museum in Santa Fe. (Also free admission for seniors on Wednesdays. )

MARCH 4, 1 pm, free. Lesley Poling Kempes speaks from her book Ladies of the Canyon, stories of remarkable women who journeyed to NM and the southwest. Placitas Library.  867-3355,   453 Highway 165, 5 miles east of the I-25 exit.

MARCH 4, 10:30 am, free.  Margaret Espinoza McDonald speaks on “Traditional Hispanic Foods of Lent” sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

MARCH 4, 2-4 pm, “Coyota in the Kitchen” by Anita Rodriguez, a book of stories and recipes that tell of two NM families. National Hispanic Cultural Center History Building. More details at

MARCH 4, 2 pm, free. Celebrate Women’s History Month: Songs of Suffragettes by local musicians, short play The Harvey Girls  presented by the Harvey House players and two special readings. Limited space RSVP. 861-0581 Harvey House in Belen, 101 N. 1st. St.

MARCH 4, 11 am, free. In honor of Women’s History Month authors Kimberly Griffiths Little and Caroline Rose sign and sell their books. Los Lunas Public Library. Call 839-3850 for more information.

MARCH 4, 6-9 PM, free. Star Party Night Sky Observations with telescopes. Open Space Visitor Center.6500 Coors NW, call 897-8831 for information

MARCH 5, 9-10:30 am, free but RSVP. Bosque Wild two mile hike. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. RSVP with Kent Swanson, 897-8831.

MARCH 5, 2-4 pm, free. Aqui Estamos: The Heart of Arte ! Opening Reception for changes to the Art Museum with new selections from the permanent collection. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 5, 2 pm, free. Jeff Berg speaks about Movies Made in New Mexico. Placitas Library., 867-3355.

MARCH 5 , first Sunday admission free for all NM residents. NM Natural History Museum. 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.

MARCH 5, 1 pm, free. Four Seasons of Plant Wisdom: Allergies & Sinuses. Bachechi Open Space. Contact Collene Langan, or 314-0398.

MARCH 5, 11 am, free. Geology Hike. Cerrillos Hills State Park (in the Village of Cerrillos). Call 474-0196 for more information or

MARCH 7, 10:30-2:30, free. Main Library, Military Research Group,  Genealogy.

CONTINUES THROUGH March 11. Exhibit “Lawyers without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the 3rd Reich”. Exhibit has been shown in some 100 US cities and around the world. UNM Law School.

MARCH 7, 14, 21, 28, $5-$10 per class. Cuban salsa dance class, 6-7 pm beginner & intermediate; 7-8 pm intermediate & advanced., 2 – 4 pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center,

MARCH 7, 4-5:30 pm, free. UNM’s Indigenous Native Library Program presents “The Future of Museums in Indian Country: The Native Voice and Why it Matters”. Waters Room, Zimmerman Library.

MARCH 8, 12 noon, free but donations accepted (also $5 box lunch available). Bach’s Lunch musical performance by jazz vocalist Dianna Hughes and pianist Jim Ahrend. First United Methodist Church downtown at 4th & Silver. Call 239-4421 for more info.

MARCH 8, 10:30 AM, free. Dr. William Litchman UNM professor and genealogist speaks on using Early American Land Records. Main Library.

MARCH 8, 7-9 pm, free. International Women’s Day Celebration with 19 different poets. National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Building.

MARCH 8, 2 pm, free. Presentation of “Saving Family Memories“. Genealogy area 2nd floor, Main Library. Call 768-5131 for information.

MARCH 9, 7 pm, free. Special announcement – The History of Rock & Roll in NM by music historian Stan Blitz (includes Buddy Holly’s connection to Clovis, NM and the Fireballs from Raton, NM). NM Farm & Ranch Museum in Las Cruces.

MARCH 9, 9-11 am, free. Practicing Freedom for the Post Truth Era, Zimmerman Library Willard Room.Contact Lori Townsend for more info,

MARCH 10, 10 am – 3 pm, free. Genealogy Day at the State Archives in Santa Fe. Various presentations and workshops. State Archives and Records Center, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey (just south of Cerillos Rd.) Contact 505-476-9700 or,  for more information and a schedule.

MARCH 11, 10 am, free. Troy Ainsworth presents “Historical Origins, Changing Uses and Ongoing Significance of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentra.  Guiterrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. 244-0507.

MARCH 11, 1-2 pm, free but limited seating, RSVP. Curanderismo: Traditional Mexican Medicine. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, RSVP with Kent Swanson, 897-8831.

MARCH 11, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Program on  “The History of ABQ Motels ” presented by Joe Sabatini. Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE,  848-1376.

MARCH 11, 11 am-6 pm, advance tickets $6, 4, $2 (see  for ticket prices) Shamrock Fest includes Celtic entertainment, Irish dancers, High Desert Pipes & Drums, Highland games, arts & crafts, vendors,  food trucks. See for schedule. Balloon Fiesta Park & Balloon Museum. 768-6020 for

MARCH 11, 2 pm, free. Historian & author John Taylor speaks about the Los Lunas Mystery Stone. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts on Main St. at the water tower. Call 352-7720 for more information.

MARCH 11, 1-4 pm, free. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, “Urban gardening and composting” workshop with demos and panel discussions.

MARCH 11, 1-2:30 pm, free with museum admission. Puccini & Popcorn. Live opera singers. ABQ Museum. Call 243-0591 for more info and make reservation.

MARCH 12, 2 pm, free for members; others $5. The Wagner Family of Corrales (Wagner Farms was founded in 1910 and four generations have worked the farm). Sandoval County Historical Society in Bernalillo at the DeLavy House. Turn at the I-Hop off Highway 550. .

MARCH 13, 11:30 am, buy your own lunch. Bob Perls, former NM legislator and founder of NM open primaries discusses the benefits of letting independents/ decline to state vote in primaries. Golden Corral meeting room, 5207 San Mateo NE. Albuquerque Press Women & Friends. $5 fee if not member of Press Women.

MARCH 14, 6:30 pm, $5 donation suggested. Dr. Michael Bletzner presents The Kastera Squeeze: the A’tzi-em Piro Pueblos of Teypana & Tzelaqui/ Sevilleta in the 17th Century. Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. Sponsored by the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo.

MARCH 14,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month is How We Became Human, poetry by Joy Harjo. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH 15, 12 noon, free. City Councilor Diane Gibson the McKinley Community Center 3401 Monroe NE just east of McKinley Mid School. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins. Brown bag lunch bring your own.

MARCH 15, 5-7 pm, free. Men of Steel: Pueblo Railroad Workers presented by Fred Friedman. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 12th St. NW.

MARCH 16, 5-8:30 pm, free. “Women in Film” with screenings and panel discussion. Third Thursday: related to the exhibit Lights, Camera, Action ! NM in Film and Television. Albuquerque Museum. contact Jessica Coyle, or 243-7255 for more information.

MARCH 16, 5:30-7:30 pm, free Salud y Sabor, foods from Columbia, cooking demos, art & entertainment. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 17, 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha Community  Stitch-Along. Bring your colcha embroidery project. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge Call 246-2261 X 189.

MARCH 18, 3 PM,  free. Global Multi-Instrumentalist Todd Green plays instruments and music from different countries. Manzano Mountain Art Council Art Center, 101 E. Broadway (Highway 60) at the blinking light, Mountainair. (Info on their Facebook page).

MARCH 18, 2 pm, free. Bright beginnings : Selecting a Good Tree”  by arborist Joseph Duncan. Placitas Library, 867-3355.

MARCH 18, 2-4 pm, free, Museum admission not required. Special Saturday music Rio Gumbo at the ABQ Museum. Contact Bree Ortiz,, 768-3556 for info.

MARCH 18, 7-10 pm, free. Stargazing with lots of activities and telescopes. Bachechi Open Space. Contact Collene langan, 314-0398 for more info.

MARCH 18, 2 pm, free. La Canoa series presents “Humor & Healing: Cantinflas Classic Screen Moments “presented by Gabriel Melendez. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 18-26, some activities free and other activities have fees. “Rise & Try” week, Staycation Fun & Enrichment during Spring break. Balloon Museum.

MARCH 19, 10 am-3pm, free. Jemez Pueblo Returns to Congregation Albert. Some 25-30 Jemez artists, dancers, food available for purchase. Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE. Call Jeff at 259-3190 for more info.

MARCH 19, 1-2 pm, admission. A Fuss about Gus: the colorful career of Gustav Baumann by Tom Leech, director of the Palace of the Governors Press. ABQ

MARCH 19 , 2 pm, free-includes free parking and free admission to the Museum. Albuquerque’s Little Beaver Town, 1961-63 presented by Roland Penttila. Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

MARCH 19, 1-3 pm, free. Nature Journaling & Mindfullness in Nature. Bachechi Open Space. 9521 Rio Grande NW at the Alameda Bridge. Contact Collene Langan at 314-0398,

MARCH 19, 2 pm, free for Coronado Historic Site members, $5 others. Chris Turnbow presents The Archaeology of the Gila Forks (Mimbres people)  Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House, off 550 turn at I-Hop just west of Coronado Historic site, 771-9493

MARCH 19, 2 pm, free. Bayou Seco presents Chile Gumbo Music : NM Root Music.  Corrales Historical Society,Old Church in Corrales.

MARCH 23, 9am-12 noon., free but RSVP. Bird Walk/ Look for Winter Birds with Sara Jayne of the Audubon Society. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. Contact Kent Swanson ,

MARCH 23, 5:30 register, 6:30 pm program, free. Dr. Sanjeev Arora from UNM Health Science Center speaks on Project ECHO-the changing face of medical delivery around the world, part of the Lobo Living Room Series. Domenici Center Auditorium, 1001 Stanford NE. Info at 277-9092,,  or

MARCH 25, 10 am program & Q & A, Dr. Dwight Dennison presents “The Amazing Dinosar Discoveries from Liaoning, China”    Sponsored by the Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center at 7521 Carmel NE Wyoming at Paseo del Norte. Followed by complimentary lunch (donations accepted.) More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941

MARCH 25, 12 noon-4 pm, free. Meet the Artists-Pueblo Pottery “Art with a Twist”. Come meet the five pueblo artists who designed the unique Starbucks coffee travel mugs. Also shop each potter’s original artwork.  Starbucks across the street from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. More info at

MARCH 25, a day long tour of the three missions comprising the Salinas National Monument. Contact the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 352-7720.

MARCH 25, 7:30, donations welcome. Earth Hour, speakers and planetarium program. NM Museum of Natural History. More info at

MARCH 26, 1 pm, free. Medicinal Plants and Changing Landscapes of Central New Mexico, a slideshow by Dara Saville. Gutierrez Hubbell House, for information.

MARCH 28 , 10:30am-3 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical Society research day. Learn how to get started doing family geneaology, Main Library 2nd floor.

MARCH 29, 5:30-8 pm, free but $10 donation requested. Spanish Olive Oil Tasting – learn about the history and making of olive oil. RSVP at 724-4777 or Email  NM Hispanic Cultural Center.

APRIL 1, 10:30-12 noon, free but $5 donation requested. Vamos al Museo, children’s programs on the first Saturday mornings at the Art Museum of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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.


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

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 desk.

NEW 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

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.


NM Genealogical Society, Main Library,


Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.
Hollywood Southwest: New MeXico in Film
Carved Line: Block Printmaking in New Mexico.
Jews of Albuquerque in the 20th Century
Only in Albuquerque.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. Chinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics 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

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW – Brand 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 Quixote, 4th & Bridge NW.

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,

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

New Mexico History Museum – Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern NM; 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 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.



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 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 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.-