March 2018 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

MARCH 18 , 2 pm, Free. The Fascinating Legacy of Maisel’s Indian Trading Post presented by Diane Schaller, president Historic ABQ, Inc.  Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum and free admission to the Museum and the program.

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.

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

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NEW MEXICO ANNUAL HISTORY CONFERENCE, APRIL 19-21 IN ALAMOGORDO, NM. More program information, registration form Teachers and students may attend for free.

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. 


MARCH 2, 9am-5 pm, 1st Friday free at the Balloon Museum. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr., 768-6020.

MARCH 2, 6-7:30 pm, free. Opening of the exhibit “The Last Supper” calling attention to the negative effects of contemporary diets and diabetes on native nations. Gallery talk at 6:30 pm by artist Maxx Stevens. Maxwell Museum UNM.

MARCH 2, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special price $5.  NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd.

MARCH 2, 5-7 pm, free. Opening of the new exhibit, The Land that Enchants Me, picturing sheet music covers 1840-1960 with NM themes. NM History Museum in Santa

MARCH 2, 5-7 pm, free. UNM Art Museum juried graduate student exhibit opening reception. or call 277-4001.

MARCH 3, 10:30 am-12 noon, free but donations appreciated. Vamos al Museo! Children’s Art program will be creating piñatas. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact Elena Baca at 246-2261 or by email,

MARCH 3, 2-4 PM, free. Dr. Joseph Sanchez and Angelica Sanchez Clark read and sign their book “Historic Rt. 66: a New Mexican Crossroads“. National Hispanic Cultural

MARCH 3, 10:30 AM, free. Author Francelle Alexander signs and reads from her books about ABQ’s North Valley: Los Griegos, Los Candelarias, Alameda, Los Ranchos. Sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Resource Center of NM. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 3, 2 pm, free. Reenactors Dixie Boyle and Donna Deiner perform a living history “True Stories of Frontier Women” Belen Harvey House, 104 N. 1st Street in Belen. Call 8861-0581 for more info.

MARCH 3, 2-4 pm, free. Monthly New Mexico theme movie, Kirk Douglas stars in Ace in the Hole (set in ABQ). Special Collections Library.

MARCH 3/4 (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.

MARCH 4, 9 am, free. Bosque Wild Walk. Must RSVP  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MARCH 4 – 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)

MARCH 6, 13, 20, 27 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. Contact, 246-2261 ext. 34744.

MARCH 6, 10:30-2 pm, free. Military Research Group, genealogy at Main Library.

MARCH 7, 12:05 pm, free. Kaemper Music Bach’s Lunch series presents Classical Guitar by Joseph Duran and Garrett Holstag. First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, free parking. Box lunch may be purchased for $5. Call 239-4421 or Info at

MARCH 7, all day. First Wednesday free admission to the Albuquerque Museum.

MARCH 7, 12 noon-1 pm, free. Friends of History Lecture Series presents retired New Mexico artist Charlie Carrillo. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

MARCH 8, 7:30 pm, free. Before the Neanderthals: How Hearth and Home Made Us Human, the Journal of Anthropological Research Distinguished Lecture by University of Arizona professors Steven Riecker and Mary Stiner. Anthropology Lecture Hall Room 163 at UNM. More info at

MARCH 9, 1 pm, free. Laura Gomez speaks and signs her book “Manifest Destinies-The Making of the Mexican American Race”. Dane Smith Hall, UNM.

MARCH 10, 1-3 pm, free but limited space, RSVP with Kent Swanson at 897-8831 or “Meet a Gila Monster” Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MARCH 10, 10:30AM, 12 noon, 1:30 pm, free. Tours of Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. 898-3915.

MARCH 10, 2 pm, free. Sherri Burr speaks on Race and Racism in New Mexico. Placitas Community Library. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council

MARCH 10, 7 pm, $15. Growing up Jewish in India: An Historical Perspective presented by Siona Benjamin, Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe. Co-sponsored by the NM Jewish Historical Society,

MARCH 10, 2 pm, admission. Into the Great White Sands – presented by noted photographer Craig Varjabedian. Albuquerque Museum. More info at 242-0434.

MARCH 10, 6-9 pm, free. Star Party, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MARCH 10, 1 pm, free. Celebration of the Aztec New Year with a ceremonial dance, Yankwik Xiwitl. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 10/11 (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.

MARCH 10, 10:30 am, free. Alan Carlson speaks on Early Albuquerque Race Tracks of the 1940s & 1950s. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

MARCH 10, 3 PM, free. Laura Gomez speaks and signs her book “Manifest Destinies-The Making of the Mexican American Race”. Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande


MARCH 11, 1-5 pm, free. A Town Hall to discuss the new public library on the old Caravan East Site: Meeting at Mesa Verde Community Center, 7900 Marquette NE.

MARCH 11, 2 pm, free for members of the Sandoval County Historical Society, $5 others. David C de Baca presents “NM Historical Events before the settlement of Jamestown in 1610″. Sandoval County DeLavy House off Highway 550 in Bernalillo. Turn north at the IHOP restaurant.

MARCH 12, 11:30 pm, $5 for non-members, buy your own lunch. Former State Land Commissioner Ray Powell speaks on the significance of the NM Land Office. Golden Corral Restaurant, 5207 San Mateo NE. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Press Women and Friends.

MARCH 13, 2-4 pm or free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month  is “Reigning in the Rio Grande: People, Land & Water: by Fred Phillips. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH  13, 6:30 pm, $5 for non Members. The Southern Tularosa Basin of NM, The Pueblo Core area of the Jornada Mogollon Culture. Presented by Alexander Kurota and Evan Sternberg from the Office of Contract Archeology at UNM. Friends of Tijeras Pueblo at the Sandia Ranger Station on highway 337 just off

MARCH 14, 10:30 am, free. Noted genealogist Henrietta Martinez Christmas speaks on “Are you my Mother?” Main Library downtown. Sponsored by the ABQ Genealogical Society.

MARCH 14, 6:30 pm, $8, $7, $5. Andrew Connors, Curator of Art at the ABQ Museum, speaks on “Da Vinci Artist or Scientist: Italy, Art, the Mona Lisa”. Program at the NM Natural History Museum.

MARCH 15, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Greens and Sprouts. Cooking demos and art activities. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact David Torres, 246-2261 for more info or

MARCH 15, 5-8:30 pm, free. Making Africa. Music, presentations, art projects part of Third Thursday program at the Albuquerque Museum.

MARCH 16, , 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha Community  Stitch-Along. Bring your colcha embroidery project. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 189.

MARCH 17, 10:30 am-1pm, free. Research day with free help from the ABQ Genealogical society. Main Library downtown. Free two hour parking across the street.

MARCH 17, 2 pm, free. Historian Maggie McDonald speaks on the Agriculture of the Rio Abajo. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. 352-7720.

MARCH 17 AND THE NEXT FOUR SATURDAYS, free. Beginner genealogy classes held at the Main Library Downtown. Free two hour parking at the City garage across the street.

MARCH 17, 2 pm, free. La Canoa Legacy Series: Genizaro Ethnogenesis, Emergence and Futurism. Presented by Dr. Moises Gonzales from UNM. National Hispanic Cultural Center library.

MARCH 17, 12 noon-2 pm, free. Traditional Basket Weaving by Christopher Lewis of Zuni Pueblo. Includes demonstrations. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

MARCH 17, 2 pm, free with Museum admission. Ballet Afrique, beginner African dance class. Albuquerque Museum. More information of the Museum website,

MARCH 17, 1pm, free. Bill Dunmire speaks on New Mexico’s Living Landscapes, Magdalena Public Library. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council

MARCH 17/18 (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.

MARCH 17, 11am-6 pm,ticketed event. ShamRock Fest includes the High Desert Pipes & Drums, Celtic games, kids activities, food available for purchase and more. Contact Linda Hubley, 768-6028 for info.  Balloon Museum.

MARCH 18, 2 pm, free.  The Fascinating Legacy of Maisel’s Indian Trading Post presented by Diane Schaller, president Historic ABQ, Inc. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum. Free parking south of the Museum; Free admission to the Museum and the program.

MARCH 18, 2 PM, free for members Friends of Coronado Historic Site, $5 others. Estavanico the Moor by Dennis Herrick. Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House off Highway 550 in Bernalillo at the I-Hop.

MARCH 20, 12 noon-1 pm, free. Kemi Projects Canada, a unique contemporary dance clown. Special Collections Library.

MARCH 20, 7-8:30 pm, free. Congregation Albert’s Green Team presents A Community Response to Fracking. Congreagation Albert on Louisiana near Montgomery.

MARCH 21, 12 noon-1pm, free – bring your own lunch. State Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton speaks about the 2018 legislative session. McKinley Recreation Center just east of McKinley Mid School, 4500 Comanche NE. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins.

MARCH 21,  5:30-7 pm, free. The Counter Narrative Genes R us,  DNA: Idenity & Genealogy in the Southwest. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH 22, tickets available at 6 pm, film at 7 pm, free. Dolores, a documentary about farm worker civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. National Hispanic Cultural Sponsored by the Bank of America.

MARCH 22, 2-3:30 pm, free. How Mexican Americans created a Home for Themselves and a Better Future for America. Presented by Dr. RC Davis Undiano who is known internationally for his scholarship in Chicano Studies. Willard Room at UNM Zimmerman Library.

MARCH 24, 11am, free.  Dr. Szuson Wong presents Balancing the Yin and Yang: Wholeness in Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Wellbeing. 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 24, 9:30 am, $20 includes transportation and lunch. Tour of old Los Lunas Buildings. Sponsored by the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Art.

MARCH 24, 1-5 pm, free. Celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the Special collections Library with tours, presentations and a scavenger hunt.

MARCH 24, 1-3:30 pm, free but limited space, RSVP with Kent Swanson at 897-8831 or Chautauqua of Aldo Leopold. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MARCH 24,  2pm, admission fee. A special tour of the new exhibit La Ultima which coordinates with the Book and opera, Bless Me Ultima. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 24, New Mexico Art Auction. Fundraiser for the Friends of Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo. Contact for more information or

MARCH 24/25 (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.

MARCH 24 10, 9:30 am-12 noon, free but limited space Must RSVP  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, kswanson@cabq.govRaised Bed Gardening and Composting. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MARCH 24, 7-11 am, free. Balloons for All “Rise & Try” with an emphasis on balloon for the special needs population. Call Laurie Magovern at 768-6020.

MARCH 25, 1-2:30 pm, free but limited seating-come early. The Role of Women in NM History presented by noted historian Henrietta Martinez Christmas. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. RSVP with Colleen Langan, or 314-0398.

MARCH 25, 2 pm, free. Estevan the Black: Journey into the Unknown  presented by Edward Wallace, Co-sponsored by the NM Humanities Council. Corrales Historical Society at the Old San Ysidro Church.

MARCH 25, 2 pm, admission. Afropop,contemporary music of Africa and music history. A lecture presented by the senior producer of the public radio program Afropop. Albuquerque Museum.

MARCH 27, 2 pm, free. Music from the Ranch and Open Range by Steve Cormier, Erna Fergusson Library, San Mateo NE. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

MARCH 27, 6-7 pm, They Came to Heal: They stayed to Paint – The Birth of the Santa Fe Art Colony by Nancy Owen Lewis. St. Francis Ausditorium at the NM Art Museum in Santa Fe sponsored by Las Golondrinas.

MARCH 29, tickets available at 6 pm, film at 7 pm, free. A Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Struggle, a documentary about farm worker civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Sponsored by the Bank of America.

MARCH 31, 10an-12 noon, free but limited space, RSVP with Kent Swanson at 897-8831 or “How to Attract Bees” Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MARCH 31, tickets. Einstein Gala to benefit the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Contact 245-2137 X110 for ticket info.

MARCH 31, 8:30 am-12 noon, free. Route 66 Open Space Clean up. Wear gloves, hat, sunscreen. More info on the open space division web site, or Jim Sattler, 452-5213.


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) 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


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 to the events section and click on History of NM Vets.


NM Genealogical Society, Main Library,


Holocaust & Intolerance Museum, 616 Central SW.

UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research
 Contact CSWR –

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History – Making Africa: A Continent of Design; Mansions, Motoring, Millennials – the History of the Huning Highlands area; “Only in Albuquerque”

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNMChinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics 277-4405, 277-1400.

Belen Harvey House104 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.

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center2401 12th St. NW –  New 40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.  Meditations on the Journey by artist Felix Vigil (Jemez, Jicarilla)

National Hispanic Cultural Center4th & Bridge NW.

La Ultima Exhibicion based on the visual interpretation of the novel Bless Me, Ultima. 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, 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 476-1250

New Mexico History Museum – 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.

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 to 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 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. Contact 343-7480 or

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.


Casa San Ysidro – FEBRUARY 20, Casa San Ysidro reopens. Call 898-3915.


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.-