March 2019 NM History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY,  MARCH 17, 2 pm, Free.  Director Thea Haver of Modern Albuquerque is leading an organization promoting mid-century architecture, both residential and commercial. She will explain why ABQ’s recent past is important. Modern Albuquerque researches various buildings and provides tours. 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. 10 am, MEET YOUR GUIDE AT SW CORNER OF 1ST & CENTRAL IN FRONT OF THEATER.  You must now PAY City meters. Tours can also be arranged for other days and times. Call 289-0586 to leave a message or reserve for a group more than five. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ.

HISTORIC KIMO THEATRE FREE DOCENT LED TOURS – 12 NOON, March 6, 12, 13, 17, 24, 31. You must reserve a ticket at

The Wheels Museum is located in the Barelas steam locomotive repair shops at 1100 2nd St. SW. It  is open for small group tours but you must call Leba Freed at 243-6269 to schedule a tour.  The Museum showcases the history of area transportation including rail, Route 66, and Camino Real. It also includes info on past, present and future modes of transportation in the west. It has photos and archives of men who worked in the Barelas facility.

2019 CALENDARS FOR SALE FEATURING BEFORE & AFTER SCENES OF EAST MOUNTAIN HISTORY. The calendars may be found at the Triangle Grocery and Roots Cafe. More info at


MARCH 1, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special admission price $5. NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.

MARCH 1, 6 pm, free. Opening reception for Ayer, Hoy y Manana / Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: An Exhibit of traditional Hispanic arts from 63 different artists. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. Call 352-7720 for more information.

MARCH 2, 10:30 am-12 noon, $5 per family. Vamos al Museo-art projects for children. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact Elena Baca at 246-2261 or

MARCH 2, 2 pm, free. Spanish Pueblo Revival Architecture presented by Rachel Preston Prinz. Kit Carson Coop, 118 Cruz Alta Rd. in Taos. Taos County Historical Society.

MARCH 2, 3 pm, free. Noted SW poet Jimmy Santiago Baca speaks at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. More info at 344-8139 or

MARCH 2, 2-3 pm, free. Feature films from PBS Colores at Special Collections.  Sleeping Monsters, Sacred Fires: Volcanoes of NM  and High Desert Trout featuring Bob Gerding, flyfishing in NM joined by author John Nichols. Special Collections Library.

MARCH 2, 10:30 am, free. Dr. Joseph Sanchez speaks on “Historical Dialogues: New Mexicans and the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro 1598-1692”. Prelude to Empire: the development of Spanish and Mexicans Archives. Sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Resource Center, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 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.

MARCH 3 – 10 RESTAURANT WEEK IN ALBUQUERQUE – special events and meals at area restaurants. More details at

MARCH 3, 8-10 am, free but limited space, must pre-register with Kent Swanson, 897-8831. Bosque Wild Guided nature walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MARCH 3, 3-4 pm, free. ABQ Concert Band performs at Eldorado HS Performing Arts Center. Featuring trombonist Chris Buckholz. Buckholz has played throughout the US. For more information,

MARCH 5, 10:30 am, free. Military Research Group, ABQ Genealogical Society, Main Library.

MARCH TUESDAYS 5,12, 19, 26. Salsa classes for beginners, 6-7 pm and intermediates, 7-8 pm. More info from, 246-2261 X 34744. Pay what you can. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

FEBRUARY 5, 6:30 pm, $5-$8. Major Science from Minor Planets: Discovery of the Dawn Mission to Vesta & Ceres presented by Carol Raymond of the Jet Propulsion Lab.

MARCH 6, free. First Wednesday free admission all day at the ABQ Museum. Free movie at 10 am, Goya: Crazy Like a Genius, 75 minutes, the Life of artist Francisco Goya. Part of the exhibit Visions of the Hispanic World.

MARCH 6, 12 noon, free. (See above announcement. Repeats on March 12, 13, 17, 24, 31) Docent led tour of the historic 1927 KiMo Theatre. You must reserve a ticket at

MARCH 7, 5:30-7 pm, free. New Mexico’s Least Understood Export: Conrad Hilton by Dr. Mark Young.  Part of the People & Places series. UNM Center for SW Research Zimmerman Library. More info from Tomas Jaehn, 277-7107,

MARCH 7, 6 pm, free. Panel discussion of artists from Ayer, Hoy y Manana / Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: An Exhibit of traditional Hispanic arts from 63 different artist. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. Call 352-7720 for more information.

MARCH 7, 5:30–7:30 pm, free but $5 donation accepted. Happy Arte Hour. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 8, 6:30 pm, must RSVP. Ladies Coffee Night with speaker Donna Bruzzese on International Womens Day Celebration. Raindrop Turkish House, 7901 Mountain

MARCH 8, 6-9 pm, free. Que Chola opening reception, exhibit continues through Aug. 4. “Cholas & home girls” in art and pop culture. National Hispanic cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 246-2261,

MARCH 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

MARCH 9, 3 pm, free. Discussion of the book based on the Espanola bar, Saints and Sinners: An Esoteric Collection of Poetry and Photos from New Mexico, Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. More info at 344-8139 or

MARCH 9, 1 pm, $30. Workshop on Turkish Cooking. Turkish Raindrop House,7901 Mountain Rd. NE. More info at

MARCH  9, 10:30 am-12 noon, free. Special Collections Library. Sandia National Labs Secret Nuclear Testing presented by Dave Straub. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE.

MARCH 9, 1-4 pm, free second Saturday program. Traditional Healing Plants and NEW MEXICO’S LIVING LANDSCAPES is theme.      1 pm, Historian Bill Dunmire speaks on NM’s six ecoregions. Activities for children. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. Contact 987-8828.

MARCH 9, 2 pm, free. Dennis Herrick speaks on the 8 Year Trek across the Southwest. 1528 from Texas to SW Mexico, three Spanish noblemen and the slave Esteban who explored America. Placitas Library. 867-3355.

MARCH 9 & CONTINUES MARCH 16, 23 & 30, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Workshops to help tell the story of Barelas. The public may share stories, anecdotes and scenes from Barelas. More information at National Hispanic Cultural Center,

MARCH 10, 2 pm, $5 if not a member. Francelle Alexander speaks on ABQ’s North Valley: Los Griegos, Los Candelarias, Los Ranchos & Alameda. Sandoval County Historical Society building off Hwy. 550 at the I-Hop in Bernalillo.

MARCH 10, 10 am-12 noon, admission. A view into the Collection. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH 10-16, Spring Break for schools “Rise and Try week”, Balloon Museum. Various events mostly free with paid admission: code workshop, Pod Race, Radio controlled hot air ballons, origami workshop, tours, music, wind & weather. More info at Contact education coordinator Lauren Coons,

MARCH 11-APRIL 9, free. Open M-F, 9am-4:30 pm and Saturday March 23 and 30 from 9am-2 pm. APS student annual art exhibit at the Unified Arts Library, Building M, APS Lincoln Complex, 912 Oak St. SE. Park in the Milne Stadium lot and look for Building M.

MARCH 11, 11:30 am, $5 for non-members and buy your own lunch. Speakers are QUIANA SALAZAR KING & ADRIEL OROZCO  from the ABQ Immigration Law Center. The presentation includes an update on immigration policy, refugees and border activity.  Albuquerque Press Women and Friends monthly luncheon. Mimi’s Cafe on 4316 The 25 Way

MARCH 11, 1:15-2:15  pm, free. Rosalia de Aragon presents The Legend of La Llorona, Wailing Woman. Meadowlark Senior Center, Rio Rancho. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

MARCH 12, 6:30 pm, $5 for non members. Friends of Tijeras Pueblo present Puebloan Ceramics of the El Rito Valley, NM. Presented by Hayward Franklin. Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras Canyon.

MARCH 12, 2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A monthly discussion of books written about or by Native Americans. This month’s book is WHITE SHELL WATER PLACE  by F. Richard Sanchez. This is an anthology of Native authors and a counter-narrative to the All Trails Lead to Santa Fe 400th commemoration. Meets in the Pueblo House of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH 12, 6:30-7:45 pm, free.  Your Dazzling Brain & Understanding Pain presented by the  UNM School of Medicine Community Lecture Program. ABQ Academy Simms Auditorium, 6400 Wyoming NE.

MARCH 13, 12 noon, free. A concert of Tango Music, with musical group Q Tango. Part of the Bach Lunch series at  the First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, Free parking. Box lunch available for $5 or bring your own.

MARCH 13, 12 noon, free. State historian Dr. Rick Hendricks describes “The Chile Kings: Fabian Garcia and Roy Nakayama”. Bring your lunch. Yucca Room of the State Records and Archives, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, just east of Cerillos Rd. 505-476-9782.

MARCH 13, 6-8 pm, $15. Frybread Class. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Restaurant (limit 50 enrollment). RSVP at

MARCH 15, 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha embroidery stitch along, bring your project or just come watch. . Contact or call 246-2261. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Bridge SW,

MARCH 16, 10:30-1:30, free. ABQ Gen. Soc. Research Day, Main Library 2nd floor. Library,  768-5141 or Lynda Katonak, 898-5592,

MARCH 16, 10:30-11:30, free. Health Literacy: Getting the most out of Your Health Care. Special Collections Library.

MARCH 16, 2 pm, free. La Canoa series presents Daniel Webb,  The Power and Place of the Apacheria in Colonial NM. Webb is a visiting scholar with the UNM Center for Regional Studies. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 16, 5-9 pm, free. Star Party in cooperation with the ABQ Astronomical Society. Telescopes available, crafts for young and old. 7 pm, Astronomy Talk. Kent Swanson, 897-8831.  Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MARCH 16, 2 pm, free. Benefit Art Auction of NM fine arts and crafts. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site. Location: Prarie Star Restaurant at the Santa Ana Golf course. More info at Bernalillo.

MARCH 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.

MARCH 17, 2 pm, free. Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum. Director Thea Haver describes the new local group Modern Albuquerque which is researching mid 20th century architecture in Albuquerque. Free parking south of the Museum; Free admission to the Museum and the program.

MARCH 17, 9-11 am, admission. Kickoff of the Season of Growth Garden series. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH 17, all day, free. Yankwik Xiwitl, a celebration of Aztec New Year.  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 18, 7-9 pm, free but tips appreciated. Western Music Association presents Buffalo Bill & Dr.Jo along with James Michael, Rio Grande Best Western, 1015 Rio Grande

MARCH 20, 12 noon, free(bring your lunch). Joseph Oder, Executive Director of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base. McKinley Recreation Center, 3401 Monroe NE, enter from west of McKinley School.

MARCH 21, 5-8 pm, free. Third Thursday as the ABQ Museum. Theme is Toque, Canta, y Baile – the sight, sound and flurry of Flamenco. Part of the Visions of the Hispanic World Exhibit. Music, food and beverage for sale.

MARCH 21, 7-8 pm, free. Walt Whitman’s America by chautauqua Bruce Noll. Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council. .

MARCH 22, 5-7 pm, free. 5 pm Bosque walk; 6:30 pm, Poetry Reading. What is it, then, between us? Poetry & Democracy. Visiting poet Natalie Scenters Zapico and ABQ Poet Laureate Michelle Otero. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 22, 6 pm, free. Discussion of the book Standing Rock, Indigenous Resistance by Nick Estes.  Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. More info at 344-8139 or

MARCH 23, 2-5 pm, $50. Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Workshop for teens. Scholarships available. Contact National Hispanic Cultural Center.

March 23, 2 PM, western author Johnny D. Boggs will speak and sign copies of his books (which will also be for sale) at the Transportation Center in Los Lunas (next to the Rail Runner station).  Brought to you by Friends of the Los Lunas Public Library & Museum of  Heritage and Arts. Link to Mr. Boggs web site:

MARCH 23, 11-12 noon, free. Take a guided tour of the 1920s era Special Collection Library.

MARCH 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.

MARCH 24, 2 pm, free. Author and journalist Sherry Robinson speaks on Apaches: Raiders of the Middle Rio Grande.  Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Rd. in Corrales.

MARCH 24, 1 PM, free. Alan Osborne present “New Mexico before Columbus”. Paleo Indian Archaic and classic ancestral cultures. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. Sponsored by the NM Humanites Council.

MARCH 25-28,  free. Opening speaker March 25 at 7:15 pm. Continues with double lectures March 26, 27 and 28 at 5:15 pm &  7:15 pm, free. Presenting the Medieval World. Lecture series at UNM’s Woodward Hall. Contact Timothy Graham at Free parking and shuttle bus in south lot by the football stadium. Co sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

MARCH 25, 1-2:15 pm, free. Presented by Dr. David Engel of NYU. Poles, Jews and History: 100 years of Polish-Jewish Relations, Room 125, Dane Smith Hall at UNM.

MARCH 26, 1:50-3 pm, free. Thinking about Anti-semitism. Room Lobo A& B, UNM Student Union

MARCH 26, 10:30 am. Research day Main Library with the ABQ Genealogical Society.

MARCH 27, 5:30-7 pm, $10 donation suggested. Manifest Larceny: Land Disputes from Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH 27, 6:30-8 pm, $5-8. Voices in Science lecture. Your Brain after a Concussion. Presented by Dr. Russell Morton, PhD UNM Health Sciences Center, Dept. of Neuroscience. NM Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW. More info from,

MARCH 28, 3:30 pm, free. Workshop on Saving Historic Places presented by the NM Office of Historic Preservation. Manzano Mountain Art Council, 101 E. Broadway in Mountainair.

MARCH 28, 2 pm, free. Cheryl Rofer speaks on Atomic Histories: An Informal History of Women at the National Labs. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

MARCH 29, 6pm, free. opening of Masterworks of NM Fine Art Show, Expo NM Hispanic Art Gallery.

MARCH 30, 10:30-3:30 pm, free. Cesar Chavez Day; March at 10:30 am and Fiesta, 12 noon -3:30 pm. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 30, 10 am-12 noon, free. Lin Ye presents Hong Kong Policy of the Chinese Government, 1920s-1970s.  Chinese American Speaker Series.  North Domingo Baca Community Center. More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941.

MARCH 30, 2 pm, admission.  Goya’s Sketch Books – Folly & Fantasy presented by Dr. Josie Lopez, curator of art. ABQ Museum.

MARCH 30, 3 pm, free. David Ryan speaks on 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Albuquerque, Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. More info at 344-8139 or

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

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) Fees vary.

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING $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.


Ana Pacheco Santa Fe 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 Visions of the Hispanic World – Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library, photo exhibit Everyday People-photos of people in Albuquerque in the 1940s & 50s “Pesos to Patriots” – New Mexico’s role in the War of Independence Albuquerque Museum.

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. 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.

Santa Fe Public Library,  Japanese American Prison Camps of New Mexico. Santa Fe Southside Library on 6599 Jaguar.

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 –    Opening of exhibit Zia Sun – different ways the symbol has been used on merchandise and its impact on Zia Pueblo40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.

National Hispanic Cultural Center4th & Bridge NW.
This collection of 30 black & white photos tell the story of the WW II labor program that brought Mexican men to the US to supply the much needed labor force. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 246-2261,
Braceros Photo exhibit of 30 black & white photos describing the use of Mexican labor in the US during WW II. 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“.
New Mexico Hometown Heroes: Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients photo exhibit.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History exhibit “Things Come Apart” the evolution of the smart phone and other everyday technological items. Continues through May. Museum of Nuclear History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, yearly memberships: Family $75; adult $40; Senior $35, Youth under 13, $25 ).

Black Art Speaks – a collaborative exhibition curated by the NM African American Artists Guild. Runs weekdays 9am-4pm through March 29. NM Humanities Council Office, 4115 Silver SE.Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its 476-1250

New Mexico History Museum – The Land that Enchants Me, picturing sheet music covers 1840-1960 with NM themes.  The Great War opens Nov. 11; The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, 47 Stars; Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time; Telling NM Stories,Then & Now. The First World War exhibit which includes letters, photos and objects. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

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, 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

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.-