May 2015 History Opportunities





Walk in registration accepted, program information at

See website of the Historic Preservation division for calendar of events,

There is no May Albuquerque Historical Society program.

WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL, FREE, SATURDAYS 10 – 11:30 am. Meet at 10 am at the corner of 1st & Central in front of the movie theater. Tour goes to 8th and Central. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ, Inc. with support from the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund. (Call Janet Saiers @ 299-5019 for more info.)

MAY 1, 6-9 pm, free . Middle Rio Grande Nature Exhibit/ National River Rally, Bring picnic.Bachechi Open Space Education Bldg Open House. ,  Alameda & the River. Bernalillo County,

MAY 2, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  John Ramsay speaks on  The Boundaries of New Mexico from the Spanish to the  Modern Period. Hispanic Genealogical Research Center, Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE.

MAY  2, 2 pm, free. Historian Thomas Chavez, reads and signs his new book Chasing History: Quests for Artifacts, Art and History. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW., Call Greta at 245-2261.

MAY 2, 10 am, FREE, Birthday Bash , Theme HEROS, story teller Matilde Machiavello, birthday cake, other activities. E on 550 from, 867-3355    Placitas Community Library.

MAY 2, 10:30 am, free. Free family event. “Vamos al Museo”, short tour of the art museum followed by hands-on art making session.  National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW., 246-2261.

MAY 2-3, free, South Valley Celebration, West Side Community Center, 1250 Isleta SW includes cleanup, parade, fiesta. More info 314-0176 or

MAY 2, 1 pm, free. Belen Harvey House Museum, 861-0581 program on Fred Harvey jewelry. MAY 2, 8-11am, free. Volunteer Day – help with weeds & maintenance

Also 10-11am,  $10, tour of the Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. 4803 Rio Grande NW,

MAY 2, 3:15 pm, free. Author Andree Brooks speaks on the Inquisition and Converso Jews,  NM Jewish Historical Society, Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE.

MAY 2-3, 10 am – 4 pm, admission fee.  Civil War weekend at Rancho de las Golondrinas, Call 505-471-2261

MAY 3, fee, NM Jewish Hisorical Society Yom Limmud, Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean. Santa Fe Community College. Email 

MAY  3, 1 pm, free for members $5 for others. Famed NM musician Antonia Apodaca plays northern NM music on her accordion.  Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House in Bernalillo on Highway 550 by the Phillips 66.

MAY 3, free on first Sunday of each month. New Mexico Natural History Museum in Old Town. Celebrate Save the Frogs Day.

MAY  4, 11 am, admission, Laguna potter Max Early.  Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270,

MAY 5, 10:30-2:30 pm, Albuquerque Genealogical Society, Military Research Group. Main Library. Contact Pat Eker at  for more information.

MAY 5,  doors open 6:30, program 7 pm. Ticket $5 (only sold at Bookworks 4022 Rio Grande NW,) author Anne Hillerman speaks on her new book Rock with Wings. Fundraiser for Library Foundation. South Broadway Community Center. Call Bookworks, 344-8139.

MAY 6, 12 noon, free. American Original, The Greater Gila River Bio-region and NM’s Wilderness Legacy presented by Gila expert Madeline Carey, NM History Museum, Santa Fe, enter through Washington Street Doors,  Brown Bag & Brainpower series.

MAY 9, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. The Scots of Albuquerque, presented by Michele Buchanan PhD, Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, monthly series on People Create Cities.Explore how various ethnic and religious groups made history in Albuquerque and NM. Second Saturday of each month., 848-1376.

MAY 13, 10:30-2:30 pmAlbuquerque Genealogical SocietyDNA for Dummies, presented by John Farris, Main Library, 5th & Copper. Free parking for two hours in City lot across the street. Bring your ticket to validate.

MAY 15, No program is May.  Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

MAY 16, 10 am, free.  NM Genealogical society , Robert J.C. Baca talks about The History and People of the Socorro Land Grant.  796-0376, Cottonwood Valley Charter School in Socorro

MAY 16, 9:30-4 pm. Exhibits, activities, demos, entertainment. Heritage Day for Corrales Historical society. 10am David C de Baca speaks on Veterans of Corrales, repeats at 11:30. Cemetery tour, blacksmith, Los Primos norther NM music, embroidery, card wool.  Activities In the Sala at Casa San Ysidro.

MAY 16, 9-12 noon. Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge Open House. Citizen Science Art of Observation and Field Journals, Birding 101. 7851 2nd St. SW (3.5 miles S. of Rio Bravo)

MAY 17, 2 p.m., $5 or free if a Friends of Coronado Member, Battle of GlorietaPass/Confederte Mass Grave presented by Matt Barbour, manager of Jemez Historic site, Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site. Program is at the Sandoval County DeLavy House in Bernalillo just west of Coronado. 771-9493 or, 867-5351

MAY 17, 10 am, cemetery cleanup, Las Vegas, NM. Yearly clean up and maintenance at historic Montefiore Cemetery. More info at

MAY 17, 2 pm, free admission.  Weaving a Legend: Elle of Ganado promotes Fred Harvey’s Indian Southwest by Dr. Kathleen Howard, Fred Harvey Expert. NM History Museum, Santa Fe.

MAY  19, 5:30-7 pm, free. Indian 101:the Life of La Donna Harris, an award winning documentary, followed by Q & A, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270,

MAY  20, 5:30 pm, Free. Painters & Printmakers in Collaboration. Speakers are Rodney Hammon (Tamarind Institute), Ed Singer (Navajo), Zonnie Gorman, daughter of Carl Gorman, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270,

MAY 21, Westerners Dinner History group. Baldwin Burr presents Ernie Pyle, 5:30 social hour, 6:15 dinner $17. Hotel Elegante, 2020 Menaul NE.  Payment by check to the Westerners must be received by May 18 to hold a reservation. Send check to 3100 Ann Cr. SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124.

MAY  21, free, 5-8:30 pm,  Steampunk Extravanganza, Museum of Albuquerque  Third Thursday program,  An evening of fun in conjunction with the Rad Gadgets exhibit, Food & beverage available.

MAY 21, 5:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Brasil free food and demonstrations. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW., 246-2261.

MAY 21, tickets, Einstein Society Gala to benefit the Education programs of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, 245-2137

MAY 23, free but ticket in advance. The Harvey Girls Opportunity Bound. KiMo

MAY  23, 2 pm, free. Chuck Montano signs his new book – Los Alamos: A Whistleblowers Diary. Expose, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW., 246-2261.

MAY 25, observance of Memorial Day.

MAY 25, 8:30-9:30 pm, free with donation. Lunar Monday with the ABQ Astronomical Society. (canceled if cloudy) NM Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW,

MAY 26, Behind the Scenes with a Paleontologist.NM Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW,

MAY  28, 1 pm, Free. Pottery demo and talk. Vangie & Brenda Tafoya from Jemez and San Ildefonso, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270,

MAY 28, 7 pm, free . Mary Davis speaks on the history of Ranchos de Albuquerque y Los Poblanos. Stories of the Middle Rio Grande. Bachechi Open Space Education Bldg, 9521 Rio Grande NW Open House. ,  Alameda & the River., 314-0176                                                    

MAY 29, 5:30-7:30 pm, $35. The Art of Paper flowers, all materials provided. Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. 4803 Rio Grande NW,

MAY 31, 12 noon, free admission.  Concert of Seldom Heard Sacred Music, part of the Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World. NM History Museum, Santa Fe.

UNM Continuing Education takes a break in May with Story of New Mexico travel & tours starting in June.

Call 277-0077 to register and for more information 277-0563. Krista Savoca program coordinator email information. 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. New location at American Square Shopping Center, 3301 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite 18 (near Menaul & Carlisle) www.oasisabq.orgMost programs listed have $8 fee except for trips.

MAY 19, Cold Mountain and the Santa Fe Opera Season

MAY 20, 10-11:30 am The Restoration of Santa Fe Steam Locomotive 2926

MAY 20 and 27, 8:30-10:30am, Bosque Wildlife Hike: Field Trip.

MAY 27, 1-2:30 pm. Some of NM’s most interesting Geologic Places

MAY 29, 2-3:30 pm, Dale Evans chautauquq

**********************OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING***************************

$20 Annual Registration Fee. Each class has a fee. Limited schedule in May. Call 277-0077 to register or on line

MAY  5 & 12 (two sessions), 10am – 12noon, Fracking: Curse or Blessing, $20.

MAY 11, 3:30-5;30 pm, Nature’s Toxic Agents: a Menagerie of Poisonous Critters


After ten years of planning and preparation, this permanent exhibit opened March 3. Come learn the story of Albuquerque in four separately themed galleries: Innovative, Resourceful, Spirited, Courageous. Regular 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,

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

Albuquerque Museum, Only in Albuquerque,  On the Map Unfolding Albuquerque Art & Design, and  All Over the Map, the Dialogue of Public Art. Museum of Art & History. Visit

Belen Harvey HouseMi Familia, The People of Belen. Historic photographs, artifacts, and 221st year of Our Lady of Belen Fiesta.
104 North 1st St. 861-0581. open Tuesday – Saturday 12:30-3:30 pm, ClosedSunday &Monday. .

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW – Generations of Prayer, Song, and Dance. Larry Phillips Sr from the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.

Albuquerque Indian School “Retrospective with a Vision Forward”. The boarding school experience through a historical beginning of harsh realities, to the journey of forcible education to liefetime friendships.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Our Penitente Land: the DeAragon/Calles Collection  National Hispanic Cultural Center. History and Literacy Arts Building.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Exhibit–Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its Meaning.  and Culture. 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.


Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War. Setting the Standard-The Fred Harvey Coimpany 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. Toys & Games: A New Mexico Childhood.

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 Krista Foutz, 277-0563, is the program coordinator and works in cooperation with Maralie BeLonge, 277-6179, program supervisor for Osher. For course info go 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 to see MAY 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.-