May 2016 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following MAY history opportunities:

THERE IS NO MAY PROGRAM,  JUNE 19 — LEARN ABOUT THE 50 YEAR HISTORY OF THE SANDIA TRAM.   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. 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 & ALL FRIDAY NIGHTS FROM 5-8 PM AT THE NM HISTORY MUSEUM  in Santa Fe. ALL STATE HISTORIC SITES free on Sundays, Free admission for seniors every Wednesday at Historic Sites.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Saturday and Sunday at 12 Noon. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MAY 1 , all day, free admission on the 1st Sunday for NM residents, NM Museum of Natural History & Science.

MAY 1, pm The Civil War and More, living history presentations, demonstrations, military drills, era music and more. El Rancho de los Golondrinas .

MAY 1, 9 am-4pm, Friends of Corrales Library Annual Book Sale at Corrales Library, 84 West La Entrada Rd. 3-4 pm fill a bag for $5.

MAY 1, 9 am-4 pm, admission fee. Native American Arts Market, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW,

MAY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Sunday Family Fun Days, 12 noon – 5 pm. Crafts, experiments, no registration necessary. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW at Alameda.

MAY 1, 12 noon – 6 pm, free., South Valley Celebration including 11 am parade, fiesta, arts & crafts, entertainment at Westside Community Center, Isleta SW. 314-0176.

MAY 1, 12 noon – 4pm, free. Opening of Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern NM, through March 5, 2017. NM History Museum. Lecture 2 pm about Lowrider Magazine by Ray John.

MAY 1, 1 -2:30 pm, free. Nature walk learning about pollination. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW at Alameda., 314-0398.

MAY 1 – June 5, admission fee. Youth art exhibits featuring use of plastic bottles to make art & photographs, ABQ Museum.

MAY 1, 9-10:30 am, free, must RSVP to 897-8831. Bosque Wild guided walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. .

MAY 2, 10:30-2:30 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical society Military Research Group, Main Library.

May 3, 12 noon, free. Spanish language program about Billy the Kid, Alfonso Domingo. Center for SW Research at Zimmerman Library.Jessica oyle,

MAY 4, 12 noon, donation accepted. Bach Concert at First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, 239-4421.                               

MAY 5, 5:30-7 pm, free. Part 4, Water in the Contemporary Pueblo World: The impact of Governance. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MAY 5, 1-5 pm & 6, 8:30-4 pm, free, NM Historical Records Advisory Board Spring Workshop “film digitization, challenges to archivists”, State Archives in Santa Fe, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey. Contact or call 505-476-9782.

MAY 5, 5:30-7:30 Happy Arte Hour, learn collage from local artist Valerie Roybal. Adult beverages for sale, complimentary snacks. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge

MAY 6, First Friday free, 5:30-7:30 pm. Lecture at 6 pm. Citizen Min in New Mexico. The story of Min Yasui who led the Japanese American Civil Rrghts effort after WWII. Lecture by his daughter Holly Yasui at 6 pm, New Mexico History Museum.

MAY 7, 10-11:30 am, $6. Is your coffee maker talking to your alarm clock? – The Future of the Internet of things. NM Museum of Natural History,

MAY 7 , 10:30-12 noon, free. Vamos al Museo. Family event to visit the art museum then learn about storytelling through images. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW, Call Elena Baca at 246-2261 X 167 or

MAY 7, 8:30-9:30 am, free. Interpretive Tour & Nature Walk, Ojito de San Antonio in the East Mountains. Registration required at

MAY 7, 1-3 pm, free. Citizen Min, excerpts of the play about Japanese Internment camps during WW II. Discussion with audience. Presented by NM Japanese-American Citizens League, Maxwell Museum at UNM.

MAY 7, 9 am – 3 pm, free, . Pollinators Festival: Bees, Butterflies & Bats. Demos, lectures. Open space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, Sponsored by the Open Space .

MAY 7, 2 – 4 pm, free. Hidden Chicano Cinema: Film Dramas in the Borderlands, a talk and book signing by Gabriel Melendez, distinguished professor of American Studies at UNM. National Hispanic Cultural Center,

MAY 7, 10:30 am, Sandoval County Genealogical Society meets at Rio Rancho’s Loma Colorado Library. Call Michael Barger, 803-5225 for more info.

MAY 7, 10:30 am, free. Beginning genealogy workshops. 2nd floor Main Library.

MAY 8, all day, $16 in advance tickets or $20  that day. Tour of Downtown Neighborhood Association Historic Houses.

MAY 9, 6:30 am – 12:30 pm, admission after 9 am. Telescope viewing of planet Mercury. NM Museum of Natural History,

MAY 10, 2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A new book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Museum.

MAY 10, 6:30 pm, $5 donation for non members. Cedar Mesa Utah: Hiking through the Past, Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras,

MAY 11, 12 noon, free. Brown Bag & Brainpower series. Speaker is noted author & historian from Cimarron NM Stephen Zimmer speaking on Kit Carson & Lucien Maxwell- Compadres. NM History Museum,      

MAY 12, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Tour of the Art Museum exhibit of NM portraiture led by Miguel Gandert and Gene Ortega. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 12, 12 noon, free. Noted author & NM Historian  Don Bullis speaks about his new book NM Encyclopedia. State Record Center, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey just off Cerillos Rd., Santa Fe. Call 505-476-9782 for more info.

MAY 12, 2-3 pm, free. Dr. Spencer Lucas, Curator of Paleontology speaks about the art & science connection with fossils. Science Café at Ponderosa Brewing, sponsored by the NM Museum of Natural History,

MAY 13, 2 pm, free. Awards for Historic Preservation Month given by the Historic Preservation Division. Scottish Rite building, 464 Paseo de Peralta in Santa

MAY 13, 6 pm, free. Author Mark Lee Gardner discusses his book Rough Riders: Teddy Roosevelt His Cowboy Regiment and the Immortal Charge up San Juan Hill. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Art, Main Street by the water tower.

MAY 14, 10 am-3 pm, admission fee. Asian Heritage Festival, dancing, martial arts, food samples, more. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Eubank SE.

MAY 14, free. “Carrot Economy of Grants”. Double 6 Gallery & Community Center in Grants. Sponsored by the Cibola County Historical Society,

MAY 14, all day, free. Heritage Day in Corrales and at Casa San Ysidro. Sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society.

MAY 14, Rt. 66 Celebration Day, admission fees. Opening of new exhibit. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History at 9:45 am..

MAY 14, 9-11 – 12:30 pm, free, must RSVP to 897-8831. Weave your own Waste. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors SW.

MAY 14, 1:30 pm, admission. Rt. 66 Celebration Day, Opening of Exhibit Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road, ABQ Museum.

MAY 14 New exhibit opens Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago.  will include various art events during the month with Alaskan artist Ray Troll. NM Museum of Natural History,

MAY 14, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Program on  “ABQ’s Sikh Community “. Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE,, 848-1376.

MAY 14, 7:30-9 pm, free. Evening Nature Walk at Bachechi Open Space.

MAY 15, 1-3 pm, free. Annual meeting of the NM Jewish Historical Society with 2 pm premiere of “Challah Rising in the Desert”, Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming

MAY 15, 9-11 am – 12 noon, free, must RSVP to 897-8831. Make your own Chia Pet. Sponsored by the Open Space Division. .

MAY 15, 2-4 pm, free. Panel of artists discuss the current NM portraiture exhibit. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

NO MAY MEETING, Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

MAY 15, 2 pm, free for members-$5 others. Friends of Coronado Historic Site, meeting location at Sandoval county DeLavy House in Bernalillo off 550. Chautauqua by Ed Wallace of Esteban the Black: Journey into the Unknown . 771-9493 or 867-5351.

MAY 16, 8:30-9:30 pm. free but donations accepted. Lunar Monday with numerous telescopes. NM Museum of Natural History,

May 19, 9:30 – 11 am, $8, limited to 15 people. Coffee with the Curator – “Reading the River” presented by Basia Irland from UNM. Includes coffee / refreshments. Call August Wainwright at 841-2861 for more info. NM Museum of Natural History,

MAY 19, 7 pm, free. Carol Louis Tour Coordinator for the Sky City Cultural Center speaks on Historic Acoma pueblo, the Sky City.  Historic San Ysidro church, Corrales Historical Society,

MAY 19, 6 pm, $17 for dinner.  Norma Libman speaks on “The Crypto-Jews of NM “. Must make reservation with Gloria Bullis at  Westerners Corral History Dinner club. MCM Hotel Elegante, Menaul & University NE

MAY 19, 5-8:30 pm, free 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Celebrate Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road with music from the 50s & 60s. At 6:30 pm, Mark Childs & Ellen Babcok speak on their book The Zeon Files: Art & Design of Historic Rt. 66 Signs.

MAY 19, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Cuba, free cooking and nutrition info, art, entertainment. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 189.

MAY 20, 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.

MAY 21, 9am-2pm, free. Metro Public Safety Day and Recruitment Event. Over 70 federal, state, local & tribal public safety agencies along with family friendly activities. Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE at Balloon Fiesta park. More info at, 768-6028,

MAY 21, dusk, free. Movies in the Park family film “Up”. Roadrunner Little League Park, 10700 Lagrima de Oro NE. Sponsored by Bernallilo County, 314-0477. Movies continue all summer.

MAY 21, all day, $10. Car show with food & beverage, entertainment at the Wheels Museum. Go to

MAY 21, 10:30 am, free. Fritz Jangling, PhD, Combined meeting of the Hispanic Gen. Research Center and NM Genealogical Society, Special Collections Library.

MAY 21, 5-6:30 pm, free. Come learn about the World of Whirligig beetles with Dr. Grey Gustafason. Bachechi Open Space.

MAY 21, 9 am – 12 noon.  River clean up must RSVP to 897-8831 or by the Open Space Division. .

MAY 22, 2 pm, free. Buffalo Soldiers: The Story of American Heroes in the western Territories. Placitas Community Library, 5 miles east of I-25, exit 242.

MAY 22, Opening of Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition and New World Identities. Through Dec. 31. NM History Museum.

MAY 22, 12 noon – 5 pm. $20. Tour of 8 buildings in Nob Hill to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Proceeds benefit the UNM School or Architecture & Planning. Tickets available  Also

MAY 22, 10 am-5 pm, free. 1st annual Lowrider day at the Santa Fe Plaza in cooperation with the lowrider exhibit at the NM History Museum.

MAY 26, 5-8 pm, Indigenous Culture’s Night out. Permanent exhibits open, traditional dance groups, hands-on family activities. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MAY 28, 10:30-11:30 am, free. Series on Villages along the Rio Grande, Historian Larry Perea  speaking on Barelas Community: Past & Present,. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. Register with or 314-0398.

MAY 28, 10 am program & Q & A, . Ely Yao speaks.  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.

MAY 30 Observance of Memorial Day.

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.

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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.

MAY 16,  1-2:30 pm, Cactus & Barbed Wire: Japanese-American Prison Camps of the Southwest

MAY 20, 9-11am. Carlito Springs Open Space Hike (East Mountains)

MAY 18, 10:30 am-12 noon, visit Talin: A World Market Field Trip (limited enrollment), $12

MAY 23, 1-2:30 pm, The Scales of Justice: the History of the NM Federal District Count, in the Historic downtown courthouse.

MAY 24, 9-10:30 am, Behind the scenes at the ABQ Aquarium

MAY 25, 10:30-12 noon, Weekends with Georgia O’Keefe

MAY 26, 9-11 am , Field Trip to Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens

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$20 Annual Registration Fee. Each class has a fee. More classes in the catalog. Call 277-0077 to register or on line at

MAY 6, 10 am-12 noon, Fred Harvey, Erna Fergusson & NM Tourism

MAY 19, 1-3 pm, NM Films/ Westerns Part I

MAY 26, 10 am-12 noon, White Hat Guys / Black Hat Guys: New Mexico Outlaws

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

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,

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Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road,  Back to Life: Historic Fairview Cemetery; 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 – Brand new 40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story“,  The Original Instructions: Pueblo Sovereignty & Pueblo Governance; Our Land, Our Culture, Our Story.

National Hispanic Cultural Center “Portraiture NM, Staging the Self“. Traveling exhibit of 54 works by 6 Latino artists. Exhibit continues through June, 2016. Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys across the Old Spanish Trail 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. Chinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics

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

NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM, 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.



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.-