May 2018 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, NO MAY PROGRAM, NEXT PROGRAM JUNE 17 , 2 pm, Free.  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.

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. 


MAY 1, 8, 15, 22, 28 Tuesdays,  Pay what you can $5-$10. Cuban Salsa classes for beginners and intermediates. Beginners & intermediate 6-7 pm7-8 pm Intermediate and advanced.  National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact, 246-2261 ext. 34744.

MAY 2, 12 noon, free. Robert Torrez presents the Legacy of the Rio Arriba County Courthouse Raid. NM History Museum.

MAY 212:05 pm, free. Kaemper Music Bach’s Lunch series presents the Peter & Will Anderson Jazz Trio. First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, free parking. Box lunch may be purchased for $5. Call 239-4421 or Info at

MAY 2, all day. First Wednesday free admission to the Albuquerque Museum.

MAY 3, 5:30 pm, free. Monica Varsanyi, Associate Professor of Political Science presents “The Alien Menace, NM’s Response to the Colorado Migrant Blockade 1935-1937″, UNM Zimmerman Library Waters Room.

MAY 3, 5:30-7 pm, free. It’s really about Questions. a Discussion with graduate artists to better understand their creative practices. UNM Art Museum or call 277-4001.

MAY 3/4, $5 per workshop. NM Historical Records Advisory Board in Santa Fe. Go to to see the speakers, location and time to learn about genealogical research and how to use archives. More information from Thomas Schumaker at 505-476-9782.

MAY 4, 3 pm, free. Austin Miller speaks about Blackdom: Interpreting the Hidden History of NM’s Black Town. Zimmerman Library Waters Room. Sponsored by the office of the State Historian.

MAY 4, 7-10 pm, free. Star Watch (family friendly) at the Bachechi Open Space, 9501 Rio Grande Blvd. NW at Alameda. Co-sponsored by the ABQ Astronomical Society and Bernalillo County Open Space.

MAY 4, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special price $5.  (DaVinci admission seperate). NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd.

MAY 4, 9am-5 pm1st Friday free at the Balloon Museum. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr., 768-6020.

MAY 4, 5:30 PM, free. Opening reception for “Unraveling Race and Place in New Mexico“, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 5, 10 am-1 pm, free. NM Architectural Foundation Annual meeting, awards and election of officers followed by a tour of Casa San Ysidro and the Old Corrales Church.

MAY 5,1 pm, free. Sister in Blue / Sor maria de Agreda comes to NM. Ana Nogar and Enrique LaMadrid speak on the legend of Sor Maria de Agreda, includes a book signing.   Manzano Mountain Art Council, 101 E. Broadway at the blinking light in Mountainair.

MAY 5, 10:30 am-12 noon, free but donations appreciated. Vamos al Museo! Children’s Art program. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact Elena Baca at 246-2261 or by email,

MAY 5, 10:30 AM, free. Asst. State Historian Robert Martinez speaks on More Mexico City Roots: Digging for Ancestors in Mexican Records. Sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Resource Center of NM. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 5, 2-4 pm, free. New Mexico based movie time “Fat Man and Little Boy” about the Manhattan Project. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

MAY 5/6, 10 am-5 pm, free. Corrales Artists & Studio Tour. Download map at

MAY 5/6 (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.

MAY 6, 2 pm, free. Nancy Lewis speaks on “Came to Heal, Stayed to Paint-the Birth of the Santa Fe Art Colony” co-sponsored by the Historical Society of NM. Old Church in Corrales.

MAY 6, 10:30 am, free. Annual cleanup of the Historic Jewish Montefiore Cemetery in Las Vegas, NM. Please register with Anne McCormick, 505-348-4471 or Sponsored by the NM Jewish Historical Society.

MAY 6, 13, 20, 27 FAMILY FUN DAY EVERY SUNDAY, 12 noon-5 pm: Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW. Sponsored by the Bernalillo County Open Space Division. No reservation needed.

MAY 6, 2 pm, free. Taos County Historical Society.  “A History of Taos County through Genealogy”. Kit Carson Coop Meeting Room, 118 Cruz Altos Rd.MAY 6, 1-2:30 pm, free. East Mountain Interpretive Series. Ojito de San Antonio Medicinal Plant Walk led by Dara Seville. More info at  314-0398.

MAY 6, 9 am, free. Bosque Wild Walk. Must RSVP  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MAY 6, 2 pm, free for members of the Sandoval County Historical Society, $5 others.  Enjoy the harp music of Otilio Ruiz and family along with Son Veracruz. Sandoval County DeLavy House off Highway 550 in Bernalillo. Turn north at the IHOP restaurant.

MAY 6,  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).

MAY 8,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month  is “Rio Del Norte: People of the Upper Rio Grande from Earliest Times to the Pueblo Revolt by Carroll Riley. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MAY 8, 6:30 pm, $5 for non Members. The Jewelry of Pottery mound with a comparison to Tijeras Pueblo. (about the jewelry and artifacts excavated in the 50s / 60s by Frank Hibben & Linda Cordell. Presented by Lou Schuyler. Friends of Tijeras Pueblo at the Sandia Ranger Station on highway 337 just off

MAY 8, 11 am, free. Alien Encounters, Race & UFO Tourism in Roswell, NM presented by Dr. Kara McCormack as part of the Center for Regional Studies series. UNM Zimmerman Library Waters Room.

MAY 9, 2:30-4 pm, free. Bosque Walk from the Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW at Alameda. Presented by Lisa Hada, master naturalist.

MAY 9, 6-8 pm $15. Frybread Cooking class, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. 843-7270.

MAY 9, 10:30 am, free. Michael Dietz speaks on  “Do you have Royal Blood?” Main Library downtown. Sponsored by the ABQ Genealogical Society.

MAY 9, 6:30 pm, $8.  DaVinci Dialogue presents Gary Rosenberg speaking on the History of Landscape Art and the connection to DaVinci.  Rosenberg is a geologist with the Milwaukee Museum. Part of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the NM Natural History Museum.

MAY 10, 2 pm, free. Mary Diecker presents Strange Tales of New Mexico at the Esther Bone Memorial Library in Rio Rancho. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

MAY 12, 2 pm, Beverly Michael presents the Michael Family History in Cibola County. Grants, NM at the Mother Whiteside Library, 525 West Hisgh St. Cibola County Historical Society.

MAY 12, 1 pm, free. Leslie Joy Coleman presents a chautauqua of “Calamity Jane talks to Tourists”. Cherry Hills Library in ABQ. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

MAY 12, 1-2:30 pm, free. Spiritual Use of Water by artist KM White. Must RSVP  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MAY 12, 7-830 pm, free. author Anne Hillerman speaks about her books. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW at Alameda. Sponsored by Bern County Open Space.

MAY 13, 2-3:30 pm, free. Want to learn more about opera? -Santa Fe Opera Spotlights “Funny Music” presented by Oliver Prezant. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 12, 10:30 am, free. Joe Sabatini speaks on The History of the ABQ Indian School-its interaction with the community: cultural, religious, economic, athletic. He also describes the history of the property since the closing of AIS.   Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

MAY 12/13, 10 am-5 pm, free. Placitas Studio Tour of artists’ homes. more info at Call 515-4323.

MAY 12/13 (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.

MAY 14, 11:30 pm, $5 for non-members, buy your own lunch.  Colin Ballio, director of Policy & Communications for Health Action New Mexico describes their efforts to advocate on health care policy. He will speak about health issues in NM. Golden Corral Restaurant, 5207 San Mateo NE. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Press Women and Friends.

MAY 16, 12 noon-1pm, free – bring your own lunch.  Speakers are Lou Duran and Jeffifer Wesss Burke from Healing Addiction in our Community. McKinley Recreation Center just east of McKinley Mid School, 4500 Comanche NE. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins.

MAY 175:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Kids Cooking Competition (Tortillas). Cooking demos and art activities. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Contact David Torres, 246-2261 for more info or

MAY 17,  5-8:30 pm, free.  Music, presentations, art projects for the exhibit Mansions & Motoring about Huning Highlands neighborhood, part of Third Thursday program at the Albuquerque Museum.

MAY 18 – 201:30-5 pm on Friday and 10am-5 pm Sat/Sun, free. Fiber Crawl featuring knitting, crochet, lace, wood spinning. For detailed list of events go Casa San Ysidro in Corrales.

MAY 189:30 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 19, 2 pm, free. La Canoa Legacy Series: Intersectionality for making the Invisible Visible. Presented byNancy Lopez, Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for the Study of Race & Social Justice at UNM. National Hispanic Cultural Center library.

MAY 19, 10:30-4 pm, free but must register. The Baca Family history project conference explores the descendants of Cristobal Baca and Ana Maria Pachecho Ortiz. Experts in genealogy, history and research. Los Lunas Transportation Center.

MAY 19, 9 am-4 pm, $15 or $12.50 in advance. Placitas Garden Tour. More info at

MAY 19, 12 noon – 7 pm, $15, 12 & under free. Pizza Festival with over 30 pizza vendors  music, buy tasting tickets for 1/2 slice. Balloon Museum., more info at 768-6020 or Linda Hubley,

MAY 19, 9am-5 pm, free. NM Fiber Crawl. Info  at 897-8831 or Kent Swanson, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MAY 20 (3rd Sunday)  No AHS program – enjoy the month, program returns June 17. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum. Free parking south of the Museum; Free admission to the Museum and the program.

MAY 20, 1-2:30 pm, free. Nicole McCabe speaks about her great-great-grandfather James Lorenzo Hubbell. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. Sponsored by Bernalillo County Open Space.MAY 20, 2 PM, free for members Friends of Coronado Historic Site, $5 others. Stephen Post will describe his research on the “lost pueblo” built after the Pueblo Revolt: Pueblo Revolt and Revival: A view from Santa Fe. Post is the former deputy director of the Office of Archaeological Studies. Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House off Highway 550 in Bernalillo at the I-Hop.

MAY 19/20 (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.

MAY 20, 11 am, free. Talk by Maria Varela, community organizer, photographer and writer about her involvement with Civil Rights issues over the years. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 20, 10am-5 pm, free. Annual Classic Auto Show in the Albuquerque Museum parking lot. Sponsored by the NM Council of Car Clubs.

MAY 23, 6:30-8 pm, ticketed. , $8.  DaVinci Dialogue presents a panel discussion of How Science and Art Intersect. Panelists include John Feins from Meow Wolf, Tom Greenbaum from Intel and respresentatives of the Planetary Science Institute and UNM. NM Natural History Museum.

MAY 23, 7-8 pm, free. ABQ Concert Band performs on the lawn of the Balloon Museum. Bring a picnic dinner and blanket or lawn chairs.

MAY 26, 11am, free. Yung Sung and Chui Fan Chang speak about Tea Culture and Health Benefits.  Included is a Kung Fu Tea Demo. The Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center. More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941.

MAY 26, 12 noon-4 pm, free. A Poets Picnic. include art, music and poetry. for full list of activities go to Open Space website. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

MAY 26, 4-8 pm, $7 & free for age 16 and under. Two musical groups perform at Coronado Historic Site: Mala Mana at 4 pm and Native Roots at 6 pm. 2-4 pm arts & crafts vendors, food trucks. Coronado Historic Site.

May 26/27 (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.

MAY 26-28, 9am-5 pm, free. Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show at Jemez Pueblo. More info at

MAY 27, 2-3:30 pm, free. Santa Fe Opera Spotlights “Comedy Meets Drama” presented by Oliver Prezant. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 28, Memorial Day observances around the state at various museums, cemeteries, historic sites.

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


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 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.

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 –   40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.

National Hispanic Cultural Center4th & Bridge NW.  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.

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 – The Land that Enchants Me, picturing sheet music covers 1840-1960 with NM themes.  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.

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 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.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE & HISTORY 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.-