November 2015 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history opportunities:

Program always free & free parking south of the Albuquerque Museum
NOVEMBER 15 , 2 pm, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town

THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOWNTOWN ALUQUERQUE AS SEEN THROUGH ITS BUILT ENVIRONMENT  Come learn about the numerous downtown Central Ave. buildings (both existing and demolished) that were part of Albuquerque history after the coming of the Railroad in 1880: hotels, churches, banks, doctor’s offices, saloons, groceries and more.                                                         

SPEAKER: BILL DODGE, PH.D.     DODGE is a local cultural historian who has some 40 years in historical, anthropological and archaeological research in support of historical preservation projects.

THREE MORE WEEKS FOR FREE WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL, SATURDAYS 10 –11:30 am. LAST SATURDAY NOV. 21 THEN HOLIDAY BREAK. Meet at 10 am at the corner of 1st & Central NW on the north side of Central. Tour goes to 8th and Central. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society & Historic ABQ, Inc. with support from the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund.  

FREE ADMISSION FOR NM RESIDENTS EVERY SUNDAY AT THE NM HISTORY MUSEUM  in Santa Fe, free admission for seniors every Wednesday.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY SUNDAY FOR NM RESIDENTS at Sate Heritage Sites, free admission for seniors every Wed.; age 16 and under always free.

NOVEMBER 5, 7 pm (pick up tickets starting at 6 pm) free. Bataan: a 70th Anniversary Commemoration (PBS Film). National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW,

NOVEMBER 6, 12 noon, free. Zimmerman Library Waters Room-Settlement & Dispossession in the Colonial Present. Speaker is Alyosha Goldstein, Sponsored by the Historical Society of NM & the State Historian’s Office.

NOVEMBER 6, 6 pm, free reception. Opening of “Portraiture NM, Staging the Self“. Traveling exhibit of 54 works by 6 Latino artists. Exhibit continues through March 27, 2016. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge

NOVEMBER  6, 6 pm, Friday night free admission 5-8 pm. Called to Duty: The History of the NM National Guardpresented by Jack Fox, Sec. of the Dept. of Veterans Services. NM History Museum in Santa Fe,

NOVEMBER 7 , 10 am-4 pm, free. Scandinavian Club annual Scandinavian Festival with folk art, books, crafts, dance performances, Location Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE.

NOVEMBER 7, 10:30 am, free, 1st Saturday family program,  VAMOS AL MUSEO, visit the art museum & enjoy hands-on art activities. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

NOVEMBER 7, 2 pm, free. Miguel Gandert speaks on Symbolic Language: The meaning of Ritual in Mexico and New Mexico. Part of the La Canoa Legacy series . National Hispanic Cultural Center library, 1701 4th St.

NOVEMBER 71-5 pm, then Star Party from 6-9 pm, free.  Cosmic Carnival, celebrate astronomy and science with UNM Meteoritics, Public Libraries, Museum of Natural History, Sandia Lab and more. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 897-8831.

NOVEMBER 7, 1:30-3 pm, free. Language Immersion for Native Students: Language Survival, Cultural Survival. (part of Coffee & Conversations Program). Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

NOVEMBER 8, 1-2 pm, free. Three Women Photographers: Milner, Ross Cobb. Presented by Mo Palmer. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW at Alameda. Limited seating must RSVP at 314-0398 or

NOVEMBER 8, 1-2 pm, free with admission. Life of a Burqueno with ABQ Poet laureate Jessica Helen Lopez commenting on the unique geography sounds and smells of the Duke City. ABQ Museum.

NOVEMBER  8, 2 pm, free admission on Sundays for NM residents. Death in the Civil War. NM History Museum in Santa Fe,

NOVEMBER 8, 2 pm, free for members $5 others. PBS film about LaDonna Harris, Native American activist. Sandoval County Historical Society,

NOVEMBER 10, 17, 24 – 6 pm, fee. Dance classes, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

NOVEMBER 10, 6:30 pm, free or $5 donation. Marc Thompson from the ABQ Archaeological society speaks about the Tijeras Pueblo in the Sandia Ranger Station building in Tijeras.

NOVEMBER 11, VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE, Events around Albuquerque metro area. NM Veterans Memorial, 1200 Louisiana SE hosting program at 10am.

NOVEMBER 11, 10 am, free . Dedication of Manuel Mora and Pete Padilla Memorial Statue. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.
NOVEMBER 12, 7 pm, free film. On Two Fronts, Latinos & Vietnam. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge,

NOVEMBER 13, 7 pm, free. A Legacy of Service: National and Local Hispanic Service in the Military-panel discussion. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW,

NOVEMBER 14, 9:30 am, free. Thomas Grasser speaks of his WW II experience as an ambulance driver at the Battle of the Bulge, Normandy Beach & more. NM Museum of Military History, 8603 Lomas NE east of Wyoming. 798-0896.

NOVEMBER 14, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. The Italians of Albuquerque , presented by Lynne Franchini Peckinpaugh, Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, monthly series on People Create Cities. Explore how various ethnic and religious groups made history in ABQand NM., 848-1376.

NOVEMBER 14, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. The Italians of Albuquerque , presented by Lynne Franchini Peckinpaugh, Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, monthly series on People Create Cities. Explore how various ethnic and religious groups made history in ABQand NM., 848-1376.

NOVEMBER 14, free, 1-4 pm , at 1:30 Maurice Dixon speaks on Hispanic Tinwork of NM, also book signing on the tinwork of Higinio V. Gonzales,  Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. 898-3915.

NOVEMBER  14, 1-3 pm, free. Panel discussion Japanese American Prison Camps of WW II., also includes photos and readings of a diary from the Lordsburg, NM prison camp. Japanese American Citizens League. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE.

NOVEMBER 14, 9 am-5pm, free. Return of the Sandhill Cranes Festival. Vendors, birds, speakers, children’s activities, animal stories. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 897-8831,

NOVEMBER 14 ,  9am-4pm, free.  Indian Arts Fiber Festival (includes embroidery, sewing, knitting & more), Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

NOVEMBER 14 , 10 am, free.  Western Fun Day for children & adults. Joel Nakamura reads from his book  “Go West“. Placitas Library on Hwy.  165 E. of I-25, 867-3355,

NOVEMBER 14, 2-5 PM, FREE with admission. Flamenco performances. ABQ Museum in Old Town.

NOVEMBER 14, noon, free. Cibola County Historical Society takes field trip to San Fidel, NM. Meet at the Guadalupe Vineyards. More info at

NOVEMBER 15, 2 pm, free, THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOWNTOWN ALBUQUERQUE AS SEEN THROUGH ITS BUILT ENVIRONMENT.  Speaker is Bill Dodge. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

NOVEMBER  15, 2 pm, free. Compounded Ironies: Japanese Internee Fathers, American Patriot Sons. Dr. Gail Okawa, NM History Museum in Santa Fe,

NOVEMBER 15, 2 pm,  $5 or free to members.   Dirk Van Hart presents on the changes in the Calender. Presented at the Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House off 550 in Bernalillo. Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site , 771-9493 or, 867-5351.

NOVEMBER 15, 3 pm, free. Sarah Kotchian describes her 500 mile pilgrimage walk across Spain in her book Camino. Page One book store.

NOVEMBER 18, 12 noon, free. Presentation on Bernalillo County’s Behavioral Health Initiative. McKinley Recreation Center, 3401 Monroe NE just east of McKinley Middle School.

NOVEMBER 18, 7:30-9pm, free. Presented by Sam Mihara. The Mass Imprisonment of Japanese American in US Prison Camps during WW II: the Untold Lordsburg Story. Maxwell Museum on campus of

NOVEMBER 18, 5:30-7pm, free. Protecting Sacred Sites, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW,  724-3506

NOVEMBER 19, free, 5-8 pm. poetry, music, 7pm photographer Craig Varjabedian discusses his new book. Museum of Albuquerque Third Thursday program,   Food & beverage available.

NOVEMBER 19, 6 pm, $17 for dinner. Matthew Barbour presents on the History & Archaeology of Jemez Historic Site. Must make reservation with Gloria Bullis at  Westerners Corral History Dinner club. MCM Hotel Elegante, Menaul & University NE.

NOVEMBER 19, 5:50 pm, free. Salud Y Sabor, food & family activities, food from Guatemala. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

NOVEMBER 19, 7 pm,  Molly Vigil Evans, a 1961 of the Sandia View Academy speaks on the history of this Seventh Day Adventist school which started in Corrales in 1952 . Corrales Historical Society at the old church. More information from Nan Kimball or, 688-4117.

NOVEMBER 21, 10-11 am, free. General membership meeting, Guiterrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.

NOVEMBER  21 & 22, all day beginning at 10am, Museum Admission.  Pueblo Film Festival, speakers, workshops. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

NOVEMBER 21, all day, free. Festival of the Trail, music, talks, demonstrations, crafts, food trucks. El Camino Real Heritage Trail Site. 30 miles south of Socorro. Call 575-854-3600.

NOVEMBER 22, 1 pm, free. Opening reception of photo exhibit From the Rhine to the Rio Grande: 19th Century photographs. Gutierrez Hubbell House

The NOVEMBER 21 & 22, 10am-5pm, free. Bargain Book sale and bake sale to benefit the Placitas Community Library.

NOVEMBER 21, 5-6:30 pm, Parasites among us in the Rio Grande. Bernalillo County Open Space Series. Must RSVP Location is Bachechi Open Space at 9521 Rio Grande NW.

November 22, 11 am-12 noon., free. What to do with Wastewater ?? Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

NOVEMBER 23, 12 NOON, free. UNM Zimmerman Library Waters Room. Bleeding Soul: Apache Ethnotrauma in American Southwest 1850-1906, presenter Grace Hunt Watkinson. Part of the Office of the State Historian, Historical Society of NM series.

NOVEMBER 25, 12 noon, free. Taco Bell They Aint: Short History of Tex Mex, Mexican and NM Cuisines.  Speaker is journalist and former food critic Dale Rice, Part of the Brainpower and Brownbag series, NM History Museum in Santa Fe,


NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 31, “Bugg Lights” at the Belen Harvey House.

 UNM Continuing Education

Call 277-0077 to register and for more information 277-0563. More information. 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.orgMost programs listed have $8 fee except for trips.

NOVEMBER 4, 1-2;30PM, Lights, Camera, Action! Films in New Mexico, Ann Lerner, $8

NOVEMBER 4, 10:30-12 noon Willa Cather, Religion & Death comes for the Archbishop, Kelly Van Andel, $8

NOVEMBER 6, 2-3:30 PM, Dine (Navajo) Blessingway Stories with Sunny Dooley, $12

NOVEMBER 9, 1-2:30 PM, Day trip & Short Vacations on NM’s Scenic Byways, Laurie Frantz, $8

NOVEMBER 10, 10;30-11;30 or 1-2 pm, tour of the exhibit Portraiture at the National Hispanci Cultural Center, TeyMarianna Nunn, $12

NOVEMBER 10, 1-2:30 pm, Western Movies in Fact & Fiction, Don Bullis, $8.

NOVEMBER 11, 10:30-12 noon, USS New Mexico: Past & Future, Dick Brown and Damon Runyan, $8

NOVEMBER 12, 10:30-12 noon, ABQ in Photographs: Today’s Images, Tomorrow’s History, Richard Ruddy, $8

NOVEMBER 12, 9-10AM, 11am-12 noon, 1-2 pm. Friedman Recycling: Field Trip an in-depth look at the recycling operation in ABQ. $15

NOVEMBER 12, 1-2:30 pm, The Tree Whisperer is In , Joran Viers, ABQ’s Urban Forester, $8.

NOVEMBER 13, 2-3:30 P.M. Frank McCulloch y Sus Amigos performing regional NM music, $12

NOVEMBER 16, 10:30-12 noon,Wheels Museum: Field Trip, $12

NOVEMBER 18, 10-12 noon, Our Splendid Santhill Cranes: A Walk, $12

NOVEMBER 18, 1-2:30 pm, Political Myth Busting,, Olin Bray, $8

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

NOVEMBER 4, 9:30-11:30am, Lucien Maxwell: The Man & His Clan, Sharon Niederman, $20

NOVEMBER 6, 3-5 pm, Rock Art Along the Rio Grande, Carol Chamberland

NOVEMBER 11, 9:30-11:30am, Fading Fast, NM’s Disappearing Roadside Sign Legacy, Sharon Niederman, $20.

“ONLY IN ALBUQUERQUE”  Come learn the story of Albuquerque in four separately themed galleries: Innovative, Resourceful, Spirited, Courageous.
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,


NAMED TO NATIONAL PARK SERVICE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.,  244-0507. Free tours TuesdaySaturday 10am-2pm.

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Albuquerque Museum Only in Albuquerque, Museum of Art & History.

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. .

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 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.

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, Billy the Kid


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, 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 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.

                               ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES


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 November 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.-