November 2016 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following NOVEMBER history & cultural events:
(Updated 11/18/2016)

NOVEMBER 20 , 2 pm — From Sand to Subdivisions : Development of Albuquerque’s East Mesa after WW II presented by Dr. Bill Dodge  Come learn about the frenetic growth on Albuquerque’s East mesa following WW II. Learn about unique neighborhoods around the UNM North Golf Course.  Albuquerque Historical Society,Albuquerque Museum, Free parking south of the Museum, free admission to Museum and the program.

SEASON ENDS NOVEMBER 19 FOR 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. Tours begin again January 7, 2017.

FREE ADMISSION FOR NM RESIDENTS FIRST SUNDAY & 1ST FRIDAY NIGHT FROM 5-8 PM AT THE NM HISTORY MUSEUM  in Santa Fe. ALL STATE HISTORIC SITES free on 1st Sunday, Free admission for seniors every Wednesday at Historic Sites.

NOVEMBER 6, 1ST SUNDAY FREE admission to NM residents – must show ID. NM Natural History Museum in Albuquerque.

NOVEMBER TUESDAYS 8, 15, 22, 29, pay what you can $5-$10 per class. Cuban salsa dance class, 6-7 pm beginner & intermediate; 7-8 pm intermediate & advanced., National Hispanic Cultural Center, 246-2261 X 189,,

NOVEMBER 5, 12, 19, 26 SATURDAYS, 1-2 pm. With paid admission, free tour of the Art Museum. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW

NOVEMBER SUNDAYS, 1-5 pm, free. Family Fun Day / Theme Flights of Fancy at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. at Alameda. Bernalillo County Open Space.

NOVEMBER SATURDAYS / SUNDAYS, 8:30 am, $3 per car parking free program. “Bird Walks” . Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW,

NOVEMBER 2, 5:30 pm, free. Guest curator Michele Penhall and writer Eugenia Parry speak followed by reception at 6:30-7:30 pm, free. Opening of exhibit Stories from the Camera, UNM Art Museum within Popejoy Hall.

NOVEMBER 2, 12 noon – 1 pm, free. Hidden Voices of Rt. 66 by UNM professor David Dunaway. Zimmerman Library.

NOVEMBER 2, 12 NOON, free. UNM Sociology professor Phillip Gonzales signs his new book Nuevomexicanos & American Political Incorporation 1821-1910. UNM Bookstore.

NOVEMBER 3, 5-7 pm, free. Dia de los Muertes Despedida – music, foods, hands-on activities. Info at 246-2261. National Hispanic Cultural Center

NOVEMBER 3, 7 pm, free. Tickets available at 6 pm. Movie Willie Velasquez Su Vota es Su Voz. About the voter registration drives across the southwest begun by Velasquez. Sponsored by PBS. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

NOVEMBER 5, 1-5 pm, free. Cosmic Carnival with displays from Explora, Natural History Museum; 6-9 pm Star Party telescopes provided. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 897-8831,

NOVEMBER 5, 10:30-12 NOON, free. Beginning genealogy classes, 2nd floor Main Library.

NOVEMBER 5, 12 noon – 2 pm, free. The Pueblo Food Experience, book signing. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

NOVEMBER 5, 2 pm, free. Opening of Milestones, 4th annual juried art show, Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 352-7720. 251 Main Street by the Water tower.

NOVEMBER 5, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Sugar Skulls and mini-oferenda art projects for children, $5 donation requested. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

NOVEMBER 5, 2-4 pm, free. “Orale Lowrider: Custom made in New Mexico”, book signing.  , 5:30-7:30 pm, free. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge Contact Elena Baca 246-2261 X 167 or

NOVEMBER 6, 2 pm, free. “The Geologic Quirks of the Sandia Mountains”, presented by Dirk van Hart, Old Tijeras church next to the East Mountain

NOVEMBER 6, 9 am, free. Bosque Wild nature walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, register 897-8831.

NOVEMBER 8, 2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month’s book is Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna). Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

NOVEMBER 8, Election Day, APS schools closed.

NOVEMBER 9,  5:30, free. Conversation with artist Thomas Barrow and Diana Gaston from the Tamarind Institute. Part of Stories from the Camera exhibit at the UNM Art Museum within Popejoy Hall.

NOVEMBER 9, 6 pm, free. Dedication of the Rudolpho Anaya bust created by sculptor Sonny Rivera. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

NOVEMBER 9, 5-8 pm, free. Coffee house social gathering -share ideas, debate, music, poetry, free coffee, bring snacks. Zimmerman Library Waters Room, sponsored by the Indigenous Nation Library Program.

NOVEMBER 10, 6 PM, free. RSVP limited seats. Anthony Ray Hinton, death row exoneree shares his story of a wrongful conviction. UNM Law to RSVP or call 277-8184.

NOVEMBER 11, Veterans Day,  APS schools closed, many special events & ceremonies to honor veterans across the metro area.

NOVEMBER 11, 11 am – 5 pm, Veterans admitted free. Events all day flag raising, panel discussion. Indian Pueblo cultural Center.

NOVEMBER 11, 7:30 pm, free. Dr. Rick Hendricks State Historian speaks on The Catholic Church in the Late Colonial Period. Hibben Center Room 105 next to the Maxwell Museum, UNM Campus.

NOVEMBER 12, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  NM business historian Dianne Schaller speaks on, “Westernair: A business not for Sissies, the adventures of Richard Duran and ABQ’s 1939 hanger“. Special Collections Branch Library, 423 Central NE,  848-1376.

NOVEMBER 12, 1-4 PM free. 1 pm panel discussion of NM Hispanic Arts Dialogue. Casa san Ysidro in Corrales.

NOVEMBER 12, 2pm, free. Bob Roland speaks on the Ballad of Placita Romero: The Heart of an Apache Raid, Captured Woman and a Song, Cibola County Historical Society, 1001 West Santa Fe Ave. Grants, NM.

NOVEMBER 12, 2:30-4 pm, free. Americas Challenge Balloon and the Gordon Bennett Aloft, speakers Peter Cuneo and Barb Fricke. Balloon Museum,, 768-6031, www.balloonmuseum

NOVEMBER 12/13 registration fee. Annual conference NM Jewish Historical Society, Santa Fe. More info at

NOVEMBER 12, 2-4 pm, free. Stop-Think-Connect / Personal Cyber Security Risks & Benefits of the Internet by  Michael Sare, retired US navy Capt., 867-3355, located 5 miles East of I-25.

NOVEMBER 12 , 10 am-12 noon. program & Q & A, Annie Chen Taylor presents How to Dissolve Judgement to Live a happier Life. 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

NOBEMBER 12, 4:30-7 pm, free. “Mountain Arts on Broadway”,  music / poetryManzano Mountains Arts Council at Highway 55 & Broadway in Mountainair.

NOVEMBER 12, 9am-4:30 pm, free. Return of the Sand Hill Cranes Celebration. Music, food, displays from Maxwell Museum. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

NOVEMBER 12, 10 AM, $15. Tour of historic Los Poblanos farm and building. 4803 Rio Grande NW.

NOVEMBER 13, 2 pm, free for members, $5 for others. Martin Valdez and Esther Cordova May speak on Early Pioneer Teachers of Northern Sandoval County, Sandoval County Historical Society program. DeLavy House in Bernalillo just off 550.

NOVEMBER 13, 9am-5 pm, free. Holiday Arts, Crafts & Book Fair (local products) Balloon Museum.

NOVEMBER 13, 1-2 pm, free. DH Lawrence and the Three Fates. ABQMuseum, part of the DH Lawrence exhibit.

NOVEMBER 16, 12 noon, free. , UNM Grad student Donatella Davanzo speaks as part of the Route 66 90th Anniversary Lecture Series. Zimmerman Library Waters Room.

NOVEMBER 18, 5-6:30 PM, free. Bird Research & Relationships among Species. Bachechi Open Space.

NOVEMBER 18, 6 pm, free. Reception to announce the Opening of the Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection, National Hispanic Cultural Center History, Literature & Arts Building.

NOVEMBER 16, 1 pm, free. Matthew Saionz presents The 1837 Revolt, US Expansion and fracturing of Mexican New Mexico. NM History Museum in Santa Fe. Brown bag lunch.

NOVEMBER 17, 5-8:30 pm, free 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story, 6 pm film, followed by Q & A. snacks & beverages available in the café.

NOVEMBER 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: Honduras, free cooking demos about Honduran cuisine and nutrition info, art, entertainment. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. Call 246-2261 X 189.

NOVEMBER 17, 1 pm, free. Legacy Software Users Group, Genealogy. Main Library, more info from Luanne Chowning, 453-0138.

NOVEMBER 19, 11 am viewing, 1 pm auction, free. Navajo rug auction to benefit Maxwell Museum. Held at Prairie Star Restaurant

NOVEMBER 19, 10:30 am, free. Noted historian Henrietta Martinez Christmas speaks on “Working on a one-Surname Project” and her research on the Valdez family name. Special Collections Library.

NOVEMBER 19,, 10-3 pm, free. Holiday Craft Fair, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

NOVEMBER 19, 10 am-4 pm annual book and bake sale. Placitas Library.

NOVEMBER 19, 3 pm, free. Doug Thompson who spent six years as a ranger at Carlsbad Caverns discusses his book Underground Ranger. Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

NOVEMBER 20, 1 pm, free. Opening of the exhibit The Jews of Albuquerque in the 20th Centruy: Building Community along the Rio Grande. Lecture by Dr. Noel Pugach followed by violin recital/ Albuquerque Museum.

NOVEMBER 20, 2 pm, free. Speaker Bill Dodge . From Sand to Subdivisions: The Development of ABQ’s East mesa after WW II. Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

NOVEMBER 20, 2 pm, free. That Sink of Vice and Extravagance by Matt Barbour. Recent discoveries in downtown Santa Fe that document Ft. Marcy. Program at Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy house, 771-9493, by Friends of Coronado Historic Site.

NOVEMBER 20, 3 PM, admission fees. Carvalho’s Journey – a film about Solomon Carvalho’s 1850s adventure with Fremont across thewest involving some of the first photographs of NM. Part of the Jewish Film Festival; Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

NOVEMBER 19/20 free but donation of $10 suggested. Pueblo Film Festival all day, 5:30-7pm, free. . Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

NOVEMBER 20, 7 pm, free. Popejoy @ 50. Documentary about the two decade struggle to site, fund, design and build Popejoy Hall and the man, Tom Popejoy, who saw it through to its conclusion.

NOVEMBER 22, 1-2 pm, free. “Bound to Please”, a selection of beautiful book bindings of rare books. UNM Zimmerman Library Waters Room, presented by Public Services Librarian Michael Tayor.

NOVEMBER 24 – Thanksgiving Holiday – many museums & libraries closed.

NOVEMBER 26, 3 pm, free. Community “sing” of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. All singers welcome; Sponsored by Quintessence Choral Group at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE.

NOVEMBER 26, 6 pm, free. Opening of the Bugg Light display. Belen Harvey House, 104 1st Street, Belen.

NOVEMBER 29, 10:30 am – 3 pm, free. ABQ Genealogy Society Research Day, Main Library.Call 768-5141 for more info.

NOVEMBER 29, 6 pm, free. Santa Fe Collected Works bookstore 202 Galisteo. Gloria Abella Ballon interviews Ron Hart about his book Sephardic Jews and its relationship to the Fractured Faiths exhibit at the NM History Museum.

NOVEMBER 30, 12 noon – 1 pm, free. Roger Zimmerman speaks on Rerouting Rt. 66 through Tijeras Canyon. Part of the Rt. 66 series at Zimmerman Library, UNM.

NOVEMBER 30, 5:30 pm, free. April Watson , curator of photographs at the Nelson – Atkins Art Museum. UNM Art Museum

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.


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. Many more classes; these illustrate some local & NM interest.


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

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

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.


NM Genealogical Society, Main Library,


Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.

Jews of Albuquerque in the 20th Century, Drawing into Architecture: Sketches and Models by Antoine Predock, ,  Only in Albuquerque.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. Chinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics 277-4405, 277-1400.
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 – 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  Fantasia Fantastica art exhibit, Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys across the Old Spanish Trail, 4th & Bridge NW.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History  American Road: The Journey of Rt. 66.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Exhibit–Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its 476-1250

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts

Fractured Faiths, Along the Pecos: A Photographic and Sound Collage; Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern NM, Fading Memories:  The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy. 47 Stars, NM Centennial Exhibit 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.


DO YOU HAVE A NM HISTORY RESEARCH PROJECT? LOOK AT THE “SCHOLARS PROGRAM” AT NM STATE HISTORIAN’S OFFICE. Contact or call 505-476-9782. Sponsored by the Office of the State Historian.


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 OCTOBER 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.-