October 2017 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

OCTOBER 15, 2 PM, RICHARD RUDDY will describe The Buildings of San Felipe Neri Church. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum. Free admission to the Museum and the program.www.albuqhistsoc.org.

FREE SATURDAY WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE – Meet at 1st & Central SW at 10 am by Tucano’s Restaurant. Downtown metered parking 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.  www.albuqhistsoc.org.

November 4-5New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Fall Conference in Las Vegas, NM.  The theme of the conference is “Jewish Identities: Lost, Rediscovered & Reclaimed”.  For more info  http://nmjhs.org/blog/event/nmjhs-fall-conference-2017/ Early bird rates apply if registration is postmarked by October 2. The society’s summer newsletter has conference information.: http://nmjhs.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/summer.pdf

October 3, Albuquerque Municipal Election for Mayor and Councilors.

October 3,  ABQ Genealogical Society’s Military Research Group meets between 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM on the second floor of the main ABQ library at 5th and Copper.  For more info contact Pat Eker at d-eker@swcp.com.  This is an opportunity to join members of the Albuquerque Genealogical Society to explore your family’s military history.

October 6, 1:30 pm, free. Noted author and historian Malcolm Ebright speaks on Benjamin Thomas in Northern New Mexico. Sponsored by the Historical Society of NM and the Office of the State Historian. State Records Center and Archives, Camino Carlos Rey and Cerrillos Rd. in Santa Fe.

October 6-8, admission. Albuquerque Greek Festival, 308 High SEMusic, dancing, authentic food, Greek imports. abqgreekfest.com.

October 7, 2-5 pm, free. Opening reception for “Post Cards from Belen-Little Girl with a Camera.” Belen Harvey House, 104 N. 1st St.. www.BelenHarveyHouseMuseum.org.

October 7, 2 PM, Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & the Arts,  Opening reception for an exhibit by the Pastel Society of New Mexico. (http://tinyurl.com/y7bm5tgl ) for details. For more information call the Museum at 352-7720.

October 710:30 AM the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center HGRC) meets at its new location, the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Speaking on “Colonial women and the Law” are Linda Tigges and Richard Salazar.Link to the HGRC web site: http://www.hgrc-nm.org/noticias.html

October 7, 2 pm, free. Jorge Silva-Banuelos, the first Park Service superintendent of the Valles Caldera Nat. Preserve, speaks at the Placitas library. www.Placitaslibrary.com, 867-3355.

October 7, 5 PM.  Cibola County Historical Society presents a “Dinner with Ernie Pyle” fundraiser, honoring New Mexico’s famous WWII correspondent. La Ventana Steakhouse in Grants.  This is a one man show by author and historian Baldwin Burr.  The night includes a buffet dinner, cash bar, and silent auction. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  For tickets call 505-290-0171 or 505-287-2630. Go to this link for more info: http://www.cibolahistory.org/

October 7, 2 PM, Belen Harvey House, 104 North First St., opening of a new exhibit titled “Postcards from Belén — Little Girl With Camera”. Free. Go to this Facebook page for more info:https://www.facebook.com/events/1778548975776948/

October 7-16. Balloon Fiesta Week at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. See the website for more details.www.indianpueblo.org.

October 9, 9:30- 4 pm, admission fee. Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Demonstrations, dancing, speakers. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

October 10, 6:30 pm, $5 for non-members. San Marcos Pueblo: Archaeology and History” presented by UNM professors Ann Ramenofsky and Kari Schleher. Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. More information atwww.friendsoftijeraspueblo.org.

October 11, the Albuquerque Genealogical Society (AGS) meets at 10:30 AM in the auditorium on the lower level of the main ABQ library at 5th and Copper NW.  Luanne Chowning will give a presentation tilted “Blogs and Webinars”. Link to the society’s web site: http://abqgen.swnet.com/

October 11, 5:30 PM, free in the Waters Room of the Zimmerman Library in the Center for Southwest Research, the next in a series of lectures, “People and Places”. Catherine Murphy will discuss “Literacy Campaigns in Nicaragua and Cuba: The Roles of Anti-colonial Narratives.” Go to this link for a flyer about the series and the topics of all the lectures in the series:http://tinyurl.com/y97rplca

October 12, 7-8 pm, free. Three Characters of NM. Bachechi Open space. For more info visitwww.bernco.gov/openspace.

October 12, 7 PM at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, Jim Eckles (who spent 30 years working in the Public Affairs Office at the White Sands Missile Range), as part of the museum’s culture series, will give a talk on “The Range: From Livestock to Missiles.  Free.  Partial description of this presentation: “The subject of the October Culture Series is ranching on what is now White Sands Missile Range — in the Tularosa Basin and in the San Andres and Oscura Mountain ranges — and how the ranchers lost their land to America’s military needs. Go to this link for more info: http://www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org/current.php?&event_id=580

October 13, starting at 9:30 AM, the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & the Arts offers the “Saints and Sinners” Tour of historic churches and a visit to the Camino Real Winery.  The tour, which costs $35, includes lunch.   (http://tinyurl.com/y7bm5tgl ) for details. To make a reservation please call the museum at 352-7720.

October 14, 10:30 am, free. George Garcia speaks on “Spanish Presidios in the American Revolutionary War. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE at Edith.

October 14, 10 am-4 pm, free. El Camino Real Trade Fair. Gutierrez-Hubbell House – History and Culture Center, 6029 Isleta SWwww.gutierrezhubbellhouse.org.

October 14, 1-4 pm, free. WestFest, A celebration of the American west from a NM Perspective featuring western music singer and songwriter Syd Masters. other entertainers, dancing, food, vendors. Mountainair,www.manzanomountainartcouncil.org.

October 15, 2 pm, free. Richard Ruddy presents “The Buildings of San Felipe Neri”. Albuquerque Museum. Free parking and free admission. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society.

October 19, 7 PM to 8:30 PM at the Bachechi Open Space at 9521 Rio Grande Blvd., NW, there will be two presentations: “Characters of New Mexico: Two Presentations”. 

  • When Ulysses S. Grant Ran for Governor of New Mexico: Hippies & Politics in the 1970’s, presented by Rick Hendricks, state historian of NM
  • The Day I Had Lunch with Reies Lopez Tijerina, presented by Rob Martinez, assistant state historian of NM

October 21, at 2 PM, Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts on Main St., Dr. Dixie Boyle and Donna Deiner will give a lecture, “The Battle to Preserve Gran Quivira”.  Free.  For more info call the museum at 352-7720.

October 21, free symposium from 10:30 AM to 5:45 PM at the Special Collections Library, sponsored by the New Mexico DNA project. The title of this event is “13th Anniversary of the new Mexico DNA Project”.  For more info send e-mail to Angel Cervantes at angelrcervantes@gmail.com.  Link to the NM DNA Project web site: https://www.familytreedna.com/public/NewMexicoDNA/

October 22, 2 pm<, free. Linda Tigges speaks on “Colonial women and the Law”. Corrales Historical Society.www.corraleshistory.org.

October 28, 10-11:30 am, free. Dr. Jonathan Porter speaks on Science of Traditional China. North Domingo Baca Community Center, 7521 Carmel NE at Wyoming. Sponsored by the Chinese American Speakers Series.


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.org. 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 ce.unm.edu/Osher.

BOOKWORKS PROGRAMS WITH LOCAL & STATE AUTHORS4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW,  www.bkwrks.com.

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. http://elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/newspapers.php.


anapachecosantafe.com website about NM history & culture.

Unser Racing Museum www.unserracingmuseum.org

NM Veterans Memorial (Albuquerque) www.nmvetsmemorial.org
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, nmgs.org/index.php.


UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research
Exhibit – A History of Sports at UNM.  Contact CSWR – http://elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/index.php

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History – “Only in Albuquerque”, “Chasing the Cure to Albuquerque: Tuberculosis and Social change”, “Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film” 

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNMChinese Americans in New Mexico, Earth, Fire, Life – Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics   maxwellmuseum.unm.edu. 277-4405, 277-1400.

Belen Harvey House104 North 1st St. 861-0581. open Tuesday – Saturday 12:30-3:30 pm, Closed SundayMonday.

NM Museum of Natural History – “Opals from around the World ”

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.  www.guiterrezhubbellhouse.org.

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center2401 12th St. NW –   www.indianpueblo.org.  New 40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.  Meditations on the Journey by artist Felix Vigil (Jemez, Jicarilla)

National Hispanic Cultural Center  Fantasia Fantastica art exhibit, The Art of Acquisition New, New Mexico Works, Cervantes & Don Quixote4th & Bridge NW. www.nhccnm.org.

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, info@nuclearmuseum.org.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its Meaningwww.indianartsandculture.org. 476-1250

New Mexico History Museum – The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, 47 Stars; Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time; Telling NM Stories,Then & Now.

UNM CONTINUING EDUCATION & OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE Maralie BeLonge, 277-6179, program supervisor for Osher. For course info go to dce.unm.edu/culture or call 277-0077. UNM CE & Osher provide travel, lectures and classes. Osher requires a $20 membership fee. Go to dce.unm.edu/osher for course descriptions.

New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, NM Cultural Affairs Dept. www.nmhistoricpreservation.org.

Placitas Public Library, 453 Hy 165, 5 miles east of the I-25 exit. www.placitaslibrary.com, 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 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. www.menaulhistoricallibrary.org. Contact 343-7480 or archives@menaulhistoricallibrary.org.

VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER highlights of dance, film, workshops, music, theatre and exhibits. www.nhccnm.org. 1701 4TH ST. SW, 246-2261.



Celebrating New Mexico Statehood site, nmstatehood.unm.edu/
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 www.newmexicohistory.org/centennial.
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. www.cabq.gov/library.


Visit the web sites of  the Albuquerque Historical Society, www.albuqhistsoc.org, 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.- jsaiers@msn.com