September 2018 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY,  SEPTEMBER 16 , 2 pm, Free. FOR BETTER & FOR WORSE: A LOOK AT THE EARLY PRESIDENTS OF UNM PRESIDENTS presented by UNM’s archivist Portia Vescio. 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.

Ends in September …every Wednesday, all day, seniors age 62 + ride the Railrunner for free. Must show ID.


SEPTEMBER 6-16 ***Annual New Mexico State Fair***

SUNDAYS 12 noon-5 pm SEPTEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – FAMILY FUN DAY. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW. Sponsored by the Bernalillo County Open Space Division. No reservation needed.

Tuesdays SEPTEMBER 4, 11, 18, 25,  Pay what you can $5-$10. Cuban Salsa classes for beginners and intermediates. Beginners & intermediate 6-7 pm; 7-8 pm Intermediate and advanced.  National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Contact, 246-2261 ext. 34744.r.

SEPTEMBER 1, 10:30 am, free. Historian and author David Holtby speaks on Lest we Forget, WW I and New Mexico. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 1, 1:30-4 pm, free. The documentary Challah Rising in the Desert about the Jews of New Mexico. Los Lunas Railrunner Depot.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2-3 pm, free. New Mexico based television Colores double feature. Author John Nicols: My Heart belongs to Nature (2nd feature) Acequia History. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

SEPTEMBER 1,2 (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.

SEPTEMBER 4, 2-3:30 pm, free. The Environmental Life & Legacy of Stewart NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

SEPTEMBER 4, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, free. ABQ Genealogical Society Military Research Day, Main Library, 2nd floor. More info from Stuart Murray, Free two hour parking at City garage across the street.

SEPTEMBER 5, free. First Wednesday free admission all day at the ABQ Museum.

SEPTEMBER 5, 10-4 pm, free. Santa Fe Fiesta Symposium – Place & Identity in New Mexico, Native American Slaverly during the Pueblo Revolt. NM History Museum in Santa featuring Miguel Torrez, Enrique Lamadrid, Moises Gonzales & Andres Resendez.

SEPTEMBER 7, 9 am-5 pm, 1st Friday free at the Balloon Museum. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr.,  768-6020,

SEPTEMBER 7, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special price $5. NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd.

SEPTEMBER 8, 2 pm, free.  Norma Libman speaks on From Spain to New Mexico-Journey to Keep a Secret (crypto-Jew history)Kit Carson Co-op, 118 Cruz Alta Rd. Sponsored by the Taos County Historical Society.


SEPTEMBER 8, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, Intro to Homesteading. “Ever want to learn how to live off the land?” A series of six classes will be offered at $25 each. Call 898-3915 for more information.< SEPTEMBER 8, 12 noon-2 pm, free. Staton Lance (Laguna/Yaqui) demonstrates wood inlay jewelry. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

SEPTEMBER 8, 2 pm free but must RSVP because full house expected. Call 861-0581 or email frances.zeller@belen-nm.govOld West Saloon Girls, Madams & Bordellos, History of Prostitution and Vice on the American Frontier. Belen harvey House, 104 N. 1st St.

SEPTEMBER 8, State Fair Parade on Central in Nob Hill area.

SEPTEMBER 8/9 (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.

SEPTEMBER 8, 2 pm, free. Larry Goodell, A Poet in Placitas. Placitas Community Library, 867-3355. East of I-25 at the Placitas exit.

 SEPTEMBER 8, 10:30 am, free. Steve Morgan presents a Living History performance: conservationist Aldo LeopoldSpecial Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

SEPTEMBER 8/9 (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.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1-3 pm, free. Wild Plant Walk & Medicine Making presented by Zoe Nye. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. Must pre-register with Bernalillo County Open Space, 314-0420.

SEPTEMBER 11,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month  is “Yellow Woman a Beauty of the Spirit” by Leslie Marmon Silko. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Only slots for 15 people so RSVP at 843-7270.

SEPTEMBER 11, remembrance day for Sept. 11, 2001.

SEPTEMBER 11, 6:30 pm, $5 donation requested. Friends of Tijeras Pueblo presents New Ceramic Evidence at Kuaua Pueblo (Coronado Historic Site) by Hayward Franklin. Location is Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras, NM on highway just south of I-40.

SEPTEMBER 12, 12 noon, free. Aaron Roth manager of the Bosque Redondo Memorial / Ft. Sumner Historic Site describes planning efforts to change the exhibit. NM History Museum, www.nmhistor

SEPTEMBER 12, 11 am, free. Mario T. Garcia presents Father Luis Olivaris and the Los Angeles Sanctuary Movement. Garcia is the distinguished professor history & Chicano studies at the U of CA Santa Barbara.

SEPTEMBER 13, 5-8 pm, free. New Mexico Railroad History Celebration. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

SEPTEMBER 15, 9 am-12 noon, free. Backyard Farming, Forage & Feast – edible wild plants, Guiterrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, three miles south of Rio Bravo. Must register at 314-0398, Bernalillo County Open Space.

SEPTEMBER 15, 6-10 pm, free. Nature Walk at the Quarai unit of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument by Mountainair. A talk will be followed by telescope viewing of the night sky. Call 505-847-2400 for information.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2 pm, free. La Canoa series presents Mulattos of Cochiti: Caste System in Spanish New Mexico. Speaker is deputy state historian Rob Martinez. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 15, $50. Fundraiser for Los Lunas Library & Museum. Matanza Style dinner “Once Upon a Time in the West”. Food, dancing, silent auction. Southwest Livestock & Event Center in Los Lunas. Call 839-3850 for more info.

SEPTEMBER 15, 9 am, $5. Tour of the Los Lunas Mystery Stone. call 352-7720 to make reservation. Sponsored by the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Art.

SEPTEMBER 15, 10:30 am, free. Main Library downstairs. Free parking for two hours at City parking garage across the street. ABQ Genealogical society

SEPTEMBER 15/16 (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.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2 pm, free.  For Better and For Worse: A look at the early presidents of UNM Presidents presented by UNM archivist Portia Vescio. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum. Free parking south of the Museum; Free admission to the Museum and the program.

SEPTEMBER 16, 3 pm, free. De Profundis, a capella men’s ensemble, presents a concert at the Quarai Ruins / Salinas National Monument near Mountainair. Bring a blanket or chair for seating. Presented by the Manzano Mountain Art

SEPTEMBER 16, 11 am, free. Alejandro Mendiaz, Speaking Truth to Power: UndocuTalks” Part of the People Powered: New Mexico and Social Movements. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 16, 1-4 pm, free. Opening of El Rio -Historic photos from UNM, A Photo Journey down the old Rio Grande. Open Space Visitor Center. 6500 Coors NW., 897-8831.

SEPTEMBER 17, 11:30 am, $5 for non-members and buy your own lunch. Constance Moss, publisher of the Alibi, speaks at the Press Women and Friends monthly luncheon. Mimi’s on the 25 mall.

SEPTEMBER 19, 12 noon, free. State Historian Rick Hendricks describes Archbishop Chapelle’s Nephews: Two Frenchmen in NM. State Archives & Records Center, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey at Cerillos Road in Santa Fe,

SEPTEMBER 19, 7 pm, free. William Becknell-Founder of the Santa Fe Trail Chautaqua, Las Vegas City Museum. Call 425-8025 for more information.

SEPTEMBER 19, 5:30-7 pm, free. Counter Narrative, Manifest Larceny– Land Disputes from Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2:30-4 pm, free. Nature Journal. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. Must pre-register with Bernalillo County Open Space, 314-0420.

SEPTEMBER 20, 8:30-10 pm. Fundraiser showing of movie “She Sings to the Stars” Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 20, 5:30-7:30 PM, FREE. Salud Y Sabor,Mexico — Chile & Corn. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 20, 5-8 pm, free. 3rd Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Comedy by Goldie Garcia; Music by Silver Crow; 6-8 pm jewely demo by artist Shane Hendren. ABQ Museum.

SEPTEMBER 20, 5:30 pm, free. Karla Britton describes the John Gaw Meem Chapel at Ft.  Defiance, AZ. Zimmerman Library.

SEPTEMBER 21 (4pm-12 midnight) /22 GLOBALQUERQUE world Music and culture. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 21, 9:30-12 noon, free. Colcha Community Embroidery, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 21, 1-4 pm, free. Dedication of the Dona Elena Gallegos 1680-1731 Historic Marker. Program speakers include Henrietta Martinez Christmas and deputy state historian Rob Martinez. Special Collections Library.

SEPTEMBER 21, 7-8:30 pm, free. The Way of the Drum, Cochiti Pueblo-the 1940s to the present presented by Arnold Herrera. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. Must pre-register with Bernalillo County Open Space, 314-0420.

SEPTEMBER 21, 6:30 pm. Pluto Palooza. NM Natural History Museum.

SEPTEMBER 22, 9-10:30 am, free. Sabino Canyon Wildflower Walk. Pre-registration required. 314-0398, Bern County Open space.

SEPTEMBER 22, 10:30 am-4 pm, free. Global Fiesta as part of GlobalQuerque. National Hispanic Cultural Centr.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2 pm, free. The Role of Jews in Creating Downtown ABQ,. Presented by Noel Pugach. Co-sponsored by the Historical society of NM. Placitas Community Library, 867-3355. East of I-25 at the Placitas exit.

SEPTEMBER 22, 23 (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.

SEPTEMBER 22,  11am-12 noon, free. Tour of the 1925 Special Collections Library.

SEPTEMBER 22, 10:30-12 noon, free. Judy Alderete Garcia speaks on the culture and traditions of the Manzano Mountain community of Torreon, NM. Main library downtown 2nd floor. FREE parking for two hours across the street at the City’s parking garage.

SEPTEMBER 22, all day, free but reserve your ticket through Chinese American Film Festival about Chinese American Civil Rights in cooperation with the ABQ Academy and the Chinese American Speaker Series. New location Albuquerque Academy Simms performing arts. Includes films, performances, lecture.  North Domingo Baca Community Center. More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941.

SEPTEMBER 22, 6-8:30 pm, free. Full Moon concert with CW Ayon, which received the best blues award from the NM Music Awards. Bring your own chair, blanket and picnic food. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

SEPTEMBER 23, 10 am-5 pm, $5. Aki Matsuri Japanese Fall Festival. traditiontional dances, singing, children’s activities and more. NM Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE.

SEPTEMBER 23,  2 pm, free. BG Burr speaks on the “Birth of the Micro Computer Revolution in Albuquerque. Corrales Historical Society meets at the Old Church.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2 pm. Doug Magnus speaks about the Tiffany Cerrillos Mine. Albuquerque Museum.

SEPTEMBER 23, 3 PM. Searching for Beauty: the Life of Millicent Rogers. Albuquerque Museum.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2-4 pm, free. Los Alamos Revisited: A Worker History. Chimayo author Peter Malmgren describes oral histories from Hispanic families displaced from the Pajarito Plateau by the Manhatten Project; stories of workers who helped Los Alamos National Labs in the early days.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2-4 pm, $10 donation appreciated. A Mobster in the Family: Jewish Gangster, Outlaws & Bandits presented by Naomi Sandweiss. Santa Fe Congregation Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pecos Trail, 505-920-7771.

SEPTEMBER 23, 1-3 pm, free. How to Build a Fort. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. Must pre-register with Bernalillo County Open Space, 314-0420.

SEPTEMBER 24-29, UNM HOMECOMING WEEK – lectures, open houses, food events, special museum tours. Entire schedule at

SEPTEMBER 27, 5-7:30 pm, free. As part of the Great American Read program, Showing of the film Joy Luck Club, Special Collections Library. The book discussion is Sept. 22, 2 pm, ABQ Museum.

SEPTEMBER 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, free. The Science of Beer presented in the SUB Ballroom/Draft & Table Taproom. Part of Homecoming activities

SEPTEMBER 26,  12 noon, free, bring your own lunch. Enrique Cardiel speaks about the needle pickup program in the International District. McKinley Recreation Center, 3401 Monroe NE, enter from west of McKinley School.

SEPTEMBER 29, 9-5 pm, free. Open House for Locomotive 2926, free food and entertainment. 1838 8th St. NW.

SEPTEMBER 29/30, Corrales Harvest Festival. Casa San Ysidro open from 10-4 pm both days.

SEPTEMBER 29/30, (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.

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


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 – 

New Openings on Chinese Americans of Albuquerque,  American Jewelry in New Mexico,  “Only in Albuquerque”,
“Excavations: Patrick Nagatani, Buried Cars and Other Stories”.

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.

Unraveling Race and Place in New Mexico“, National Hispanic Cultural

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.

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.



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.


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge


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.-