January 2018 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

JANUARY 21, 2 pm, Free. The Architecture of Old Town’s San Felipe Neri Church, Part II presented by Richard Ruddy. Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum and free admission to the Museum and the program. www.albuqhistsoc.org.

FREE SATURDAY GUIDED WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CENTRAL AVE. RESUME.  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.   www.albuqhistsoc.org.

Articles about New Mexico people, places & events. READ OVER 100 ISSUES OF LA CRONICA, the publication of the Historical Society of New Mexico. https://ejournals.unm.edu/index.php/lacronica.

UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research Exhibit – THE HISTORY OF SPORTS AT UNM. Waters Room and foyer. Open to public daily through March, 2018.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS Saturdays / Sundays at 12 noon. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org.

SATURDAY / SUNDAYS 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.

Listen to the music of  northern New Mexico – view lyrics in both Spanish and English. Learn about the Robb Musical Trust, www.robbtrust.org. (recordings of some 3,000 folk music and Native American chants)


JANUARY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  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. www.nhccnm.org.  Contact elsa.menendez@state.nm.us, 246-2261 ext. 34744.

THROUGH JAN. 7. The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style. Approximately 430 handmade ornaments by more than 125 NM artists. They have been collected by the Duran family and are being shown together for the first time. National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum. www.nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 3, 12:05 pm, free. Kaemper Music series present Tranquility & Triumph, featuring cello and piano. First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal SW, free parking. Box lunch may be purchased for $5. Call 239-4421 or music@firstumcabq.org. Info at kaempermusic.com.

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

JANUARY 5, 5:30-9 pm, First Friday special price $5. Learn about the Jan. 31 Super Blue Moon Eclipse. NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NWwww.nmnaturalhistory.org.

JANUARY 6 New Mexico Statehood Day. NM became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. Check out a NM history book from your branch library, visit a museum for the first time.

JANUARY 6, 10:30 am, free. Genealogist Henrietta Martinez Christmas and author Paul Rhetts describe their book-Basic Genealogy Checklist: 100 Tips & Tactics to find our family history. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 7, 9 am, free. Bosque Wild walk. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NWwww.cabq.gov/openspace.

JANUARY 7 – free admission for NM residents on first Sunday at the NM Natural History Museum on Mountain Rd. in Old Town.

JANUARY 8, 11:30 am, $5 for non-members, buy your own lunch. Learn  about how the NM Bail bond system was affected by recent legislative changes. Presented by Richard Pugh, District Defender from the Law Offices of the Public Defender. Golden Corral Restaurant, 5207 San Mateo NE. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Press Women.

JANUARY 9,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month  is “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.indianpueblo.org bookclub@indianpueblo.org.

JANUARY 13, 10:30 am, free. Nancy Tucker presents Part 2 of the Golden Age of Postcards in Albuquerque. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

JANUARY 13/14, 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.

JANUARY 13, 2:30-4 pm, free but RSVP recommended. Call Paul Garver at 768-6030 or pgarver@cabq.gov. Lecture by NASA astronaut Sid Gutierrez An Escape to Space. Balloon Museum.

JANUARY 13, 12 – 1 pm, admission. La Academia de la Nueva Raza presented by Enrique Lamadrid as part of the Summer of Love, 1967 and Voices of Counterculture exhibit. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

NO JANUARY PROGRAM, RESUMES FEBRUARY  2018.  Friends of Tijeras Pueblo at the Sandia Ranger Station on highway 337 just off I-40. www.friendsoftijeraspueblo.org.

JANUARY 15, DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY. (Many museums are closed. Check individual schedules.)

JANUARY 18, 2 pm, free. Reception to honor Nona Browne, long time volunteer director of Menaul Historical Library. Reception at First Presbyterian Church. Parking adjacent to the church.

JANUARY 18, 5:30-7 pm, free. UNM Professor Nelson Valdez speaks about Fidel and Raul Castro and the Future of the Cuban Revolution. Zimmerman Library Waters Room. Sponsored by the Center for SW Research as part of their People and Places Series.

JANUARY 18, tickets available at 6 pm<, film at 7 pm, free. Bless Me Ultima, PG 13, 102 minutes, English. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org. Sponsored by the Bank of America.

JANUARY 18, 5-8:30 pm, free. Art & Social Commentary program related to the exhibits US/Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility and “Art of Politics. A panel discussion including artists Jami Porter Lara and Bob Haozous. Also printing posters and music by Baracutanga. Third Thursday program at the Albuquerque Museum.

JANUARY 19, 9:30 am-12 noon, free. Colcha Community  Stitch-Along. Bring your colcha embroidery project. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW. www.nhccnm.org. Call 246-2261 X 189.

JANUARY 19-21 AND JANUARY 28, must register. The NM History Museum presents a Community Storytelling workshop in coordination with the “Summer of Love Counterculture” exhibit. More info at www.nmhistorymuseum.org/storytelling  or tuneontuneinNMHM@gmail.com. Location: Placitas Community Library.

JANUARY 20, 9-11 am, free. Winter Wildlife Walk along the Bosque. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

JANUARY 20/21, 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.

JANUARY 20 , 2 pm, free. La Canoa: Learn about Land Grants. Presented by Anita Huizar Hernandez from the University of Arizona. National Hispanic cultural Center library.www.nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 20, 6 pm, free. Entrepreneurship: the Value of Ownership-A History of African American owned businesses in NM presented by the African American Museum & Cultural Center of NM and the African American Artist Guild. Location: African American Performing Arts Center at Expo NM, free parking.

JANUARY 20, 12 noon-3 pm, free. Tradition Heishi Jewelry by Percy & Charlotte Reano of Santo Domingo Pueblo. Includes demonstrations. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JANUARY 21, 2 pm, free. Part II – The Architecture of Old Town’s San Felipe Neri Church presented by Richard Ruddy. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum. Free parking south of the Museum; Free admission to the Museum and the program. albuqhistsoc.org/programs

JANUARY 21, 2 PM, free for members, $5 others. Making Contemporary & Traditional Pueblo Pottery by Pam Lujan Hauer (Taos) Program will be in the Sandoval County Historical society DeLavy House off 550 in Bernalillo at the I-Hop.

JANUARY 24, 12 noon-1pm, free – bring your own lunch. Capt. Jackie White from the ABQ Fire and Rescue will demonstrate life saving techniques. McKinley Recreation Center just east of McKinley Mid School, 4500 Comanche NE. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins.

JANUARY 25, 5:30, register; 6:30 program, free. Poet Hakim Bellamy speaks as part of the UNM Lobo Living Room series. UNM Hodgin Hall Alumni Center. Call 277-5808 to RSVP.

JANUARY 25, tickets available at 6 pm, film at 7 pm, free. Red Sky at Morning (filmed in NM), PG , 112 minutes, English. National Hispanic cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org. Bank of America Film series.

JANUARY 27,  Dr. Lucy Ruan presents Achieving Work Balance: A Woman Physician’s Perspective. 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.

JANUARY 27/28, 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.

JANUARY 27, 10:30 am-12 noon, free. Surveying and Mapping New Mexico-Spanish and Mexican Land Grants and the US Public Land System by Santiago Romero Jr., a professional engineer and surveyor with 40 years experience. More information at www.abqlibrary.org/genealogy. Main Library downtown. Free two hour parking at City lot across from the Main Library (bring your ticket in to be stamped).

JANUARY 27, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, $65. Workshop “Explore your Three Fold Life Story”. Call Bob Kanegis at 306-4476. Open Space Visitor Center. www.cabq.gov/openspace.

JANUARY 27, 1-2 pm, free. The US-Mexico Boarder: Place, Imagination and Possibility,  a lecture presented by Lowery Stokes Sims. She discusses how the border serves as a catalyst for dialogue for artists and designers working today.

JANUARY 28, 2 pm, free. The Indian New Deal in the Southwest presented by Stefanie Beninato PhD, Corrales Historical Society at the Old San Ysidro Church.www.corraleshistory.org.

JANUARY 28, 1-2:30 pm, free. Brett Baker speaks about Seeds that Connect & Feed Us. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW. Register at 314-0398.


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.k.


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 to 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 – 

Mansions, Motoring, Millennials – the history of the Huning Highlands area., “Only in Albuquerque”,

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 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.  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 Center4th & 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 – 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. www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

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.org1701 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