May 2017 History Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

NO MAY PROGRAM OF the Albuquerque Historical Society. Enjoy programs sponsored by other history groups. Albuquerque Museum, Free parking south of the Museum, free admission to Museum and the program.

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.

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

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS, Every Saturday / Sunday-11am, 2 pm. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MAY SATURDAYS 6, 13, 20, 27, 1-2 pm, admission fee to National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Tour of the Art Museum is free,  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY MONDAYS, 1:30-2:30 PM. Admission fee. Tour the NM Natural History Museum. Listen to the music of  northern New Mexico-view lyrics in both Spanish and English. Learn about the Robb Musical Trust, (recordings of some 3,000 folk music and Native American chants)

Free admission every Sunday 9 am-1 pm. Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

MAY MUSICAL GROUPS FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 7-9 PM & SUNDAYS 1-3 PM, Old Town Gazebo, free. More details at and search for “Summertime in Old Town” or call 311.

MAY Wednesdays, either 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am, free. “Stories in the Sky” Preschool program includes songs, crafts, stories. Balloon Museum.

MAY Thursdays 4, 11, 18, 25 – 7 pm, free with tickets available at 6 pm. Spanish language movies with English subtitles. Cinco del Mayo: La Batalla, the story of the 1862 Battle of Puebla. National Hispanic Cultural Center. more info at

MAY 5, 7-9 pm, $5 per car parking fee. Moon Hike includes lunar facts and folklore. Cerrillos Hills State Park on Hwy 14 near Cerrillos. Call 476-0196 for more information

MAY 5, 5-8 pm, free admission on 1st Friday to the NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

MAY 5 , 5-9 pm, $5. First Friday – Five Dollar Friday with theme of NM’s Wonderful Geology. Featured exhibit is “Wonderful World of Opals”.  Lots of activities. Fractals at 6 and 7 pm; Fractals Rock at 8 and 9 pm. NM Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town,

MAY 5, 7 pm, free. The ABQ Worldwind quintet celebrates Cinco de Mayo at Petroglyph National Monument.

MAY 5, 5-8 pm, free. Silent auction of Albuquirky Little Houses to benefit the Off-Center Community arts program. Sumner & Dene Gallery, 517 Central NW.

MAY 6, 11:30 am-1 pm, free. Geology Walk led by Geoffrey Rawlings at Carlito Springs in the east mountains. Contact Collene Langan at 314-0398,

MAY 6, 2-3:30 pm, free. Basic map and compass skills led by Jim Patrick.  Sabino Canyon  Open Space, Contact Collene Langan at 314-0398,

MAY 6, 2-4 pm, free. Author Gabriel Melendez presents “The Book of Archives and Other Stories from the Mora Valley”. National Hispanic Cultural Center,

MAY 6 , 2-5 PM,  free. Mountainair Fiesta de la Primavera – includes music, vendors. Manzano Mountain Art Council Art Center, 101 E. Broadway (Highway 60) at the blinking light, Mountainair. (Info on their Facebook page).

MAY 6, 10:30 am, free. “Affirmation of El ente, the Lente Family History” presented by Ruby Niner.  Sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE

MAY 6, 10:30 am-12 noon, free but $5 donation requested. Tour of the Art Museum. Vamos al Museo, children’s programs on the first Saturday mornings at the Art Museum of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info from Elena Baca, 246-2261,

MAY 6, 2 pm, museum admission. Star Wars Day (costumes encouraged), 2:45 Star Wars Trivia Contest, Parade of Star Wars characters,2-4 pm, family activities. NM Museum of Natural History. 1801 Mountain Rd. NW,

MAY 7 , first Sunday admission free for all NM residents. NM Natural History Museum. 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.

MAY 7, 2 pm, free (repeats May 14 & 28). The ABQ Opera Guild presents “Enjoy Opera” special program for families to introduce kids to opera. Presented by Oliver Prezant. Albuquerque Museum.

MAY 7, 1-4 pm, free. Wonder of Learning: Creating Fun with Nature.  – Bachechi Open Space. 9521 Rio Grande NW at the Alameda Bridge. Contact Colleen Langan at 314-0398,

MAY 7, 10 am-6 pm, $5. Learn about great places to visit within the State. New MexPo with vendors, 50 NM destination booths, speakers, entertainment. 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE.

MAY 8, 11:30 am, buy your own lunch. Ann Lerner from the ABQ Film Office describes film making in ABQ. Golden Corral meeting room, 5207 San Mateo NE. ABQ Press Women & Friends. $5 fee if not member of Press Women.

MAY 9,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month is the book Storyteller by Leslie Marmon Silko. Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MAY 9, 6:30 pm, $5 donation suggested for non-members. Historian & author Paul Secord presents Pecos: area history over the last 1,000 yearsSandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. Sponsored by the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo.

MAY 9,16, 23, 30, $5-$10 per class. Cuban salsa dance class, 6-7 pm beginner & intermediate; 7-8 pm intermediate & advanced., 2 – 4 pm,  National Hispanic Cultural Center,

MAY 10, 10:30 am, free. “I did my DNA – Now What?” presented by John Farris. Main Library sponsored by ABQ Genealogical Society.

MAY 11, 4 pm, $15 donation. Tour of Houser Sculpture Garden, Highway 14 near Cerrillos. Tour by Dave Rettig, Curator of Houser Collections.

MAY 11, 12 noon – 1 pm, free. Zimmerman Library Waters Room. The Historic American Building Survey from UNM across the Southwest. Presented by Paul Secord as part of the New Deal Series.

MAY 13, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Richard Ruddy, historian & photographer presents  “The Buildings of San Felip Neri: the Mingling & Clashing of Cultures “, Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE,  848-1376.

MAY13,10-4 pm, free. CELEBRATE CORRALES HERITAGE includes crafts and music, Old Church. Sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society

MAY 13, 9:30 am – 4 pm, free. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, “Heritage Day” come to a fun day of puppet shows, burro packing demo, Lone Pine performs at 1 pm. Take your own self-paced tour of this historic property. More details at

MAY 13-14, 10 am -4 pm, free but $5 per car parking fee. Rio Grande Nature Center Herb Fest: arts & crafts, bird walks, plant sale, demonstrations, music. Call 344-7240.

MAY 13, 10 am-2pm, free. San Ysidro Feast Day includes food, farmers, artists. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 13, 10 am, free. San Ysidro Acequia blessing, corner of Isleta & Arenal SW.

MAY 14, 5-7 pm free. Opening of Voices of Counter-culture in the Southwest. NM History Museum in Santa Fe. (features the 1967 “summer of Love”). Program by Gary Snyder starts at 5

MAY 14, 5-6:30 PM, free. Learn about NM’s wild public lands and wilderness. Bachechi Open Space, Contact Collene Langan at 314-0398,

MAY 17, 7-8 pm, free and includes free admission to the Balloon Museum from 5-8 pm . Albuquerque Concert Band picnic series continues throughout the summer on different Wednesday nights. Bring your own picnic. Contact Linda Hubley at 768-6028 for more information.

MAY 17, 12 noon, free. Ron Curry, former regional director of the EPA and  NM Environment Dept. head speaks at the McKinley Community Center, 3401 Monroe NE just east of McKinley Mid School. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins. Brown bag lunch bring your own.

MAY 18, 5:30-7:30 pm, free but $5 donation encouraged.  Salud y Sabor, Pueblos Indigenas en America Latina, cooking demos, art & entertainment.  National Hispanic Cultural

MAY 18, 5-8:30 pm, free. “Indie Film Night” short films and discussions with independent film makers. Listen to the music of Jeez La Weez. Third Thursday fun nights at the Albuquerque Museum. Contact Jessica Coyle, or 243-7255 for more information.

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

MAY 19-21, different times. Congregation Nahalat Shalom sponsors a Sephardic Culture workshop, $25 day which includes lunch & breaks. 343-8277,  3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.

MAY 20, 2 pm, free. The Basque Families of Cibola County presented by Anna Marie Lopez. Double Six Gallery, 1001 West Santa Fe in Grants. Cibola County Historical society.

MAY 20, 9 am, free. BG Burr presents the Chautauqua “Ernie Pyle-Bringing the World to America’s Doorstep. Paradise Hills Methodist Church.

MAY 20, 2 pm, free. La Canoa series presents “A New Mexican’s Harrowing Experience: the Battle of Bataan and Infamous Death March” “presented by Margaret Garcia about her father Evans Garcia and the book “Tell Me another War Story”. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 20, 10 AM, free. A Poet’s Picnic: a celebration of art, nature and poetry and music. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day with local poets & caligraphers. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. 897-8831.

MAY 20, 12 noon – 2 pm, free.  Heishi Demonstration by Nick Rosetta of Santo Domingo Pueblo. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MAY 20 , 9 am-12 noon, free. Successful water practices & the role of plants. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW,,  Contact Collene Langan at 314-0398,

MAY 20-21, $95 one day or $150 both. Hopi weekend at the Center for NM Archaeology in Santa Fe. More details at

MAY 21, 10 am – 3 pm, free. Annual Classic Auto Show with a tribute to 1967 (includes motorcycles and vintage travel trailers). Parking lot of the ABQ Museum. more info at or

MAY 21, 6-8 pm, free. Learn how to become a weather spotter, Presented by Kerry Jones National Weather Service. Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW at the Alameda Bridge. Contact Collene Langan at 314-0398,

MAY 21, 10:30 am-4 pm, free. Festival of Asian Cultures (includes Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Nepal). Dance, music, displays, vendors. NM Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE.

MAY 21, 9am-4pm, $10. Placitas Garden Tour of 8 Gardens. Buy tickets that day at the Merc in Placitas or in advance at.the Placitas Library. More info at

MAY 21, 2 pm, free. The Rocky Road to Statehood; Bizarre History of many NM State symbols, speaker Phyllis Bergman. Old San Ysidro Church, sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society,

MAY 21, 3 pm, free for members – $5 others. Sandoval County Historical Society presents a tribute to Andrew Mora, long time director of the Our Lady of Sorrows Spanish choir DeLavy House in Bernalillo off 550.

MAY 21, 1-2:30 pm, free. Curandismo: It is your Grandma’s Medicine but it can be yours too ! Guiterrez Hubbell House. for more information.

MAY 21, 2 pm, free for Coronado Historic Site members, $5 others. Stefanie Beninato presents Pope & Naranjo: Leadership in the Pueblo Revolt 1680,  Sandoval County Historical Society, DeLavy House, off 550 turn at I-Hop just west of Coronado Historic site, 771-9493

MAY 24, 6-7:30 pm, free.  UNM Zimmerman Library Willard Room. La Musica del Diablo a Pie: Recovering the Nuevo Mexicano Musical Heritage,. Lecture and musical evening. Jack Loeffler, Enrique La Madrid, Frank McCulloch.

MAY 27, 10 am program & Q & A, Wayne Chew presents “Important things to Consider before you Die”    Sponsored by the Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center at 7521 Carmel NE Wyoming at Paseo del Norte. Followed by snacks (donations accepted.) More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941

MAY 27, 10 am-3 pm, free. Festival Reggae on the River includes nature walk, arts & crafts, tours, concert from 1:30-3 pm by Native Roots. Coronado Historic Site in

MAY 27, 2-4 pm, free. The West: Singing its Story presented by Ralph Estes – a combination talk and music. Cerrillos Hills State Park.  Call 505-474-0196 for more information or

MAY 27, 10 am-3 pm, free. “Shout & Shine” family event with bounce houses, classic car show, music, vendors and more. NM Veterans Memorial Park. Call 235-5900 for more information.

MAY 27,  10am – 12 noon, free. Plant Walk at Carlito springs Open Space. Contact Collene Langan at 314-0398,

MAY 28, Jammin’ in the Jemez. Music at 11 am and 1:15 pm. Jemez Historic Site. More info at 829-3530.

MAY 28, 2 pm, free. Author Anne Hillerman speaks about her new book Song of the Lion. Placitas Community Library.  867-3355,   453 Highway 165, 5 miles east of the I-25 exit.

MAY 28, 10:30 am-12 noon. free. Help clean the historic Jewish Montefiore Cemetery in Las Vegas, NM. for more info. All welcome.

MAY 28-29. Various fees. Travel to Clayton, NM to explore local history. Tour the Hertzstein Museum and historic Luna Theatre. Sponsored by the NM Jewish Historical Society, Call 348-4471 for information.

MAY 28/29 Memorial Day weekend across the metro area. Also events at Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Eagle Nest. and select state parks from the alpha list.

MAY 30, 10:30am-2:30 pm, free. Research Day of the ABQ Genealogical Society at the Downtown Library. Call 768-5131. Also contact or

MAY 31, 6-7:30 pm, $15. Healthy Indulgence Cooking Class, basics of pueblo foods. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

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.


$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 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 the the events section and click on History of NM Vets.


NM Genealogical Society, Main Library,


Albuquerque Museum of Art & HistoryOnly in Albuquerque.,  “Chasing the Cure to Albuquerque: Tuberculosis and Social change”; Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in FilmCarved Line: Block Printmaking in New Mexico. Albuquerque Museum.

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 House, 104 North 1st St. 861-0581. open Tuesday – Saturday 12:30-3:30 pm, Closed Sunday & Monday.

NM Museum of Natural History “Opals from around the World

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW – Brand new 40th anniversary exhibit “We are of this Place: the Pueblo Story”.

National Hispanic Cultural Center  Fantasia Fantastica art exhibit, A Life of Service: The Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection; The Art of Acquisition New, New Mexico Works, Cervantes & Don Quixote, 4th & Bridge NW.

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,

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Exhibit – Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its Meaning. 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 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, 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 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.-