September 2017 History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

SEPTEMBER 17, 2 PM, UNM History Professor Dr. Noel Pugach will describe Albuquerque Jews: The Creator of the Downtown Business District. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society at the Albuquerque Museum, free parking south of the Museum. Free admission to the 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.

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

NM JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE NOV. 12-13, Las Vegas, NM. “Jewish Identities: Lost, Rediscovered & Reclaimed” More info at

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS Saturdays / Sundays at 11am and 2 pm. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER TUESDAYS 12, 19, 26; $5-$10 per class. Cuban salsa dance class, 6-7 pm beginner & intermediate; 7-8 pm intermediate & advanced., National Hispanic Cultural Center,

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.

SEPTEMBER SATURDAYS 9, 16, 23, 30, 1-2 pm, admission fee.  Guided Tour of the Art Museum-a different  tour each week,  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER MONDAYS, 1:30-2:30 PM. Admission fee. Tour the NM Natural History

SEPTEMBER Sundays, 12 noon – 5 pm, Family Fun Days at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW. Crafts, outdoor activities. SEPTEMBER THEME “TAKE ON THE TREES” More info from or 314-0398.

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)


SEPTEMBER 8, noon – 1pm, free. UNM Professor David Correia describes “Torture, Terror and Trophy Taking in Apacheria / scalping Apaches for profit in southern NM 1830s & 1840s”. American Studies Common Area at UNM.

SEPTEMBER 9, 10 am – 12 noon. free but limited seating. El Camino Real: Putting a Human Face on the Ruts of the Road. by Henry Mee and Julianne Burton Carvajal. Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. Sponsored by Bernallio County. RSVP at or 319-000.

SEPTEMBER 9, 10 am-12 noon, free but must pre-register at 897-8831. Insects Magnified: Family Workshopwith Kelly Eckel. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 897-8831.

SEPTEMBER 9, 10:30 – 12 noon, free.  Postcard historian Nancy Tucker describes The Golden Age of Postcards in Albuquerque (part 1) The Big Events. Part of the series “Making Change”. Special Collections Branch Library, 423 Central NE,  848-1376.

SEPTEMBER 9, 12 noon – 5 pm, free. Salsa Fiesta in Historic Old Town. Entertainment, shopping, kids’ activities. More info at

SEPTEMBER 9, 12 noon, fee. My Time in Vietnam 1962-63 by David Grant Noble. NM History Museum, part of the Voices of Counter Culture exhibit.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2 pm, free. Troy Ainsworth speaks on Henry Trost, architect of the Southwest. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage of and Arts, on Main street at the Water Tower. call 352-7720 for more info.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2 PM, FREE. SEPTEMBER 95-8 pm, free. Music at Sunset. Placitas Community Library, entertainment, food trucks.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2 pm, free. BG Burr speaks on Rt. 66 in NM for the Taos Historical Society at the Kit Carson Electric Board Room, 118 Cruz Alto Rd. in Taos.

SEPTEMBER 101-2:30 pm, free. Winter Plant Wisdom: Immune System. BachechI Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW at the Alameda Bridge. Must register with Colleen Langan at Bern Co Open Space, or 314-0398.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2 pm, $5 for non-members. The family of 95 year old Lolita Christobal describes the “Santa Ana Traditionalist“. She is a pioneer who blended her life with Mother Earth. Sandoval County Historical Society in Bernalillo just north of the I-HOP on 550.

SEPTEMBER 11, 12 noon, $5 for non-member, buy your own lunch. John Fleck, Professor of Water Policy at UNM presents Water Resources and Policy. Golden Corral Restaurant, 5207 San Mateo NE. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Press Women.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1 pm, free. Professor A. Gabriel Melendez talks about his book, The Book or Archives and Other Stories from the Moara Valley, NM. UNM Bookstore, 2301 Central NE at Cornell. More info from Mary Claire, 277-1388.

SEPTEMBER 12,  2-4 pm or 6-8 pm, free. A book club discussing Native American topics or books by Native Americans.  This month is “Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook” by Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara). Food may be ordered from the café. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 12, 6:30 pm, $5 donation. The Complexity and Diversity of Chaco Canyon, lecture by Paul Reed, Preservation Archaeologist. Sponsored by Friends of Tijeras Pueblo at the Sandia Ranger Station on highway 337 just off I-40.

SEPTEMBER 13, 6 pm, free. Magdalena Library presents Sunny Dooley speaking on Dine Folklore in Cultural Context. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council. Magdalena, NM

SEPTEMBER 14, 5:30 PM, free. Jerry Thompson speaks on Forgotten Soldiers: NM Volunteers and Militia in the Civil War. Zimmerman Library Waters Room, sponsored by the Center for SW Research.

SEPTEMBER 15, 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.

SEPTEMBER 157:30-9 PM, $2 per car. “STAR PARTY”.  Cerrillos State Park in historic Cerrillos on Highway 14. Call 474-0196 for info. www.emnrd.state.nm/SPD

SEPTEMBER 153:30-4:30 pm, free but must pre-register at 897-8831. Edible Week Workshop with Dara Saville. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

SEPTEMBER 169:30-11:30 am, free but must pre-register at 897-8831. Nature & Forest Therapy Walk, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

SEPTEMBER 16, 9 am-4 PM, $2 per car. “Annual Cerrillos community festival”.  Cerrillos State Park in historic Cerrillos on Highway 14. Call 474-0196 for info. www.emnrd.state.nm/SPD

SEPTEMBER 168:30-10 am, $3 per car fee. Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center, 344-7240.

SEPTEMBER 16, 10 am-12 noon, free. Dr. Joseph Sanchez, Dr. Angelica Sanchez Clark and Stephen Manrgoc present Historic Rt. 66: A NM Crossroads. Special Collections Library, 848-1376.

SEPTEMBER 16, 12 noon – 3 pm, free. Pueblo Weaving: A Way of Life with Aric Chopito (Zuni), demonstration by the artist. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 16, 1 pm, free. Smith Family Totem Pole Blessing & Celebration. The restored 1907 pole has been erected in the Hibben Center adjacent to Maxwell Museum. There will be a talk about the restoration project followed by a reception. Please RSVP with Mary Beth at 277-1400 or Parking in lettered lots free from 6 pm Friday through midnight Sundays. Lot is adjacent to Maxwell. More info

SEPTEMBER 16, 2pm, free. Book signing at Teofilo’s Restaurant on Main Street in Los Lunas. “More Tales of the Rio Abajo” by John Taylor and Dr. Richard Melzer; “Capt. Maximiliano Luna: A NM Roughrider” by Dr. Richard Melzer.

SEPTEMBER 17, 1-4 pm, free. ZUNI CULTURAL DAY, fashion show, traditional dance performances, artist demos. Albuquerque Museum.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2 pm, free. ALBUQUERQUE JEWS: The Creator of the Downtown Business District  – UNM History Professor Dr. Noel Pugach will talk about the many downtown businesses that were started by Jewish families in the late 1800s and early 1900s. 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 17, 10 am-5 pm, $5. Japanese Fall Festival, Aki Matsuri. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Call 600-1549 or

SEPTEMBER 17,  2 pm, free. Barbed Wire Pioneers, a movie about the invention of barbed wire in the 19th century. Sponsored by the Coronado Historic Site but meeting at the Sandoval County Historical Society. De Lavy House, off 550 at the I-HOP restaurant.

SEPTEMBER 17, 1-3 pm, free but must RSVP at 843-7270. View into the Collection of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 20, 4-6 pm, free. Meet Brandon Johnson, the new director of the NM Humanities Council. 4100 Silver

SEPTEMBER 20, 12 noon-1pm, free – bring your own lunch. Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez is speaker. McKinley Recreation Center just east of McKinley Mid School. Sponsored by County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins

SEPTEMBER 20, 12 noon-1:30 pm, free. Learn about the new Indigenous Digital Archive at Zimmerman Library. Presenters Anna Naruta Moya and Daniel Moya discuss Records of the Early Government Boarding Schools and Native American Rights to Land. Waters Rooms at Zimmerman. Call 277-7433 Kevin Brown or Paulita Aguilar for more info.

SEPTEMBER 205:30-7 pm, free. 90 Years of the KiMo: a counter narrative panel discussion about pueblo deco architecture and the connection of the KiMo to the pueblo culture. KiMo Theater, 5th & Central NW. more info at

SEPTEMBER 215:30-7:30 pm, free. Salud y Sabor: ARGENTINA. free evening of food, art and entertainment. National Hispanic Cultural Center. RSVP with, 246-2266 Z 167.

SEPTEMBER 215-8:30 pm, free. Third Thursday at the Museum. “HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM !”  Albuquerque Museum. contact Jessica Coyle, or 243-7255 for more information.

SEPTEMBER 223-4 pm, free. Meditations on the Journey: An Afternoon with Felix Vigil. An opportunity to meet and talk to the artist. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 22-23, different fees. Globalquerque! 2017. World Music and Culture Celebration. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 238:30-10 am, free but very limited registration with Bern Co Open Space. Carlito Springs Bird Walk.Contact Colleen Langan at 314-0398 or

SEPTEMBER 238:30-10 am, $3 per car fee. Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center, 344-7240.

SEPTEMBER 2310:30-11:30 am, $3 per car parking fee. ANIMAL VOICES (birds, insects, reptiles). Rio Grande Nature Center.

SEPTEMBER 23, 9 am-5 pm, free. Open house for Locomotive 2926 – free hot dogs & soda, music, train tours- bring the kids. 1833 8th St. Sponsored by the NM Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

SEPTEMBER 23, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm, $30/35 registration-must register by Sept. 8. Genealogical workshop all day. Various speakers include “Celts their crafts, jewelry and migration to the present” . Sponsored by the ABQ Genealogical Society, Main library lower level.

SEPTEMBER 24,  2 pm, free. Aunt Winifred’s Diary, a memoir of internment in a WW II prison camp in the Philippines presented by Wendy Orley. Sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society, Location Old San Ysidro church in Corrales.

SEPTEMBER 241-4 pm, free. Sandia Mountain Bear Fair at Carolino Canyon, 9.5 miles south of I-40 on Highway 337. Co-sponsored by Bernalillo County Open Space and the Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative.

SEPTEMBER 23, 10 am program, free. Climate Change Past and Present presented by Dr. Dwight Jennison.    Sponsored by the Chinese American Speaker Series, North Domingo Baca Community Center at 7521 Carmel NE Wyoming at Paseo del Norte. Followed by snacks. More information by calling Fay Yao at 934-3941

SEPTEMBER 26, 1:15 pm, free. Storytelling: Animal Tales and the Lessons They teach Us . Presented by Susi Wolf. Meadowlark Senior Center, Rio Rancho. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

SEPTEMBER 27, 12 noon, free. David Caffey speaks on his book Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial NM. NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

SEPTEMBER 276:30-8 pm, $7 / $6-it is recommended to buy tickets in advance. Carlton Allen who spent 14 years with NASA will speak on “Pieces of other Worlds: Samples from across the Solar System”. NM Natural History Museum.

SEPTEMBER 293-5 pm, fee. Turkey: Identity & Belonging. UNM Conference Center on University NE. Sponsored in part by the NM Humanities Council.

SEPTEMBER 30, 9-11 AM, free but must pre-register at 897-8831. Pueblo Tour with Dr. Matt Schmader.

Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors

SEPTEMBER 30, 11 am-3 pm, free. Map Festival – display of interesting historic maps, children’s scavenger hunt. Special Collections Library.

SEPTEMBER 30, 1-3 pm, admission. 1 pm, Talk by Tracy Fitzpatrick exhibition curator and director of the Neuberger Museum of Art. Opening When Modern was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy Neuberger Collection. Albuquerque Museum.

SEPTEMBER 30, 9-11 am, $2 per car. “Tarantula Hike-learn about the giant spider”.  Cerrillos State Park in historic Cerrillos on Highway 14. Call 474-0196 for info. www.emnrd.state.nm/SPD

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 1, 10am-4 pm HARVEST FESTIVAL at Casa San Ysidro. HEART OF CORRALES FESTIVAL. Hay rides, kids’ activities, vendors, sample food, music.


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


NM Genealogical Society, Main Library,


UNM Zimmerman Library Center for Southwest Research
Exhibit – A History of Sports at UNM.  Contact CSWR –

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 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.

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center2401 12th St. NW –  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.

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 Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its 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 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. 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.-