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August 2014 History Opportunities


Program is always free with parking south of the Museum
Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Museum of Albuquerque in Old Town


SPEAKER: Roger M. Zimmerman

The famous Route 66 once was a lengthy journey from Santa Rosa north to Santa Fe then south to Los Lunas before heading back toward Gallup. Zimmerman will describe the 11 year transition period from 1926 to 1937 when Route 66 finally was constructed through Tijeras Canyon.

Zimmerman was born next to Rt. 66. He was educated in the Gallup schools, attended NM Military Institute and college at the University of Colorado. He taught Civil Engineering at NM State, and worked at Sandia National Labs. History is his hobby and he has written a book about an opera house in Gallup. He is current president of the Albuquerque Historical Society.


CASA SAN YSIDRO in Corrales — all summer, tours from Tuesday – Saturday 10:30, 12 noon, 1:30 p.m. 987-8828.

ELENA GALLEGOS AMPHITHEATER, free programs every Saturday in August at 7 p.m.,, for more information, 452-5222, $2 per vehicle.

OLD TOWN ENTERTAINMENT Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons. town.

El Agua Es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico, Exhibition now open at Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM. 277-4405, 277-1400.

Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, Squash, describes the botanical history, medicinal value and cultural meaning of these three foods. NEW EXHIBIT at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. History and Literacy Arts Building.

AUGUST 1, 5:30 pm, Digital Ecologies of the Southwest, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th SW

AUGUST 1, free admission 5-8 pm, NM History Museum in Santa Fe, curator Josef Diaz speaks from 6-6:30 pm.

AUGUST 1, Belen Harvey House, Mi Familia, The People of Belen. Historic photographs, artifacts, and 221st year of Our Lady of Belen Fiesta.

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

AUGUST 1-3 various fees, Old Lincoln Days in Lincoln, NM Last Escape of Billy the Kid, Ranger Talks, tours, music. Call 575-653-4025 for more information.

AUGUST 2, 2-5 p.m., Family Fun Day: Bolo Ties-performances, art and gallery activities. Explore the exhibition, Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage & Contemporary Artistry. 3 pm storyteller Sunny Dooley featuring the birds of summer. Museum of Albuquerque.

AUGUST 2, 1 pm, free. Dr. David Phillips, curator of anthropology at UNM’s Maxwell Museum gives a power point about the Pottery Mound excavation site near Los Lunas. 352-7720.

AUGUST 2, $8 adults, $7 youth. Doors open at 7:30 pm, movie begins at dark. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, National Atomic Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137.

AUGUST 2, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. David C de Baca speaks on the History of the Baca & C de Baca family in the New World, Hispanic Genealogical Research Center, Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE.

AUGUST 5, 10:30am, Main Library, Military research groups meet, Albuquerque Genealogical Society.

AUGUST 6, 6:30-7:30 pm artist Judy Chicago (who now lives in Belen) and her husband photographer David Woodman speak at the Museum of Art in Santa Fe.

AUGUST 7, 2-3 pm, free. Resolanas as a Political Action Metaphor in NM, State Records and Archives Building, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe. Sponsored by the State Historians Office and the Historical Society of NM

AUGUST 9, 10:30 – 12 noon, free. Chris Marquez speaks on the history of the Albuquerque Police Department. Public Library Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, monthly series on Albuquerque. From New Town to the Nuclear Age; Albuquerque 1990-1960. Second Saturday of each month., 848-1376.

AUGUST 9, 1-4 pm., New Mexico Farmers Past & Present, free. 1:30 pm Linda Tigges shares stories from her new book Spanish Colonial Lives: Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of NM, 1705-1774 3pm Challenges of Farming in the Desert. Learn about early day farmers and their tools. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. 897-8828.

AUGUST 9, 2 pm, Valencia County Book Club discusses Wicked Women of NM. Meets at Los Lunas Museum. Call Sandy at 864-2034 for more information.

AUGUST 9, 2-4 pm, Cibola County Historical Soc. meets at the Cibola 66 Arts Gallery in Grants to hear Ronnie Pynes, speak on How the Gunderson Family developed

AUGUST 9, 5-8 pm, 30 year anniversary of the Open Space Program. Cake, music and picnic on the lawn, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW 897-8831,

AUGUST 13, free, 10:30 am, Main Library. storytelling and book sale, ABQ Genealogical Society,

AUGUST 14 1-3 pm, Crash Course: How to take an oral history, Jon Hunner, Interim director of the NM History Museum

AUGUST 16, 8:30 am, Carlito Springs Open Space grand opening. Located in Tijeras Canyon. Come learn the history of this facility that was once a tuberculosis sanitarium. Speaker is Denise Tessier.

AUGUST 16, 10:30 am, free, Renowned harpist Otilio Ruiz leads a Sing-along of traditional songs from New Mexico and Latin American, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

AUGUST 17, 2 p.m., free. Roger Zimmerman presents Rerouting Route 66 Through Tijeras Canyon. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society, Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

AUGUST 21, free, 5-8 p.m., various musical groups. Part of the Christo & Jean Claude Exhibit. Third Thursday program at the Albuquerque Museum. food & beverages available.

AUGUST 21, 12 noon, free. The Civil War in New Mexico: War for the Southwest. Doctoral student Oliver Horn, NM History Museum, Santa Fe. New Mexico History Museum Brown Bag & Brainpower series.

AUGUST 23, Book signing Rudolpho Anaya and Nicolas Otero, How Chili Came to New Mexico. Los Lunas Museum, 352-7720.

AUGUST 23, 7-9 p.m., free. Saturday Night Swing, Dance to the music of the Dukes of Albuquerque 40′s & 50′s. Free but donations accepted. NM Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE. 256-2042 for info.

AUGUST 30, 10 am – 12 noon, free. Dr. Matt Schmader gives slide show about Albuquerque’s Parks and Open Space. Open Space Visitor Center.


UNM Continuing Education

Call 277-0077 to register and for more information 277-0563. Krista Savoca program coordinator email information. Fees for out of town field trips cover transportation. UNM Continuing Ed booklets with more detail available at all library branches.

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August 19 Hopiland Introduction, $20

August 22, Coronado and the Spanish Exploration of the Southwest, $20

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Check their web site for more August culture & recreation tours

August 20-21, Hopiland, $260

August 22-24 Wild Mustangs of the American West-Upper Rio Grande, $350

August 26 Las Vegas: A Jewel of A City, $89

August 29 El Morro, $80

Sept. 2, Acoma Pueblo San Estevan Feast Day and Harvest Dance, $70


Call 884-4529 to register and for more information. Must be age 55 and up. New location at American Square Shopping Center, 3301 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite 18 (near Menaul & Carlisle)

Most programs listed have $8 fee except for trips.

August 6 The Bad Girls of NM History, Robert Torrez $8

August 7 The Story of NM’s Most interesting Geologic Sites, Dirk Van Hart

August 8 Aviation Crash-finding in NM, James Koehler

August 12, Coronado & The Tiguez War, Dennis Herrick

August 21, The Herbal Tradition in NM, Jill Schneider

August 22, A Master Gardener’s Garden Tour, Wes Brittenham private home

August 26, The Churro & the Navajo-One Family’s Journey to Save the Sacred Sheep, Stacia Spragg-Braude, $8.


August 27, 9am – 5pm. $145, Ft. Union & Villa Philmont Day Trip


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.

National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW at Bridge, 246-2261.
Website Spotlight website about NM history & culture.


El Camino Real International Heritage Center (south of Socorro) In addition to presenting the significance of this 1600′s – 1800′s trail, the website has numerous articles about NM history written by local Socorro writer Paul Harden.

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,


Photography exhibit First Americans detailing the Albuquerque Native American pageant which begun in 1929 and continued a few years into the Depression.

Everybody’s Neighbor: Vivian Vance”. Known as Lucille Ball’s sidekick on “I Love Lucy”, Vance spent time as a young person in Albuquerque in the 1930′s.

Los Lunas Museum Continuing exhibit — Our Saints Among Us, 400 Years of New Mexican Devotional Art. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts, 251 Main St. Los Lunas at the water tower, 352-7720. runs through October 25, 2014.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW–

Generations of Prayer, Song, and Dance. Larry Phillips Sr from the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.

Albuquerque Indian School “Retrospective with a Vision Forward”. The boarding school experience through a historical beginning of harsh realities, to the journey of forcible education to lifetime friendships.

Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts Exhibit–Turquoise Water Sky: the stone and its Meaning. and Culture. 476-1250

National Nuclear Museum Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family-a traveling exhibit until August 31. 601 Eubank SE.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. “Curanderismo: Healing & Ritual”. Healing and medicinal plants and herbs. 277-1400 for more info.

NEW MEXICO HISTORY EDUCATION RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE: ADVENTURE, ADVERSITY & OPPORTUNITY: OUR JEWISH PIONEER HISTORY IN NEW MEXICO, Education materials including middle school level lesson plans my be downloaded from the website of the NM Jewish Historical Society, $10 donation requested but not mandatory.

UNM CONTINUING EDUCATION & OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE Krista Foutz, 277-0563, is the program coordinator and works in cooperation with 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 for course descriptions.

NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM All Fridays, Free admission, 5 – 8 p.m. May –

47 Star, NM Centennial Exhibit
Pinhole Photography.

Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time. Archaelogical evidence and historic documents of old Santa Fe.

Telling NM Stories, Then & Now.. Toys & Games: A New Mexico Childhood.

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.

WESTERN NM AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM Grants, NM. For more information go to the website of the Cibola County Historical Society,

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 & Contact 343-7480

CERRILLOS HILLS STATE PARK – adjacent to Village of Cerrillos on H.14 between ABQ & Santa Fe. 474-0196,

VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER to see Auguar highlights of dance, film, workshops, music, theatre and 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 Office of the State Historian, and 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.-