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Characters of New Mexico

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd.)

In honor of State Archive Month, Bernalillo County is partnering with the New Mexico Commission of Public Records to bring you this enriching and thought provoking series.


Alabados, Inditas and Corridos: A Musical Journey through Hispano New Mexico

Oct. 67–8:30 p.m.

Presenter—Assistant State Historian and New Mexico folk musician Robert D. Martínez

The rich Hispano musical traditions of northern New Mexico reflect the complex and diverse history of the region, with Spanish Catholic music by the Penitentes, ballads about love lost and fierce battles, and stories of war and revolution. Like the people of northern New Mexico, the music is Spanish, Mexican, and American, shot through with indigenous elements courtesy of the Pueblo people, as well as the Apache, Navajo, and Comanche communities.


Enjoy the stories and music on the eve of the Balloon Fiesta over a fire with hot Mexican chocolate under the evening stars.


Characters of New Mexico: Three Presentations

Oct.127–8:30 p.m.

  • The 1837 Johnson Massacre and the Murder of Apache Chief Juan José Compá Abstract

Presenter: David Correia, Associate Professor, American Studies, UNM

  • “I, Mexican American:” George I Sanchez and the ethno-racial politics of a Nuevomexicano Intellectual

Presenter: Michael Trujillo, Associate Professor of American Studies and Chicano/ Hispano/Mexicano Studies

  • A Social and Abstract: Economic History of the L. & H. Huning Mercantile Co., 1870-1880

Presenter: Rico Gonzales, MA Candidate, Department of History, University of New Mexico


Characters of New Mexico: Two Presentations

Oct. 197–8:30 p.m.

  • When Ulysses S. Grant Ran for Governor of New Mexico: Hippies and Politics in the 1970s

Presenter: Rick Hendricks, State Historian of New Mexico

  • The Day I Had Lunch with Reies Lopez Tijerina

Presenter: Rob Martinez, Assistant State Historian of New Mexico


El Camino Real Trade Fair

Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)


October 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro is the Royal Road stemming from Mexico City to New Mexico. Discover the rich history, hardships, and enchanting tales of this historic trail through this large-scale event perfect for families and balloon fiesta guest. This series is presented by Bernalillo County Open Space, the Hubbell House Alliance, El Camino de Tierra Adentro Trails Site, New Mexico Historic Sites, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association. Activities include the following:

Ø  Aparejo (mule) Packing Talk and Demonstration

Ø  Cultural Performances

Ø  Living History Re-enactments

Ø  Navajo Run Authentications

Ø  Turquoise Trunk Show

Ø  Local Artisans and Food Vendors

Ø  Weaving and Blacksmith Demonstrations

Ø  Education Presentations

Ø  Kids Activities and Photo Booth


Don’t miss out on this great event, and no need to register.


Naturalist and Outdoor Adventures

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd.)

Bosque in the Moonlight

Oct. 57–9 p.m.

A simple hike through Bachechi Open Space and into the Bosque under the light of the moon. We will also make the rounds along the wetlands to gaze at the moon’s reflection. Cameras encouraged.


Upcycling your Halloween Costume

Oct. 219–10:30 a.m.

Presenter-Lita Sandoval

Get into the Halloween spirit while keeping it green by learning how to make your own costume out of recycled materials. In this workshop we will explore various costuming techniques using upcycled materials. Feel free to bring any recycled items and/or repurposed clothing that you would like to transform into a costume.


Exploration and Research in the new Bears Ears National Monument

Oct. 267–8:30 p.m.

Presenter—Thomas Windes, Archaeologist

Explore the canyon country with us and the sights of some of the cliff dwellings and other sites in southeast Utah.



Family Fun Days every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Weekly crafts, outdoor activities, and experiments will be offered to deepen your discover of the natural world. Each Visitor can make a journal and crafts to take home. Activities are all correlated to school science standards making this a great opportunity for homeschoolers– learn, explore and play! There are different activities each week based on the month’s theme.


October’s theme is Water and Wetlands

Get your feed, or at least your net wet, in discovery of our rare resource—water. Contract pond with the river by measuring temperature and collecting macroinvertebrates, or make a wetland watercolor inside.



For more information or help with registering for any of these Open Space events, contact:

Colleen Langan-McRoberts, or call 505-314-0398