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  • 09/08/14 One-Day Workshop on Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care

    From offering caregivers an hour of respite to discovering new wells of creativity, the acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project has spent the last decade developing techniques to reach people with memory illnesses through literature, performance, art and museum exhibits. Now you can learn these techniques from dynamic teachers with proven abilities to reach learners of all abilities. Join us on Saturday, October 25, from 9 am to 4 pm, when the New Mexico History Museum and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project present “Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care: A Day of Learning.” The workshop will be held at the History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, on the Santa Fe Plaza. A registration fee of $35 includes a light breakfast and lunch. Continuing Education Units are available. To register, go to www.dementiaarts.com, or call (505) 577-2250. Seating is limited, so reserve a spot today.

  • 09/03/14 Before Bataan: New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery

    In August 1940, talk of war swirled around Camp Luna near Las Vegas, N.M. The 1,800 men of New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery Regiment gathered there to train one last time on home soil before heading to the Philippines. A photographer was there, capturing images of youth and dedication, young men unaware of the ordeals they soon would face. On Sept. 16 through Oct. 12, the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives will mount a special exhibition at the Jean Cocteau Cinema featuring 10 of those images. The exhibit represents a collaboration between the theater and the New Mexico History Museum’s Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. Before Bataan: New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery is open for viewing between 1 and 8 pm daily. The Jean Cocteau is at 418 Montezuma Avenue, in the Santa Fe Railyard.

  • 09/02/14 Alcove Shows 1917 – 1927

    The New Mexico Museum of Art presents Alcove Shows 1917 – 1927 featuring sixty-one art works by twenty-four artists in the museum’s permanent collection.  The exhibition is on view Aug 8, 2014 through Feb 23, 2015 with the opening reception on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (Please note the day change as the annual Zozobra event is being held on the museum’s usual Friday opening evening.)  Guest curator MaLin Wilson Powell looked back at the first 10 years of exhibitions at the Museum of Art to draw a small selection of works by artists who exhibited during that time


  • 08/30/14 Cowboy Poetry

    Lincoln Historic Site, Old Lincoln Town, and Friends of Historic Lincoln present Music in the Park, a free summer concert series at the public park in historic Lincoln, NM.  The series’ final installment will take place on Saturday, August 30th and features Mike Moutoux, cowboy poet and musician, from 2-4pm. 

  • 08/25/14 Painting the Divine Symposium: Mary in the New World

    Learn from leading scholars on Spanish colonial devotional art, listen to Renaissance music and take a peek into La Conquistadora’s closet during the Painting the Divine Symposium: Mary in the New World. This free event, organized by Josef Díaz, curator of the exhibit, Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World, takes place Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 27–28, at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. No registration is required. Come for a little or take it all in. The talks will take place in the museum’s auditorium.

  • 08/21/14 After Action: Talking Service for Veterans

    Santa Fe Community College and the New Mexico History Museum are bringing a national program for veterans to Santa Fe. Using the Great Books Foundation’s “Talking Service” program, the free four-week reading and discussion group uses literature to help veterans talk about their service and their experiences coming home. After Action: Talking Service for Veterans begins in the History Museum’s Meem Community Room on September 27 and runs four Saturdays, from 2–3:30 pm, through October 18. Space is limited. To register, call SFCC’s Continuing Education Department at 505-428-1676. This partnership is supported by the New Mexico Humanities Council, which is mounting similar programs across the state.

  • 08/14/14 A Tribe Called Red in Concert on Museum Hill

    The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in collaboration with The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will present a live concert with acclaimed Native group, A Tribe Called Red. The three-man First Nation’s crew is one of Canada’s most prestigious groups. The event will be on Thursday, August 21 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology which is located on Museum Hill at 710 Camino Lejo, off Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, N.M. with free admission and doors opening at 8 p.m.

  • 08/04/14 A Palace in Need of Repair: The Santa Fe Fiesta Lecture

    Begun in 1609, the Palace of the Governors remains the nation’s oldest continuously occupied government building. But before and especially after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and 1693 Reconquest, one of the most common complaints found in early descriptions of it came down to four important words: “In need of repair.” Over and over, the phrase crops up in the historical record. For the museum’s annual Santa Fe Fiesta Lecture, noted archaeologist Cordelia “Dedie” Thomas Snow pulls together the various descriptions of the Palace surrounding that phrase and, from them, imagines how the building looked and how Santa Feans lived. “A Palace in Need of Repair: 1660-1720” is at 6 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the History Museum auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door; free to members of the Palace Guard, the museum’s friends’ group. (To join the Palace Guard, call the Museum of New Mexico Foundation at 982-6366, ext. 100.)

  • 08/04/14 The History Museum Times August-September 2014

    Hunting for cochineal red in the Segesser Hides. Did Sister Blandina create a miracle in the Photo Archives? Where did the town of Watrous get its name? Learn about that and more in the August-September 2014 issue of The Museum Times, a publication of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. Give it a read by clicking here (or log onto http://media.newmexicoculture.org/press_releases.php?action=detail&releaseID=328) then tap on "download PDF" at the bottom of the page.

  • 07/22/14 NM History Museum Named No. 1 in the West

    Now landing in subscribers’ mailboxes, the September 2014 issue of True West magazine names the New Mexico History Museum as the nation’s best Western museum, “in recognition of their superior exhibitions and ability to reach all generations through their creativity in interpreting the West while fulfilling their institution’s mission.” The honor follows the announcement that the museum won a national Award of Merit for Leadership in History from the American Association of State and Local History for its 2013–14 exhibit, Cowboys Real and Imagined.

  • 06/24/14 Printing, Music and Tattooes. Special events for “Painting the Divine”

    From printing with a medieval-style to great music and the movie Tattoo Nation, the exhibit Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World (opening June 29) comes with a host of special events.

  • 06/23/14 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series 2014, Part 2

    Mix together experts on a legendary outlaw, a hotel magnate, and a Territorial governor, and top it with ice-cold beer. Those folks and more will speak in the second half of the 2014 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series. Organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library at the New Mexico History Museum, the monthly lectures are free and open to the public (and, yes, you can bring a lunch). Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Seating is limited.

  • 06/19/14 Yee-Haw! History Museum Wins National Award for Cowboys Real and Imagined

    The American Association for State and Local History will bestow an Award of Merit for Leadership in History on the New Mexico History Museum in honor of the excellence achieved by Cowboys Real and Imagined. The award recognizes the 2013-2014 exhibition, its public programs, and the publication of Jack Thorp’s Songs of the Cowboys by the Press at the Palace of the Governors. “The staff of the museum brought intelligence, inventiveness and a lot of hard work to Cowboys,” said interim Director Jon Hunner. “This award is shared by the entire staff, our generous donors and the many visitors who enjoyed our hospitality—especially the ones who `cowboyed up’ and practiced roping a dummy calf.”

  • 06/16/14 Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition

    Pottery was crucial to agrarian life in the U.S. South, with useful forms such as pitchers, storage jars, jugs, and churns being most in demand for the day-to-day activities of a household and farm. Today, a century after that lifeway began to change, potters in the South continue to make vital wares that are distinctively Southern. The Museum of International Folk Art will celebrate this “living tradition” of American regional culture with the exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition, which opens on Friday, October 24, with a free public reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. The two-man folk orchestra Round Mountain will perform Southern-inspired music, including original compositions, at the opening reception. The exhibition presents traditional stoneware from North Carolina and north Georgia, current works characterized by earthy local clays, salt and ash glazes, and surprising effects of wood firing.

  • 06/06/14 Free Friday Night for the Palace but not the History Museum June 6

    Please note: Due to a private event in the History Museum, it will not be open for our usual Free Friday Night on June 6. The Palace of the Governors, however, will remain open for free from 5-8 pm. (Folks attending the Judy Chicago opening at the New Mexico Museum of Art who would like to tack on a visit to Donald Woodman’s exhibit at the History Museum will need to plan a return visit.) We apologize for the inconvenience.  

  • 06/04/14 The New Mexico History Museum newsletter: June-July 2014

    Learn about our upcoming exhibit, Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World. Meet an awesome volunteer. Sort through old newspaper photographs and find out just which wall almost fell down. It’s all in the June-July 2014 issue of The Museum Times, a publication of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. Give it a read by clicking here (or log onto http://media.newmexicoculture.org/press_releases.php?action=detail&releaseID=319) then tap on "download PDF" at the bottom of the page.

  • 05/05/14 Job posting: Executive Director for the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors

    The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark, a division of the state of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the position of director. (For more information about the museum, see http://nmhistorymuseum.org/.) The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors explores the Southwestern experiences of the American story. We fulfill our mission through diverse collections, inspired exhibitions, engaging public programs, award-winning publications and collaborative partnerships.

  • 04/29/14 Come Out and Play: The History Museum’s 5th Birthday Bash

    Outside of cowboy boots and a pony, what does pretty much every five year old want on their birthday? A party! And that’s just what the New Mexico History Museum is throwing on May 25. With the help of volunteers, visitors and community partners, we’ve accomplished great things since opening in 2009. How better to say “thanks” than to invite everyone over for old-time games, a tea party, hands-on activities and more. The first treat: Through the generosity of La Fonda on the Plaza, the day is free to everyone. Join us from 1–4 pm on Sunday, May 25, for “Come Out and Play,” a free birthday party and the debut of a new front-window installation, Toys and Games: A New Mexico Childhood, featuring dolls, toys, skates, sleds and more from the museum’s collections.

  • 04/24/14 Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World

    An ecclesiastical wave of 1960s-era urban renewal inspired mission churches throughout the Americas to undergo drastic renovations and, all too often, cast off centuries-old artwork. Charles W. Collier, a cultural attaché to Bolivia, and his wife, Nina Perera Collier, began purchasing and obtaining pieces that eventually formed the backbone of the International Institute of Iberian Colonial Art, once based at their Los Luceros estate in northern New Mexico. In 2005, with the promised construction of spacious galleries and a state-of-the-art collections vault, the Institute donated 70 paintings and three sculptures to the then-unbuilt New Mexico History Museum. When Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World opens on June 29, 35 of these 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces will share one exhibition space for the first time ever.