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  • 10/21/14 November Events at the New Mexico History Museum

    From tattoos to Christmas cards to beer, we’ve got you covered. Sunday, Noveber. 2, see portions of the 2013 documentary Tattoo Nation and hear from Director Eric Schwartz in the History Museum auditorium. Friday, November 7, come to the opening of Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past. Saturday, November 8, purchase art and craft supplies, handmade books and papers, ephemera, gifts and more at the Santa Fe Book Arts Group flea market. Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, make your own holiday cards. Wednesday, Nov. 19, hear author John C. Stott talk about “New Mexico Beer—Now and Then."    

  • 10/18/14 Spanish Guitar of the Americas -- A Music Festival

    Celebrate the change of seasons in beautiful southern New Mexico with music, regional cuisine, and museum exhibits at El Camino Real Historic Trail Site Beginning on Saturday, October 18, and again on Saturday, November 22, and on Saturday, December 13 will be a free concert series and festival of the Spanish guitar at El Camino Real Historic Trail Site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all three dates.

  • 10/14/14 The Laboratory of Anthropology Library holds its always anticipated 21st Book Sale

    The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Laboratory of Anthropology (LOA) Library will hold its 21st book sale on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16. Book sale times and admission fees are:


    • Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., $10; and 1 – 4 p.m., $1

    • Sunday, Nov. 16, Noon – 4 p.m., Free

    There are many books worthy of gracing any library, supplementing a collection or expanding one, such as the scarce, rare and first edition, finely printed and small literary press books on topics as diverse as the 1960s Beat Generation and Counter Culture movements, the Federal Writers’ Project/Works Progress Administration, Goreyana (Edward Gorey), as well as on New Mexico, Mexico, Spanish Colonial history and art, and on Central America.

  • 10/14/14 Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women

    First exhibit of its kind featuring leading American Indian Women sculptors of 20th and 21st centuries   Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Nov. 2, 2014 and runs through Oct. 19, 2015. The exhibition features figures of women sculpted by seven American Indian women artists.  Most of the ten works on view will be in the museum’s outdoor Roland Sculpture Garden. There is a long history of sculpting among the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The artists in Courage and Compassion, while contemporary in their approach are steeped in tradition. Using the same materials as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, the works presented draw on cultural influences of those who have gone before

  • 09/30/14 Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and its Legacy

    Will Rogers noted that Fred Harvey “kept the West in food—and wives.” But the company’s Harvey Girls are by no means its only legacy. From the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway’s 1879 arrival in New Mexico to the 1970 demolition of Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel, the Fred Harvey name and its company’s influence have been felt across New Mexico, not to mention the American West. The company and its New Mexico establishments served as the stage on which people such as Mary Colter fashioned an “authentic” tourist experience through architecture and interior design, while Herman Schweizer helped drive the direction of Native American arts as an industry. Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and its Legacy, a new section that joins the New Mexico History Museum’s main exhibit, Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, tells those stories and more. Opening Sunday, Dec. 7, Setting the Standard uses rarely seen artifacts from the museum’s collection, images from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives and loans from other museums and private collectors. Focusing on the rise of the Fred Harvey Company as a family business and events that transpired specifically in the Land of Enchantment, the tale will leave visitors with an understanding of how the Harvey experience resonates in our Southwest today.

  • 09/26/14 October events at the New Mexico History Museum

    Friday, Oct. 3, 6 pm, “Broken by Secrets: Robert Oppenheimer and the Early Atomic Age” Dr. Jon Hunner, interim director of the museum, explores the complicated life of the atomic bomb’s father—from his childhood through his scientific career to his involvement with governmental policies during the early Atomic Age. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2 pm, Albuquerque Baroque Players Hear 17th- and 18th-century chamber music from Italy, Germany and France by MaryAnn Shore (oboe and recorder), Mary Bruesch (viola da gamba) and Susan Patrick (harpsichord). Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2–4 pm, “The Linguists: Saving Endangered Languages” What does it take to save a dying language? Join linguists Greg Anderson and K. David Harrison for a free screening of their 2008 film, The Linguists, followed by a Q&A. Saturday, Oct. 11, last day for this year’s Historical Downtown Walking Tours Monday through Saturday, learn about the history of Santa Fe from a museum-trained. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2 pm, “From Pinholes to Black Holes” Los Alamos National Laboratory astrophysicist Ed Fenimore talks in the auditorium about his pioneering work that uses the basic technology of a pinhole camera to see the distant reaches of space. Saturday, Oct. 25, 9–4 pm, “Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care: A Day of Learning” A daylong workshop sponsored by the New Mexico History Museum and the acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2–4 pm “Cameras from the Kitchen” Bring an empty coffee can, oatmeal box, potato chip can or shoebox (with lids) to make your own camera obscura . Wednesday, Oct. 29, noon, “Fred Harvey, the Hotel Castañeda, and the Future of the Past in Railroad New Mexico” Stephen Fried, author of the best-selling biography Appetite for America, delivers a Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture in the Meem Community Room. Free.

  • 09/24/14 Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum’s Collection

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection. The exhibition opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a free public reception. The exhibition runs through March 29, 2015. Hunting + Gathering presents a sampling of artworks that have entered the Museum’s collection in the last five years.

  • 09/22/14 From Pinholes to Black Holes: Astrophysicist Ed Fenimore on How to See a Gamma-Ray Burst

    Gamma-ray bursts may produce an extraordinary amount of light from the other side of the universe, but they occur so randomly that we don’t know where to look. We need a camera that can image the gamma-rays to locate them. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists considered this high-tech problem and wondered whether a pinhole camera—the simplest tool of photography—might hold the answer. On Sunday, October 12, at 2 pm in the History Museum auditorium, astrophysicist Ed Fenimore talks about their solution: an array of 52,000 pinholes that is currently flying on the Swift satellite. His lecture, “From Pinholes to Black Holes,” is free with admission, and Sundays are free to NM residents. Early in their research, LANL scientists developed a device with more than 20,000 pinholes that flew aboard the 1991 Space Shuttle. That coded array is currently on display in Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, an exhibit in the museum’s Herzstein Gallery.

  • 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

  • 09/02/14 FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY CONTINUES WITH THREE NEW PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS

  • 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.