New Mexico History Museum

Another free weekend, a booksigning, and a Top 5 Listing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT
the New Mexico History Museum
505 476-5200

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico History Museum continued taking strides in the days after its grand opening, earning a spot in the top five “cultural hot spots” not to miss this summer via the influential travel and lifestyle Web site Indagare. In its posting, http://www.indagare.com/passions/2/departments/172, the site ranked the History Museum with the likes of the Punta della Dogana in Venice, Italy; the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece; the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New American Wing in New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.

The Museum is directly north of the Palace of the Governors at 113 Lincoln Ave., in the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe.

“We’re honored to stand with other museums in such attractive locales,” said Dr. Frances Levine, director of the New Mexico History Museum. “Not only can our history hold its own as a destination `hot spot,’ but Santa Fe can boast cuisines and cultures with their own special flavors. We’re inviting everyone to come and explore our stories and get even more `enchanted’ with New Mexico.”

As part of that invitation, the Museum will once again open its doors free to the public this Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On May 24 and 25, the Museum officially opened with free admission, drawing a total of 20,658 visitors, many of whom waited patiently in lengthy lines for their first glimpses of the interior.

The free admission comes courtesy of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, which will celebrate the grand openings of the new Spiegelberg Shop at the History Museum and the renovated Palace of the Governors Shop. The Spiegelberg Shop features works by New Mexico artists, ranging from ceramic tableware to furniture, tapestries, jewelry and sculpture. The Palace Shop has expanded its selection of books by more than 500 New Mexican authors and added historic print images from the renowned Palace Photo Archives. Besides choosing from prints and notecards, customers can browse the Archives and order reproductions of selections that start in 1850 and continue through today.

As part of the festivities, the shops will offer artists’ demonstrations, booksignings and music. The schedule:

SATURDAY, MAY 30

Author Talks and Book Signings in the Palace of the Governors Courtyard

12 – 1 p.m: Orlando Romero, Nambe Year One

1 – 2 p.m.: Katherine Wells, Life on the Rocks

2 – 3 p.m.: Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin, What We Eat When We Eat Alone

3 – 4 p.m.: Anne Hillerman, Santa Fe Flavors

 

Artist Demonstrations in the Palace of the Governors Courtyard

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Rene Zamora, blacksmith

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Pat Dozier, textile artist

 

Jewelry Demonstrations inside the Spiegelberg Shop

1 – 4 p.m.: Wanda Lobito

Susan Skinner

Christina Eustace

 

SUNDAY, MAY 31

Music, Author Talks and Book Signings in the Palace of the Governors Courtyard

12 – 1 p.m: Ed Kabootie, singer and flute player

1 – 2 p.m.: Barbara Harrelson, Walks in Literary Santa Fe

2 – 3 p.m.: Carmella Padilla, Conexiones: Connections in Spanish Colonial Art

3 – 4 p.m.: Kathleen Flynn, New Deal, the 77th Anniversary Celebration

Artist Demonstrations in the Palace of the Governors Courtyard

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Christina Hernandez, tinwork

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Julie Wagner, paper artist

Jewelry Demonstrations inside the Spiegelberg Shop

1 – 4 p.m.: Cody Sanderson

Holly Stults

Tracy Page Smith

 

The New Mexico History Museum is a 96,000-square-foot extension of the Palace of the Governors’ campus, including the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library and Photo Archives, the Palace Print Shop & Bindery, and the Portal Program. The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The Museum is at 113 Lincoln Ave., just north of the Palace at 105 W. Palace Ave., on the Santa Fe Plaza. For more information, visit www.nmhistorymuseum.org or www.palaceofthegovernors.org.

For more on the New Mexico History Museum, contact Kate Nelson at (505) 476-1141 or kate.nelson@state.nm.us

For information on the shops’ grand openings, call Carmella Padilla at (505) 471-8821 or carmpad@aol.com

###



Back to Press Release List »