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Jun 21, 2015
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Furnishing the Alvarado Hotel: A Material Culture Tour
New Mexico History Museum

Opened in 1902, Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel was the stuff of legend. Graciously designed with shaded portals, bell towers, fountains, and immaculate rooms, it was a gem of the Santa Fe Railway and Fred Harvey Co. Its Indian and Mexican Rooms were filled with museum-quality Native arts and crafts, opening a previously untapped market for the public and for the craftspeople. Native Americans created jewelry and blankets on-site, and visitors could watch them weave their magic. Its glory years didn’t last, however, and the building was lamentably demolished in 1970.

At 2 pm, on Sunday, June 21, Deb Slaney, curator at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and author of Jewel of the Railroad Era: Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel, speaks on "Furnishing the Alvarado Hotel: A Material Culture Tour," in the History Museum auditorium. Part of the exhibit, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, her lecture is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents. Seating is limited. Make a reservation by calling (505) 476-5152.


Related Photos

Alvarado Hotel lunchroom

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