Starting from April 13 and continuing through October 17, learn about the history of Santa Fe on a Downtown Walking Tour led by New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors guides every Monday through Saturday. Gather at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Avenue at 10:15 am. Cost: $10; children 16 and under free when with an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips. (No tours on Saturdays when large events are held on the Plaza, such as Spanish Market and Santa Fe Fiesta.)
Begin collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from the next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople at the annualYoung Native Artists Show & Sale. Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Palace of the Governors’ Portal Program will demonstrate and sell their own arts and crafts in the Palace Courtyard from 9 am to 4 pm, July 4 and 5. Free.
Jul 5, 2015
Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience
Museum of International Folk Art
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
in the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience
Come and explore the new artworks, interviews, spoken word poetry, and multi-media presentations resulting from a year’s journey of community based conversations, explorations, and programs with Gallery artists and artworks.
Jul 7, 2015
Between Two Worlds Hands on + Artist Demonstration
Museum of International Folk Art
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
International Folk Arts Week Event
What Makes a Place Feel Like Home?
Poetry and Chapbook activity for ages 3 to 103.
Fort Stanton; Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 9am to 8pm. Costumed re-enactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era will be at the Fort for demonstrations, presentations, concerts and a military ball which will have visitors dancing into the night. Additionally, the event brings authors, historians, photographers, artists, and a variety of historical vendors to site to share their crafts and other handiwork. Local food vendors are on hand to provide food throughout the day. Activities include historic reenactments; cavalry, infantry, artillery demonstrations; Buffalo Soldiers; Mescalero Apaches; Victorian ladies tea; authors, speakers, tours; period Military Ball Saturday evening; church service on Sunday; old time games for kids; concessions and live entertainment. Admission $5 for adults, children under 16 free. Call 575-354-0341.
Learn from Director of the Office of Archaeological Studies, Eric Blinman, and Jeff Cox, a specialisit on archaeomagnetic dating, on current research in the discipline. Event is free to Friends of Archaeology members and takes place at the Center for New Mexico Archaelogy Library.
During this time, curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology are in the lobby of MIAC to look at your treasures. These curators will attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them.
The event is always FREE and open to the public. Federal and State regulations prohibit the curators from appraising any artifact.
Jul 16, 2015
Los Alamos: Reflecting on the 70th Anniversary of Trinity
New Mexico History Museum
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A Palace Guard event
Get to know a local gem during a guided tour of the Bradbury Museum of Science. During lunch at the historic Hans Bethe house, Jon Hunner, author and historian discusses the July 16, 1945, Trinity nuclear bomb test and its lasting legacy. Finish with a tour of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s collection. $45. Reserve a spot by calling 505.982.6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member? To join, click here or call 505.982.6366 ext. 100.
Join Lynda Sanchez, author of Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico: From the Sacred Mountain, for an intriguing look at the culture and characters central to Apache legends and history. The presentation will include “show and tell” items from her personal collection and will be held at the San Juan Mission. For more information call 575-653-4025.
CANCELLED. We’re sad to report that Nilufar is unable to come for this lecture. We’re working on a substitute. Stay tuned!
International photographer Nilufar speaks on "Trail of Light—New Mexico to Beirut," defining how she uses the technology of a camera obscura to capture people in their natural environments in a dream-filled landscape. Her work is on the cover of the book accompanying Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, on exhibit in the museum’s Herzstein Gallery. This event is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.
Bring the kids! Learn about a child’s life in the Civil War era during this family-friendly two-hour session offered twice: 10am–noon and 1:30–3:30 pm. Try on a hoop skirt petticoat or a soldier’s sack jacket. Take a modern-day souvenir photo in our photo booth. Examine photos of children and adults to tease out details of their lives. Braid a take-home memory bracelet from horsehair. Free admission for NM residents and children 16 and under. Donations welcome.
Navajo sculptural jeweler Fritz Casuse finds inspiration for his art all around him -- his wife, son, students, poems -- but regardless of where the idea germinates, he intends to enjoy the process of creation. “Have fun, that’s what art should be about: fun,” he says, adding, “Enjoyment in creating art is my main goal.”
The Alexander and Susan McSween house was the scene of the most famous gun battle of the Lincoln County War, a violent struggle between two rival factions of businessmen, ranchers, and lawyers for political and economic control of the county. Architectural remains and burned artifacts from the McSween House in Lincoln, New Mexico, were recovered during archaeological test excavations conducted in the summers of 1986, 1987, and 1988. Archaeologist David Kirkpatrick will give a slide show and talk on what these excavations tell us about the War, the lifeways of the McSweens, and life in frontier New Mexico. The talk will be followed by a walking tour to the site of the McSween house.
Jul 20, 2015
Writing about Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Peckinpah
New Mexico History Museum
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture
Paul Seydor, a Los Angeles-based writer and editor, speaks on “Writing about Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Peckinpah,” based on his 2015 book, The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid: The Untold Story of Peckinpah’s Last Western Film (Northwestern University Press, 2015). This lecture is part of the 2015 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series in the Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors.
Jul 20, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015
The Governor’s Gallery: History Where It Happened – New Mexico Historic Sites
New Mexico Historic Sites
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
On display at the Governor’s Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol, is History Where It Happened – New Mexico Historic Sites.
New Mexico’s Historic Sites tell the story of our state. The exhibit displays eight unique stories from areas where the past becomes real; must-see stops for visitors to learn about New Mexico’s diverse, rich, and vibrant history. New Mexico Historic Sites offers guests a deeper understanding of groups and individuals who shaped our state and culture into what it is today.
Get a multicultural perspective of how communities preserve adobe structures, featuring Jake Barrow, program director for Cornerstones Community Partnerships; Tomasita Duran, executive director of the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority; and artist Nicasio Romero of the Villanueva Valley. A free event, 1–3 pm, Saturday, July 25.
Learn before you buy! In this useful seminar, Beck provides slide illustrations of turquoise, as well as tips gained from years of experience that will enhance your buying power.
Free with Museum Admission
Join MIAC as we celebrate Native sculptor Kathy Whitman’s talent with a community mural project! Bring something you’d usually toss in your recycling bin - the odder the better - to contribute to the mural. For more information, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IndianArtsCulture.
Jul 26, 2015
Performance of works written by the composer of Cold Mountain
New Mexico History Museum
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hear "Echoes from Cold Mountain," a chamber music concert in the History Museum auditorium of works by Jennifer Higdon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who was commissioned to write the score for the operatic version of Charles Frazier’s novel, Cold Mountain, debuting at the Santa Fe Opera this summer. The works will be performed by the Chatter chamber music group of Albuquerque, along with members of the Santa Fe Opera’s orchestra, soprano Adelaide Boedecker, mezzo-soprano Megan Marino, poet Demetria Martinez, and the Del Sol String Quartet. Part of the museum’s exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War. Tickets, $15 in advance (call 505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654), $20 at the door.
Deepen your understanding of the Civil War and the Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere with "Echoes from Cold Mountain: The Living Legacy of the American Civil War," a symposium featuring presentations from authors and scholars, including Harold Holzer, Hampton Sides, Kirk Ellis and Paul Hutton, along with music by Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout. Daily events in the History Museum auditorium. Tickets range from $25 to $85 (go to http://www.santafeopera.org/calendar/index.aspx?perfno=7593&mode=3&calmode=1&monthDropDown=2015%3a7&all=on for details).