New Mexico History Museum

October events at the New Mexico History Museum

September 26, 2014


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. A Free First Friday Gallery Talk. Museum admission is free from 5–8 pm. Download an image of “Oppie” by clicking here.

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). The event, part of the exhibit Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World, is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents. Children 16 and under free daily. Download an image of the Baroque Players by clicking here.

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, which follows them around the world as they collect recordings of people speaking threatened languages. The screening, followed by a Q&A, will be held in the auditorium and is presented in collaboration with the Lensic and the International Folk Art Alliance. (The Lensic will feature a multimedia presentation by the two men on Oct. 6 at 7 pm. Tickets for that event are $10; Download an image for this event by clicking here.

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. 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. Download images of walking tours by clicking here.

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. Part of the exhibit Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents. Download an artist’s rendering of a gamma-ray burst by clicking here.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 9–4 pm, “Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care: A Day of Learning”

How can we build creative connections among people with memory illnesses using music, poetry and museum exhibits? Learn new techniques at a daylong workshop sponsored by the New Mexico History Museum and the acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Participation is open to anyone with an interest in reaching new populations through creative learning. A registration fee of $35 includes light breakfast and lunch. Continuing Education Units are available. To register or for more information call (505) 577-2250 or go to:

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2–4 pm “Cameras from the Kitchen”

Bring an empty coffee can, oatmeal box, potato chip can or shoebox (with lids). We’ll provide the rest to help you make your own camera obscura and see the world through a pinhole of light. A drop-in, family-friendly event suitable for all ages. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

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. Download an image of Stephen Fried by clicking here.

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