New Mexico History Museum

April Fun at the History Museum

March 17, 2015


Feed your brain this April at the New Mexico History Museum. Besides terrific exhibits, enjoy these special events:

Wednesday, April 1, noon, “Owning the Sacred: The 1929 Sale of the Santuario de Chimayo”

In 1816, the Santuario de Chimayo was built by a Chimayo family on land reported to deliver miracles to the faithful. By 1929, financial troubles caused the owners to sell it to the newly formed Spanish Colonial Arts Society, which donated it to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Brett Hendrickson delivers a Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture in the Meem Community Room on that sale. An assistant professor of regional studies at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., Hendrickson is the author of Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo (New York University Press, 2014). Enter for free through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors.

Friday, April 3, and Sunday, April 5, holiday hours

The museum will close at 5 pm on Good Friday, April 3. We will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5.

Wednesday, April 8, 9–10 am, CreativeMornings debut, with Robert Martin

In partnership with Albuquerque’s Creative Startups, the New Mexico History Museum proudly debuts a New Mexico chapter of the international CreativeMornings program. Each month, alternating between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, we’ll offer casual talks for graphic designers, authors, artists and other creative professionals, focused on various themes. On April 8, enjoy pastries and coffee from the Santa Fe Baking Co., and light music by Santa Fe’s Laser Cats. Do a little creative networking and hear a talk on this month’s global theme, Humility, from Robert Martin, executive and artistic director of the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

These events are free and open to the public.

CreativeMornings is a network of 106 host cities around the world. Talks are recorded and posted online. Learn more at and watch the Santa Fe and Albuquerque application videos at and

Monday, April 13, 10:15 am, Historical Downtown Walking Tours

Ever wonder why there’s an obelisk in the middle of the Santa Fe Plaza? Have you noticed the gargoyles on top of the Catron Building? Which tucked-away building holds a Manhattan Project secret? Find out on a Historical Downtown Walking Tour led by New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors guides. The tours are offered April 13 through Oct. 17, Monday–Saturday, 10:15 am–noon.

Gather at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Ave. Cost is $10. Children 16 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips. (No tours are offered on the Saturdays when large events are held on the Plaza, such as Spanish Market and Santa Fe Fiesta.)

Download images from past years’ tours by clicking here.

Sunday, April 19, 2 pm, “Fred Harvey and American Indian Art”

Besides building a tourism empire, the Fred Harvey Company shaped the direction of Native arts and crafts—even reviving their popularity to kindle lasting economic opportunities. Diana Pardue, curator at the Heard Museum and co-author of Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art, speaks in the auditorium as part of the exhibit, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy. Her lecture is free with admission; Sundays are free to NM residents.

Download images from the exhibit by clicking here.

Sunday, April 26, 2 pm, “How to Save Your Marriage Through Pinhole Photography”

Nancy Spencer and Eric Renner, guest curators of Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, have created extraordinary pinhole images for decades. How does the couple manage to work so productively together? Come find out—and learn a few tricks of the pinhole trade. The lecture is free with admission; Sundays are free to NM residents.

Download images from the exhibit by clicking here.

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