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  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 20, 2015

    Japanese Internee Fathers, American Patriot Sons

    During World War II, Santa Fe was the site of one of the nation’s largest Justice Department internment camps. It primarily housed Japanese immigrants, among them the Rev. Tamasaku Watanabe. On Sunday, November 15, at 2 pm, Watanabe’s granddaughter, Dr. Gail Y. Okawa, speaks on a brain-twisting aspect of that heartbreaking period: Even as our government locked up Japanese residents over fears of their supposed disloyalty, their own children put on soldiers’ uniforms to defend the nation.

    “Compounded Ironies: Japanese Internee Fathers, American Patriot Sons” is a free-with-admission lecture in the New Mexico History Museum auditorium. (Sundays are free to NM residents.)

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 19, 2015

    November events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

    From an exclusive Palace Guard events to a book-arts flea market and talks on the history of the New Mexico National Guard, internment camps of Japanese people and the various types of Southwestern cuisine, the New Mexico History Museum will deepen your appreciation for the past during November.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 8, 2015

    Halloween at the Museums

    Grab the kids, don a costume, and head to the Santa Fe Plaza for a progressive Halloween party on Friday, October 30, at the Museum of Art and New Mexico History Museum. We’ll have music, treasure hunts, ghost stories, tarot cards and more. And it’s all free, from 5–8 pm, with full access to all of our exhibitions.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 6, 2015

    Wanted: History Heroes

    Weekly training classes for new volunteer tour guides at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors begin Tuesday, November 3, from 9–11 am. Upon completion in late April, students will have deepened their knowledge of our state’s history and be comfortably prepared to lead groups on tours according to their individual schedules.

    Staff members and guest speakers lead the classes, which cover more than 500 years of New Mexico history. The training is free; classes will break for the holidays. To learn more and to register, contact René Harris at (505) 476-5087,

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 1, 2015

    CreativeMornings Gets a Shock

    Sam Scarpino, a Santa Fe Institute resident, talks on the theme of “shock” at a free CreativeMornings event on Wednesday, October 14, 9–10 am. Besides Scarpino’s brief TED-like talk, you can do a little creative networking and enjoy pastries and coffee from the Santa Fe Baking Co. Support provided by the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 1, 2015

    History Museum Times, October-November edition

    Space, the final frontier (for our collections). Creating an opera for people with memory illnesses. Making paper out of yucca fibers. It’s all in the latest edition of the New Mexico History Museum’s newsletter. To download a PDF of it, click on the red headline, then scroll down to the PDF command.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Sep 24, 2015

    Celebrating Fred Harvey

    “Fredheads” unite! The New Mexico History Museum has October events sure to deepen your appreciation for the Fred Harvey Company’s legacy across the Southwest.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Sep 15, 2015

    10 Great October Events at the History Museum

    Get crafty. Feel spooky. Sing like a cowboy. Revel in the Harvey House heyday—and more. This October has something for everyone, and most events are free.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Aug 17, 2015

    September events at the New Mexico History Museum

    Take in the annual Santa Fe Fiesta Lecture. Attend a free Teacher Resource Fair. Learn more about the Civil War in the West. These and other great events are happening in September at the New Mexico History Museum.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Aug 13, 2015

    The 2015 Santa Fe Fiesta Lecture

    On Wednesday, September 2, at 6 pm, Dr. Linda A. Curcio-Nagy, associate professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of Nevada, exploresearly rituals and ceremonies in "Performance, Politics, and Piety:  Pageantry and Identity in Colonial Mexico City." The lecture is free for Palace Guard members; $5 others, at the door. (To join the Palace Guard, call the Museum of New Mexico Foundation at 982-6366, ext. 100.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jul 29, 2015

    History Museum Times, August-September edition

    A Palace renovation and potentially doomed trees. A great new photo exhibit and terrific interns. Enticing books on the craft of books and a glimpse of the Alvarado’s greatness. It’s all in the latest edition of the New Mexico History Museum’s newsletter. Click here to download a PDF of it.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jul 23, 2015

    August events at the New Mexico History Museum

    The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors hosts a month’s worth of vibrant events. Bring the family, bring your friends. Or just come by yourself. Besides great exhibits, you’ll find these special events ranging from a Civil War symposium to CreativeMornings event, music-based lectures, the Native Cinema Showcase and more.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jul 9, 2015

    The Palace is set for first phase of long-awaited renovations

    Workers are getting ready to apply new stucco, repair roofs, improve heating and cooling, change the landscaping and more at the Palace of the Governors, a 400-year-old National Treasure in the heart of historic Santa Fe. Begun in 1609–1610 as the seat of Spain’s North American colony, the Pueblo Revival building became the flagship of the state’s museum system in 1909. In recent years, it has drawn preservationists’ fears, most critically because of its 1970s cement stucco on the interior courtyard’s wall.

    Now, thanks to a $400,000 infusion from the Department of Cultural Affairs and another $680,000 from the state Legislature’s recent session, that water-trapping stucco will be stripped off and replaced with a breathable lime plaster. Stucco around the rest of the building will be patched up, workers will install new roofs above the Palace gift shop and Meem Community Room, and the Palace’s capricious heating-and-cooling system will be tied into the New Mexico History Museum’s more reliable one.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 23, 2015

    Brainpower and Brownbags 2015 series, part II

    From the making of a classic Western to stories of remarkable women, Harvey Houses, Southwestern cuisine and the Llano Estacado, the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library’s Brainpower & Brownbags Lunch Lectures offer a wealth of learning. Organized by Librarian Tomas Jaehn, the monthly lectures are free and open to the public (and, yes, you can bring a lunch). Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Seating is limited.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 23, 2015

    Young Native Artists Show & Sale

    Start growing your collection of Native art at the Young Native Artists Show & Sale, July 4 and 5, in the Palace Courtyard from 9 am to 4 pm. Children and grandchildren of artists belonging to the Native American Artisans Program will show off their latest works of art, learn a few tricks of the customer-service trade, and potentially launch their careers. See the hand-crafted artwork, purchase refreshments, and strike up a conversation or two with artists who are growing and continuing to learn their craft. Admission is free through the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate on Lincoln Avenue, south of the New Mexico History Museum’s main entrance.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 10, 2015

    An Evening with William deBuys

    Award-winning author and conservationist William deBuys speaks on and signs copies of his latest book and joins us for a reception honoring the museum’s acquisition of his papers. The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library hosts this free event on Friday, June 19, 5:30–7:30 pm, in the museum auditorium, with light refreshments in the lobby.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 4, 2015

    Home Movies--Discovered, Collected, Preserved

    At 2 pm on Saturday, June 20, see archival films from the Old Santa Fe Association’s new collection, including gems filmed by Ernest Knee, culled from residents’ garages and closets and boasting little-known cinematic glimpses of life in northern New Mexico. The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives is partnering with OSFA to preserve the films, prime artifacts in a city long devoted to protecting its historic authenticity. A free event.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 2, 2015

    Along the Pecos, a photo and sound exhibition

    One of the staples of desert life is the presence—or scarcity—of water. Its importance can be seen across eastern New Mexico, where the Pecos River strives to quench a fragile, 926-mile riparian environment. Along the Pecos, a collage of photographs and sounds, opens June 19 on the second floor of the New Mexico History Museum. Developed by photographer Jennifer Schlesinger and the late composer Steven M. Miller, the materials were recently donated to the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, whose Photo Legacy Project collects the work of contemporary photographers.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 1, 2015

    The June-July edition of the History Museum Times

    Summer camp caught our fancy this month, and we’re itching to hit the road and visit some of State Historic Sites. Learn what’s new at the New Mexico History Museum. Click here to download a PDF.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 14, 2015

    June fun at the History Museum

    Go to summer camp. Remember the Alvarado Hotel. See home movies. Find "the last unicorn"—and more. We’ve got something for everyone in the family this June at the New Mexico History Museum.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 4, 2015

    Time Trekkers Summer Camp at the New Mexico History Museum

    Take a weeklong trip to action-packed 1863 at the New Mexico History Museum’s summer camp, Time Trekkers. Children 9-11 will enjoy VIP access to the museum and get daily doses of hands-on learning—braiding horsehair bracelets, gathering a picnic lunch at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, practicing calligraphy, roping a calf dummy, hand-stitching their own book, playing old-time games and more. The camp takes place 10 am–4 pm, Monday–Friday, June 15–19. Cost is $125 (10 percent discount to children and grandchildren of Museum of New Mexico Foundation members). Space is limited. For info on how to register by June 1, contact René Harris at or Melanie LaBorwit at

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 21, 2015

    Revisiting Ken Burns’ “The Civil War”

    The 1990 release of The Civil War, a nine-part documentary, not only brought new attention to our nation’s greatest crisis, but also revolutionized the art form. Film editor and post-production supervisor Paul Barnes worked hand-in-hand with Ken Burns on the series, which earned numerous awards. The two have since made other landmark documentaries.

    On Friday, May 8, at 6 pm, Barnes will show re-cut clips from The Civil War to detail their experience and describe how they remastered the series in high definition for a 25th-anniversary airing on PBS stations this September. Barnes will speak at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center, which is graciously partnering with the museum on this event. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10. The presentation is part of the programming series for the History Museum exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War, opening May 1, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera’s debut of Cold Mountain this August.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 16, 2015

    May Events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

    From the Civil War to the Gila River, Harvey Girls and more, there’s something for everyone this month. Most events are free with admission. Sundays are free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily. May 1: Opening of Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil WarMay 3: Decorate the Divine, a family art-making event. May 6: A Brainpower & Brownbags lecture on the Gila Bioregion. May 8: Revisiting The Civil War, the Ken Burns’ classic documentary. May 23: Harvey Girls Day. May 31: A performance by Schola Cantorum and a panel discussion on restoring the 1785 Roque Lobato House.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 1, 2015

    The April-May edition of the History Museum Times

    Hot off the interwebs, it’s all the latest news from the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. Discover a flag that saw action at the Civil War’s Battle of Glorieta Pass. Take a slow ride on a horse-drawn hearse. Dance! All that and more. Click here to download a PDF.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 1, 2015

    Explore the Civil War in New Mexico

    Civil War battles raged across America’s northern and southern states as Texas Confederates launched a plot: Head north and west through the New Mexico Territory with hopes of seizing California’s goldfields and sea ports. In 1862, battles erupted in Mesilla, Valverde, and Glorieta. Confederate forces briefly occupied the Palace of the Governors. Despite such victories, breaks in supply chains forced the Texans to retreat. In the History Museum’s Mezzanine Gallery, May 1 through Feb. 26, 2016, three curators join forces for the exhibition, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War. Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek, 19th- and 20th-Century Southwest Collections Curator Meredith Davidson, and Palace Press Curator Thomas Leech approach the subject from different angles and invite visitors to consider the possible meanings behind the fragments of memories on exhibit and how a long-gone war still defines us as Americans.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Mar 17, 2015

    April Fun at the History Museum

    Take part in the debut of CreativeMornings’ latest chapter. Learn more about the Santuario de Chimayo, Fred Harvey artisans, and pinhole photography. Plus: It’s the annual return of the Historical Downtown Walking Tours, Monday through Saturday, April 13 through Oct. 17.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Mar 14, 2015

    Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography

    In an age when every cell phone can take a respectable picture, cameras as low-tech as an oatmeal box still beguile a legion of practitioners, both artistic and documentarian. With roots in the ancient discovery of the camera obscura, pinhole photography has enchanted artists from the 1880s through today. Opening April 27 (through January 10, 2016), Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, in the Herzstein Gallery of the New Mexico History Museum, explores a historical art form that exemplifies thoroughly contemporary ideals: Do-it-yourself handmade technology with a dash of steampunk style.

    Nearly 225 photographs and 40 cameras show how a light-tight box pierced by a hole and holding a piece of old-school film can reveal alternate versions of reality. At heart, photography is a method of capturing the way that light plays upon objects, the seen and the unseen—a visual form of poetry that extends beyond a literal representation whenever pinhole cameras are involved.

    Poetics of Light offers a premiere of original prints by photographers from around the world. Drawn from the holdings of the Pinhole Resource Collection, the body of work was amassed by co-curators Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer in San Lorenzo, in New Mexico’s Mimbres Valley. In 2012, seeking a permanent repository and impressed by the capabilities of the Photo Archives at the Palace of the Governors, the couple donated the collection—more than 6,000 photographs, 60 cameras and hundreds of books—to the New Mexico History Museum.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Mar 5, 2015

    Photo Archives Obtains Rare Photo of New Mexico Frontiersmen

    The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives has acquired a rare carte de visite depicting Ceran St. Vrain, Dick Wootton and José Maria Valdez. Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek obtained the ca. 1865 image from Cliff Mills, a photographer, collector and dealer who has sold his own and historical images on the Santa Fe Plaza for 20 years.

    Carte de visites were an early phenomena of photography. Mounted on cardstock, they could be given to friends or guests. That ease helped create a Victorian craze—“cardomania.” This particular carte de visite represents the first original photograph that the Photo Archives has of St. Vrain, a legendary frontiersman, military leader and wheat magnate. The museum has one small original photograph of “Uncle Dick” Wootton, and none of Valdez.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Feb 24, 2015

    Adobe Summer

    New Mexico’s iconic adobe buildings reveal the colors of the earth—pearly white, sandy tan, cinnamon red, chocolate brown and shades in-between. We all love our turquoise skies, but when we build a home, the color of adobe surrounds us. One of the earliest and greenest building materials, adobe stretches back through millennia and around the globe. Like pottery, it reflects the maker’s identity, incorporating handprints and personal style.

    An exemplar of adobe construction is the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. Its Spanish Pueblo Revival style carries elements of European, Mexican, American and Native American influence. Both a National Historic Landmark and, as of this year, a National Treasure, the Palace, like all adobe buildings, needs constant maintenance. A $1.5 million campaign is underway to raise the renovation money.

    Throughout the Summer of Color, the museum will heighten visitors’ understanding of adobe, the historical importance of this building medium, and how the Palace plays into that story.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Feb 19, 2015

    The New Mexico premiere of Sweet Georgia Brown

    In war and in peacetime, in theaters of conflict and on the home front, U.S. women have participated in our nation’s defense. Until recent years, those contributions have failed to attract much notice. Even less understood: the contributions of African-American women, who had to fight just for the right to serve.

    On Sunday, March 29, at 2 pm in the History Museum auditorium, see the New Mexico premiere of Sweet Georgia Brown: Impact, Courage, Sacrifice and Will, a documentary by Lawrence E. Walker of PureHistory Films. A celebration of National Women’s History Month, the event will include remarks by Walker; retired Army Brigadier Gen. Jack R. Fox, secretary of the state Department of Veterans’ Services; and Lt. Col. Pam Gaston, representing Women Veterans of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization providing support services.

    The event is free with museum admission. Sundays are free to NM residents. Seating is limited, but you can make a reservation by calling (505) 476-5152.

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