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  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 29, 2010

    Plaza Restaurant to Operate New "Cowden Cafe" at History Museum

    Downtown Santa Fe will soon have a new gathering spot for enjoying food, beverages, free wi-fi and a stunning view from an upstairs patio. The Cowden Café, opening May 20 at the New Mexico History Museum, will be operated by the historic Plaza Restaurant. The partnership between the museum and the restaurant fits into a new trend of museums as community gathering spots.

     

    “Museums are changing,” said Dr. Frances Levine, director of the museum. “It’s not just about visiting the exhibits, it’s about being comfortable in public spaces and providing amenities to help people feel comfortable. We want our museum to be a place for the community.”

     

     

    Downtown Santa Fe will soon have a new gathering spot for enjoying food, beverages, free wi-fi and a stunning view from an upstairs patio. The Cowden Café, opening May 20 at the New Mexico History Museum, will be operated by the historic Plaza Restaurant. The partnership between the museum and the restaurant fits into a new trend of museums as community gathering spots.  “Museums are changing,” said Dr. Frances Levine, director of the museum. “It’s not just about visiting the exhibits, it’s about being comfortable in public spaces and providing amenities to help people feel comfortable. We want our museum to be a place for the community.”   

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 6, 2010

    Downtown Santa Fe Walking Tours Set to Resume

    Centuries of history unfolded in Santa Fe’s downtown, and museum guides from the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors are set to resume public walking tours to share those stories with first-time tourists and longtime residents alike. Beginning April 15, every Monday-Saturday at 10:15 a.m., tours begin at the blue gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Ave. Cost is $10; children under 17 are free when accompanied by an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips. The tours continue through Oct. 15.

     

    Centuries of history unfolded in Santa Fe’s downtown, and museum guides from the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors are set to resume public walking tours to share those stories with first-time tourists and longtime residents alike. Beginning April 15, every Monday-Saturday at 10:15 a.m., tours begin at the blue gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Ave. Cost is $10; children under 17 are free when accompanied by an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips. The tours continue through Oct. 15.  

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 20, 2009

    New Mexico History Museum to Receive Hewett Award

    The New Mexico History Museum will receive the New Mexico Association of Museums’ Hewett Award this week at the group’s annual meeting in Santa Fe. Also receiving a Hewett is Louise Stiver, retired senior curator of the History Museum, whose Fashioning New Mexico exhibit is on display through April 14, 2010.

    The New Mexico History Museum will receive the New Mexico Association of Museums’ Hewett Award this week at the group’s annual meeting in Santa Fe. Also receiving a Hewett is Louise Stiver, retired senior curator of the History Museum, whose Fashioning New Mexico exhibit is on display through April 14, 2010.

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 20, 2009

    Exhibit opening: Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time

    Join the curators for the grand opening of the New Mexico History Museum’s newest exhibit, Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time, a historical and archaeological exploration of the founding and first 100 years of La Villa Real de Santa Fé. A free reception will be 5:30-7 pm on Friday, Nov. 20, in the Palace of the Governors. The event is hosted by the Women’s Board. Visitors can enter through the Palace at 105 W. Palace Ave., or the History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave.

    Join the curators for the grand opening of the New Mexico History Museum’s newest exhibit, Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time, a historical and archaeological exploration of the founding and first 100 years of La Villa Real de Santa Fé. A free reception will be 5:30-7 pm on Friday, Nov. 20, in the Palace of the Governors. The event is hosted by the Women’s Board. Visitors can enter through the Palace at 105 W. Palace Ave., or the History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave.

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 20, 2009

    Spanish Crown Prince Tours NM History Museum,

    His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Spain, with his wife, Princess Letizia, on Tuesday visited the New Mexico History Museum, which he called “amazing” for its depictions of diverse cultures living and sometimes clashing over the centuries.

    His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Spain, with his wife, Princess Letizia, on Tuesday visited the New Mexico History Museum, which he called “amazing” for its depictions of diverse cultures living and sometimes clashing over the centuries.

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 20, 2009

    Announcing the Telling New Mexico Inaugural Lecture Series

    The New Mexico History Museum today unveiled a new subscription lecture series to accompany the book, Telling New Mexico: A New History. Speakers for the five-part Telling New Mexico Inaugural Lecture Series will cover a range of topics – from the earliest Spanish colonists to Blackdom to Japanese internment camps to Navajo women.

    The New Mexico History Museum today unveiled a new subscription lecture series to accompany the book, Telling New Mexico: A New History. Speakers for the five-part Telling New Mexico Inaugural Lecture Series will cover a range of topics – from the earliest Spanish colonists to Blackdom to Japanese internment camps to Navajo women.

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 20, 2009

    The Jewish-Converso Roots of Don Juan de Oñate

    José Antonio Esquibel will speak on “A Matter of Persuasion: The Jewish-Converso Lineage of Don Juan de Oñate” at 6 pm on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

    José Antonio Esquibel will speak on “A Matter of Persuasion: The Jewish-Converso Lineage of Don Juan de Oñate” at 6 pm on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 20, 2009

    Ilan Stavans Shakes Things Up

    Ilan Stavans, "the czar of Latino culture in the United States," will speak on "The Jewish Experience in Latin America" at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the New Mexico History Museum. The event is free with Museum admission and open to the public. The Museum is at 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe; admission is free to NM residents on Sundays.

     

    Ilan Stavans, "the czar of Latino culture in the United States," will speak on "The Jewish Experience in Latin America" at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the New Mexico History Museum. The event is free with Museum admission and open to the public. The Museum is at 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe; admission is free to NM residents on Sundays.  

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 20, 2009

    Preserving Your Family’s Heirloom Textiles

    Worried about how well you’re safeguarding that family finery tucked into a closet or stuffed into a cedar chest? Learn how professionals care for heirloom textiles at a workshop in the New Mexico History Museum classroom from 2-4 pm on Saturday, Jan. 16. The Museum is at 113 Lincoln Avenue in downtown Santa Fe.

    Worried about how well you’re safeguarding that family finery tucked into a closet or stuffed into a cedar chest? Learn how professionals care for heirloom textiles at a workshop in the New Mexico History Museum classroom from 2-4 pm on Saturday, Jan. 16. The Museum is at 113 Lincoln Avenue in downtown Santa Fe.

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Sep 25, 2009

    Museum group honors History Museum

    New Mexico Center for Museum Resources and Museum of Natural History and Science Win Regional Awards

    New Mexico Center for Museum Resources and Museum of Natural History and Science Win Regional Awards

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Aug 20, 2009

    The Gambling Queen of Santa Fe

    In another place and time, she might have been prosecuted or even condemned to death for her chosen profession. But in the rowdy, rough-and-tumble gambling center that was Santa Fe in the mid-1800s, the legendary Doña Maria Gertrudis Barceló was an influential and respected member of the social elite.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 11, 2009

    The Long Walk of the Navajo and Mescalaro Indians and its Enduring Mark on Western History

    The story was born in one man’s misguided notion of a utopia for Native Americans. It ended with one of the most shameful chapters in the history of the American West – the Long Walk.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 28, 2009

    Another free weekend, a booksigning, and a Top 5 Listing

    The New Mexico History Museum continued taking strides in the days after its grand opening, earning a spot in the top five “cultural hot spots” not to miss this summer via the influential travel and lifestyle Web site Indagare. In its posting, http://www.indagare.com/passions/2/departments/172, the site ranked the History Museum with the likes of the Punta della Dogana in Venice, Italy; the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece; the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New American Wing in New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 26, 2009

    It’s History in the Making as the Nation’s Newest Museum Opens its Doors:

    The New Mexico History Museum welcomed thousands of visitors today, May 24, 2009, to three-and-a-half floors of stories detailing centuries' worth of the stories that made the American West. By 3 p.m., an estimated 7,000 people had crossed the threshold, while dozens of others lined up outside, even during an hour-long thunderstorm.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 26, 2009

    Spiritual Blessings and Pilgrimage Kick Off Museum’s Second Day of Grand Opening Events

    The pealing bells of St. Francis Cathedral heralded Monday’s opening events for the New Mexico History Museum, as visitors continued to stream into the building at 113 Lincoln Avenue, north of the historic Santa Fe Plaza. An interfaith service at the Cathedral marked Monday’s festivities, with leaders from various religions and cultures coming together to commemorate the museum and the state’s rich and lengthy history.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 22, 2009

    Historic scissors to cut the ribbon at NMHM

    When the Grand Opening ribbon is cut at the brand-new New Mexico History Museum on Sunday, May 24, it will be in historical style. A pair of 18th-century Spanish scribe’s scissors have been loaned to the Museum by longtime supporter Jerry Richardson, a Museum of New Mexico Foundation trustee.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 21, 2009

    The Art of the Exhibit: It Took a Village to Build These Stories

    Deciding which stories among centuries of stories to tell in the New Mexico History Museum took years of discussions with staff and historians and statewide meetings with people from every corner of the state. Deciding how to tell them took the expertise of Gallagher & Associates.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 15, 2009

    High-Tech Techniques Bring New Mexico’s Past to Life

    Hands-on history. That’s one of the many ways the New Mexico History Museum (http://www.nmhistorymuseum.org/), opening May 24, puts visitors into the sights, sounds and actual feel of its stories.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 14, 2009

    New Mexico History Museum takes another step to completion

    With the installation of exterior signage today, the New Mexico History Museum took another step toward its May 24 grand opening. Workers affixed the words “New Mexico History Museum” and “Pete V. Domenici Building” over the Museum’s main entrance at 113 Lincoln Avenue, just north of the Santa Fe Plaza.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 12, 2009

    Riding the Rails... in Style

    With the completion of the trans-continental railroad in 1869, many Americans set out to discover the “Wild West” for themselves. What they found held a few discouragements. The long, dusty ride across the country had little to offer in the way of lodging, and the food often consisted of little more than rancid meat, cold beans and week-old coffee.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 7, 2009

    Duty, Honor, Sacrifice: New Mexico Veterans answered the Nation’s call

    For generations, New Mexico’s men and women have heard the nation’s call to service and answered it with courage, sacrifice and honor. Their stories – including those of the Buffalo Soldiers, Indian Code Talkers and Bataan Death March survivors – are among the many told by the New Mexico History Museum, opening May 24, 2009, at 113 Lincoln Avenue on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. More than four centuries of stories fill the Museum’s 96,000 square feet – a testament to the roles New Mexico has played and continues to play in how the American West evolved.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 5, 2009

    Join the Stampede! New Mexico History Museum’s Grand Opening events promise two days of family fun!!

    After 20 years in the planning – not to mention centuries in the making – New Mexico’s newest museum opens its doors to the public at noon on Sunday, May 24, 2009. It wouldn’t be a Santa Fe event without a Santa Fe-style party, and we’re pulling out the stops.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 28, 2009

    Four Centuries of History: the Fiestas de Santa Fe

    The Fiestas de Santa Fe have been celebrated every autumn for 297 years to commemorate the Spanish reconquest of the City of Holy Faith in 1692. The stories behind the founding of Santa Fe, the Pueblo Revolt, and the Spanish reoccupation are just a shadow of the vibrant cultural history you’ll discover at the New Mexico History Museum, www.nmhistorymuseum.org, scheduled to open May 24, 2009.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 24, 2009

    Where ancient artifacts meet cutting-edge art

    A 20-foot metal sculpture crawls along an exterior wall, mimicking the life-giving Rio Grande. Inside, a magical mix of sculpted resin and strategic spotlights turns apparently mundane objects into an amazing array of shadows.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 22, 2009

    Fashioning New Mexico

    Life’s passages carry layers of meaning and memory – the foods we eat, the songs we sing, the clothes we wear. The ways in which our predecessors chose to clothe themselves – for a baptism, a prom, a war, or an opera opening – have been collected by the New Mexico History Museum for 100 years. As part of the Museum’s grand opening May 24, many of those outfits are, shall we say, coming out of the closet.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 16, 2009

    The Tiffany Ties that Bind

    What does ultra-chic Tiffany’s have in common with New Mexico? More than you’d expect. From late-1800s Tiffany-blue turquoise to a spectacular early 20th- century silver service, Tiffany’s ties to New Mexico are among the surprises awaiting visitors to the New Mexico History Museum, opening May 24.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 13, 2009

    The Railroad Wars

    Building tracks across New Mexico took money, might and a few gunslingers

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 7, 2009

    The Tales that Made the American West

    After more than 20 years of preparing for the New Mexico History Museum, we hope you can understand our excitement. Recently, we jumped the gun on letting at least some of you know about the stories we’ll be telling upon our grand opening May 24. We’re still opening, but want to make sure everyone gets the word.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 7, 2009

    The New Face of History

    New Mexico History Museum Takes Interactive Approach To Show The Many Sides Of Our Stories

  • New Mexico History Museum | Feb 24, 2009

    Barrier around new museum set for removal

    A bane to Downtown drivers, shoppers and merchants but a boon to New Mexico History Museum construction workers, the fence that ate part of Lincoln Avenue west of the new building will come down this weekend, barring snow, ice or a highly unlikely hurricane.

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