• New Mexico History Museum | Apr 5, 2012

    The Saint Johnís Bible and Contemplative Landscape

    Thirteen years of painstaking work by some of the finest calligraphers, artists and theologians in the world comes to a close this year with the completion of The Saint John’s Bible – a contemporary handwritten and illuminated Bible created by a team of artists and calligraphers at a Scriptorium in Wales. Before its pages are bound into volumes and placed on permanent exhibition by the Benedictine monks at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., 44 pages from two of the Bible’s seven volumes – Wisdom Books and Prophets – will be exhibited at the New Mexico History Museum.

    Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible (Oct. 23 through Dec. 30, 2012) will share its space and spirit with Contemplative Landscape (Oct. 23 through Dec. 30, 2012), a photographic exploration of how people have responded to and interacted with New Mexico’s landscape through art, architecture and sacred rituals. The exhibition prominently features the work of Tony O’Brien, whose 1994-95 sojourn at a New Mexico monastery forms the heart of his new book, Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert  (Museum of New Mexico Press), debuting with the exhibition.

    Thirteen years of painstaking work by some of the finest calligraphers, artists and theologians in the world comes to a close this year with the completion of The Saint John’s Bible – a contemporary handwritten and illuminated Bible created by a team of artists and calligraphers at a Scriptorium in Wales. Before its pages are bound into volumes and placed on permanent exhibition by the Benedictine monks at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., 44 pages from two of the Bible’s seven volumes – Wisdom Books and Prophets – will be exhibited at the New Mexico History Museum. Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible (Oct. 23 through Dec. 30, 2012) will share its space and spirit with Contemplative Landscape (Oct. 23 through Dec. 30, 2012), a photographic exploration of how people have responded to and interacted with New Mexico’s landscape through art, architecture and sacred rituals. The exhibition prominently features the work of Tony O’Brien, whose 1994-95 sojourn at a New Mexico monastery forms the heart of his new book, Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert  (Museum of New Mexico Press), debuting with the exhibition.

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Mar 20, 2012

    Learn Santa Fe History on Foot: Downtown Walking Tours Resume in April

    Ever noticed the recycled rifle barrels in a certain window of the Palace of the Governors? Wondered where the Manhattan Project scientists learned of their new posting? Picked out the Victorian architecture from the Pueblo Revival on the Santa Fe Plaza?

    Learn those facts and more by taking a Downtown Walking Tour led by New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors guides. The tours resume on April 16 (through mid-October), Monday-Saturday, beginning at 10:15 a.m. 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.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Mar 12, 2012

    New exhibit explores changing views of Native peoples through photography

    Since the Civil War, photographers have tried to capture the lives of Native American peoples, resulting in some of the most beautiful and elegant portraits in the collections of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. More than 50 of these images will be on display from May 18 to November 4, 2012, in Native American Portraits: Points of Inquiry, a salon-style exhibition in the History Museum’s Mezzanine Gallery. Along with a selection of contemporary photographs, the images document the changing perceptions of Native peoples over a span of 150 years.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Feb 22, 2012

    Good News: St. Johnís Bible Earns an Extended Engagement

    The popularity of Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible, combined with the delighted approval of the exhibition’s design from the monks of Saint John’s University, has led to an extension of the show’s run. Previously set to close on April 7, The Saint John’s Bible will now be on exhibit in the History Museum’s Herzstein Gallery until December 30, 2012.

    “The installation of the folios in the New Mexico History Museum presents The Saint John’s Bible in one of the most beautiful and faith-filled exhibitions of this Bible done to date,” said Tim Ternes, director of The Saint John’s Bible. “The contemplative environment artfully shares the story, work and process of this monumental project in a setting that compels the guest to slow down, relax and reflect. Saint John’s is very pleased to be able to extend this exhibition in the Santa Fe area, a place where art, faith and culture have been harmoniously blended for centuries.”

    The popularity of Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible, combined with the delighted approval of the exhibition’s design from the monks of Saint John’s University, has led to an extension of the show’s run. Previously set to close on April 7, The Saint John’s Bible will now be on exhibit in the History Museum’s Herzstein Gallery until December 30, 2012. “The installation of the folios in the New Mexico History Museum presents The Saint John’s Bible in one of the most beautiful and faith-filled exhibitions of this Bible done to date,” said Tim Ternes, director of The Saint John’s Bible. “The contemplative environment artfully shares the story, work and process of this monumental project in a setting that compels the guest to slow down, relax and reflect. Saint John’s is very pleased to be able to extend this exhibition in the Santa Fe area, a place where art, faith and culture have been harmoniously blended for centuries.”

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  • New Mexico History Museum | Feb 21, 2012

    The Statehood History Conference

    Outlaws, Rough Riders, classic restaurants and a possible spy will come to life at the 2012 New Mexico Statehood History Conference, May 3-5, in Santa Fe. Presented by the Historical Society of New Mexico and the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, this Centennial version of the Society’s annual conference includes a special treat: A daylong free symposium, open to the public, plus free admission to the History Museum on May 3. The conference, May 4 and 5 at the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Center, is held in collaboration with the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance, which is having its annual conference at La Posada that weekend. Details, including special hotel rates and how to register for all or part of the Statehood History Conference, are at the Historical Society’s web site: http://www.hsnm.org/2012%20Items/home__2012_conference.htm.

  • Coronado Historic Site | Feb 19, 2012

    Los Ciboleros - Spanish Buffalo Hunters

    Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo

    Manuel Lopez, a noted historical interpreter, will discuss the hunting methods and stories of the Ciboleros, the Spanish buffalo hunters of the 1700-1800s who hunted on the open plains of the American Southwest for meat and hides. The event takes place on Sunday, February 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.

    Manuel Lopez has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico, and has been a member and board member of the Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).  A seasoned presenter, he has participated in numerous events and made presentations at Bents Fort, El Camino Real International Heritage Center, the Pioneers Museum in Colorado Springs, El Pueblo Museum in Pueblo Colorado and the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe.   He has worked with El Rancho de Las Golondrinas (living history ranch) in La Cienega for nearly 20 years.

    Lecture $5/adult, free to Members of the Friends of Coronado State Monument.

    Event will be held at The DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society), 161 Edmond Rd, Bernalillo, NM.  Located off Hwy 550, 1.7 miles west of I-25, Exit 242 (Just west of Coronado State Monument; turn north on the gravel road between the Phillips 66 Station and the new IHOP Restaurant).

    For info: 505-867-5351, www.nmmonuments.org, http://home.comcast.net/~friendsofcsm

     

    Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo Manuel Lopez, a noted historical interpreter, will discuss the hunting methods and stories of the Ciboleros, the Spanish buffalo hunters of the 1700-1800s who hunted on the open plains of the American Southwest for meat and hides. The event takes place on Sunday, February 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.Manuel Lopez has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico, and has been a member and board member of the Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).  A seasoned presenter, he has participated in numerous events and made presentations at Bents Fort, El Camino Real International Heritage Center, the Pioneers Museum in Colorado Springs, El Pueblo Museum in Pueblo Colorado and the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe.   He has worked with El Rancho de Las Golondrinas (living history ranch) in La Cienega for nearly 20 years. Lecture $5/adult, free to Members of the Friends of Coronado State Monument. Event will be held at The DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society), 161 Edmond Rd, Bernalillo, NM.  Located off Hwy 550, 1.7 miles west of I-25, Exit 242 (Just west of Coronado State Monument; turn north on the gravel road between the Phillips 66 Station and the new IHOP Restaurant).For info: 505-867-5351, www.nmmonuments.org, http://home.comcast.net/~friendsofcsm  

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Feb 17, 2012

    Taming the Wild West: The Arts in New Mexicoís Journey to Statehood

    On Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. the New Mexico Museum of Art will present the second in a series of monthly presentations on the New Mexico Centennial.

    In the 19th century New Mexico was famous for its colorful and often violent frontier life. Last month three evocative storytellers, MARK LEE GARDNER, PAUL HUTTON, and HAMPTON SIDES, discussed some of the legends who defined it, among them Kit Carson, Billy the Kid, and Pat Garrett.

    We now focus on the period from the 1880s to the 1920s, when civic leaders sought to prove that territorial New Mexico was ready for statehood. One strategy was to adopt building styles and other fashions that were popular in the rest of the nation. Another, which soon became dominant in Santa Fe, was to draw upon Native and Hispanic traditions and emphasize features that made our region unique.

    To explore the role that architecture, painting, pottery, weaving, and other arts played in this key transition, we’ll call on anthropologist NANCY OWEN LEWIS, a Research Associate and former Director of Scholar Programs at the School for Advanced Research, an institution that is pivotal to this narrative. Lewis co-authored A PECULIAR ALCHEMY, a history of SAR that traces Edgar Lee Hewett’s impact on Southwest culture. Joining her will be New Mexico Museum of Art curator JOSEPH TRAUGOTT, who has given us HOW THE WEST IS ONE, SOLE MATES, and other delightful exhibitions. Presiding over the gathering will be JOHN F. ANDREWS, of the New Mexico Humanities Council who hosts a popular Speaking of Shakespeare series in Manhattan.

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, AT 5:30 P.M.ADMISSION $15 Reserve online at www.TicketsSantaFe.org, call (505) 988-1234, or pay at the door.

    SPONSORED BY THE NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART 107 West Palace Avenue (505) 476-5071

  • New Mexico History Museum | Feb 13, 2012

    Encore: Schola Cantorum and the Monks of Christ in the Desert Monastery

    Last December, a performance by Santa Fe’s Schola Cantorum and the monks of Christ in the Desert Monastery drew an overflow crowd to the New Mexico History Museum. So many people were turned away that the singers graciously offered an impromptu, after-show performance in the museum lobby. Impressed by the turnout, as well as the unexpectedly fine acoustics of the lobby, the singers eagerly offered to return for an encore performance.

    At 2 pm on Sunday, March 11, come to the museum lobby for a soulful afternoon featuring Holy Week chants of 10th-century Europe, polyphony of the 16th-century Renaissance and, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, chants from Ireland’s Dublin Troper, published in 1360. The event is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture | Feb 6, 2012

    They Wove for Horses: Dinť Saddle Blankets

    They Wove for Horses: Diné Saddle Blankets opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on March 25, 2012 and runs through August 8, 2013.. The exhibition highlights both the textile-weaving proficiency of Diné weavers who produced complex saddle blankets for all occasions and the design skills of Diné silversmiths who created dazzling headstalls of silver and turquoise.

  • El Palacio Magazine | Jan 26, 2012

    El Palacio Magazine, Centennial Gift to New Mexico

    El Palacio Magazine, published by the Museum of New Mexico for nearly 100 years, celebrates the digital age just as the state celebrates its centennial, by putting the first ten years of the magazine online, free to all at http://archives.elpalacio.org.

  • Museum of New Mexico | Jan 23, 2012

    American Association of Museums Grants State System Highest Accreditation Status

    The Museum of New Mexico has been re-accredited by the American Association of Museums and granted its highest award. The announcement was made today at the Department of Cultural Affairs’ annual Culture Day in the Capitol Rotunda by Bonnie Styles, chair of AAM’s Accreditation Commission and director of the Illinois State Museum. 

     

    This national accreditation applies to the State Of New Mexico’s Museum system, comprised of 14 state-operated entities under the DCA: the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors; Museum of International Folk Art; New Mexico Museum of Art; Museum of Indian Arts & Culture; Museum Resources Division; Office of Archaeological Studies; and the Coronado, Ft. Selden, Jemez, Lincoln, El Camino Real, Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner, Fort Stanton, and the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla state monuments.

    The Museum of New Mexico has been re-accredited by the American Association of Museums and granted its highest award. The announcement was made today at the Department of Cultural Affairs’ annual Culture Day in the Capitol Rotunda by Bonnie Styles, chair of AAM’s Accreditation Commission and director of the Illinois State Museum.    This national accreditation applies to the State Of New Mexico’s Museum system, comprised of 14 state-operated entities under the DCA: the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors; Museum of International Folk Art; New Mexico Museum of Art; Museum of Indian Arts & Culture; Museum Resources Division; Office of Archaeological Studies; and the Coronado, Ft. Selden, Jemez, Lincoln, El Camino Real, Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner, Fort Stanton, and the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla state monuments.

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  • Museum of New Mexico | Jan 20, 2012

    Culture Day at the Capitol

    Media Advisory

    Monday, January 23

    Culture Day at the Capitol, 8 am to 5 pm

    Special presentation at noon in the Rotunda, featuring an important announcement by the American Association of Museums regarding the status of the Museum of New Mexico’s accreditation.

    Photo opps include:

    ·        Performances at the noon event by dancer Regina Bell Dawley, singer/songwriter Cathy McGill, and the 3-HC Holy Faith Break Dancers.

    ·        Displays throughout the day from museums, monuments and other DCA programs, sure to include dinosaurs, rockets, folk art, archaeology and more

    ·        Visitors posing themselves into a cutout of a Centennial parade car for souvenir photos

    Possible interviews: DCA Secretary Veronica Gonzales; Bonnie Styles, chair of AAM’s Accreditation Commission and director of the Illinois State Museum

    Media Advisory Monday, January 23 Culture Day at the Capitol, 8 am to 5 pmSpecial presentation at noon in the Rotunda, featuring an important announcement by the American Association of Museums regarding the status of the Museum of New Mexico’s accreditation. Photo opps include: ·        Performances at the noon event by dancer Regina Bell Dawley, singer/songwriter Cathy McGill, and the 3-HC Holy Faith Break Dancers. ·        Displays throughout the day from museums, monuments and other DCA programs, sure to include dinosaurs, rockets, folk art, archaeology and more ·        Visitors posing themselves into a cutout of a Centennial parade car for souvenir photos Possible interviews: DCA Secretary Veronica Gonzales; Bonnie Styles, chair of AAM’s Accreditation Commission and director of the Illinois State Museum

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  • New Mexico Historic Sites | Jan 9, 2012

    Visit New Mexico’s State Monuments in 2012

    During this New Mexico Centennial year visit the state's most valued cultural treasures - its monuments. They provide ample opportunity and enticement to travel the state, see historic sites, and experience true New Mexico culture. Enjoy!

  • Museum of International Folk Art | Jan 1, 2012

    Empowering Women Exhibition to Travel

    The successful run of Empowering Women has come to an end in Santa Fe. Now its story will travel to museums across the country.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Dec 30, 2011

    Between the Lines: Culture and Cartography on the Road to Statehood

    From a Spanish government that never quite knew where to draw its northern colony’s borders to a Mexican government that disagreed with where the lines eventually were drawn to a Texas Republic that wanted to claim the Rio Grande, Santa Fe, and much of eastern New Mexico, the U.S. government eventually managed to carve out the trusty rectangle we now know as New Mexico.

    Between the Lines: Culture and Cartography on the Road to Statehood in the Governor’s Gallery is part of the state’s 2012 Centennial celebration. The exhibition explores how cartographers interpreted New Mexico’s land, its physical and political boundaries, and the cultural minglings of Native, Spanish, Mexican, and American people.

    The exhibition opens Thursday, January 5 and will be on view through May 4, 2012, in the Governor’s Gallery on the fourth floor of the state Capitol. The Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico will host a public reception from 4-6 pm on January 5. The gallery is free and open to the public.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Dec 7, 2011

    History Museum to Return Peruvian Artifact

    The New Mexico History Museum is preparing to repatriate an archaeological artifact to Peru, a move that signals the museum’s commitment to cultural diplomacy on the international stage. The exchange of the artifact, a gold pendant from the Moché Period (100-800 AD), will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Washington, D.C.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 28, 2011

    Holidays at the Palace

    Steep your holidays in time-honored traditions at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors this year. Our annual lineup—Christmas at the Palace, Las Posadas, and the Young Native Artists Show—is graced this year with several new additions, including the First National Bank’s beloved toy train. Because of the bank’s Main Office renovation on the Santa Fe Plaza, the train will be set up in the History Museum’s lobby from Tuesday, Dec. 13, through Saturday, Dec. 31.

     

  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 17, 2011

    Thanksgiving weekend schedule for state museums in Santa Fe

    The four state museums in Santa Fe will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for a break from leftovers and football the rest of the weekend, join us from 10 am to 5 pm Friday-Sunday.

    While you’re there, shop for unique holiday presents at the museums’ shops, and check out new exhibits at the New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 10, 2011

    Calligraphers Offer Free Demonstrations and Hands-On Tips

    As part of the new exhibitions Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible and Contemplative Landscape, calligraphers from Albuquerque and Santa Fe will demonstrate a wide variety of book crafts in the History Museum’s second-floor Gathering Space, through Saturday, April 7. The demonstrators plan to be available from 10 am to noon and 1-3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. If you have a group of visitors coming at other times, call Tom Leech at 505-476-5096, and we’ll try to arrange a demonstration.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 31, 2011

    Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Wins Hewett Award

    Citing its many resources and online accessibility, the New Mexico Association of Museums will bestow its Edgar L. Hewett Award for Excellence on the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives at its annual business meeting in Farmington on Friday, Nov. 4.

    “The staff of the Photo Archives has worked diligently to make the state’s visual record readily available to people in any part of the state and even the world,” said Dr. Frances Levine, director of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. “These resources will prove especially valuable as we prepare to enter our Centennial year as a state. We’re honored by this award.”

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 14, 2011

    World-Renowned Calligrapher Donald Jackson Coming to Santa Fe

    Enjoy a special presentation by one of the world’s foremost calligraphers, Donald Jackson, artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible and senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords.

    “Donald Jackson: Illuminating the Word,” will be held on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 pm, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in downtown Santa Fe. Tickets are $15. A private reception following is $50. Tickets are available at www.ticketssantafe.org or (505) 988-1234.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 11, 2011

    2012 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series Tackles the Centennial

    In celebration of our 100th year as a state, the New Mexico History Museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library is devoting its 2012 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series to Centennial speakers. All of the lectures are held at 12 pm in the John Gaw Meem Room of the museum; enter through the Washington Avenue doors. The lectures are free and, yes, you may bring a lunch to enjoy. Click on "more" for the complete schedule.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 11, 2011

    History Museum celebrates the Centennial with 47 Stars exhibit

    The United States Flag Act of 1818 set forth a rule that no new stars could be added to Old Glory until the Fourth of July immediately following a state’s admission to the union. Thanks to that once-a-year-and-only-once-a-year mandate, New Mexicans hoping to share their pride at becoming the 47th state were essentially forced into committing their first illegal acts as U.S. citizens.

    From January 6 through November 25, 2012, the New Mexico History Museum commemorates that dip into the dark side with 47 Stars, an exhibit of the officially unofficial 47-star flag. 47 Stars joins a collection of long-term exhibits, a year of Centennial topics in the ongoing Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series, and a tongue-in-cheek front-window installation that lets you step into a historic photo, all to help celebrate the state’s Centennial.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Oct 7, 2011

    Past, Present, Future: Three New Mexico Photographers

    New Mexico photographers Michael Berman, David Taylor, and Connie Samaras will be featured in an exhibition of their work at the New Mexico Museum of Art opening October 28, 2011 running through Apr 22, 2012.

  • Museum of International Folk Art | Oct 7, 2011

    Aurelia Gomez, Museumís Educator, Recognized by New Mexico Art Education Association

    Aurelia Gomez, Director of Education at the Museum of International Folk Art has been recognized by the New Mexico Art Education Association as the Museum Educator of the Year for her inspiring work as an arts educator.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 6, 2011

    2011 Season of Downtown Walking Tours on Santa Fe History Comes to a Close Oct. 15

    If you’ve been meaning to check out one of the New Mexico History Museum’s daily walking tours of downtown history, better get on board soon. The 2011 season ends Oct. 15. Monday through Saturday, gather at 10:15 am at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Ave. Cost is $10; guides do not accept tips. Expect a leisurely pace and up to two hours of walking. Reservations are not necessary, but special group tours can be arranged by calling (505) 476-5200.

  • Museum of International Folk Art | Sep 22, 2011

    Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

    Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos, despite skulls and images of death, is a celebrates life and the Museum of International Folk Art’s observance of this day is one of the liveliest of its annual family events.

    With all the activities planned at the museum on October 30 from 1 to 4p.m. there will be plenty for everyone to take away something to remember the day.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Sep 19, 2011

    Passport Santa Fe: Free Museum Pass for Southside Library Patrons

    The New Mexico Museum of Art has entered into a pilot partnership with the Friends of the Library Southside Bookstore with a family-friendly initiative, Passport Santa Fe. This new community outreach program allows library patrons to check out passes for free museum admission. 

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Sep 12, 2011

    James Drake: Salon of a Thousand Souls

    Throughout his career, James Drake has examined the theme of humanity in all of its triumphs, failures, and follies—including war; love and desire; greed, gluttony, and vanity; and the realities of life along the U.S.-Mexico border. The New Mexico Museum of Art exhibition James Drake: Salon of a Thousand Souls includes 19 sculptures and works on paper by the Santa Fe-based artist spanning nearly 25 years. The exhibition opens with a free reception on Friday, October 28, 2011. It remains on view through April 22, 2012.

  • New Mexico Historic Sites | Sep 9, 2011

    New Mexico State Monuments Light The Way For The Holidays

    The state’s monuments tell a unique story about New Mexico’s history and culture. In December three illuminate the season in their distinctive way celebrating the state’s rich traditions. Two monuments are a short drive from Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

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