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New Mexico History Museum | May 21, 2021
SANTA FE – Filled with more than 400 years of antiquity and culture, the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) announces the opening of “Palace Seen and Unseen: A Convergence of History and Archaeology.” Set to debut June 26, 2021, this new exhibition explores the Palace of the Governors as a public building and a storied place.
New Mexico History Museum | Apr 30, 2021
SANTA FE – The New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) is pleased to announce that the Fray Angélico Chávez Library has been awarded a $15,119 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources’ (CLIR) Recordings at Risk program, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will provide critical funding for the digitization and digital infrastructure of more than 200 unique audio recordings made by award-winning photographer and cinematographer John S. Candelario.
New Mexico History Museum | Feb 8, 2021
SANTA FE – If you have missed learning about the American West and the history of our state’s many cultures, then the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) has some good news for you! The museum will reopen to the public on a sliding schedule beginning Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11 and Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in accordance with COVID-safe practices and public health measures to protect the well-being of patrons. Visitation will be limited to a maximum of 75 people at any one time.
New Mexico History Museum | Nov 13, 2020
SANTA FE — The New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation (MNMF) have been awarded a grant from the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board to support preservation work and expand public access at the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library and the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, valuable aspects of the History Museum.
New Mexico History Museum | Oct 7, 2020
SANTA FE – The New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) is currently researching historic and contemporary small businesses across the state for a future exhibition.
For this project, the museum would like to invite New Mexicans from near and far to share their memories of corner stores, butcher shops, feed stores, bakeries, shoe repair/cobblers, bookstores, and other iconic small businesses in their community for potential use in this exhibition.
New Mexico History Museum | Mar 9, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) --- As part of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs year-long commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the New Mexioc History Museum hosts Her Flag, a giant collaborative art flag. A work-in-progress that’s making its way across the nation, growing stripe by stripe and state by state, Her Flag will be in Santa Fe Thursday, April 30.
Her Flag founder, artist Marilyn Artus, sews each state’s stripe, which are designed by a woman artist in each visited state, onto the flag at a live event in each capital city. This is Artus’ “love letter” to all the men and women who worked to pass the 19th amendment and she uses it as a platform to encourage women to exercise their right to vote that so many fought for just 100 years ago.
New Mexico History Museum | Mar 4, 2020
(Santa Fe, N.M.) - The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that Billy Garrett has been appointed Executive Director of the New Mexico History Museum. He had previously served as the museum’s interim director since May 2019.
New Mexico History Museum | Feb 20, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) --- The opening of Palace Seen and Unseen, a new, long-term exhibit opening at the New Mexico History Museum, has been postponed. The Palace of the Governors is a National Historic Landmark located on the campus of the New Mexico History Museum. The building has been undergoing rehabilitation in accordance with the Secretary of Interior Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties.
New Mexico History Museum | Feb 12, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) --- New Mexico’s present day museum system, which includes eight museums and eight Historic Sites under the Department of Cultural Affairs, evolved from the Museum of New Mexico established in 1909. Now, the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) explores the extensive holdings amassed by the Museum of New Mexico over the past century in a new exhibition entitled Looking Back: Reflecting on Collections which opens March 6, 2020 with an opening reception, Sunday March 8. The exhibition runs through March 7, 2021.
New Mexico History Museum | Feb 4, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico -- The New Mexico History Museum welcomes author Jack Loeffler Wednesday, February 19 at noon to talk about his new autobiography “Headed into the Wind: A Memoir. The talk and book-signing will be held in the History Museum auditorium. Headed into the Wind was just named one of the 2019 Southwest Books of the Year.
With the temperament of Santa Claus and the tenacity of a badger, Jack Loeffler reveals his compassion and concern for Southwestern traditional cultures and their respective habitats in the wake of Manifest Destiny. Working both as an individual and with comrades—including Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder, Loeffler was part of an early coterie of counter culturalists and environmentalists who fought to thwart the plunder of natural resources in the Southwest.
New Mexico History Museum | Jan 6, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) --- Palace Seen and Unseen, a new, long-term exhibit opening April 19, 2020, at the New Mexico History Museum, delves into the first 300 years of the Palace of the Governors 400-year history. The guest curators who created the exhibit, Cordelia Snow and Stephen Post have a combined 85 years-experience working with the Palace’s architecture, history and archaeology.
The public opening for Palace Seen and Unseen is Sunday, April 19, from 12-4 p.m. at the Palace of the Governors and is sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s Women’s Board.
New Mexico History Museum | Dec 6, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) --The reception following this year’s annual Las Posadas on the Santa Fe Plaza will be held under the portal of the Palace of the Governors at the New Mexico History Museum. The public is welcomed to enjoy hot cider, cookies and carols at the conclusion of the annual pageant. Typically held in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors, the relocation of the reception is in an abundance of caution related to a tree damaged during recent winds.
New Mexico History Museum | Nov 17, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) --- In order to accommodate the interests of sponsoring groups, the New Mexico History Museum has rescheduled two popular holiday events: the annual commemoration of Las Posadas on the Santa Fe Plaza, and the Young Native American Artists Show and Sale.
The new dates for these events are:
For additional details please visit our website at: http://www.nmhistorymuseum.org
New Mexico History Museum | Sep 19, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – They came from all over, and through back-breaking manual labor, railroad workers transformed the United States and impacted millions of lives. When the railroad came to New Mexico in 1879, it brought thousands of job opportunities for local people from rural villages, reservations, and larger towns. In addition to the homegrown workforce, the railroad also brought immigrant Chinese, European, and Mexican laborers to New Mexico. On a national scale, by the time women were granted the vote under the 19th Amendment in 1920, one out of every 50 citizens worked for the railroad; this number increased exponentially during the US’ involvement in World War II.
New Mexico History Museum | Aug 27, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – As part of this year’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing events, the New Mexico History Museum offers the lecture More than Footprints: An Archaeological Hike on the Moon. This presentation by Beth Laura O’Leary, Ph.D. is in connection with the ongoing exhibit: “A Walk on the Moon: The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.”
New Mexico History Museum | Aug 21, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The New Mexico History Museum will exhibit vintage fiesta dresses during this year’s annual Fiesta de Santa Fe. Local Santa Fe women, performers, as well as former Fiesta Queens donated many of these dresses as part of the museum’s permanent collection.
New Mexico History Museum | Aug 12, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) -- Beginning this fall, the New Mexico History Museum will offer guided tours of the Palace of the Governors during breaks in construction activity. The tours will allow a rare look at this historic building as it undergoes preservation treatment in support of its continued use as a public museum. (*see below for media resources.)
Beginning on August 30, information about tours will be available at the front desk of the New Mexico History Museum or by calling 505-476-5200.
New Mexico History Museum | Jul 22, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Northern New Mexico residents have a rare opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing with a temporary exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) in Santa Fe through Oct. 20. NMHM hosts “A Walk on the Moon: The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing” as part of the worldwide celebration of our nation’s space history and the role New Mexico played in it. (See below for available media resources.)
New Mexico History Museum | Jul 2, 2019
The New Mexico Museum of History (NMMH) welcomes Dr. Richard Wallace, who will present his lecture, “The Past and Future of Manned Space Exploration” on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Organized as part of NMHM’s Moon Festival to honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the lecture centers on past, current, and future space exploration efforts.
New Mexico History Museum | Mar 29, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Shoulder to shoulder, women from different backgrounds performing nontraditional jobs are the featured topic of the New Mexico History Museum’s new exhibition We the Rosies: Women at Work. The exhibition opened March 1 and runs for a year through Feb. 29, 2020.
New Mexico History Museum | Jan 21, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors is hosting an opening reception Feb. 1 for the new exhibition: The Massacre of Don Pedro Villasur. The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of the New Mexico History Museum Friday, Feb. 1.
New Mexico History Museum | Nov 9, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - Following World War I, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was established to enhance the overseas military cemeteries for the fallen and to erect memorials to the combat accomplishments of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). In 1925 ABMC retained Paul Philippe Cret as their consulting architect. He subsequently guided every aspect of their ambitious construction program, including designing the permanent headstones used for overseas American burials. This illustrated lecture will examine Cret’s crucial role in overseas military cemetery design after World War I as well as ABMC’s monument building program
New Mexico History Museum | Oct 11, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – New Mexico achieved statehood just two short years before the Great War broke out in Europe in 1914. Recruitment in the nascent state was aggressive, and New Mexicans stepped up to serve in large numbers. By the end of the first World War, New Mexico ranked fifth in the nation for military service, enlisting more than 17,000 recruits from all 33 New Mexican counties. The war claimed the lives of 501 New Mexicans. The global conflict ended with the signing of the armistice Nov. 11, 1918.
New Mexico History Museum | Aug 10, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Genetic genealogy, Place and Identity in New Mexico; and Native American Slavery During the Pueblo Revolt are the topics that will be covered during this year’s free all-day public symposium at the New Mexico History Museum during Santa Fe Fiesta week. This year’s symposium will be held Wednesday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium.
New Mexico History Museum | Jul 9, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - The historic Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe will close to the public for six months beginning in August as the next phase of the multi-year remodeling project commences. The remodeling project began in 2016-2017 with new exterior stucco and plaster. The New Mexico History Museum, the Palace Press, the History Library and Photo Archives remain open throughout the duration of the Palace closure.
New Mexico History Museum | May 22, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - Meridel Rubenstein’s two mixed media installations, Oppenheimer’s Chair and The Meeting comprised of photos, video, glass and steel, will be a featured highlight of the New Mexico History Museum’s upcoming Atomic Histories exhibition, opening June 3, 2018, through May 2019.
New Mexico History Museum | May 15, 2018
Next month, the New Mexico Historic Museum and the Santa Fe Book Art group jointly host a lecture by Santa Fe resident and professional calligrapher Randall Hasson. Hasson will recount the fascinating story of the creation of a new alphabet, of bringing the script into the digital world, and its spread at an astounding rate. Mr. Hasson’s serendipitous meeting with Ibrahima Barry, one of two brothers who invented and implemented a unique alphabetic writing system in present-day West Africa is the topic of the presentation on this remarkable endeavor.
New Mexico History Museum | Apr 30, 2018
The New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art are announcing the schedule of events for this fall’s two day-symposium commemorating the 100th Anniversary of artist Gustave Baumann’s arrival in New Mexico. The event entitled, “A Gathering for Gus” will be held Friday and Saturday, September 28 & 29, 2018 at the two museums located just off the Plaza in Santa Fe.
New Mexico History Museum | Apr 3, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – It was 1968 when Trappist monk Thomas Merton visited the Benedictine monastery Christ in the Desert, near Abiquiu, New Mexico, shortly after it was founded. Merton’s writings and photographs of the experience brought the secluded monastery to the attention of a wider community of people seeking sanctuary and spiritual inspiration.
An exhibition of this work, Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert by Tony O’Brien opens at the Governor’s Gallery on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol Building, Friday, April 27.
New Mexico History Museum | Feb 7, 2018
(Santa Fe, NM) — During the opening celebration of its new exhibition The Land That Enchants Me So: Picturing Popular Songs of New Mexico, the New Mexico History Museum will unveil a long-lost original recording of New Mexico’s state song, O, Fair New Mexico, sung by its author, Elizabeth Garrett.