New Mexico History Museum

June fun at the History Museum

May 14, 2015


Bring the family, bring your friends. Or just come by yourself. Besides great exhibits, we have something for everyone:

Friday, June 5, 9:30 am–4 pm, Palace Guard trip to Glorieta

Members of the museum’s Friends group journey to the Civil War battle site at Pecos National Historic Park for a tour with Ranger Eric Valencia, a picnic lunch, and a visit to Casa Escuela, a private museum with historic firearms and military ephemera. $30. Reserve a spot by calling (505) 982-6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member? Call (505) 982-6366, ext. 100, to join.

Friday, June 5, 6 pm, “Before Bataan: New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery” Rob Dean, former managing editor of The Santa Fe New Mexican, talks about the hardships endured by New Mexicans caught in the Bataan Death March, in conjunction with a small exhibit on the museum’s second floor featuring images taken during the men’s 1940 training near Las Vegas, NM. A Free First Friday Evening event.

Sunday, June 7, 2 pm, “The Civil War Remembered: Slavery and the Territory of New Mexico”

Dwight Pitcaithley, a history professor at New Mexico State University, discusses how the New Mexico Slave Code permitted African-American slaves and left New Mexico in the crosshairs of statehood vs. secession discussions. Part of the museum’s exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War, a collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera’s debut of Cold Mountain this August. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

Wednesday, June 10, 9 am, CreativeMornings features Shawn Patrick on “Revolution”

Graphic designers, writers, artists and more: Enjoy a light breakfast, some creative networking and a brief talk on the global theme of Revolution with Shawn Patrick, a 25-year entrepreneur in software and hardware development and recent leader of Startup Santa Fe, the newest Creative Santa Fe initiative. As an extra treat, learn about makerspaces through demonstrations by Make Santa Fe and others. Support provided by Creative Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Baking Company. Free.

Monday–Friday, June 15–19, 10 am–4 pm, Time Trekkers Summer Camp for Kids

Children 9–11 can enjoy a weeklong trip to action-packed 1863 with VIP access to the museum and 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. Cost is $125 (10 percent discount to children and grandchildren of Museum of New Mexico Foundation members). To register by June 1, contact René Harris at or Melanie LaBorwit at

Friday, June 19, 5:30 pm, An Evening with William deBuys

The award-winning author and conservationist speaks on and signs copies of his latest book, The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures, and joins us for a reception honoring the museum’s acquisition of his papers. The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library hosts this free event.

Saturday, June 20, 2 pm, Santa Fe in Motion

See archival films from the Old Santa Fe Association’s new collection, culled from residents’ garages and closets and boasting cinematic gems 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. Free with admission.

Sunday, June 21, 2 pm, “Furnishing the Alvarado Hotel: A Material Culture Tour”

What might you have seen when you stepped inside Albuquerque’s long-cherished and lamentably demolished Alvarado Hotel? Deb Slaney, curator at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and author of Jewel of the Railroad Era: Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel, speaks as part of the History Museum exhibit, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents. A full house is likely for this event. Make a reservation by calling (505) 476-5152.

Monday, June 22 and 29, Teaching with Historic Maps

A free one-day workshop (offered twice) for teachers, educators, education students and librarians. Educators Dennis and Judy Reinhartz, along with Patricia Hewitt of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, have drawn on the museum’s extensive map collection to create a free classroom curriculum challenging students to better understand geography, history, and social studies. To register, send an email to

Sunday, June 28, 1:30–3:30 pm, Sand-Cast Your Hands

As part of Adobe Summer, the museum’s Summer of Color programming series, bring the family to this keepsake-creating activity. Make sand-casts of your hands and, while they dry, visit the Palace of the Governors, an adobe building that was named a National Treasure this year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Free with admission. Sundays free to NM residents. Youths 16 and under free daily.

Monday–Saturday, 10:15 am, Historical Downtown Walking Tours

Through October 17, learn about the history of Santa Fe on a walking tour led by museum-trained guides. Gather at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Avenue. Cost: $10; children 16 and under free when with an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips. (No tours on Saturdays when large events are held on the Plaza, such as Spanish Market and Santa Fe Fiesta.)



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