New Mexico History Museum

10 Great October Events at the History Museum

September 15, 2015


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:

Friday, October 2, 5–7 pm, Make a Hot-Air Balloon Trading Card

During the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, learn about the art trading cards made and shared by hot-air balloonists, then make one of your own. This all-ages, drop-in workshop is a Free First Friday Evening event.

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Sunday, October 4, 1:30–3:30 pm, Straw applique workshop

Try your hand at transforming strips and pieces of straw and corn husks into beautiful designs on a take-home box. A family-friendly drop-in event, part of Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World. Free with admission. Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily.

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Thursday, October 8, 12–1 pm, Harvey Houses of New Mexico: Historic Hospitality from Raton to Deming

Rosa Latimer gives a Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture in the Meem Community Room. A writer, bookstore owner, playwright and photographer in Post, Texas, her most recent book, Harvey Houses of New Mexico, was released this year. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors.

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Saturday, October 10, 9 am–4 pm, Palace Guard Event: Chimayo and Cordova

Immerse yourself in the traditional crafts of northern New Mexico. Visit weavers and wood-carvers in their studios and have lunch at Rancho de Chimayo. $75. Reserve a spot by calling (505) 982-7799, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member? To join, call (505) 982-6366 ext. 100.

Wednesday, October 14, 9–10 am, CreativeMornings tackles social issues

Sam Scarpino of the Santa Fe Institute talks on the theme of “shock” at a free CreativeMornings event. An integrative biologist, he uses technology to study and creatively solve issues of poverty and disease with a specific focus on the recent outbreaks of Ebola and certain influenza strains. Do a little creative networking and sample pastries and coffee from the Santa Fe Baking Co. Special support provided by the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation.

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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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Sunday, October 18, 2 pm, Cowboy balladeer Don Edwards presents “The Legend of Jack Thorp”

Take a musical adventure with a premier performer of old-time ballads and cowboy songs. Edwards tells the tale of Thorp, who was the first person to collect and publish cowboys’ campfire songs right here in New Mexico. Tickets: $25 at the History Museum Shop; call (505) 982-9543 or go to Find out more about the event by clicking here.

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Thursday, October 22, 6 pm, Dinner with Daggett, a special Fred Harvey event

Enjoy a catered dinner at La Fonda on the Plaza and hear a spirited conversation with Daggett Harvey, a Fred Harvey descendant, and Stephen Fried, author of the bestselling book Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—One Meal at a Time. Tickets: $150; call (505) 992-2715, ext. 1.

Sunday, October 25, 2 pm, Harvey Girls Revisited

Katrina Parks, director of the 2013 documentary Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, shows her newest interviews with former New Mexico Harvey Girls. Joining her for a discussion are Harvey family members and Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

Friday, Oct. 30, 5–7 pm, Tricks, treats, witches and ghosts

Prowl through the Telling New Mexico exhibit on a scavenger hunt for costumed people portraying historic personalities to win a treat: a historically themed Halloween mask. (Wear your own costume, too!) At 6 pm, author and folklorist Nasario Garcia tells tales of witches, ghosts and bogeymen inside the spooky Palace of the Governors. A Free Friday Evening event in collaboration with the Museum of Art’s Modernist scavenger hunt and live music.


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