New Mexico Historic Sites

Fall & Winter Events at New Mexico Historic Sites

August 07, 2019


(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – New Mexico’s Historic Sites have a host of upcoming events planned this fall and winter. Below is a compendium of upcoming events. Interviews and site video available and approved for media use where indicated by *Media resources available.


Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fiesta of Cultures

Coronado Historic Site

485 Kuaua,

Bernalillo, NM 87004

(505) 867-5351

Come celebrate New Mexico’s diverse and unique cultures! Arts and crafts fair, archaeology demonstrations, historical reenactments, live animals, face painting and much more will be ongoing throughout the day. There is no admission fee, this event is open to the public. Call 505-867-5351 for more information. (*Media Resources: Interview: Ethan Ortega, B Roll of Coronado Historic Site


Saturday, Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m.

Voices from the Past: Moonlight Tours

Ft. Selden Historic Site

1280 Fort Selden Road,

Radium Springs, NM 88054

(575) 526-8911

Join us for a special moonlight tour and meet people visiting from the past. This year we will tell the story of the diphtheria outbreak of 1886. You will meet the women who worked to care for the sick, the families who lost children, and the soldiers who were busy renovating the fort. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Tickets are sold at the door. All of the activities for this event will be outside so please dress warmly! The last tour will leave at 8:15 p.m. Admission: $8 for adults. Children 16 and under are free. Cash or check only.  Sponsored by the Museum of NM Foundation. Please call 575-202-1638 for more information. NM I-25, Exit 19, Radium Springs – Follow the signs.  (*Media Resources:  Interview: Alexandra McKinney, b-roll of Ft. Selden


Saturday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 14, 5-9 p.m.

Light among the Ruins

Jemez Historic Site

18160 NM-4,

Jemez Springs, NM 87025

(575) 829-3530

The ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos. Each evening’s program will include traditional Native American flute music and Jemez Pueblo dancers’ performing between two illuminating bon-fires. The Historic Site will also host an arts and crafts fair and have food available for purchase. Tickets for both nights go on sale Nov. 1. Visit for more information.

(*Media Resources: Interview: Marlon Magdelena and b-roll of Jemez Historic Site


Saturday, Dec. 7, 5-10 p.m.

Farolitos at Los Luceros

Los Luceros Historic Site

253 County Road 41

Alcalde, NM 87511

(505) 476-1165

Farolitos at Los Luceros  Holiday festivities, including farolitos/luminarias and other Northern New Mexico holiday traditions. More information to come. Call 505-476-1165 for further information. (Media Resources: b-roll of Los Luceros site


Saturday, Dec. 7, 4-7 p.m.

December Letters from the Reservation

Ft. Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial

3647 Billy the Kid Dr,

Fort Sumner, NM 88119

(575) 355-2573

The evening will begin with a light supper of pork posolé, tortillas, and a winter cake served with coffee or hot chocolate.   Supper will be followed by a journey into the Memorial’s auditorium where local residents and staff will tell the story of life on the reservation through archival letters from the months of December (1863-1867).  There is no admission fee for this event and the food is free as long as it lasts.  Please join us and listen to history unfold.  (Media Resources:  Interview with Aaron Roth and b-roll of Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner.


Saturday, Dec.14, 6-9 p.m.

Las Noches de Las Luminarias

Ft. Selden Historic Site

1280 Fort Selden Road,

Radium Springs, NM 88054

(575) 526-8911

Join us for this Southwest tradition as over eight hundred glowing candles surround the Fort ruins. Enjoy holiday music, a cozy campfire, and a warm cup of cheer as you tour the grounds. Make your own holiday decorations while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Please dress warmly. Admission: $5 for adults. Children 16 and under are free. Sponsored by the Museum of NM Foundation. Cash or checks only. Please call 575-202-1638 for more information. NM I-25, Exit 19, Radium Springs – Follow the signs. (*Media Resources: "Noche de las Luminarias" video, b-roll of the site Interview: Nathan Stone.


Sunday, Dec. 15, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Nacimiento Open House with J. Paul Taylor

Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property

2346 Calle Principal on the Old Mesilla Plaza

(575) 524-3262 ext. 117

Join us for a fascinating afternoon as you view more than 185 nacimientos (nativity scenes) on display in the Taylor family home. This impressive collection and the open house have become a local holiday tradition. The home is located at 2346 Calle Principal on the Old Mesilla Plaza. Free to members of the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument. $5 for non-members. Sponsored by the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument and New Mexico Historic Sites. (*Media Resources:  Taylor Mesilla "Nacimientos" event in Mesilla.


About New Mexico Historic Sites:  New Mexico Historic Sites are a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, through the generous support of donors.

On March 14, 1931, the New Mexico Historic Site system was established by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico, to "declare by public proclamation that historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the State of New Mexico, shall be state monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof such parcels of land as may be necessary to the proper care and management of the objects to be protected." Under the direction of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, eight sites are open to the public: Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Stanton, Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, Lincoln, and Los Luceros. In 2004, the J. Paul Taylor Family bequeathed the Barela-Reynolds House and Property on the Mesilla Plaza to the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Still serving as J. Paul Taylor’s private home, the property will become a Historic Site after his passing. Events, news releases and images about activities at New Mexico Historic Sites, and other Department of Cultural Affairs divisions can be accessed at





Related Photos

25-Fort Stanton After Dark
15-nmhs-fort selden wagon in snow
Virgin of Guadalupe wood carving, part of the art collection at the Mesilla home of J. Paul Taylor
San Josť de los Jemez Mission Church are decorated with hundreds of traditional farolitos. Image: Courtesy NM Department of Cultural Affairs.

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