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New Mexico History Museum | Nov 19, 2017
(Santa Fe, NM) — Before radio and television, when making music at home was the evening’s entertainment and playing the piano was considered an essential talent among the middle class, sheet music was the music consumer’s gateway to the world.” The New Mexico History Museum celebrates this era with sheet music of popular songs about the State of New Mexico, dating from the mid-19th through the mid-20th centuries, in the new exhibition The Land That Enchants Me So: Popular Songs of New Mexico which opens on Friday, March 2, 2018. The show spotlights graphically striking sheet-music covers published from 1840s through about 1960, along with other printed materials, sound recordings, and memorabilia relating to New Mexico and its musical life.
New Mexico History Museum | Oct 5, 2017
(Santa Fe, NM) -- The way you answer that question may depend on your age, your gender, your geographic location, your income, and your race. The Bay Area, Mississippi, Taos, Greenwich Village, and Chicago tell different stories, with some common threads running through them. For some, it was a time of great promise and renewed social activism; for others, these same activities posed a challenge to the established order and a threat to national security.
New Mexico History Museum | Oct 1, 2017
(Santa Fe, NM)— In conjunction with the current exhibition, “Syria: Cultural Patrimony Under Threat,” on exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum through November 3, 2017, author Claudette Sutton will give a lecture exploring her family’s Syrian roots on Saturday, October 14, from 2:00-3:30PM.
New Mexico History Museum | Aug 25, 2017
A few days after his new book comes out, Santa Fe artist Paul Pletka will give a lecture at the New Mexico History Museum auditorium on Saturday, October 7, from 2:00-4:00PM. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with curator Andrew Connors of the Albuquerque Museum. Following the discussion, Pletka will sign copies of his book, Paul Pletka: Imagined Wests by Amy Scott (Author) James K. Ballinger (Foreword), Paul Pletka (Contributor)
New Mexico History Museum | Aug 16, 2017
On Saturday, September 16 at 3:00 the New Mexico History Museum will present Letters Home from the Vietnam War: Herbert Lotz in conversation with Gregory Hinton in conjunction with the Lotz photography exhibit Sleeping During the Day: Vietnam 1968; in honor of Santa Fe Gay Pride weekend.
New Mexico History Museum | Aug 9, 2017
In September, the New Mexico History Museum is hosting Our Times with Miss O’Keeffe (and Other Stories) with three distinguished writers who describe their memorable moments with New Mexico’s most recognized artist.
New Mexico History Museum | Jul 5, 2017
It is not too late to enroll your daughter in this summer’s Innovate & Create Camp - an engaging two-week STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) experience at the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors for young women in grades 6-10. For two weeks this month (July 10-14, 2017 and July 24-28, 2017), participants will via guided maker activities bridging technology, art, and history in fun innovative ways.
New Mexico History Museum | Jun 27, 2017
Construction of an iconic beehive-shaped mud oven horno will commence over two upcoming weeks in July at the New Mexico History Museum in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. Construction will take place Wednesday & Thursday, July 12 & 13, and againTuesday & Wednesday, July 18 & 19.
New Mexico History Museum | Jun 27, 2017
As part of 2017’s Be Here Now: Summer of Love Santa Fe, a cultural collaboration celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, historic Santa Fe Plaza will host an afternoon of Yoga, uplifting music, performances with refreshments and children’s activities Sunday, July 9th.
New Mexico History Museum | Jun 23, 2017
As Syria’s ongoing civil war, staggering death toll, and displacement of thousands of refugees threatens to destroy Syrian culture, the Palace of the Governors displays seven albums of photographs of historic sites in Syria taken between 1899 and 1909.
New Mexico History Museum | May 2, 2017
In celebration of the landmark exhibition Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, on display at the New Mexico History Museum from May 14, 2017 to February 11, 2018, the CCA Cinematheque presents an eight-month film series, exploring elements including the Summer of Love, Chicano resistance and avant-garde Southwest storytelling experiments.
New Mexico History Museum | Apr 25, 2017
The Innovate & Create Camp is an engaging two-week STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) experience hosted at the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors for young women in grades 6-10. For two weeks this July (July 10-14, 2017 and July 24-28, 2017), participants will learn via guided maker activities that bridge technology, art, and history in fun an innovative ways.
New Mexico History Museum | Mar 10, 2017
The man known as the “the Godfather of Counterculture,” Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder ignites Santa Fe’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 5pm, with “An evening with Gary Snyder, Hosted by Jack Loeffler.”
New Mexico History Museum | Feb 16, 2017
There is no shortage of photographs documenting the horrors of the Vietnam War. But, there are very few that document the war from the perspective of a young gay man serving in the United States Army. The New Mexico History Museum will display this unique perspective through the photographs of Santa Fean Herbert Lotz, acquired through the museum’s Photo Legacy Project in 2008. The exhibition, Sleeping During the Day: Vietnam 1968, will run from April 7 to October 1, 2017.
New Mexico History Museum | Feb 14, 2017
Utilizing the museum’s resources, theater students from Northern New Mexico College created “12 Switches,” a theatrical performance speaking to family heritage, car culture and more. Performances are open to the public and will take place at the Nick Salazar Theater in Espanola on Saturday, March 11 from 5:00-6:00pm, with an encore performance at the New Mexico History Museum on Sunday, March 12 from 2:00-3:00pm.
New Mexico History Museum | Feb 10, 2017
On Friday, March 3, the museum will host an artist’s talk and screen a segment of the 2008 film, Proceed And Be Bold!, a documentary following the life and work of Kennedy and his socially and politically charged works of art. Following the event, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase his hand-printed and much sought-after posters. The event will take place at 6:00pm in the museum’s auditorium; attendance is free and open to the public.
New Mexico History Museum | Feb 2, 2017
Opening at the History Museum on May 14, 2017 and running through February 11, 2018, the exhibit spans the decades of the 60s and 70s exploring the influx of young people to New Mexico and the subsequent collision of cultures.
New Mexico History Museum | Oct 24, 2016
At 5:30 pm on Friday, November 4, Albuquerque author Christina Rosenberger will speak about artist Agnes Martin (1912-2004), an iconic figure in 20th century art with a continuing artistic legacy in New Mexico.
New Mexico History Museum | Sep 28, 2016
The New Mexico History Musuem/Palace of the Governors and Friends of Dard Hunter welcome everyone in the Santa Fe community to shop a special Paper Sale on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2016. Vendors will be selling tools, supplies, crafts, and fine art related to paper, print, and book arts.
New Mexico History Museum | Sep 27, 2016
In conjunction with the exhibit, Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico, lowriter, poet and University of New Mexico professor Levi Romero invites poets Jessica Helen Lopez and Damien Flores to share the stage in a reading and presentation that celebrates New Mexico cultura, traditions, and down-and-low groovy lowcura on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 2pm at the New Mexico History Museum, free to the public. Take a little trip, take a little trip... on a Sunday afternoon poetry cruise that will make you feel as if you’re riding in a lowered, chain steering-wheeled bomba slithering through the blue dotted night along Riverside Drive, Española.
New Mexico History Museum | Aug 22, 2016
The New Mexico History Museum will bring together historians, anthropologists, art historians, musicians and genealogists for a free symposium to explore the history of Sephardic Jews, conversos, and crypto-Jews’ 600-year process of identity transformation. Coinciding with the ongoing exhibition Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities at the New Mexico History Museum, this Symposium delves deeper into Spanish Judaism from the Golden Age of Spain to Mexico and New Mexico. The symposium will be held at the New Mexico History Museum on September 9th from 8:30am to 4pm and September 10th from 9am to 4pm.
New Mexico History Museum | Aug 15, 2016
This year marks the Centennial for the National Park System in the United States. From Carlsbad Caverns to Chaco Canyon, National Parks pepper the terrain of New Mexico and the southwest. Each helps shape our regional history through the land. In celebration of one hundred years of our national parks, the New Mexico History Museum has scheduled a lecture by Dr. Dwight T. Pitcaithley, the former Chief Historican for the National Parks Service, on Sunday, September 4, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium at 113 Lincoln Avenue.
New Mexico History Museum | Aug 10, 2016
“Fredheads” and Harvey Girls unite! In celebration of the New Mexico History Museum’s long-term exhibition Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, the Museum has a whole weekend of events celebrating Fred Harvey history with it’s fifth annual Fred Harvey Weekend on October 28-30, 2016. The exhibition focuses on the rise of the Fred Harvey Company as a family business and events that transpired specifically in the Land of Enchantment. Some of the exciting events planned at the New Mexico History Museum for the weekend include lectures and discussions on collecting and collections, a Fred Harvey cooking class, a collectors’ trade show, a model train show-and-tell, and a Fred Harvey inspired family brunch.
New Mexico History Museum | Jul 25, 2016
Join Dennis Little, retired Cadillac Design Studio’s chief designer as he takes you behind locked doors of the General Motors Design Studios. The talk will be held at the New Mexico History Museum auditorium at 2pm on Sunday, August 28, 2016 and is free with museum admission. This promises to be a visual treat for anyone interested in seeing and hearing how designers bring to life their vision of the future of transportation. GM design traces its roots back to Hollywood native Harley Earl and California’s rich, diverse and eclectic culture, which has inspired some of our greatest designs over the past century. General Motors Design Centers are in eight countries around the world. More than 1,500 men and women are responsible for the design development of every GM concept globally.
New Mexico History Museum | Jul 15, 2016
SANTA FE, NM and BURBANK, CA – July 8, 2016 -The New Mexico History Museum has partnered with Link TV for a special screening of the Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series ARTBOUND which showcases the new documentary film “Charles Lummis: Reimagining the American West.” The event is free to the public and explores Charles Fletcher Lummis – one of the Southwest’s key and most controversial figures, July 29, at 6 p.m at the New Mexico History Museum. Lummis had a profound impact on the Santa Fe region, having lived on the Isleta Pueblo where he was a strong advocate for American Indian rights.
New Mexico History Museum | Jun 10, 2016
The American Association for State and Local History will bestow their Award of Merit for Leadership in History to the New Mexico History Museum at their annual awards banquet on September 16. This prestigious award recognizes the museum’s Historic New Mexico Maps project, the culmination of a four-year effort to catalog more than 6,000 maps, along with hosting an array of public programs and producing Historic Maps as Teaching Tools: A Curriculum Guide for Grades 5–8. Patricia Hewitt of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library oversaw the project. She and the museum share the award with the co-writers of the curriculum guide, Drs. Judy and Dennis Reinhartz of Santa Fe.
The museum’s map collection encompasses all of New Mexico history, from Spanish Colonial to Mexican Republic, U.S. territorial and statehood periods. From the smallest map (4 x 5 ½ in.) to the largest (13 x 122 ft.), the museum’s map collection includes more than 1,100 road maps, 800 railroad maps, and 2,000 topographic maps—all of them now available to researchers and interested members of the public visiting the library. (A plan to digitize the collection awaits appropriate funding and staffing.)
New Mexico History Museum | Jun 9, 2016
New Mexico History Museum presents Vanessa Paloma Elbaz speaking on “De tu boca a los cielos (From Your Mouth to the Heavens): Women’s Songs and Stories at the Heart of Sephardic Identity.” Using musical examples, this free talk will demonstrate the richness of women’s oral traditions in the Sephardic world and the role of their voices in the continuity of Sephardic identity.
Where: New Mexico History Museum Auditorium in conjunction with the exhibition, Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities.
When: Sunday, June 26 at 11 am.
Admission: Free with museum admission. NM residents with ID always free on Sundays.
Public Contact: 505-476-5200
New Mexico History Museum | May 17, 2016
Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico Author Denise Chavez Santa Fe— Sunday, June 19, 2016 2 pm New Mexico History Museum auditorium Free with museum admission ¡ÓRALE! BORDER LOW & B ...
New Mexico History Museum | Apr 4, 2016
The documentary film-in-progress, Citizen Min in New Mexico, by Holly Yasui, commemorates a little known hero of the Japanese American civil rights movement, Minoru Yasui, who was recently awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. The film also presents a historic encounter between Min and Senator Pete Domenici in Albuquerque in 1984. Starting with a program on Friday May 6, 5:30-7:30pm at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, Min’s daughter, Holly Yasui, will be in New Mexico to tour a two-hour program that includes: