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Mar 29

Sweet Georgia Brown, a film about African American women in World War II

2 to 4 PM / New Mexico History Museum

In war and in peacetime, in theaters of conflict and on the homefront, American women have participated in our nation’s defense. Until recent years, those contributions have failed to attract much notice. Even less understood: the contributions of African American women, who had to fight just for the right to serve.

On Sunday, March 29, at 2 pm in the History Museum auditorium, see the New Mexico premiere of Sweet Georgia Brown: Impact, Courage, Sacrifice and Will, a documentary by Lawrence E. Walker of PureHistory Films. A celebration of National Women’s History Month, the event will include remarks by Walker; Marilyn Dykman, a retired Coast Guard officer and the first female Hispanic aviator in Coast Guard history; and Lt. Col. Pam Gaston, representing Women Veterans of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization providing support services.

The event is free with museum admission. Sundays are free to NM residents. Seating is limited. Make a reservation by calling (505) 476-5152.

Apr 1

Owning the Sacred: The 1929 Sale of the Santuario de Chimayo A Brainpower and Brownbags Lunch Lecture

12 to 1 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Wednesday, April 1, Brett Hendrickson on “Owning the Sacred: The 1929 Sale of the Santuario de Chimayó,” on Wednesday, April 1, part of the 2015 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series in the Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors.

Hendrickson is an assistant professor in the Regional Studies department at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and is the author of Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo (New York University Press, 2014).

Apr 3

Closing at 5 pm for Good Friday

10 AM to 5 PM / New Mexico History Museum

The museum will not have its regularly scheduled Free Friday Evening on April 3 in honor of Good Friday. Instead, we will close at 5 pm.

Apr 5

Closed for Easter Sunday

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We are closed on April 5 for Easter Sunday. The museum will reopen at 10 am on Tuesday, April 7.

Apr 8

CreativeMornings kickoff: Robert Martin on Humility

9 to 10 AM / New Mexico History Museum

Calling all creative types—graphic designers, writers, artists and more. Enjoy a casual talk (and treats!) and network with others at the debut of this monthly series in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, part of the global CreativeMornings program. Robert Martin, executive and artistic director of the Lensic Performing Arts Center, gives a casual talk on this month's global theme: Humility. A free event in the History Museum lobby.

Next month's event will be hosted in the Duke City by Albuquerque's Creative Startups. Speaker, site and date TBA. Check back here for details.

Apr 19

Fred Harvey and American Indian Art

2 to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Diana Pardue, curator at the Heard Museum and co-author of Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art, speaks in the History Museum auditorium on "Fred Harvey and American Indian Art." Part of the exhibit, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, her lecture is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

Apr 26

How to Save Your Marriage Through Pinhole Photography A Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography event

2 to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Nancy Spencer and Eric Renner, guest curators of the Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography exhibition and internationally recognized artists, give a lecture on their collaborative work. "How to Save Your Marriage Through Pinhole Photography" is free with admission; Sundays are free to NM residents. Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography is on exhibit in the museum’s Herzstein Gallery.

May 1

Exhibit opening: Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War A Free First Friday event

5 to 7 PM / New Mexico History Museum

See the new Mezzanine-level exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War, while enjoying refreshments, courtesy of the Women's Board of the Museum of New Mexico, and a preview of El Rancho de las Golondrinas' Civil War weekend, May 2–3. Participating re-enactors include the New Mexico Territorial Brass Band and Madeleine Quillen, with a Women of the Civil War demonstration. A free event.

May 3

Decorate the Divine A Painting the Divine event

1:30 to 3:30 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Bring your inner artist and use the exhibit, Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World to inspire artwork of your own. Artist and author Amy Córdova leads “Decorate the Divine” on Sunday, May 3, from 1:30–3:30 pm at the New Mexico History Museum. This all-ages event is free with admission. Sundays are free to NM residents; children 16 and under are free every day. Start with an exhibit walk-through with Cordova, then gather in the museum classroom to embellish, decorate and color images drawn from the exhibit. Stay to hear Cordova read from her children’s book, Talking Eagle and the Lady of Roses, about Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego.

May 5

Explore Jemez State Historic Site A friends trip with the Palace Guard

9:30 AM to 4 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Since June 2014, the Jemez State Historic Site has seen a revitalization of its 16th-century village and historic church. Find out what’s new on a guided tour with archaeologist Matthew Barbour. Enjoy a meal made by a local Jemez resident hosted by the Walatowa Visitor Center. Over lunch, we’ll share a special talk on Pueblo culture with a guest speaker and hear from local artisans about their work, then visit the studio of a Jemez Pueblo stone carver. $75. Reserve a spot by calling 505.982.6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member?  To join, click here or call 505.982.6366 ext. 100.

May 8

Revisiting The Civil War How the Ken Burns classic came to be

6 to 8 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Award-winning film editor and post-production supervisor Paul Barnes shows clips from the Ken Burns’ landmark 1989 series, The Civil War, and talks about recent efforts to re-master it for contemporary audiences. This event will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10.

May 16

Santa Fe in Motion An Afternoon of Film Viewing from the Old Santa Fe Film Collection

2 to 4 PM / New Mexico History Museum

The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives and the Old Santa Fe Association invite you to an afternoon’s enjoyment of viewing archival films from the association's new collection. On Saturday, May 16 from 2 to 4 pm in the New Mexico History Museum auditorium, OSFA launches its new partnership in film preservation with the Photo Archives by offering a screening of early films from northern New Mexico.

Gleaning visual material from the attics and garages of longtime Santa Feans (and beyond), the new project aims to preserve images of the lives of New Mexico citizens, along with scenes of a city long devoted to protecting its historic authenticity.

May 31

Restoring the 1785 Roque Lobato House in Santa Fe An Adobe Summer event

2 to 3:30 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Join author Christopher Wilson and architect Beverly Spears for a panel discussion and book signing on the successful renovation of the historic Roque Lobato home. This free event is part of "Adobe Summer," the History Museum's contribution to the city's Summer of Color celebration. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

Jun 5

Glorieta Battle and Beyond: The Civil War in the West A friends trip with the Palace Guard

9:30 AM to 4 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Journey to the Glorieta Battle site at Pecos National Historic Park for a guided tour with Ranger Eric Valencia. After a picnic lunch, take a tour of La Escuela, a private museum owned and managed by Jim and Mary Dale Gordon. See their unique collection of historic firearms and military ephemera. $30. Reserve a spot by calling 505.982.6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member? To join, click here or call 505.982.6366 ext. 100.

Jun 7

The Civil War Remembered: Slavery and Territory of New Mexico

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

Jun 17

Inside the NM Senate: A Political History A Brainpower and Brownbags Lunch Lecture

12 to 1 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Former state Senator Dede Feldman speaks on "Inside the NM Senate: A Political History," at noon on Wednesday, June 17, part of the 2015 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series in the Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Feldman is the author of Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens (University of New Mexico Press, 2014).

Jun 19

An Evening with William deBuys Lecture and book signing

5:30 to 7:30 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Award-winning author and conservationist William deBuys 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 on Friday, June 19, 5:30–7:30 pm, in the museum auditorium, with light refreshments in the lobby.

Jun 21

Furnishing the Alvarado Hotel: A Material Culture Tour

2 to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Deb Slaney, curator at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and author of Jewel of the Railroad Era: Albuquerque's Alvarado Hotel, speaks on "Furnishing the Alvarado Hotel: A Material Culture Tour," in the History Museum auditorium. Part of the exhibit, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, her lecture is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

Jun 28

Sand-Cast Your Hands An Adobe Summer event

1:30 to 3:30 PM / New Mexico History Museum

As part of the museum's Adobe Summer celebration, bring the family to this free art-making activity. Make sand casts of your hands for a keepsake. A free family activity at 2 pm on Sunday, June 28. Note: You'll need to give the casts 45 minutes to dry before taking them. (A good time to see our great exhibits!)

Jul 4

Young Natives Arts & Crafts Sale A free, family event

9 AM to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Begin collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from the next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople at the annual Young Natives Arts & Crafts Show. Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Palace of the Governors’ Portal Program will demonstrate and sell their own arts and crafts in the Palace Courtyard from 9 am to 3 pm, July 4 and 5. Free. 

Jul 5

Young Natives Arts & Crafts Sale A free, family event

9 AM to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Begin collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from the next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople at the annual Young Natives Arts & Crafts Show. Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Palace of the Governors’ Portal Program will demonstrate and sell their own arts and crafts in the Palace Courtyard from 9 am to 3 pm, July 4 and 5. Free. 

Jul 16

Los Alamos: Reflecting on the 70th Anniversary of Trinity A Palace Guard event

9 AM to 4 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Get to know a local gem during a guided tour of the Bradbury Museum of Science. During lunch at the historic Hans Bethe house, listen to Alan Carr, Los Alamos National Laboratory historian, and Jon Hunner, author and historian discuss the July 16, 1945, Trinity nuclear bomb test and its lasting legacy. Finish with a tour of the Los Alamos Historical Society's collection. $45. Reserve a spot by calling 505.982.6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member? To join, click here or call 505.982.6366 ext. 100.

Jul 19

CANCELLED Trail of Light—New Mexico to Beirut A Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography event

2 to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

CANCELLED. We're sad to report that Nilufar is unable to come for this lecture. We're working on a substitute. Stay tuned!

International photographer Nilufar speaks on "Trail of LightNew Mexico to Beirut," defining how she uses the technology of a camera obscura to capture people in their natural environments in a dream-filled landscape. Her work is on the cover of the book accompanying Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, on exhibit in the museum's Herzstein Gallery. This event is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

Jul 24

Performance by the composer of Cold Mountain

5 to 7 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Hear a performance in the History Museum auditorium by Jennifer Higden, the Pulitzer Prize winning composer who was commissioned to write the score for the operatic version of Charles Frazier’s novel, Cold Mountain, debuting at the Santa Fe Opera this summer. Part of the museum's exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War. Tickets, $15 in advance (at www.santafeopera.org), $20 at the door.

Jul 25

Earthen Architecture—Past, Present and Future An Adobe Summer event

1 to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Get a multicultural perspective of how communities preserve adobe structures, featuring Jake Barrow, program director for Cornerstones Community Partnerships; Tomacita Duran, executive director of the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority; and artist Nicasio Romero of the Villanueva Valley. A free event, 1–3 pm, Saturday, July 25.