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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 23

Harvey Girls Day

12 / New Mexico History Museum

In honor of the Gov. Susana Martínez’s declaration of May 23 as “Harvey Girls Day,” the Palace Press is creating commemorative placemats, using a woodblock carved by artist Willard Clark for La Fonda Hotel. Pick one up at the front desk. Free while supplies last. Then head down to Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy to learn more about how Harvey Girls changed the West.

May 31

A musical performance by Schola Cantorum Santa Fe A Painting the Divine event

1 to 2 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Back by popular demand, one of the History Museum’s favorite groups, Schola Cantorum Santa Fe, performs "Echoes of Mary," seldom-heard sacred music dedicated to Mary from the cathedrals of Mexico City and Cuba to the capillas of northern New Mexico. Part of the programming series for Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents and children 16 and under are free daily.

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 authors Christopher Wilson and Pen La Farge and architect Beverley 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

12 / New Mexico History Museum

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 20

Santa Fe in Motion

2 to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

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.

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 22

Teaching with Historic Maps A free, one-day workshop

9 AM to 5 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Calling all teachers, educators, education students and librarians: Drawing on the extensive map collection of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, educators Dennis and Judy Reinhartz, along with librarian Patricia Hewitt, have developed a free curriculum you can use in the classroom. From the earliest Spanish colonial maps through the Mexican period, U.S. Territorial era and modern-day guides, the lesson plans challenge students to use a variety of learning skills that will help them better understand geography, history, and social studies.

A one-day session (9 am to 5 pm) offered twice: Monday, June 22, and Monday, June 29.

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. Note: You'll need to give the casts 45 minutes to dry before taking them. (A good time to see our great exhibits!)

Jun 29

Teaching with Historic Maps A free, one-day workshop

9 AM to 5 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Calling all teachers, educators, education students and librarians: Drawing on the extensive map collection of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, educators Dennis and Judy Reinhartz, along with librarian Patricia Hewitt, have developed a free curriculum you can use in the classroom. From the earliest Spanish colonial maps through the Mexican period, U.S. Territorial era and modern-day guides, the lesson plans challenge students to use a variety of learning skills that will help them better understand geography, history, and social studies.

A one-day session (9 am to 5 pm) offered twice: Monday, June 22, and Monday, June 29.

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 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.

Jul 26

Performance by the composer of Cold Mountain

4 to 5 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Hear a performance in the History Museum auditorium by Jennifer Higdon, 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 (call 505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654), $20 at the door.

Jul 31

Santa Fe Opera Civil War Symposium

12 / New Mexico History Museum

Deepen your understanding of the Civil War and the Santa Fe Opera's premiere of Cold Mountain with presentations from authors and scholars, including Harold Holzer, Hampton Sides, Kirk Ellis and Paul Hutton, along with music by Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout. Daily events in the History Museum auditorium. Tickets $85 (at www.santafeopera.org); some events free.

Aug 1

Santa Fe Opera Civil War Symposium

12 / New Mexico History Museum

Deepen your understanding of the Civil War and the Santa Fe Opera's premiere of Cold Mountain with presentations from authors and scholars, including Harold Holzer, Hampton Sides, Kirk Ellis and Paul Hutton, along with music by Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout. Daily events in the History Museum auditorium. Tickets $85 (at www.santafeopera.org); some events free.

Aug 2

Santa Fe Opera Civil War Symposium

12 / New Mexico History Museum

Deepen your understanding of the Civil War and the Santa Fe Opera's premiere of Cold Mountain with presentations from authors and scholars, including Harold Holzer, Hampton Sides, Kirk Ellis and Paul Hutton, along with music by Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout. Daily events in the History Museum auditorium. Tickets $85 (at www.santafeopera.org); some events free.