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Mar 11

Black Pioneers on Route 66 A Brainpower and Brownbags Lunch Lecture

12 to 1 PM / New Mexico History Museum

In the Jim Crow era, black tourists experienced a different kind of Route 66 than the one remembered in story and song. On Wednesday, March 11, Frank Norris, a historian for the National Park Service, National Trails Intermountain Region, in Santa Fe, speaks on "Black Pioneers on Route 66," part of the 2015 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series in the Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors.

Mar 15

18th-Century Harpsichord Music A "Painting the Divine" event

2 to 3:30 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Susan Patrick, an associate professor emerita of music at the University of New Mexico, performs and discusses 17th- and 18th-century harpsichord music from Italy, Germany and France. The performance, in the History Museum auditorium, is free with admission. Sundays are free to NM residents. Children 16 and under are free daily.

Mar 24

Community-in-Residence at the Folk Art Museum A special program for people with memory illnesses and their loved ones

10:30 to 11:30 AM / New Mexico History Museum

The nationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project and a growing consortium of Santa Fe-based arts and cultural institutions are joining forces to help people living with memory loss, along with their care partners, friends and the public. Each month, the Community-in-Residence program will open the doors at a different institution for an hour-long session of creativity, playfulness and learning. The program moves to the Museum of International Folk Art on Tuesday, March 24, at 10:30 am. Future events will be announced soon. A highlight of the event will be the creation of a new poem set to music inspired by the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe. The series includes light refreshments and is free and open to the public with registration. For a reservation, please write gary@alzpoetry.com.

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; retired Army Brigadier Gen. Jack R. Fox, secretary of the state Department of Veterans Services; 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 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 Madeline 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. Cost pending. 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

5 to 7 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Award-winning film editor and post-production supervisor Paul Barnes shows clips from the Ken Burns’ 1989 award-winning 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.

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. Cost pending. 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 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 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 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. Admission cost pending.

Jul 25

Saving Historic Adobe Churches An Adobe Summer event

1 to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

What does it take to save historic adobe churches in New Mexico? Learn more at a symposium led by experts from Cornerstones Community Partnerships, one of the leading preservationist organizations in the Southwest. A free event, 1–3 pm, Saturday, July 25.

Aug 2

Gone with the Wind film screening

3 to 6 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Follow Scarlett O’Hara, a Southern belle, in the classic love story set in the turmoil of the Civil War, part of the museum's exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War. The screening will be held at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10.

Aug 4

The Civil War in the State Archives An exclusive event for Los Compadres and the Palace Guard

2 to 4 PM / New Mexico History Museum

State Historian Rick Hendricks leads a members-only tour of Civil War documents and ephemera at the State Records Center and Archives, including muster rolls and personal correspondence. Free to members of the Palace Guard and Los Compadres. Not a member? Join: http://www.museumfoundation.org/palace-guard. This event is part of the programming series for the museum’s exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera’s debut of Cold Mountain this August.

Aug 7

Wars, Revolts, and Defining Collective Memory in the Context of the Great Pueblo Revolt An Adobe Summer event

6 to 7 PM / New Mexico History Museum

The 1680 Pueblo Revolt converged on the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. In commemoration and as part of the museum's Adobe Summer celebration, archaeologist and author Jason Shapiro speaks on “Wars, Revolts, and Defining Collective Memory in the Context of the Great Pueblo Revolt,” a free talk at 6 pm on Friday, Aug. 7. (Free museum admission for everyone from 5-8 pm.)

Aug 9

The Alvarado and Fred Harvey Hit the Silver Screen

2 to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Film historian Jon Bowman speaks on "The Alvarado and Fred Harvey Hit the Silver Screen" in the History Museum auditorium. Part of the exhibit, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, the lecture is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.