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Feb 6

Be Mine A Valentines craft event

5:30 to 7 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Bring your crafting skills to make old-timey Valentines, inspired by historic cards from the collection. Kids and families welcome. A Free First Friday Evening event, part of the exhibit Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past.

Feb 8

Make a Camera Obscura A Pinhole Photography workshop

2 to 4 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Join Santa Fe educator, photographer and camera obscura developer Jackie Mathey for a family workshop on building a take-home tabletop camera obscura that can be used as drawing aids. Explore how light moves and images are formed. Travel in your imagination to the age of the Renaissance where devices like these were used by artists. It’s free, but class size is limited; make a reservation by calling 505-476-5087.

Feb 15

Art, Optics and the Wilderness A Pinhole Photography lecture and workshop

2 to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Canadian photographer Donald Lawrence talks about his Underwater Pinhole Photography Project, the forthcoming Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival in the Yukon, and other works that combine his interests in wilderness experience, art-making, early optical history, and the relationship between learning and play. Following the auditorium lecture, join Lawrence in the Palace Courtyard for a demonstration of how he builds camera obscuras. The event is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

Feb 18

Lozen, Apache Warrior Woman A Brainpower and Brownbags Lunch Lecture

12 to 1 PM / New Mexico History Museum

John McWilliams speaks on “Lozen, Apache Warrior Woman,” on Wednesday, February 18, part of the 2015 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series in the Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors. 

McWilliams is the author of New Mexico: A Glimpse into an Enchanted Land (Inkwell productions, 2014). He retired to Santa Fe from the computer industry in 2007. Lozen, ca. 1840 – 1890, was a sister of Victorio and fought alongside both Nana and Geronimo.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Jul 19

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

2 to 3 PM / New Mexico History Museum

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.

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, her lecture is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

Nov 26

Closed for Thanksgiving

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The staff of the New Mexico History Museum wishes you a happy Thanksgiving. We'll be closed today, but open at 10 am on Friday, Nov. 27. See you then?

Dec 11

Christmas at the Palace

5:30 to 8 PM / New Mexico History Museum

Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings the community together for a 30th-anniversary evening of hot cider, cookies, live music, piñatas, craft-making activities, a chance to operate an antique printing press and the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Claus -- all in the legendary magic of the Palace of the Governors. A free, family event. (Donations of non-perishable food welcomed.)

The History Museum and Palace will close at 3 p.m. to prepare for this event. Enter through the Palace at 105 W. Palace Ave. The History Museum will remain closed during the event.

Dec 13

Las Posadas

5:30 to 7 PM / New Mexico History Museum

The annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace Courtyard. This version of an old Hispanic tradition recreates Mary and Joseph's search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus – and throws in a few devils for good measure. Stay for carols in the Palace Courtyard, along with cookies and refreshments. Free and open to the public.

The History Museum and Palace will close at 3 p.m. to prepare for this event.

Dec 25

Closed for Christmas

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The New Mexico History Museum is closed on Christmas Day. Please join us from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, Dec. 26.