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La Llorona (The Wailing Woman)

Sun, May 1, 2022, 12:00am

Sun, May 1, 2022, 12:00am - Tue, May 31, 2022, 1:00am

- May 11th, 9am - 1pm MST, hosted in person at the New Mexico Highlands University Student Union Ballroom (ADDRESS) FREE 

- May 23th, 9am MST Broadcasted on KUNM FM Children’s Hour (TUNE IN)

- May 24th, 12pm MST Broadcasted as part of the Childrens Hour Podcast (TUNE IN)

Presented by Rosalia Pacheco, a multi-talented actor and vocalist. Pacheco is from a family of accomplished visual and literary artists. She loves teaching New Mexico history to student audiences through stories and song. This famous ghost from Spanish folklore is known throughout the world for her eerie, spine-tingling cries as she searches for her drowned children.

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The Ernie Mills Media Integrity Project

Sun, May 1, 2022, 12:00am

Sun, May 1, 2022, 12:00am - Fri, May 27, 2022, 12:00am

May 26th, 6:30pm MST

HOSTED BY MEXICO IN DEPTH

FREE ON ZOOM (REGISTRATION COMING SOON)
Ernie Mills (1926-2003) was a radio, television, and print journalist in NM for nearly 50 years. Ernie enabled New Mexicans from all parts of the state to keep up with events in their capital. He was known for fairness and integrity, and was a beloved resource for people across the political spectrum. Ernie traveled speaking to people about how their state government worked and how important their attention and participation are to the maintenance of good government.

Ernie left behind a large collection of broadcast scripts, columns, correspondence, research compilations, and recordings of both radio and television shows, which together document decades of NM governmental history unfolding in real time. The goal of this project is to preserve, present, and promote Ernie’s archival collection, and to make it accessible to all New Mexicans—and to carry Ernie’s legacy and influence forward into contemporary NM journalism and public affairs. Watch for updates on event registration on Facebook.

 

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Me and Billy

1 May 2022

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CURRENT WEEKLY MONDAY PODCAST SERIES

Fri, Apr 1, 2022, 12:00am

Fri, Apr 1, 2022, 12:00am - Wed, Jun 1, 2022, 12:00am

Saving Ukrainian Heritage  (TUNE IN)

Imagine… heroes who appear when catastrophe strikes your country, threatening your cultural institutions. Rapid response teams of researchers who can help you save your collections and other data when aid organizations are busy saving lives. Just such a team, thousands strong, all ages and across the globe, has formed to support Ukrainian libraries, archives, and museums in the wake of the Russian invasion. This month we’re joined by Anna Kijas and Quinn Dombrowski, two of the founders of SUCHO, Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online. Anna is Head of Lilly Music Library at Tufts University, and Quinn is the Academic Technology Specialist in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and in the Library, at Stanford University.

Organizer: New Mexico Humanities Council

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NM Listens: "We the People" Zoom Conversation on Democracy and Elections

1 Apr 2022

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Telling Reflections of New Mexico with Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez

5 Dec 2021

This program will be in-person at St. John's United Methodist Church at 1200 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, NM and on Zoom. Masks are required for all in-person attendees.

To register for the Zoom webinar click HERE. 

A native son of New Mexico and heir to its complex legacies, Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez is the former Senior Vice President at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the former State Historian of New Mexico. Currently, he is the CEO of Creative Strategies 360° and is leading several research and writing initiatives, including directing the Manitos Community Memory Project and writing a book on American Indian slavery and its legacy. He will be sharing his reflections on New Mexico and the importance of storytelling on December 5 at 7 PM.

Presented by NM Listens, the New Mexico Humanities Council and the League of Women Voters of New Mexico - Santa Fe County local league. This program is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities under their initiative "A More Perfect Union." 

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MANITOS COMMUNITY MEMORY PROJECT: REMEMBER AND REFLECT

1 Dec 2021

Introducing a free resource for classroom teachers, librarians and individuals to reflect on the personal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, while exploring archival information about the Spanish Flu pandemic and its impacts in northern New Mexico.

The deluxe package includes a boxed set of four issues with stickers and a bookmark with prompts for reflection.

These Cuadernos were created by Natasha Vasquez and Lily Padilla, students at the NMHU Media Arts program. Both Natasha and Lily will be available to conduct classroom programs to discuss how they approached interpreting the archival research and creating these Cuadernos. Learn more at: www.CCTNewMexico.org

Please fill out the form to express interest in requesting Cuadernos so we know how many to print. We will give first priority to classroom teachers and librarians.

2022 Theme: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences

2021 NHD Theme: Communication in History

2021 NHD Theme: Communication in History

25 Jul 2021

Every year, National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year's theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.

The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding. The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students' historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time. Topics can come from any geographic area or time period. Local history and world history make equally good sources of NHD topics, and you can explore your interests from ancient history to more recent events.

Students need to think about a topic that will explore the theme for the 2020 contest. Students are forced to also ask questions of cause and effect, time and place, change over time, and impact and significance. They must ask not only when events happened but also why they happened and what their impact was. Students compete in either Junior (grades 6-8) or Senior (grades 9-12) divisions.

Students can present their knowledge in a variety of ways through the categories of Documentaries, Exhibits, Papers, Performances, or Websites. They may choose to work individually or in a group except for the Paper category where they must work individually. Projects should include an investigation into available primary and secondary sources, analysis of evidence, and a clear explanation of the relationship of the topic to the theme. The New Mexico State contest is TBD. If you would like more information, email the New Mexico State History Day Coordinator at historyday@nmhumanities.org or call 505-633-7372.

2022 Theme Book: Debate and Diplomacy in History »

Debate and Diplomacy in History Graphic Organizer »

Why Teach with a Theme? »

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Live! Starting Conversations  Acequia Aqui: Water, Community and Creativity

15 Apr 2021

In partnership with The Paseo Project, the New Mexico Humanities Council is pleased to host a live Starting Conversations discussion in celebration of the publication of Acequia Aqui: Water, Community, and Creativity. For this conversation we will be joined by two contributing writers, Miguel Santistevan and Sylvia Rodriguez, who will address the urgent topics of acequias in New Mexico, their histories, and their futures.

The event will begin at 6pm MDT on April 15th. Register for the live Zoom event by clicking here. 

The history of acequias in New Mexico weaves a rich tapestry of multicultural practices that illustrate human migration, resilience, and connection to the land and water. The wisdom inherent in the historic acequias continue to tell these stories in the communities of New Mexico, but they have been at risk of disappearance in recent years as a result of climate change, increased real estate development, natural resource extraction and more. Acequia Aqui is an artistic and community driven project that aims to give voice to the historic acequias of Taos to illuminate the importance of this vital resource and cultural wellspring. 

Through this Starting Conversations series and special event, we hope to illuminate the artistic interventions that concentrate on themes of placemaking and keeping; storytelling and poetry; and technology and craft. These themes and the work of the individual artists give a framework to help us think through our cultural relationship to these life-giving waterways. 

Sylvia Rodriguez is professor emerita of anthropology and former director of the Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at UNM. Her research and publications have focused on interethnic relations in the Upper Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, where over the past three decades she has studied the cultural impact on ethnic relation of tourism, ritual, ethnic identity, and conflict over land and water. She works collaboratively with acequia organizations and researchers on acequia matters and the politics and anthropology of water. She is a commissioner on the Acequia de San Antonio in Valdez and a member of the Taos Valley Acequia Association board of directors. Her publications include journal articles and two prize-winning books: The Matachines Dance: Ritual Symbolism and Interethnic Relations in the Upper Rio Grande Valley, and Acequia: Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place.

Miguel Santistevan has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology and Agriculture Ecology and certification in Permaculture and ZERI Design. He is an educator, seed saver, researcher of acequias and resilience, and radio producer of “¡Que Vivan las Acequias!” He writes semi-regularly for the Green Fire Times and has given dozens of professional presentations on acequia agriculture and the search for sustainability in a Climate Change context. Miguel founded the nonprofit organization Agriculture Implementation, Research, and Education (www.growfarmers.org), is a founding member of the NM Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance, and has coordinated several youth-in-agriculture programs. He works as a Middle School Math teacher and lives in Taos on his acequia-irrigated farm with his wife and two daughters.

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Conversations on The Legacy and Future of Environmental Racism in New Mexico

21 Feb 2021

“In Place: Representing Environmental Racism on Tribal Lands and Communities of Color,” the first of a three-part series of webinars, features artist Will Wilson; artist, scientist, and author Valerie Rangel; and writer-curator Alicia Inez Guzmán, Ph.D. on February 25, 2021, at 5:30 pm MST. This series is made possible by a generous grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council. Registration and more information are available at http://www.sciartsantafe.org.

“In Place: Representing Environmental Racism on Tribal Lands and Communities of Color” will feature artist-scientist Valerie Rangel, author of “Environmental Justice in New Mexico: Counting Coup”, and artist Will Wilson, a Diné photographer, and 2017 winner of the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, speaking with writer-curator Alicia Inez Guzmán, Ph.D. They will examine the legacy of extractive industries and resource exploitation in New Mexico. Delving into the implications of such industries and what paths lie ahead for remediation, the panel will also look at the role of aesthetics in representing environmental devastation and imagining new futures beyond crisis.

Upcoming webinars in the series include “In Place: The Aesthetics of Placemaking through Land-based Practices,” Jun 24, 2021, 5:30 PM MST, and “In Place: Ecologies of Sound in the Southwest,” Aug 19, 2021, 5:30 PM MST. LASER webinars will be offered in English with Spanish translations.

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Breakfast with O’Keeffe Online: The Geologic Story of Abiquiu

3 Feb 2021

Join New Mexico geologist Kirt Kempter for a virtual tour of the Abiquiu region, which encompasses some of the most spectacular and diverse geology in the state of New Mexico. A triple junction of geologic provinces, including the Colorado Plateau, the Rio Grande Rift, and the Jemez Volcanic Field, coincide to tell a fascinating story of landscape evolution in constant change.  The talk will include the maps, field photos, and Google Earth flyovers to help highlight the major geologic features, including Cerro Pedernal, the lava-capped butte depicted in many Georgia O’Keeffe artworks.

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Culture Connects Toolkit with Littleglobe

1 Feb 2021

On this month's podcast, we're joined by Chris Jonas, co-founder and Executive Director at Littleglobe, as well as Katy Gross, Littleglobe's Deputy Director and Education Director. Littleglobe’s mission is to create collaborative art, encourage community capacity, and foster life-affirming connections across the boundaries that divide us. We'll be talking about their new Culture Connects Toolkit, a flexible and ethical approach to digital storytelling based on years of community engagement. New episodes every Monday.

Culture Connects Toolkit Ep 1: Storytelling to Move Hearts 

Culture Connects Toolkit Ep 2: Media, Ethics & Wellness 

Culture Connects Toolkit Ep 3: Redesigning the Paradigm 

Culture Connects Toolkit Ep 4: Trauma, Trust and Transparency 

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Littleglobe on Vimeo »

Culture Connects Toolkit as a PDF »

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Pasa Por Aquí - Open Call for Submissions

27 Jan 2021

The New Mexico Humanities Council is seeking contributors for its new blog! Let us take this opportunity to introduce Pasa Por Aquí – the NM Humanities Council’s online space for engaging in conversations on a wide range of topics.  Pasa Por Aquí is a platform for you to draw on humanities-related subjects of interest and other cool things that pique your curiosity -- whether it’s UFO Culture, the world of Lucha Libre, or contemporary issues at the local and national level. We all have something to say, something to share, and you’re invited to join us, whether as a reader or contributor.  It’s your online source for research, reflection, and learning, and it’s our hope that sharing your perspectives will spark robust conversations and mutual understanding.

Pasa Por Aquí will feature posts from a variety of contributors, including NMHC’s Executive Director, our board of directors, staff members and guest bloggers (that’s you!).  Guest contributors who submit an article under our special themes (see link) are eligible to receive an honorarium of $200.   

More on the open call for submissions & themes »

Download the Open Call as a PDF »

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Listen to Augmented Humanity on KUNM

22 Nov 2020

Our guests on this podcast are modern explorers working at the intersection of technology and the humanities. They help us to understand ourselves and the worlds we create in this digital age. They are thinkers, creators, makers and academics, all working in diverse fields. Augmented Humanity is produced in partnership with KUNM FM, University of New Mexico's public radio station.

 

 

Together we discuss what we can understand about ourselves and others with the use of this technology; how the technology changes us or advances us; the implications for public or academic humanities; and the best tools and practices for applying this technology. New programs every month. Four lively episodes. On Mondays starting with the first Monday of the month!

 

 

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Going Medieval with Twitterstorians

2 Nov 2020

On this month's episodes, we’re joined by Dr. Shannon McSheffrey, a medieval historian at Concordia University in Montreal. Professor McSheffrey's research interests center around law, mitigation, gender roles, civic culture, marriage, literacy, heresy, and popular religion in late medieval England.  She has published a number of scholarly articles and five books.  We’re also joined by Dr. John Wyatt Greenlee, a medievalist and cartographic historian who recently completed his doctorate at Cornell University, where he wrote his dissertation on Eels in the Cultural Landscape of Medieval and Early Modern England. 

Going Medieval with Twitterstorians Ep 1: Expanding the Reach of Research 

Going Medieval with Twitterstorians Ep 2: Making Real Connections 

Going Medieval with Twitterstorians Ep 3: And There Was Great Rejoicing 

Going Medieval with Twitterstorians Ep 4: Pith and Brevity 

Shannon McSheffrey's Twitter feed »

John Wyatt Greenlee's Twitter feed »

Dr. McSheffrey: Sanctuary Seekers (website) »

Dr. Greenlee: Historia Cartarum (website) »

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O'Keeffe From Anywhere by Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

7 Oct 2020

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum was awarded $10,000 by the New Mexico Humanities Council to host ten virtual monthly webinars between August 2020 and July 2021. The webinar series “O’Keeffe from Anywhere” will bring humanities scholars, O’Keeffe experts and the public together for an interactive lecture series. “O’Keeffe from Anywhere” will be free and open to the public.  For more information contact Katrina Stacy, Curator of Education and Interpretation, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum at kstacy@gokm.org.

Click here to view the Museum's calendar of events

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Agnes Chavez and the Art of Science

5 Oct 2020

We’re joined by artist and educator Agnes Chavez, who explores the interrelationship between art, science, technology and nature as a process and tool for social change. As an artist, her work focuses on data visualization, light, sound and space. As a curriculum developer, she applies the latest arts, science and technological innovations to youth programming and education. Agnes is a founding member of The PASEO Festival, and the founder of the STEMarts LAB. The Lab’s  STEMarts Curriculum Tool is an online platform that complements real world science and art festivals with STEAM activities and resources. She is also the developer of the  SUBE multisensory language curriculum for teaching Spanish and English to kids through art, music and games.

Agnes Chavez and the Art of Science Ep 1: Visualizing the Nature of Reality 

Agnes Chavez and the Art of Science Ep 2: Collaborating for STEMArts 

Agnes Chavez and the Art of Science Ep 3: Now I See What's Possible 

Agnes Chavez and the Art of Science Ep 4: Transdisciplinary Transformation 

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Vice: Agnes Chavez's Big Bang »

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Abiquiu Talks - Fall 2020

24 Sep 2020

Our grant partner, Si Abiquiu, is continuing with their Abiquiu Talks programming for Fall 2020. The Talks feature NMHC Speakers Bureau talent and are designed to provoke thought and conversation.

Sep. 24 | Commerce and Culture on the Santa Fe Trail with Irene Blea, online at 6:00 PM
 
Oct. 1 | Stories to Bridge Cultures with Mary Ellen Gonzales, online at 6:00 PM
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Grandmary the Victorian Lady

17 Sep 2020

GRANDMARY appears by virtue of "time travel" and tells stories from the late 19th century while giving etiquette lessons. She also shares valuable historical information by telling tales and showing some of her beloved and interesting Victorian possessions. Her shared knowledge of the Suffragette Movement is a fun and important lesson - the guests even wear an authentic Suffragette Sash and march in a Suffragette parade. A truly important historic component of GRANDMARY's appearance is to experience the growth and trials of the Suffragette Movement through her eyes. In modern society, we often forget the debt owed these brave feminist pioneers. In Victorian times, life could be dismal for women who wanted to be part of business, sign contracts, vote, have child custody and more. There are so many interesting and accurate stories of the courage and cunning of these women who wore white sashes.

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Art, Activism and Archives at IAIA

7 Sep 2020

On this month's Augmented Humanity, we’re talking about archives with the IAIA's Ryan Flahive. Ryan is the archivist at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and teaches archive studies and oral history at IAIA’s museum studies department. He currently serves on the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, the New Mexico Association of Museums (NMAM) Executive Board, and the National Advisory Council of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.


Flahive is the editor of Celebrating Difference: Fifty Years of Contemporary Native Arts at IAIA, 1962-2012 and The Sound of Drums: A Memoir of Lloyd Kiva New and co-curator for current exhibit Experimental exPRESSion: Printmaking @IAIA 1963-1981 at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe.

Art, Activism and Archives at IAIA Ep 1: Patron-Driven Digitization 

Art, Activism and Archives at IAIA Ep 2: A Second Life for Seeing Red Radio 

Art, Activism and Archives at IAIA Ep 3: Empowering Native Narratives 

Art, Activism and Archives at IAIA Ep 4: Individual Native Expression 

More About IAIA Archives »

Search the IAIA Archives »

Albuquerque Journal: Red Power Archives at IAIA »

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El Rancho de las Golondrinas Lectures

4 Sep 2020

El Rancho de las Golondrinas was awarded $4,000 to support and sponsor their 2020-2021 season, “Speaking of Traditions” lecture series.  These programs offer opportunities to engage and inform the public about New Mexico History.  “Speaking of Traditions,” Las Golondrinas' longtime series, features both local and visiting scholars, authors, historians and other experts. These lectures and presentations are followed by an interactive question and answer session, and audience members are encouraged to add to the dialogue.  “Speaking of Traditions” is set to begin in the fall of 2020. For more information about these programs, contact Jackie Camborde, Director of Development, El Rancho de las Golondrinas at jackiecamborde@golondrinas.org.

SUBSCRIBE TO THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE TO WATCH THEIR "LIVE SESSIONS" 

Wednesday, November 4 at 3:00 pm Tortilla Making with Julia Gomez, watch live here
 
Friday, November 13 at 3:00 pm Horno: Adobe Oven Bread Baking with Frances Sosa, watch live here
 
Tuesday, November 24 at 3:00 pm Acequia Culture and the Truchas Mill with Gordon Mark, watch live here
 

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Community Voices by the Bernalillo Community Museum

23 Aug 2020

The Bernalillo Community Museum was awarded $7,458 by the New Mexico Humanities Council to support their public programs online, posting “Community Voices” videos for families on YouTube. The “Community Voices” videos will explore local traditions, stories, and food and will be accompanied by activities to complete at home that encourage deeper connection with local history. Two local scholars will build video content and family activity packets. Bernalillo County Museum will also schedule surveys and small family focus groups (online or in person depending on State regulations) to determine the most effective topics and methods to build awareness of the museum through an active digital community. Families will be able to post replies and complete family packets for prizes and take advantage of future online programming. For more information contact Museum Director Emily Stovel at estovel@townofbernalillo.org.

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Bill Evans: The Banjo in America by Carrizozo Museum

23 Aug 2020

The Carrizozo Museum was awarded $1,800 to host “Bill Evans: The Banjo in America,” an hour- long virtual lecture/demonstration which takes the listener on a musical adventure, following the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, and performing musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on vintage instruments. Beginning with an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles and then moving on to Bill’s own original music and arrangements, “The Banjo in America” illuminates, as well as entertains. The lecture will expose audiences to over 250 years of musical traditions. For more information contact Museum President Fran Altieri at franf55@yahoo.com.

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Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project Virtual Tours and Lectures

23 Aug 2020

The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project was awarded $5,983 to host virtual tours and lectures. For over 20 years, the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project (MPPP) has organized volunteers and developed public education programs devoted to recording, preserving, and communicating the historical and cultural significance of petroglyphs on a 12-mile long, 32,000-acre mesa along the Rio Grande in Northern New Mexico. The MPPP Virtual Tours and Digital Outreach program will bring their programs and the experience of visiting the Wells Petroglyph Preserve to New Mexicans digitally through production of videos of the preserve trails, 360-degree interactive panoramas, and 3-D modeling of petroglyph panels. Through creating and offering free online experiences, MPPP will be able to provide access to the incredible cultural heritage of Mesa Prieta in a way never before possible. For more information, contact project director and board member Linda Brown, of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, at labrown.sfe@gmail.com.

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Unpacking Silver City: An online exploration of the history & culture of Southwest New Mexico by the Silver City Museum Society

23 Aug 2020

The Silver City Museum Society was awarded $6,000 to host a series of virtual discussions, “Unpacking Silver City: An online exploration of the history and culture of Southwest New Mexico.” The series will explore seven major themes for understanding the region’s history and culture, helping the museum continue its mission during the COVID-19 crisis. The museum’s event listing can be found at https://www.silvercitymuseum.org/211/Programs-Events. For more information contact Bart Roselli, Museum Director, Silver City Museum, at director@silvercitymuseum.org.

Stitched in Sovereignty: Contemporary Beadwork from Indigenous North American by the Couse Foundation

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17 Aug 2020

The Couse-Sharp Historic Site has been awarded $5,000 for their 2020 seasonal exhibition, “Stitched in Sovereignty: Contemporary Beadwork from Indigenous North America.” The exhibitions will include a public interactive panel discussion in partnership with the Harwood Museum of Art, an open house with informal talks by guest curator and artists plus in-depth discussions with visitors inside the exhibition. For more information contact Davison Koenig, Executive Director and Curator, The Couse Foundation at dkoenig@couse-sharp.org.

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Brandon Johnson, Executive Director, NMHC

Statement on COVID-19 from NMHC (updated July 30, 2020)

30 Jul 2020

At the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC), our mission is to support public programs in New Mexico communities which inspire inclusive conversations that strengthen our civil society and celebrate diverse human experiences.  But to enable us to celebrate human experiences together and to host those conversations that matter in our communities, we must take public health and safety seriously.

Based on the best data available to us and following the New Mexico Department of Health’s  order disallowing mass gatherings (defined as “any public gathering, private gathering, organized event, ceremony, parade, or other grouping that brings together five or more individuals in a single room or connected space, confined outdoor space or an open outdoor space), we reiterate our past guidance to grantees and program hosts to reschedule planned in-person programs funded by NMHC or move them to a virtual platform.  NMHC is committed to working with grantees and program hosts as they make these changes.

We expect all grantees and program hosts to provide updates regarding postponements and cancellations to NMHC staff so that we can update our records and calendars as well as oversee scheduling efforts for make-up events.

Organizations that postpone or cancel programs due to public health concerns will be afforded the same support that was initially provided by NMHC once the COVID-19 outbreak has ended.

We are monitoring the situation carefully and will provide further information and updates on our website about how COVID-19 is affecting our work.  The NMHC staff continues to telework, but will be available via email and telephone. 

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FINAL UPDATE: New Mexico Humanities Council funds 68 organizations with CARES Act Grant, totaling more than $433,000 **NOTE: CARES Act Applications CLOSED

14 Jul 2020

The New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) has awarded $433,800 in grant funds to 68 New Mexico cultural nonprofit organizations including museums, libraries, community centers, and historical societies throughout the state. Funding for these grants was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by the U.S. Congress.  Intended to give emergency operating funds to humanities-based organizations which face significant financial losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, New Mexico's share of the funds has been exhausted and the application process closed.

NMHC’s Grant Committee reviewed 85 applications from cultural organizations requesting over $600,000 in grant funds to offset estimated losses of $6,645,366.  From Deming to Anton Chico, NMHC made its funding decisions by evaluating factors such as applicants’ immediate financial need, geographic location, humanities focus, and service to underrepresented groups. Award amounts ranged from $1,500-$7,500.  Funds are intended to help organizations remain connected with their communities, as some are the only cultural provider in their area.  Grant funds will support a variety of needs including operating expenses, salaries, staff retention, and support for programs that transition resources and in-person programming to online platforms. 

“On behalf of the board of the NMHC, we are humbled to be able to assist so many of New Mexico’s excellent cultural organizations,” said Arif Khan, NMHC Board Chair. “New Mexico’s rich and varied cultural life is one of our state’s most valuable resources. Organizations throughout New Mexico work every day, most with a modest and dedicated staff, to support, grow, and contribute to that cultural ecosystem and support their local communities.  As we go through this difficult moment together, these grants will help organizations large and small to survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, retain employees, and continue to deliver on their missions.” 

The New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) supports public programs in New Mexico communities which inspire inclusive conversations that strengthen our civil society and celebrate diverse human experiences. Learn more at www.nmhumanities.org.

Full list of NMHC CARES Act grant recipients are listed below.  

Organization

Community Served

Amount Awarded

516 ARTS

Albuquerque

$7,500.00

Albuquerque Oasis

Albuquerque

$7,500.00

Avokado Artists

Placitas

$7,500.00

Bernalillo Community Museum/Town of Bernalillo

Bernalillo

$7,500.00

Capitan Public Library

Capitan

$5,000.00

Carrizozo Music, Inc.

Carrizozo

$7,000.00

CENTER

Santa Fe

$7,500.00

City of Carlsbad Library

Carlsbad

$1,500.00

City of Carlsbad Museum & Art Center

Carlsbad

$7,500.00

Couse Foundation

Taos

$7,500.00

El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Santa Fe

$7,500.00

El Rito Library

El Rito

$7,500.00

El Pueblo de Abiquiu Library & Cultural Center

Abiquiu

$7,500.00

El Valle Community Center

Villanueva

$7,500.00

El Valle de Anton Chico Library

Anton Chico

$6,000.00

Embudo Valley Library and Community Center

Dixon

$5,000.00

Farmington Museum Foundation

Farmington

$7,500.00

Farmington Public Library Foundation

Farmington

$7,500.00

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McKinley County

$7,500.00

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Santa Fe

$7,500.00

Gila Conservation Coalition/
Gila Resources Information Project

Silver City

$4,500.00

Glenwood Community Library

Glenwood

$3,200.00

Gutierrez Hubbell House Historical & Cultural Center

Albuquerque

$7,500.00

Historic Mora Valley Foundation

Cleveland NM

$4,630.00

Human Systems Research, Inc.

Las Cruces

$4,500.00

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Inc.

Albuquerque

$7,500.00

IndigenousWays

Santa Fe

$7,500.00

Instituto Cervantes (USA) Inc

Albuquerque

$2,500.00

Keshet Dance Company

Albuquerque

$7,500.00

La Plazita Institute

Albuquerque

$7,500.00

Las Vegas Museum

Las Vegas

$3,000.00

Littleglobe Productions

Santa Fe

$7,500.00

Los Alamos Historical Society

Los Alamos

$7,500.00

Luna County Historical Society

Deming

$6,000.00

Manzano Mountain Art Council

Mountainair

$6,650.00

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project

Velarde

$7,500.00

Millicent Rogers Museum

Taos

$2,000.00

Moving Arts Española

Ohkay Owingeh

$7,500.00

Museum of the American Military Family

Tijeras

$6,000.00

National Atomic Museum Foundation

Albuquerque

$7,500.00

National New Deal Preservation Association

Santa Fe

$7,500.00

New Mexico Association of Museums, Inc.

Statewide

$7,500.00

New Mexico Black Leadership Council

Albuquerque

$7,500.00

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

Las Cruces

$4,000.00

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society

Albuquerque

$2,500.00

Play Sharity Foundation

Deming

$5,000.00

Project PeacePal dba Global One to One

Albuquerque

$6,000.00

RENESAN Institute for Lifelong Learning

Santa Fe

$7,500.00

Roswell Artist in Residence Foundation

Roswell

$7,500.00

Roswell Museum and Art Center

Roswell

$7,500.00

Roswell Public Library

Roswell

$3,800.00

Santa Fe Children's Museum

Santa Fe

$7,500.00

Santa Fe Council on International Relations

Santa Fe

7,500.00

Santa Fe Film Institute

Santa Fe

$5,000.00

Santa Fe Public Library

Santa Fe

$7,500.00

Shuter Library of Angel Fire

Angel Fire

$7,500.00

Silver City Museum Society

Silver City

$7,500.00

Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS)

Taos

$7,500.00

Sol Arts dba 7000 BC

Albuquerque

$2,020.00

Southwest Seminars

Santa Fe

$7,500.00

Talpa Community Center

Ranchos de Taos

$5,000.00

Taos Art Museum at Fechin House

Taos

$6,000.00

Taos Public Library

Taos

$5,000.00

The Family YMCA

Espanola

$7,500.00

The Historic Santa Fe Foundation

Santa Fe

$7,000.00

Through the Flower

Belen

$7,500.00

Virus Theater

Silver City

$7,500.00

Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers

Albuquerque

$7,500.00

 

TOTAL:

$433,800.00

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The Future of Museums

6 Jul 2020

On this month's Augmented Humanity, we talk with Jon Voss and Monique Davis about the future of museums. Jon is a founding member of Shift Collective, a non-profit consulting and design group focused on community-driven design for social change. Shift Collective creates equity-based programs and tools to help organizations better engage with and reflect their local communities.

Monique is chair and president of the Shift Collective board as well as Managing Director of the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art. CAPE seeks to use original artworks, exhibitions, programs, and artist engagement to increase understanding and inspire new narratives in contemporary Mississippi.

Museums of the Future Ep 1: Equity, Access & Community Needs 

Museums of the Future Ep 2: Intimate and Authentic Engagement 

Museums of the Future Ep 3: Practicing Equity 

Museums of the Future Ep 4: Anti-Racism, Ethics, and Open Systems 

Shift Collective »

Center for Art and Public Exchange »

Redesigning Libraries, Archives and Museums Post COVID-19 »

Video about CAPE (Password mma) »

Creative Placemaking the Conversation on Provocative Art at the Museum »

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National History Day Medalist and Finalist Announcement

30 Jun 2020

New Mexico students achieve awards, recognition in National competition

Albuquerque- The New Mexico National History Day program recently participated in the 2020 National History Day national contest, which was held virtually this year. New Mexico had 65 students from 15 schools participate in nationals following the state’s own virtual competition. 12 New Mexico students were awarded medals and five students were finalists in the competition, hailing from Moriarty High School (Moriarty), Silver High School (Silver City), West Mesa High School (Albuquerque) and Kirtland Middle School (Kirtland).

Every year we are awed and humbled by the persistence, depth of knowledge, and creativity of our New Mexico History Day students. This year they also got to demonstrate remarkable resilience, adapting to the change in competition format due to the pandemic and finding ways to work with their teammates remotely,” said Ellen Dornan, New Mexico History Day Program Director. “The achievement of all our nationals competitors is remarkable. Just getting to nationals ranks you among the top young history scholars in the nation, but our finalists and medalists have done New Mexico extremely proud with our best showing yet. We are especially grateful to all the teachers who helped get them there, as well as the Department of Cultural Affairs for sponsoring their participation, especially as school districts were not able to support activity fees.
 
On Saturday, June 20, National History Day® (NHD) presented the awards for the 2020 NHD National Contest in a livestreamed ceremony. Over a half-million middle and high school students entered the competition in late 2019. Just under 3,000 of them advanced through the local and state/affiliate rounds during a tumultuous spring disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, school closures, and nationwide protests against racial injustice, to earn their place in the NHD National Contest, which migrated to a virtual format and proceeded entirely online.
 
Through documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites, students presented research projects addressing topics related to the 2020 NHD theme, Breaking Barriers in History.
 
To make it to the National Contest in a normal year is a remarkable achievement,said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn.Given the unprecedented challenges that faced students over the last several months, I am even more impressed by what they achieved this year. They have shown an incredible level of fortitude and tenacity, and I am confident we will continue to see great things from them. The critical thinking and research skills developed and honed through competing in NHD, especially now, will help these students achieve success in college and on into their careers.” 
 
At the conclusion of Saturday’s awards ceremony, Dr. Gorn announced the 2021 National History Day theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.
 
More than 400 historians and education professionals served as judges for the students’ work. As with all other aspects of the contest this year, the judging was conducted remotely online. More than 100 students from across the country will receive cash prizes between $500 and $2,000, each, for superior work in their categories.
 
The New Mexico History Day program is hosted by the New Mexico Humanities Council, and the recent state competition was held virtually with students and schools from across the state. Students who qualified for the National History Day competition participated virtually at the National contest June 17 – 24, 2020. New Mexico national medalists and finalists are:
 
2020 NHD New Mexico Medalists:
 
Latino-American History Category
Herman Archibeque
Madison Satterfeld
Milo Trujillo
Olivia Chavez 
Senior Group Website: Cultural Barriers in the Classroom: Chicano Education Reform
Moriarty High School - teacher Amy Page
 
Second Place Senior Group Documentary 
Christian Kilgore 
Gabriel Perez 
Mikaela Johnson 
Hailey Cisneros
The Street That Changed Everything 
Silver High School - teachers Claudie Thompson and Lee Wilson
 
Best of State - New Mexico Junior Division
Rhys Balasuit 
Junior Individual Website: The Printing Revolution: Economic, Renaissance, and Reformation Impacts
Kirtland Middle School - teacher Caryssa Silentman
 
Best of State - New Mexico Senior Division
Michael Calkins
Anson Beck
Avery Beck
Senior Group Website: Breaking Through the Unbreakable: Deciphering the German Enigma Code
Silver High School - teachers Claudie Thompson and Lee Wilson
 
NHD Nationals Finalists:
 
Anna Quintana 
Jose Luis Luevano
Nitzha Lopez
Yahayra Herrera-Nevarez
Senior Group Performance: Breaking Barriers to Equal Education for Our Children: Mendez v. Westminster
West Mesa High School - teacher Luisa Castillo
 
Alyssa Newman
Ella Bower 
Senior Group Documentary: The Voice of a Nation: Marian Anderson and Her Life of Breaking Barriers
Silver High School - teachers Claudie Thompson and Lee Wilson
 
The New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) seeks to understand who we are, who we were and who we aspire to be. NMHC supports public programs in New Mexico communities which inspire inclusive conversations that strengthen our civil society and celebrate diverse human experiences. Learn more at www.nmhumanities.org. History Day in New Mexico is supported by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
 
About National History Day® (NHD): 
NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org
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Footsteps to Freedom: From Jim Crow to Civil Rights

18 Jun 2020

This program explores the history of the civil rights movement through the lives of two powerful women: Rosa Parks, the African-American seamstress who refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus; and Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta was the phenomenal force behind the throne who never faltered in her dedication. She was a singer who gave up her career to support her husband and the hard pathway to freedom.

Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley is a popular vocalist, having appeared at numerous community, church and jazz events. She is also a popular story-telling who has performed in many venues.

Silver City Student Selected for Digital Documentary Showcase in Washington, DC

10 Jun 2020

The National History Day program in New Mexico is excited to announce that Rechelle Guttierez, a junior at Silver High School, has had her documentary submission “The Spark of the Civil Rights Movement: Diane Nash” selected for the 2020 Digital Documentary Showcase hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C from June 17 – 24, 2020.

Guttierez is a student participant in the New Mexico History Day program and recently competed in the state competition in April 2020, where she took first place in the Senior Individual Documentary category. This is not the first time she has earned recognition for her scholarly achievement; Guttierez was also a national finalist for her documentary covering Robert F. Kennedy at the 2019 National History Day competition.

The New Mexico History Day program is hosted by the New Mexico Humanities Council, and the recent state competition was held virtually with students and schools from across the state. Students who qualified for the National History Day competition will participate virtually at the National contest June 17 – 24, 2020.

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Humanities at Home

1 Jun 2020

NMHC has gathered a menu of great online humanities programs including history talks, films, lectures, podcasts, books and so much more. Much of it made in New Mexico and all of it is free!  What are you watching, reading, listening to, or playing with that explores what it means to be human? Share it with us! Please email communications@nmhumanities.org with links to programs that you have enjoyed.

FILMS & VIDEO

Free Indigenous Films

Neighborhood at a Crossroads - Wells Park

History of the New Mexico Dahl Heritage Sheep

¡Colores! The Process of Artist, Gustave Baumann

Centennial Celebration of Suffrage at the Roundhouse, February 6, 2020

Museum of International Folk Art YouTube Channel

LECTURES & INTERVIEWS

Augmented Humanity

Peacemaking in Africa Series 

Nuestras Madrecitas:Women in Our History, with Rob Martinez, NM State Historian

School for Advanced Research (SAR) Lectures

Women's Suffrage Movement with Megan Kamerick  

They Won the Vote! with Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz

The National Hispanic Cultural Center YouTube Channel 

CIR: Katie Singer on Limits of Internet Growth

CIR: Dr. Todd Greentree on Pandemics, Chaos, and International Relations

CIR: Mike Vigil on Drug Trafficking, Coronavirus, and Nicolas Maduro

LESSONS

Culture in the Times of Crisis Humanities Lesson Plans

NEH Humanities Education

A Brief History of Southwest Indigenous Peoples Yucca Soap and How to Make It

SITE's Distance Learning Program

READINGS & RECITATIONS

Dallas Institute Fellows

READING & SUNDRY

FREE access to Audible

Brainpickings

Open Culture

Atlas of New Mexico Historic Maps

Create your own historic map

Curiosity Studies: A New Ecology of Knowledge

Furious Feminism: Alternate Routes on Mad Max, Fury Road

Beyond the Meme: Development and Structure in Cultural Evolution

Cultura Inquieta (Spanish)

Shakespeare & Beyond

NHCC HLA, Library and Archives

VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

Ultimate Guide on Museum Resource

National Gallery of Art: Degas at the Opéra

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

The Met: Art at Home

MoMa

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

National Park Service: Natural Sounds

Google Arts & Culture

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Step Right Up! 

9 May 2020

The medicine show era (1800-1940) offered a unique blend of oratory, theatre and marketing in a time when doctors were rare, medical practices painfully barbaric, and germ theory littleknown. Home remedies, patent medicines and self-help almanacs abounded. Violet McNeal, with her Victorian sensibilities, business acumen and natural flair for drawing a crowd, was one of only a handful of women in the business. As "Princess Lotus Blossom" she sold an astonishing array of cures; as Violet, hers was a dynamic voice in the "advertising as entertainment" style of marketing that prevails today. Medical claims in the 21st century are little different than they were over a hundred years ago.

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SURVEY: Let NMHC Know the Impact COVID-19 is Having on Your Organization

13 Apr 2020

The New Mexico Humanities Council needs your help in assessing COVID-19’s immediate impact on your organization and the communities you serve. We would like to do all that we can to assist you during this period of crisis and beyond. This survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that Coronavirus has had on our partner cultural organizations. In the coming weeks emergency assistance funds will become available through the CARES Act (NEH). Your responses will provide us with information that will help guide us in granting emergency funds.

Below is a link to the survey:

COVID-19 Impact Survey

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COVID-19 Resources

19 Mar 2020

Thank you for continuing to support the Humanities during this crisis. We can get through this together. The New Mexico Humanities Council wanted to share with you a list of resources for the cultural sector compiled by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF). All links are to HENTF member organization resources, and many have additional resources embedded. I hope these prove useful to you, and please feel free to share with your networks.

 
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2019 October Major Grant Awardees

25 Nov 2019

The NMHC Board of Directors recently met and approved the awards for six cultural and scholarly projects that includes a variety of uncommon and innovative programming, with several being hosted in or reaching underserved communities, in addition to Santa Fe and Albuquerque. With the assistance of the NMHC grant award, sponsor organizations offer these programs to the public free of charge or at a minimal entrance fee. The following projects were awarded grant funding by the NMHC Board of Directors in November 2019:

Silver City, NM: Transcending Borders Film and Presentation Series at Fiesta Latina ($6,105)

Project Director: Faye McCalmont, WNMU, faye.mccalmont@wnmu.edu

Western New Mexico University's (WNMU) 4th annual Fiesta Latina will again include the successful Transcending Borders Film and Presentation series. Fiesta Latina is a cultural event designed to highlight and celebrate New Mexico's connection to its Mexican heritage. The event will be held at WNMU in Silver City, NM on June 19 - 21, 2020 and is free and open to the public. Transcending Borders is a film and presentation series that will screen a five-part film documentary and feature artist presentations and discussions. The focus of the festival and presentations is to deepen participants' appreciation and understanding of the historical, economical, social and cultural influence of New Mexico's southern neighbors. More information for Fiesta Latina and the Transcending Borders Film and Presentation Series can be found at http://fiestalatina.org/.

Albuquerque, NM: Opera Southwest Pre-Performance Lectures ($2,000)

Project Director: Jeremy Wirths, Opera Southwest, jwirths@operasouthwest.org

Opera Southwest will present 10 pre-performance lectures for its 2020 performance series. Pre-performance lectures have traditionally been an informal staple of Opera Southwest's programming. In 2020 the organization has committed to providing their audiences with expanded humanities lectures related to the opera performance. Three operas will be featured in the lecture series, delving into the philosophy, religion, language and history reflected in each opera. The operas to be featured are Il Postino, La Traviata, and Pelleas et Melisande. Performances will be held at the Bank of America Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, in Albuquerque, NM. More information on the 2020 season of Opera Southwest can be found at https://www.operasouthwest.org/.

Albuquerque, NM: Experiments in Cinema: Future Trends in Cultural Representation ($8,100)

Project Director: Bryan Konefsky, Basement Films, bkonefsky@gmail.com

Basement Films will kick off its 15th annual film festival, Experiments in Cinema, celebrating the history and future trends of international cinematic experimentation. The week-long film festival is the oldest and most comprehensive experimental cinematic film festival in New Mexico, and a staple in the Southwest attracting 700 attendees annually. "Experiments in Cinema: Future Trends in Cultural Representation" will take place April 14-18, 2020 at the Guild Cinema and University of New Mexico Art Museum, in Albuquerque, NM. Invited scholars will travel from Switzerland, Scotland, Canada and the United States, and film screenings will include movies from countries around the globe. More information on the 2020 Experiments in Cinema festival can be found at https://www.experimentsincinema.org/.

Abiquiu, NM: Abiquiu Talks 2020 ($5,000)

Project Director: Rebecca Rose Smith, Si Abiquiu, rebecca@siabiquiu.org

Rural northern New Mexico will be host to an ongoing series of public humanities presentations and performances aimed at reaching local Rio Arriba communities, and the 22,000+ visitors to the Abiquiu area. Drawn in by the landscapes and vistas that inspired iconic painter, Georgia O'Keefe, local residents and tourists alike are often left wanting more. Si Abiquiu aims to satiate that appetite for inspiration by delivering high quality humanities programming from the NMHC Speakers Bureau catalog at Ghost Ranch, with 12 presentations planned January - August 2020. More information on Si Abiquiu can be found at https://siabiquiu.org/index.html.

Taos, NM: Fourth Annual Lawrence Lecture: World Premiere of D.H. Lawrence's Unfinished Play- Altitude ($2,623)

Project Director: Sharon Oard Warner, University of New Mexico, swarner@unm.edu

Coinciding with the 2020 International D.H. Lawrence Conference, the fourth annual D.H. Lawrence Lecture and world premiere of "Altitude," will be presented in Taos, NM on July 14, 2020. Dr. James Moran, professor of Modern English Literature and Drama at the University of Nottingham, UK will present the 2020 lecture. Additionally, with the help of 10 Taos thespians, Dr. Moran will stage the world premiere of Lawrence's unfinished two-act play, "Altitude." Written in 1924, "Altitude" is a satiric look at Lawrence's life during his time in Taos. More information on the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives can be found at https://dhlawrenceranch.unm.edu/.

New Mexico, statewide: Courage and Compassion: The Japanese American WWII Experience in New Mexico and Beyond ($10,000)

Project Director: Tony Rusty Chan, Asian American Association of NM, abqtrc@aol.com

The New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League (NMJACL) will present a series of Living History reenactments designed to chronicle the small and scattered Japanese American communities in NM, and the challenges that WWII presented. The little-known stories of the prison camps of New Mexico are brought to life by examining the lives of the internees, their guards, and the people who lived in the towns that held the camps. Stories range from the first Japanese workers settling in New Mexico, to the state's Japanese American Medal of Honor awardee, to the 2014 return of three survivors who were ousted from their community in 1942. Attendees can expect to be moved by the living history presented in the production and are invited to participate in the post-play discussion at each presentation. The presentations will be hosted in communities across New Mexico. More information on dates and locations will be posted at https://nmhumanities.org/.

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Thinking Like a Watershed

25 Oct 2019

Loeffler focuses on the importance of perceiving watersheds as complete eco-systems of which their own species is but one of many. He addresses the effects of damming wild rivers, the imposition of geo-political boundaries and the error of perceiving water as a commodity to be turned into money. He illustrates diverse points of view from interviews he has recorded with in the Columbia, Colorado and Rio Grande watersheds. He cites the revered Russian philosopher, Pyotr Kropotkin, who contended that evolution of species and culture owes far more to mutual cooperation than to mutual antagonism.

Jack Loeffler is a writer, aural historian, radio producer and sound collage artist who has hunted and gathered sound throughout the American West, Mexico and beyond for more than forty years. He has written a number of books, including "La Musica de los Viejitos: The Hispano Folk Music of the Rio Grande del Norte" and "Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey. He is proprietor of the Peregrine Arts Sound Archive in Santa Fe, and his extensive collection of recordings is currently being digitally duplicated, to be donated to the Museum of New Mexico.

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Music from the Ranch and Open Range

15 Jun 2019

Cowboy music has evolved from the open range and ranch employees who worked and rode after cattle during the late 19th and early to mid 20th century. These include songs written by ranch hands about horses, cattle and lost love. Others add death and the devil to the story. But all have in common the expression of what ranch and farm work was like during this time. Steve Cormier performs these and also songs he has written, reflecting his years as a ranch and farm hand.

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Dr. Tom Chávez

New Mexican historian and NMHC board member, Tom Chávez, honored with special award

12 Apr 2019

On July 9, 1784 the members of Spain’s Real Academia de la Historia listened to their colleague give a speech nominating the “celebrated politician and intellectual� Benjamin Franklin for membership as an “honorary individual� in that esteemed organization.  The vote for approval was unanimous.

On January 25, 2019 in the same building the membership of the same organization listened to three of its members nominate New Mexican historian and former director of the Palace of the Governors Dr. Thomas Chávez for membership in the same organization as an “academic correspondent.�  The vote was unanimous.

Dr. Chávez, or Tom Chávez, as most people know him was featured in El Palacio’s Fall, 2017 issue.  He has published ten books of history with two more in press.  Notably, his current research is about Franklin’s relationship to Spain.  The first product of this effort was a collaboration with Tom Leech at the Palace Press that resulted in a limited edition, handcrafted book titled Doctor Franklin & Spain: The Unknown History.

The second result of Tom’s research is an annotated anthology of Franklin documents found in the archives of Spain.  The soon to be published book in both Spain and the United States has the title of The Diplomacy of Independence: The Benjamin Franklin Documents in the Archives of Spain.  To complete his work on Franklin, Tom has begun writing a major footnoted history about Franklin and Spain.

Of note, as well, two of Tom’s books have been published in Spain.  His biography of Manuel Alvarez, a Spaniard who moved to New Mexico in the early nineteenth century was published by the University of Valencia under the title of Manuel �lvarez (1796-1856): Un Leonés en el Oeste Americano.   And, probably his most seminal work about the role Spain and the independence of the United States was published by one of Spain’s largest commercial presses, Taurus, under the title España y la Independencia de Estados Unidos.

No wonder when, upon receiving the letter announcing the approval of his membership in Spain’s Royal Academy of History, he was pleased “both for the recognition of my work and because in 1784 Benjamin Franklin received the same vote for the same honor.�  After all, it was Tom and his historian wife Dr. Celia López-Chávez who discovered the minutes of that July 1784 meeting.

The Real Academia de la Historia began as a gathering of “literary friends� in 1735.  It was formerly established by royal decree of King Felipe V of Spain in 1738.  The main group of members is made up of thirty-six “numbered academics� who must be Spanish citizens.  Academics of Honor and Academic Correspondents are open to foreigners.  The Academia has been housed in the same building in Madrid since is formal establishment and houses a library, archive, reading rooms, and lecture hall.

Dr. Tom Chávez has served on the New Mexico Humanities Council Board of Directors since 2016.

NMHC Board of Directors Meeting

16 Mar 2019

The New Mexico Humanities Council Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for March 16-17, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Milton Hall 185J at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. Please call Lucy Silva for details at (505)633-7370.
The NMHC Board of Directors meet three times a year. The next meeting will be in July.
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The Place Names of New Mexico

3 Nov 2018

Sangre de Cristo, Custer Mountain, Chi-chil-tah, Mogollon- such intriguing names, rich with anecdotes and folklore. But place names also offer unique insights into the history and values of the state's peoples. With humor and local examples tailored to your locale, Bob Julyan gives audiences a lively names tour of the New Mexico landscape.

Bob Julyan is an Albuquerque-based writer and lecturer specializing in the connections between human and natural history. His Place Names of New Mexico is the standard reference. He has been chair of the New Mexico Geographic Names Committee for more than 15 years. He has also written guides to the wilderness and the Continental Divide Trail.

Los Chicos acequia, Velarde, NM

Los Chicos acequia, Velarde, NM

Nuestras Acequias

21 Oct 2018

Nuestras Acequias was an oral history project initiated by a group of community volunteers in Dixon, NM, who interviewed seven acequieros (acequia workers) to learn about historic methods of acequia management and how acequias are changing and adapting with new technology and demographic shifts in our community. With funding from the New Mexico Humanities Council and the For Our Future Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the community working group, comprised of Joe Ciddio, David Atencio, Levi Romero, Adrienne Rosenberg, Victoria Plata, Robert Templeton, and Embudo Valley Library, produced a 30 minute audio piece that touches on the joys, hardships, and changes seen in acequia management and acequia participation over the last forty years.  Embudo Valley Library director Felicity Fonseca says, “Listening to our local acequieros is both instructive and heart-warming.  Acequias connect our communities in common work and purpose.” 

The audio piece was shared in a panel event on Sunday October 21, 2018 at Embudo Valley Library in Dixon, NM, and was also featured at New Mexico Acequia Association’s  Congreso de las Acequias on Saturday, November 17th, 2018, at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid.  

The Embudo Library has archived these interviews here.

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A Walk to Remember  Photo Walk with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist, Don Bartletti

6 Oct 2018

The theme of our photo walk will be the discovery of beautiful light, texture and details in ordinary places during the magic time of day when shadows lengthen and late afternoon sunlight tints the streetscape. This casual walkabout is open to both serious enthusiasts with adjustable digital cameras and those who want to bump up their appreciation of photography with a cell phone. Don Bartletti will not only share why the quality of evening light can make even a boulevard look good, but more importantly how he relies on street photography more like a visual anthropologist than a tourist.  We’ll focus on what gives Nob Hill its unique character; it might be a panorama or the glint in an eye.  With any luck (and Don will reveal ways to make good luck), we’ll gently bump into perfect strangers who by their very presence are part of the culture and character of a neighborhood.  Even though you’ll be ambling about in your own hometown, we’ll practice making images in ways that will serve you well when you are a tourist somewhere over the horizon.  And that’ll include how to fine tune the ubiquitous selfie or better yet, how to gently tutor friends and strangers to make a better portrait that will preserve your unique place in any town.

About Don Bartletti

A Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who retired in 2015 after 32 years with the Los Angeles Times who has won 40 international awards for his documentary photography.  In 2003 his 6-part photo essay in the L.A. Times, “Enrique’s Journey” was awarded a Pulitzer for Feature Photography. He also won the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award twice and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2015 for “Product of Mexico,” a Times investigation into Mexican mega-farms.  He is a free-lance photographer, guest lecturer and teacher at universities, high schools and civic organizations in the U.S. and Mexico.  His photographs have been exhibited in museums internationally and are published in books and scholarly studies.   He’s the author of “Between Two Worlds, the People of the Border” and is working on his upcoming book, “The Roads Most Traveled:  Causes and Consequences of Illegal Immigration."

 Recommended Gear for the PhotoWalk 

o   Your camera!

o   Any DSLR and gear you'd like to bring or your phone.

o   Flash.

o   Memory card or available space on your fully charged phone. 

o   Back up battery for SLR or mirrorless camera.

o   Comfortable shoes.

o   Optional mini-tripod or small stand up tripod or a “bean bag”; if you don’t have them or don’t want to carry any of these, you’ll be shown that there are camera supports almost everywhere on the street.

o   Pen and paper to jot down addresses to share your unique photo with the subject. 

What’s included in your PhotoWalk:

o   NMHC Totebag!

o   Trail bar and bottle water

Guests are invited to send two photos to Bartletti for individual critique following the photo walk. 

This exclusive, unique opportunity is $75/person ($10 nonrefundable). Space is limited to 15 people - Deadline to register: September 28, 2018.  For questions or more information about the photo walk, call 505-633-7370.

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New Mexico State History Day Contest

27 Apr 2018

The New Mexico History Day State Contest will be held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Friday, April 27. The public is invited to come and enjoy student produced performances, documentaries, exhibits, websites and papers. There will be a Chautauqua performance around 3 pm in the Journal Theater.

NHD Library Day

3 Feb 2018

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With Gratitude...

31 Jan 2018

The New Mexico Humanities Council wishes to thank the people and organizations who contributed generously in 2017 to our programs and projects that explore who we are, who we were and who we aspire to be. Through this exploration, we strengthen our human ties.

You, too, can join us and assure that public humanities programming reaches all of New Mexico. Simply click the donate button and make your gift today.





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Avelina Bardwell, MD Anna Van Huss Christine Becker Albuquerque Historical Society

April Adams

Doris Fields   Natacha Chisdes Jacobo Baca

Mercedes Agogino

Robert Himmerich y Valencia   Juniper Manley Susan Berry John Adres 
    Rosalie Otero Jo Tice Bloom  
    Dennis O'Toole Francesca Blueher Stefanie Beninato 
    Adita Root Beverly Carter Ruth Bouldes 
      Trevor Carter/Charles Redd Center  Jerry Brown 
      Thomas Chavez Dennis Bumgarner 
       Dianne Cress and Jon B. McCorkell  Diana Cordova 
      Rose Díaz Brian & Cindy Crockett 
      Ellen Dornan Barbara Dubois
      Charmazel Dudt Kathryn Flynn
      William & Evangeline Dunmire Jeremiah Frank
      Heidi Fleischmann Sheila Gershen
      William and Constance Goodwin Bruce Gustin lll
      Heidi Heard Katherine Hauth
      Rick Hendricks Jodi Hedderig
      Ideum, Inc. David Jackson
      Theodore Jojola Brandon Johnson
      Stephanie Kearny Carol Johnson
      Susan McCann Daisy Kates
      Enrique Lamadrid Janice Langdale
      Marguerite McGregor Kate Miller
      Julie McTague New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
      Gabriel Melendez New Mexico Jewish Historical Society
       Jimmy Miller Katrina Parks
      Robert Mishler Dennis Reinhartz
      K. Michelle Quisenberry Larry Rodgers
       John Ramsay David Rose
      Ray Reeder Stan Rosen
      Michelle Robertson Lois Rudnick
      David Rogers  Gabriel Sahd
      Betty Schadl Art & Colleen Sheinberg
      Suzanne Schadl Karen Turner
      Mary Schruben Ivan White
      Douglas Swift Jeanne Whitehouse-Peterson
      Ruth Wheeler  
         
         
         
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NMHC Welcomes New Executive Director, Dr. Brandon L. Johnson

31 Oct 2017

The New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) announces the appointment of Dr. Brandon L. Johnson as its new Executive Director.

“The Council is fortunate to have Dr. Johnson as the new Executive Director. Our national search yielded an impressive field of candidates, all with measures of experience, expertise, and commitment to the humanities,� said NMHC Board Chair, Doris Fields. “Brandon brings not only knowledge and skill but also great passion to the New Mexico humanities community.�

Dr. Johnson discovered a passion for humanities administration and programming while pursuing a doctorate in history at the University of Chicago. This led him back to Utah, his home state, as the Utah Humanities Council (UHC) Director of Grants and Historical Programs. While there, he expanded grant opportunities, created an award-winning program in support of Utah's cultural institutions and developed a radio program to raise awareness about UHC across the state. In 2009, he transitioned to Washington D.C. as the Senior Program Officer in the Office of Challenge Grants at the National Endowment for the Humanities. In this position, he was instrumental in updating the grant system to support under-served communities.

"I’m thrilled to join the New Mexico Humanities Council as its Executive Director,� Johnson said. “Looking forward to our fiftieth anniversary, we intend to take our programs to the next level and provide New Mexicans with fresh humanities experiences. No other state can hold a candle to New Mexico’s richly diverse heritage. Our foodways, art, stories, architecture, and communities are unmatched, and we want to help the state’s residents find new ways to talk about them.� 

Johnson succeeds Dr. Craig Newbill who retired from NMHC in January after 24 years of forging important partnerships, developing engaging humanities programs and rousing support for the humanities throughout the state.

Susi Wolf

Susi Wolf

Susi Wolf presents Storytelling: Animal Tales and the Lessons They Teach Us

26 Oct 2017

Story is the oldest form of communication there is. From the earliest gatherings and etchings on cave walls, Story explained a culture for those who later passed that way. Our brains are literally hardwired to understand facts, statistics, concepts and more through oral tradition. Story is the great connector between people and promotes an immediate bonding among listeners and the teller. The program’s concentration is on animal and trickster stories from the U. S. Southwest, Mexico, Cherokee and Africa. Multiple tales will be shared, as well as Cherokee traditions and more.

Steve Dixon as James Ohio Pattie

Steve Dixon as James Ohio Pattie

Trapping and Trekking with James Ohio Pattie

22 Oct 2017

Come along with James Ohio Pattie, portrayed by Steve Dixon, as he encounters the native plants, animals and peoples of New Mexico. Endure the hardships and unforeseen dangers while traveling through the prairies, deserts, mountains and valleys. View the world through the wide eyes of a mountain man whose words paint pictures in the minds of those who huddle around his campfire in 1824.

Bob Julyan

Bob Julyan

Bob Julyan Presents The Place Names of New Mexico

21 Oct 2017

Sangre de Cristo, Custer Mountain, Chi-chil-tah, Mogollon- such intriguing names, rich with anecdotes and folklore. But place names also offer unique insights into the history and values of the state's peoples. With humor and local examples tailored to your locale, Bob Julyan gives audiences a lively names tour of the New Mexico landscape.

Sherri Burr

Sherri Burr

Race and Racism in the New Millenium

21 Oct 2017

As the domestic and international economy evolves, so too has the discriminatory impact of unconscious bias. Burr uses studies on shopping for cars and mortgages, participating in music competitions, and searching for jobs using phantom resumes to show that while the law has eliminated conscious discrimination against African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and others, these groups continue to be harmed at a more insidious, unconscious level. The surprising revelation is that group members sometimes discriminate against each other.

Sherri Burr, a graduate of Yale Law School, is the Dickason Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico where she has taught for over 17 years. She is the author of three published books.

M. Jimmie Killingsworth

M. Jimmie Killingsworth

Nuclear New Mexico

20 Oct 2017

First there was eco-tourism. Now there’s nuclear tourism. The two have more in common than you might think. When the first bomb exploded at Trinity Site, and Robert Oppenheimer invoked the famous phrase “destroyer of worlds,” the destiny of the environmental movement—“saving the planet”—also sprang into being. The power to destroy and the power to save the earth, once allotted to the gods, fell into human hands for the first time in history. Now for every site of interest in nuclear history, there’s a corresponding site of natural preservation—Trinity Site alongside the Bosque del Apache, Los Alamos bordering Bandelier National Monument, the WIPP site paired with Carlsbad Caverns. The New Mexico landscape reflects the double image of modern humanity as destroyer and savior of the planet. This presentation by M. Jimmie Killingsworth offers a meditation on the new status of humanity.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 505-334-9325.

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From Days of Infamy to Days of Remembrance: A Japanese American Journey

19 Oct 2017

From Days of Infamy to Days of Remembrance: A Japanese American Journey commemorates the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the unlawful removal and incarceration of 120,000 women, men, and children of Japanese ancestry during WWII. The Japanese American Citizens League Players reenact stories of immigration, internment, and the post-war recovery of three generations of Japanese Americans. Tributes to local Japanese Americans of "the Greatest Generation," who endured racial discrimination, survived the Great Depression and WWII internment camps, and distinguished themselves as Americans and New Mexicans are included in the program.
 
For more information, contact Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis, New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League, louisnikki9@gmail.com
Silver City Museum

Silver City Museum

A Fifty Years Ago in Silver City Community Panel Discussion

12 Oct 2017

The era that saw the Silver City Museum established also saw the destruction of the brothels by local law enforcement. Thomas Ryan was the Silver City police chief in 1967 and oversaw the destruction of the brothels. Ernest Gomez, a police officer of that era, and Chief Ryan will discuss policing and crime 50 years ago in Silver City. Bobbie Neal was
born in the Ailman house, now the Silver City Museum, when her father was the fire chief. She knew brothel owner Madame Millie and will provide the citizen side of the story about policing and crime circa 1967.

For more information, call (575)388-1076.

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Diana Molina

Diana Molina

Morena Moderna, Contemporary Visions of Our Lady of Guadalupe

7 Oct 2017

As a modern symbol of empowerment, La Virgen de Guadalupe inspires an impassioned and universal fervor. In a multi-faceted photographic portrayal, presented by Diana Molina, a panorama of vibrant imagery embodies the spirit of the popular symbol of heritage in a contemporary cultural context. A journey that spans transnational borders, visits traditional celebrations and depicts the icon's integration within the media, commercialism and politics of the day.

This program is free and open to the public. Entrance fees may apply. For more information, call (505)757-7241.

Susi Wolf

Susi Wolf

Storytelling with Susi Wolf

26 Sep 2017

Story is the oldest form of communication there is. From the earliest gatherings and etchings on cave walls, Story explained a culture for those who later passed that way. Story is the great connector between people and promotes an immediate bonding among listeners and the teller. There is both practical and transcendent power within the storytelling realm, which is explored in conversation. Susi Wolf's program concentrates on animal and trickster stories from the U. S. Southwest, Mexico, Cherokee and Africa. Multiple tales will be shared, as well as Cherokee traditions and more.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 505-891-5018.

Silver City Museum

Silver City Museum

A Fifty Years Ago in Silver City Community Panel Discussion

21 Sep 2017

Cindy Medrano’s Master’s thesis is on the discrimination that Hispanics have experienced in the mining communities and other areas of Grant County. She will moderate a panel with community members Elena Cisneros, Maria Dominguez and Gilbert and Maria Garcia, all of whom experienced the impact of segregation. The panelists will all speak of their personal experiences of discrimination as Hispanics in the Grant County area and the legacy of those experiences. Segregation in mining towns, schools and downtown Silver City eased in the 1960s. By the time of the Silver City Museum’s founding, official school segregation had ended but not its legacy. For more information, call (757)388-1096.

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WE THE PEOPLE...Constitution Day is September 18!

19 Sep 2017

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U. S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.  The legal document on which this country was founded over 200 years ago has served as a model for other countries around the world and continues to be vital to this nation's guiding principles.

Test your U.S. Constitution knowledge HERE.  

VanAnn Moore as Doña Tules

VanAnn Moore as Doña Tules

Amazing Women of the Wild West: Territorial New Mexico

15 Sep 2017

One of the most dramatic eras of New Mexico’s rich history is the Territorial period when the United States first raised the American flag on August 18, 1846 over the plaza of Santa Fe. VanAnn Moore examines the territorial women through living history portrayals of Doña Tules (Gertrudes Barcelo), Susan Shelby Magoffin, and Lydia Spencer Lane. These women represented what it took to survive and thrive during very colorful and extremely challenging times in New Mexico’s Territorial Era. 

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 505-334-9325.

Sunny Dooley

Sunny Dooley

Diné Blessingway Stories with Sunny Dooley

13 Sep 2017

Sunny Dooley tells Diné (Navajo) Blessingway stories with the blessing of her family, clans, and elders.This talk focuses on cultural items significant in maintaining Diné matrilineal teachings. They include the Navajo basket; the woman's traditional dress of moccasins, leggings, dress with sash belt, hair tie and hair brush; goat skins, grinding stones, rock brushes, clay pot, and so on. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (505)321-0034.

Dr. Cipriano Vigil

Dr. Cipriano Vigil

Northern New Mexico Ritual Music with Cipriano Vigil

11 Sep 2017

Cipriano Vigil, a native of Chamisal in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is the living embodiment of nuevo mexicano ritual music. As a boy, he learned from the previous generations of musicians at bailes (dances) and at entriegas, matrimonios y difuntos (christenings, marriages and funerals.) He takes you back to the encircling institutions where these village rituals bound families and neighbors together in responsibility for each other. His songs in the nueva cancion tradition (related to U.S. protest and labor songs) address poignant issues of today. 

This is a free, public program.

Dr. Steve Cormier

Dr. Steve Cormier

Cowboy Music with Steve Cormier

9 Sep 2017

Cowboy music has evolved from the open range and ranch employees who worked and rode after cattle during the late 19th and early to mid 20th century. These include songs written by ranch hands about horses, cattle and lost love. Others add death and the devil to the story. But all have in common the expression of what ranch and farm work was like during this time. Steve Cormier performs these and also songs he has written, reflecting his years as a ranch and farm hand.

This is a free, public program.

Stories to Bridge Cultures

8 Sep 2017

Mary Ellen Gonzales is half Hispanic and half Anglo, making her a "culture bridger." She tells Hispanic stories and puts them into cultural and historical context. She also tells ghost and creation stories from many cultures. She challenges audiences of all ages to think about why things happen the way they do and how they feel about it. 

This free, public program takes place at the Las Posada Hotel. For more information, call (505)982-3997.

Voss & Osborne

Voss & Osborne

1912: A Musical Snapshot of America in the Year New Mexico Became a State

12 Aug 2017

New Mexico achieved statehood in 1912 during a fascinating and complex time in America's history. The frontier was no longer open for expansion. The U.S. was becoming a major power in the world. New technologies like electric power, telephones, film, recordings, radio, automobiles, and airplanes were changing life in America. Minorities, women, and workers were all agitating for more rights. Voss & Osborne present songs that are documents of American life and tell a lot about what ordinary people of the time found interesting, and how they felt about these developments. 

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (575)378-4142.

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Nanao Sakaki

Nanao Sakaki

My Journey with Poet Nanao Sakaki

12 Aug 2017

John Brandi shares the history of his friendship with Japanese poet Nanao Sakaki. Good friends with Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg, Sakaki was encouraged by them to travel to the US, and in 1971 he was drawn to northern New Mexico where he ended up living in a school bus below Taos Mountain. Sakaki’s poetry is marked by humor and appreciation for a simple lifestyle, the embodiment of unconventional wisdom and spirited non-conformism. Brandi, founder of Tooth of Time Books, published Sakaki’s first major collection poetry, "Real Play" and will speak about Sakaki’s poetry and role as a countercultural literary icon. 

Join the New Mexico History Museum every second Saturday of the month from June-February for a presentation and conversation-style gallery talk in conjunction with the current exhibit, Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest.

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Chuy Martinez

Chuy Martinez

An American Dialogue: Latin American Ballads, Cumbia and Nueva Cancion

12 Aug 2017

For decades, a rich conversation has been exchanging musical ideas between the Americas: the ballad, from Spain and Mexico; the cumbia, of Caribbean African/Indian roots; and nueva cancion (new song), social struggle music influenced by U.S. labor and protest songs. Mr. Chuy Martinez puts the songs and rhythms in historical context.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (575)854-2361.

POP CULTURE: 50 Years Ago in Silver City Community Panel

10 Aug 2017

Pop Culture community panel will discuss the popular diversions locals enjoyed in Silver City and Grant County circa 1967. Panelists Patricia Cano, Patsy Madrid and Cruz Bustillo will lead the conversation in remembrances of the cars, music, local sports teams and youth culture of the late 1960s.

This program is part of the 50 Years Ago in Silver City exhibit community panel series.

For more information, call (575)388-1096.

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Lesley Poling-Kempes

Lesley Poling-Kempes

Lesley Poling-Kempes, Award-Winning Author, Presents  Ladies of the Canyons

5 Aug 2017

Ladies of the Canyons is a lecture/slide show about remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world.

Lesley Poling-Kempes is the award winning author of six books of fiction and nonfiction about the American Southwest. Her newest book “Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women & Their Adventures in the American Southwest� won the 2015 Reading the West Book Award for nonfiction from the MPIBA, a Silver Medal in US History from the 2016 IPPY Awards, and is a WWA Spur Award finalist in historic nonfiction.  

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Camilla Dodson

Camilla Dodson

Take the Kids! A Friendly World with South African Native, Camilla Dodson

27 Jul 2017

JULY 27 * 12:00 PM

Despite cultural, racial, or religious differences, all people are equally valuable. Camilla Dodson, a South African native and former resident of Ireland, offers children a fun, non-preachy lesson in this fundamental principle of a civilized society. The program includes poetry, music, and dance based on themes of equality of persons. 

This free, public program takes place at Magdalena Public library. For more information, call 575-854-2361.

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Pam Lujan-Hauer

Pam Lujan-Hauer

Taos Pueblo Potter Discusses Her Art

22 Jul 2017

Southwestern Pueblo pottery is an art-form with a long and rich tradition. Pam Lujan-Hauer, a potter from Taos Pueblo, demonstrates her art and tells the story of pottery, from the history of clay as an art form and the origins of the earliest pottery, to the threats to traditional pottery.

This program takes place at Valles Caldera National Preserve and is free. For more information, call  (575)829-4821.

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Kenneth Doss as Sgt. John Denny

Kenneth Doss as Sgt. John Denny

Buffalo Soldiers: Bringing the History of the Black Cavalry to Life

22 Jul 2017

Mr. Ken Doss, as Sgt. John Denny, and one or more of the troopers of the Buffalo Soldiers Society of New Mexico, along with over 50 period artifacts used by the Buffalo Soldiers, bring the history of the Black cavalry to life. From Medal of Honor recipients to the common trooper, from Indian battles to battles with lawbreakers, learn how a small number of Black troopers made a difference in the lives of law-abiding citizens. The Buffalo Soldiers Society of New Mexico teaches how the Buffalo Soldiers (1866-1900) overcame great hardships as they served their nation with honor and distinction. The Society was founded by George Carter, Jim Mitchem, Pete Powdrell and Victor Smith.

This program is part of the Clovis County Ethnic Fair and is free and open to the public. 

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Ralph Estes

Ralph Estes

Me and Billy

22 Jul 2017

The "world's oldest living cowboy" tells, in story and song, of his years as a cowboy and his friendship with Billy the Kid. Stories about Billy the Kid are generally exaggerated. Ralph Estes's program addresses the legend-making process while presenting the story of Billy that is supported by historical evidence.

This program takes place in Albuquerque at Cherry Hills Public Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, call (505)857-8321.

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Bob Julyan

Bob Julyan

The Place Names of New Mexico

22 Jul 2017

Sangre de Cristo, Custer Mountain, Chi-chil-tah, Mogollon- such intriguing names, rich with anecdotes and folklore. But place names also offer unique insights into the history and values of the state's peoples. With humor and local examples tailored to your locale, Bob Julyan gives audiences a lively names tour of the New Mexico landscape.

This program free, public program takes place at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center. For more information, call (505)899-0205.

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Dale Evans Scheduled to Appear in Artesia!

22 Jul 2017

Dale Evans appears as a Chautauqua character in The Way You Ride the Trail. The stage portrait, presented by Kay Sebring-Roberts Kuhlmann of Ruidoso, takes its title from a line in Happy Trails to You, the theme song Dale composed for her husband, Roy Rogers. The audience meets Dale at two stages in her life: as a film, television, and recording artist while raising a blended family of seven children; and as an inspirational author.

This free, public program takes place in Artesia at the 510 Building. For more information, call (575)464-4212.

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Kenneth Seowtewa presents Cultural Life of the Zuni Nation

22 Jul 2017

Explore the world of the A:Shiwi (Zuni), the most studied group of Native Americans, through the eyes of Kenneth Seowtewa, a man whose paternal and maternal ancestors held positions of authority through the centuries. Hear the true story of the fabled "Seven Cities of Gold" that Coronado was searching for in 1540.

This free, public program takes place in Taos at the Kit Carson Home and Museum. For more information, call (575)758-4082.

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Deborah Blanche as Georgia O'Keeffe

Deborah Blanche as Georgia O'Keeffe

O'Keeffe in Clovis!

20 Jul 2017

"Who am I? What do I have to say? How can I best express it?" The artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) continually probed into these essential human questions. Prominent in the male-dominated art world of New York City, O’Keeffe took a residence in New Mexico in the 1930’s. During the seven decades of her career she challenged herself with “what to say� that was uniquely her own.

Her colors might be bright and vivid, or black and white. Her subjects were landscapes, buildings, flowers, bones, shells, leaves, trees, cityscapes, skulls, skies, clouds, doors, and various combinations and abstractions of them. All were rendered into her own stylized images in a wide variety of mediums, while she honed an image of herself as private, independent, solitary, mysterious. Deborah Blanche brings O'Keefe's story alive with this Chautauqua performance.

The program takes place at Clovis-Carver Public Library and is free. For more information, call (575)763-9687.

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Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee

Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee

Enjoy an Afternoon of Storytelling Theatre with Live Music in Jemez Springs

19 Jul 2017

Johanna Hongell-Darsee; storyteller, dancer, mime; and Scott Darsee, guitarist, composer take you on a journey of stories. The art of storytelling is universal and as ancient as humanity; our dreams of a distant common past. In this presentation we tell stories using music, song, masks, dance and mime. Stories travel and have always traveled. On their way they pick up bits and pieces of different cultures and landscapes but the heroes and heroines, the villains and the mysterious creatures often stay familiar.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (505)925-9155.

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Susi Wolf

Susi Wolf

Susi Wolf Presents <i>Storytelling: Animal Tales and the Lessons They Teach Us</i>

8 Jul 2017

JULY 8 * 10:30 am Fort Stanton Historic Site * Fort Stanton
Story is the oldest form of communication there is. From the earliest gatherings and etchings on cave walls, Story explained a culture for those who later passed that way. It is how First Mankind declared, “Hey, we were here and this is who we were!" Our brains are literally hardwired to understand facts, statistics, concepts and more through oral tradition. Story is the great connector between people and promotes an immediate bonding among listeners and the teller. There is both practical and transcendent power within the storytelling realm, which is explored in conversation. Didactic lesson is given through animal fables in an enjoyable and plausible method. Elements of the history of oral tradition invites a participatory aspect to the presentation. The program’s concentration is on animal and trickster stories from the U. S. Southwest, Mexico, Cherokee and Africa. Susi Wolf will share multiple tales, as well as Cherokee traditions and more.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information call (575)336-2862.

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Cochiti Pueblo Master Drum Maker Arnold Herrera Presents <i>The Way of the Drum</i>

8 Jul 2017

JULY 8 * 11:00 am Aztec Ruins National Monument * Aztec
This presentation is a way into the Cochiti Pueblo world told from personal experiences, traditional stories and teachings. While demonstrating steps in constructing the famous Cochiti drum, Arnold Herrera tells about tribal political structures, language, ceremony, clans and moiety membership, roles of men, women and children, and modern Pueblo social problems. This journey covers the period from the 1940s to the present.
Arnold Herrera, a Cochiti Pueblo native, grew up in a culturally rich Keresan Pueblo environment immersed in traditions and the arts. With knowledge gained from his grandparents and his father, Arnold has become an accomplished drum maker, composer/singer, and teacher of culture to all audiences.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (505)334-6174.

<b>** NMHC Offices will be CLOSED July 3 & 4 **</b>

4 Jul 2017

The New Mexico Humanities Council Thanks Congress and Constituents for Continued Funding

1 Jul 2017

On May 3rd, the FY 2017 omnibus bill funding the federal government was approved. The bill includes a $1.9 million increase for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This news comes as a welcome relief to the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) after weeks of uncertainty about the future of an important partner in their work to bring history and cultural programming to New Mexico.
NMHC Executive Director, Michelle Quisenberry, said, “We are grateful to Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham for their support of NEH and passage of the omnibus bill.� She went on to say “Their support assures that access to programming that enhances community exchange and understanding will continue throughout New Mexico, especially in our smallest communities.�
NMHC also wishes to thank everyone who advocated for the continued funding and protection of NEH. Without your voice and avid support for the humanities, it is uncertain what the result could have been.
The FY 2017 spending bill is effective through September 2017.

National History Day NATIONALS CONTEST

16 May 2017

Congratulations! You're going to the NHD Nationals contest in Washington, D.C.! But there are a few things you need to do to prepare. Follow the NHD NATIONALS link below to quickly get to the information you need for deadlines, registration and more.

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NOW is the Time to Show Your Support for the Humanities

1 May 2017

Dear Friend of the New Mexico Humanities Council,
Imminent threats to de-fund or eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities and its sister organization, the National Endowment for the Arts, at the national level are making headlines in Washington, D.C. If acted on, those threats could directly affect the survival of your state humanities council. We must take immediate action to prevent such cuts, and we need to let our members of Congress know that state humanities councils are a vital source of fostering our understanding of history and culture, of the human experience. The important work we do in communities across New Mexico depends on funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, without which our public humanities programs throughout New Mexico would not exist. This core funding has been essential in enabling us to support and bring quality humanities programs tailored to local and regional interests, to areas that otherwise would not have access to such programs.
Join us in our effort to preserve the New Mexico Humanities Council. Here’s what you can do right now: *Contact your members of Congress directly. We encourage you to call them directly and share a personal story, to explain how you or your community or organization have benefited from the New Mexico Humanities Council’s programs, whether through a grant, reading and book discussions, participating in National History Day, or attending a Chautauqua program. Please let them know how the New Mexico council's programs have enriched your life and the life of your community.
*Visit the National Humanities Alliance (NHA)site and send a message to members of Congress there as well. Help spread the word! Use the NHA link below and express how much you value the work of the National Endowment for the Humanities and your state humanities council.
Please call today and let our congresspeople know how much you appreciate the humanities. Senator Tom Udall 202-224-6621 Senator Martin Heinrich 202-224-5521 Representative Ben Ray Lujan 202-225-6190 Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham 202-225-6316 Representative Steve Pearce 202-225-2365
Please speak up and advocate for your humanities council. We cannot do this without your support!

Thank you for your help!
K. Michelle Quisenberry Interim Executive Director New Mexico Humanities Council

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<b>MEDIEVAL ANIMALS</b>: UNM Institute for Medieval Studies Lecture Series

27 Apr 2017

April 24 - 27 Albuquerque
The UNM Institute for Medieval Studies presents the 32nd Spring Lecture Series exploring Medieval Animals. Presentations will reveal key aspects of medieval culture by highlighting the role played by animals in history, literature, art, religion, and philosophy.

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<b>Experiments in Cinema v12.3</b>: The Cubano Edition

23 Apr 2017

April 18 - 23 Albuquerque
This 6-day event consists of film screenings from over 35 countries, in-depth dialogue with filmmakers and humanities scholars, lectures, and discussion-based workshops with a special emphasis on Cuban experimental film. Interactive programs encourage the audience to consider identity awareness and to rethink how they view themselves as New Mexicans and their media connectedness with other communities around the world.

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<b>DECOLONIZING NATURE</b>: Resistance . Resilience . Revitalization

22 Apr 2017

April 19 - 22 University of New Mexico . Albuquerque
Capital's colonization of nature has brought us to our current moment of grave ecological peril - climate change, Sixth Extinction, and other human-caused environmental crises that cumulatively and rapidly degrade Earth's life-sustaining ecological fabric.
Decolonizing Nature has thus become an urgent priority if we are to progress toward a just and sustainable Earth for all living beings. How do we resist further ecological devastation? How do we achieve resilience in times of stress? How do we revitalize affected ecological habitats and communities?
The University of New Mexico will host an interdisciplinary environmental justice public forum Decolonizing Nature: Resistance, Resilience, Revitalization to address these and related issues.

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WORDS MATTER An Apronista Collective Exhibition

21 Apr 2017

MARCH 16 * 6 PM - 7:30 PM Artists' Discussion New Mexico Humanities Council * Albuquerque
Traditionally, aprons represent a woman’s unpaid work, industry, nurturing and her never-ending readiness to comfort, create and care-take. Using the medium of the apron to express themes from women’s lives, struggles and history, the Apronistas continue to demonstrate there is more than one way to create an apron.
Words Matter includes aprons from the Women's March on Washington Albuquerque Rally held January 21, 2017. Here the Apronistas gathered in solidarity with countless Albuquerque citizens speaking out on women’s issues and social justice. Join us for an artists' discussion March 16 at 6:00 PM. The show runs through April 21, 2017.

Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley as Coretta Scott King

Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley as Coretta Scott King

CHAUTAUQUA Footsteps to Freedom: From Jim Crow to Civil Rights

30 Mar 2017

MARCH 30 * 6:00 PM New Mexico Humanities Council Albuquerque FREE
Women’s History Month is brought to life with portrayals of women whose courage, sacrifice and creativity contribute to our quality of life today.
The civil rights movement is explored through the lives of two powerful women: Rosa Parks, the African-American seamstress who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus; and Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta was the phenomenal force behind the throne who never faltered in her dedication. She was a singer who gave up her career to support her husband and the hard pathway to freedom.
Albuquerque-based storyteller and vocalist Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley brings these remarkable women to life to tell their stories.
Ann Beyke as Margaret Sanger

Ann Beyke as Margaret Sanger

CHAUTAUQUA Margaret Sanger: The Woman Rebel

23 Mar 2017

MARCH 23 * 6 PM New Mexico Humanities Council Albuquerque FREE
In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us for a living history Chautauqua at the New Mexico Humanities Council.
In the early 1900’s, Margaret Sanger was jailed for opening a clinic that provided information on birth control. During her colorful and oftentimes controversial life, Sanger dedicated herself to promoting contraception as a means for women to gain control of their lives. She was instrumental in the discovery of The Pill, which changed the lives of millions of women worldwide.
Margaret Sanger will be portrayed by local actress, Ann Beyke.
For more information, call (505)633-7371.

TODD GREEN: Global Multi-Instrumentalist

18 Mar 2017

MARCH 18 * 3:00 PM Mountain Art Center on Broadway Mountainair
Over 25 flute, string and percussion instruments from around the world will be interpreted and played by nationally-renowned multi-instrumentalist, Todd Green. Writing and performing music since 15 years old, Green attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and has toured internationally. This program has educated and entertained audiences across the country.
Visit www.manzanomountainartcouncil.org for more information.

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NMHC Executive Director, CRAIG NEWBILL, Retires

1 Mar 2017

The New Mexico Humanities Council bids farewell to Craig Newbill, PhD, after over 24 years of inspired, tireless leadership. He retired in January 2017. Craig joined NMHC in 1992, finishing his Ph.D. in American Studies a year later. His dissertation was entitled "Oral Histories Studies from Eastern New Mexico Homestead Areas: Life Along the Caprock and Llano Estacado from 1900-1941." His love for and knowledge about the humanities fueled partnerships and programming around the state that created platforms for discussion about topics that concern the people of New Mexico. His affable, open manner will be missed by many throughout the state. Look for a full length article by Jack Loeffler reflecting on Craig Newbill’s contributions to the New Mexico Humanities Council and New Mexico in the upcoming newsletter.

Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian

Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian

TALKING SERVICE: Veteran Reading & Discussion Program

28 Feb 2017

In Talking Service, small groups of veterans and family members of veterans, under the guidance of skilled facilitators, get together to reflect on short, powerful writings about military service by some of the world's greatest authors. Participants are encouraged to share their insights, build on each other's comments, and challenge their assumptions through lively, informal conversations centered on the anthology Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian, published by the Great Books Foundation.
The next session will take place in Gallup at Octavia Fellin Public Library January 17 and meets every Tuesday through February 28, except February 14. To register, contact the Octavia Fellin Public Library at 505-863-1291. For more information contact Joe Lacayo at 505-399-8197.
Interested in organizing Talking Service sessions in your area? Follow the link below for information and instructions.

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CHALLENGE GRANT: Creating Humanities Communities

14 Feb 2017

Grant Deadline: February 15, 2017
Creating Humanities Communities, a new grant that supports grassroots humanities programs by encouraging partnerships and collaborations between multiple institutions or organizations in a town, county, region, or area. NEH hopes that the relationships built and strengthened through Creating Humanities Communities will lead to increases and improvements in humanities infrastructure for years to come, even beyond the initial activities funded by these grants.
Institutions and organizations from incentive areas may apply for matching grants of $30,000, $60,000, $90,000 or $150,000 over three years. Each $1 of NEH grant support awarded must be matched by $1 in non-federal third-party funds.
Click the link below for more information.

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A FOOL'S PARADISE: Solo Exhibition with Adam Bustamante

10 Feb 2017

JANUARY 13 through FEBRUARY 10 New Mexico Humanities Council * 4115 Silver SE, Albuquerque
With virtually no formal art education, New Mexico artist Adam Bustamante's oil paintings of portraits, figures and landscapes "find the most essential elements of a subject (to) create an image that registers as a realistic moment in time."
Join us for an artist's reception and lecture Friday, January 13, 2017, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pmat the New Mexico Humanities Council exhibition space. At 6:30 pm, Bustamante will discuss his creative process.
The exhibition space is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. The space will be closed January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

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REFLECTIONS ON THE PULITZER DIALOGUES <I>Learning new perspectives, sharing knowledge, expanding humanity, inspiring deep thinking</i>

5 Feb 2017

Leslie Poling-Kempes

Leslie Poling-Kempes

Leslie Poling-Kempes presents LADIES OF THE CANYONS

28 Jan 2017

Nancy Bartlit

Nancy Bartlit

Nancy Bartlit presents Silent Voices of World War II: When Sons of the Land of Enchantment Met Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun

23 Jan 2017

JANUARY 23 * 1:15 PM Meadowlark Senior Center * Rio Rancho
Imagine World War II without the atomic bomb developed at Los Alamos. What if no rapid Navajo code was used which the Japanese could not break? Or, if the New Mexico National Guardsmen had no role in the Philippines? Why were Japanese American civilians interned in Santa Fe? My talk illustrates cultural differences and ironies in wartime, behind barbed wire or at the end of a gun.
Nancy Bartlit, President of the Los Alamos Historical Society, is an author and oral historian who taught and studied in Japan. She holds a degree in history from Smith College and a Masters in communications from the University of New Mexico.
For more information, contact Mike Tatham at (505)896-8322.

Diana Molina

Diana Molina

Icons and Symbols of our Regional Heritage

21 Jan 2017

Dr. Noel Pugach

Dr. Noel Pugach

LECTURE The United States as a World Power

20 Jan 2017

Dede Feldman

Dede Feldman

LECTURE Boots, Suits and Citizens: New Mexico's Unique Legislative Culture

17 Jan 2017

Dede Feldman presents Boots, Suits and Citizens: New Mexico's Unique Legislative Culture

17 Jan 2017

JANUARY 17 * 4:00 PM Silver City Public Library * Silver City FREE
Dede Feldman, first woman elected as a New Mexico senator from Albuquerque's near North Valley, presents an overview of the New Mexico legislature and how citizens can constructively engage with it. Our citizens’ legislature is a reflection of the state’s history—the divide between the rural and urban lifestyles, the unique mix of ethnic groups, and the personal and familial connections at the heart of a small state. Spanish might be spoken in the hallways of the Roundhouse as much as English, and Native American issues are often pivotal. Ms. Feldman's talk illustrates this culture with tales of heroes, villains, unlikely alliances, special interests, and successful advocates—informed by my 16 years in the legislature. Knowledge of historical antecedents and contemporary history allows citizens to place each session of the legislature in perspective.Knowledge of the process will help empower citizens to become active and effective advocates for their own cause and make more informed electoral choices.
For more information, call Silver City Public Library at (575) 538-3672.

Boots, Suits and Citizens: New Mexico's Unique Legislative Culture

17 Jan 2017

JANUARY 17 * 4:00 PM Silver City Public Library * Silver City
Dede Feldman, first woman elected as a New Mexico senator from Albuquerque's near North Valley, presents an overview of the New Mexico legislature and how citizens can constructively engage with it. Our citizens’ legislature is a reflection of the state’s history—the divide between the rural and urban lifestyles, the unique mix of ethnic groups, and the personal and familial connections at the heart of a small state. Spanish might be spoken in the hallways of the Roundhouse as much as English, and Native American issues are often pivotal. Ms. Feldman's talk illustrates this culture with tales of heroes, villains, unlikely alliances, special interests, and successful advocates—informed by my 16 years in the legislature. Knowledge of historical antecedents and contemporary history allows citizens to place each session of the legislature in perspective.Knowledge of the process will help empower citizens to become active and effective advocates for their own cause and make more informed electoral choices.
For more information, call Silver City Public Library at (575) 538-3672.

Edward Wallace as Estevan

Edward Wallace as Estevan

CHAUTAUQUA Estevan the Black: Journey into the Unknown

16 Jan 2017

Martin Luther King Jr Day JANUARY 16 * 10:00 AM
Estavan, a Moor and Spanish slave is given credit for being the first European to set foot in what is now the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. How he accomplished that feat is an almost unbelievable tale, filled with danger, adventure, and a date with Fate. Leaving Spain with his master and a company of 600 in 1527, he was stranded with three Spaniards in northern Mexico and began an adventure that included being captured and enslaved by Indians, wandering lost, being revered as a God, and meeting his fate at Zuni Pueblo. A remarkable story about a remarkable man brought to life by Edward Wallace.
This program is FREE and open to the public. For more information, call Ms. Edith Brown at (505)603-2074.

Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley

Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley

CHAUTAUQUA Footsteps to Freedom: From Jim Crow to Civil Rights

16 Jan 2017

Martin Luther King Jr Day JANUARY 16 * 1:00 PM Larry Brian Mitchel Recreation Center * Gallup FREE
Presented by Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley, this program explores the history of the civil rights movement through the lives of two powerful women: Rosa Parks, the African-American seamstress who refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus; and Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta was the phenomenal force behind the throne who never faltered in her dedication. She was a singer who gave up her career to support her husband and the hard pathway to freedom.
This program is FREE and open to the public.

Steve Cormier

Steve Cormier

Music from the Ranch and the Open Range

12 Jan 2017

Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya

RUDOLFO ANAYA Receives 2015 National Humanities Medal

31 Dec 2016

Rudolfo Anaya, beloved New Mexico author, was honored at the White House on September 22 with the 2015 National Humanities Medal "for his pioneering stories of the American southwest. His works of fiction and poetry celebrate the Chicano experience and reveal universal truths about the human condition—and as an educator, he has spread a love of literature to new generations."

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Edward Wallace as James Beckwourth

Edward Wallace as James Beckwourth

CHAUTAUQUA From Slave to Superstar: The Life of James Pierson Beckwourth

21 Dec 2016

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison

BELOVED: Pulitzer Dialogues Discussion

17 Dec 2016

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Andy Mason

Andy Mason

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC

11 Dec 2016

Ralph Estes

Ralph Estes

Ralph Estes presentsTHE WEST: SINGING ITS STORY

8 Dec 2016

DECEMBER 8 * 3:00 PM Palmilla Senior Living * Albuquerque FREE
Take a trip with Ralph Estes through a thousand years of the American West, from Anasazi Indians to the Atomic Age. Like the Indians and cowboys, the trappers and traders, we'll sing as we go because their songs tell a big part of the story. We'll visit the ancient ones, whose lives we can envision in places like Chaco Canyon. We'll see Coronado, with his padres and conquistadores, searching for the Seven Cities of Cibola. Lewis and Clark, guided by the Shoshone girl Sacagawea. The Alamo, Santa Fe Trail, the forty-niners followed by thousands of settlers. We'll saddle up and ride through the cowboy era, and meet characters like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, Geronimo, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Jesse James. And we'll ponder how atomic power, developed in our West, changed the world and often leads to a longing for a more innocent time. A longing that causes many of us to turn our faces to the West.
Stefanie Beninato

Stefanie Beninato

Stefanie Beninato presents Land Grants and Water Rights: Fighting Words in the Twenty-First Century?

7 Dec 2016

DECEMBER 7 * 11:30 AM Golden Corral Restaurant * 5207 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque
Land grants and water rights have been an integral part of New Mexico's history. The subject of intense debates, long and arduous discussions and disagreements, court rulings and legislation, land grant and acequia rights remain an ongoing issue in New Mexico today. Dr. Stefanie Beninato addresses the cultural, social, economic and political history as well as jurisprudence.
This program is hosted by Albuquerque Geological Society and takes place at the Golden Corral located at 5207 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque. Call (505)843-7643 for more information.
Arnold Herrara

Arnold Herrara

Arnold Herrara presents THE WAY OF THE DRUM

3 Dec 2016

DECEMBER 3 * 2:00 p.m. Cerrillos Hills State Park * Cerrillos FREE
This presentation is a way into the Cochiti Pueblo world told from personal experiences, traditional stories and teachings. While demonstrating steps in constructing the famous Cochiti drum, Arnold Herrera tells about tribal political structures, language, ceremony, clans and moiety membership, roles of men, women and children, and modern Pueblo social problems. This journey covers the period from the 1940s to the present.
Arnold Herrera, a Cochiti Pueblo native, grew up in a culturally rich Keresan Pueblo environment immersed in traditions and the arts. With knowledge gained from his grandparents and his father, Arnold has become an accomplished drum maker, composer/singer, and teacher of culture to all audiences.
This program is FREE and open to the public. For more information, call Cerrillos Hills State Park at (505)474-0196.
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Pulitzer Dialogues Discussion: THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO

1 Dec 2016

DECEMBER 1 * 6:00 PM Thomas C. Donnelly Library * Las Vegas FREE
Join the discussion on Junot Diaz's Pulitzer Prize winning book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao at the Thomas C. Donnelly Library in Las Vegas, NM. The discussion is part of the Pulitzer Dialogues, a five month reading and discussion series at six libraries across New Mexico. Learn more at Pulitzer Dialogues.
For more information about this discussion, contact theThomas C. Donnelly Library at (505) 454-3401.

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THE BLACK CHADOR: Power, Place, and Play among Iranian Howzevi (Seminarians)

28 Nov 2016

NOVEMBER 28 * 5:30 PM George Pearl Hall Auditorium, UNM * Albuquerque FREE
Dr. Amina Tawasil will focus on the intersections of the 1979 Iranian revolution as collective memory, the black chador as a revolutionary symbol and religious practice, and how the howzevi insert play at this intersection. Dr. Tawasil, Visiting Lecturer at the International Studies Institute at UNM, was the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle East and North African Studies at Northwestern University. http://www.aminatawasil.com/about/
This program is part of the fall lecture series, Power of Place: Globalization and Local Identities, hosted by UNM's International Studies Institute.
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CULTURE, IDENTITY AND URBANISM: A Historical Perspective from Colonialism to Globalism

21 Nov 2016

NOVEMBER 21 * 5:30 PM George Pearl Hall Auditorium, UNM * Albuquerque
Dr. Alsayyad is Professor of Architecture and urbanism at UC Berkeley. His books include: Traditions: The ‘Real’, the Hyper and the Virtual in the Built Environment (2014); Cairo: Histories of a City (2011); Cinematic Urbanism (2006); The End of Tradition (2003); Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam (2002); Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage (2001); Hybrid Urbanism (2000). http://ced.berkeley.edu/ced/faculty-staff/nezar-alsayyad
This program is part of the fall lecture series, Power of Place: Globalization and Local Identities, hosted by UNM's International Studies Institute.
Steve Cormier

Steve Cormier

Music from the Ranch and Open Range

19 Nov 2016

NOVEMBER 19 * 3:00 PM Farmington Museum * Farmington
Cowboy music has evolved from the open range and ranch employees who worked and rode after cattle during the late 19th and early to mid 20th century. These include songs written by ranch hands about horses, cattle and lost love. Others add death and the devil to the story. But all have in common the expression of what ranch and farm work was like during this time. Dr. Steve Cormier performs these, and also songs he has written, reflecting his years as a ranch and farm hand.
For more information, call Farmington Museum at (505)599-1174.
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<b><i>Lovely, Dark, Deep</i> Pulitzer Dialogue Discussion</b>

19 Nov 2016

NOVEMBER 19 * 2:00 PM South Broadway Library * Albuquerque
Join the discussion on Joyce Carol Oates' Pulitzer Prize nominated bookLovely, Dark, Deep at the South Broadway Library in Albuquerque. The discussion is part of the Pulitzer Dialogues, a five month reading and discussion series at six libraries across New Mexico. Learn more at Pulitzer Dialogues.
For more information about this discussion, contact the South Broadway Library at (505) 764-1742 or southbroadway@cabq.gov.

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Rosalia de Aragon presents HISPANIC NEW MEXICO WOMEN: 1528 - Present

12 Nov 2016

Baldwin Burr & Ernie Pyle

Baldwin Burr & Ernie Pyle

Baldwin Burr presentsERNIE PYLE - Bringing the World to America's Doorstep

11 Nov 2016

NOVEMBER 11 * 5:30 pm
Raton Museum * Raton FREE
Through his daily syndicated newspaper columns, Ernie Pyle documented characters and events he encountered as a roving reporter. Later, as a war correspondent during World War II, Ernie’s columns became a series of GI “letters home� that were greatly appreciated by the soldiers fighting and dying on the world’s battlefronts. Ernie often was able to describe events and conditions that would be censored in the GIs own letters. Ernie was killed by a sniper on Ie Shima Island, near Okinawa, on April 18, 1945. This performance by Baldwin Burr takes place during the last 45 minutes of Ernie’s life.

Deborah Blanche presentsO'KEEFE: Close Up and Faraway

11 Nov 2016

Bill Martin

Bill Martin

THE PILOT WITH THE MAGIC HAT

10 Nov 2016

NOVEMBER 10 * 6:00 PM Octavia Fellin Public Library * Gallup FREE
Bill Martin commanded an all-volunteer unit of helicopter gunships deep in the Mekong Delta in 1967 and 1968. He will explain his role in freeing 33 South Vietnamese POWs and his unusual part in the dramatic and hair-raising rescue of 200 orphans and eight nuns from the clutches of the Vietcong. Between firefights he popped into jungle villages to entertain families with magic, gaining friends and important intelligence information and leading the infuriated Vietcong to place a price on his head! Bill will demonstrate a rope escape that probably saved his life when two Vietcong soldiers tied his hands behind his back on a jungle trail. His will answer questions and offer insight into the tragic emotional struggles that still plague many Vietnam vets today.
Dr. Phil Bock

Dr. Phil Bock

Dr. Phil Bock presents DEAN ROBB: FROM WALL STREET TO UNM

10 Nov 2016

NOVEMBER 10 * 7:00 PM San Ysidro Church * Corrales FREE
J. Donald Robb was an eminent Wall Street lawyer who in 1941 decided to abandon that career and come to UNM to follow his dream of composing musical works in many genres. He built the music department, founded the UNM Symphony, and planned the Center for the Arts. Robb spent many years traveling the Hispanic villages of the state, recording songs and rituals. The resulting archive of more than 3000 items is preserved at UNM where an annual composers symposium makes use of these materials for academic and creative purposes. Lecture presented by Dr. Phil Bock.
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The Migration Experience Film & Discussion Series <b>THE HARVEST/LA COSHECHA</b>

9 Nov 2016

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Where you find (their) Earth

7 Nov 2016

November 7 * 5:30 PM George Pearl Auditorium, UNM Main Campus * Albuquerque
Beverly Singer will discuss the growing expression of globalization and use New Mexico as a historically significant place for remembering. Dr. Singer is Associate Professor (Emerita) of the Department of Anthropology at UNM. She is Tewa and Diné from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. An award-winning documentary video producer, she is the author of Wiping the War Paint Off the Lens: Native American Film and Video (2001).
This program is part of the fall lecture series, Power of Place: Globalization and Local Identities, hosted by UNM's International Studies Institute.

PUBLIC FORUM: Interactive Art on the Land

5 Nov 2016

NOVEMBER 5 * 7:30 pm OUTPOST Performance Space * Albuquerque FREE
516 ARTS, an arts and culture venue in Albuquerque, is celebrating 10 creative years by revisiting artists and subjects from past projects. Interactive Arts Projects on the Land is part of the Climate Change Speaker Series and includes photographer and muralist Chip Thomas, choreographer/dancer Lisa Nevada and new media artist Andrea Polli, who are doing temporary site projects in Albuquerque. The artists will discuss how they strive to engage people in their art forms in outdoor rural settings.

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Sunny Dooley

Sunny Dooley

Dinè (Navajo) Blessingway Stories

3 Nov 2016

November 3 * 2:00 PM Eastern New Mexico University * Campus Union Building Portales, NM
These Origins stories, in Navajo or English, present the worldview of the Diné people and their relationships with their surroundings. They are the social versions of the sacred chants. They are told only from October through about early March (first thunder). From March through October, a selection of other stories is available. Free, public program presented by Sunny Dooley.

Kenneth Seowtewa

Kenneth Seowtewa

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de Zuni Murals

3 Nov 2016

November 3 * 6:00 PM Octavia Fellin Public Library * 115 West Hill Avenue, Gallup, NM FREE
The "Old Mission" of Zuni, listed on the state and national registries as one of the three oldest missions in New Mexico, dates back to 1629. The murals of Zuni deities were started in 1970 by Kenneth's father Alex Seowtewa, based on oral tradition of previous murals that were painted in fresco. Kenneth has been involved in the painting since 1977.
Kenneth Seowtewa is a cultural practitioner, artist-in-residence, author, and visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin.
For more information, call Octavia Fellin Public Library at (505)863-1291.

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The Migration Experience Free Film & Discussion Series: The Journey

3 Nov 2016

November 3 * 6:30 PM African American Performing Arts Center * 310 San Pedro Dr NE Albuquerque, NM * (505) 603-0866 FREE
One filmmaker captures every step of a Syrian father’s seventeen-hundred-mile odyssey to exile in Europe, fraught with peril and punctuated by moments of extraordinary human kindness.
“The Journey� (Field of Vision Films, 2016) is the second in a series of four free films entitled “The Migration Experience.� All films are free and open to the public and followed by a discussion led by community scholars.

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People Create Cities Speakers Series: Special Presentation Japanese American Prison Camps of World War II

1 Nov 2016

Special Collections Library * 423 Central Ave NE * 848-1376 Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 1-3 pm The presentation compares and contrasts the WRA "family" camps of WWII and DOJ Camps of NM. Live readings, discussions and photographic images will take place. This presentation is a special arrangement travels to Lordsburg, Silver City, Las Cruces and Gallup Nov. 16 -19. For further info contact: louisnikki9@gmail.com

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The European Union: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

28 Oct 2016

Oct 28, 2016 * 3:00pm Joe Jupille, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Tocqueville Initiative, University of Colorado, Boulder. This lecture is made possible by the European Union Commission and the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence

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Lesley Poling-Kempes

Lesley Poling-Kempes

Ladies of the Canyons

20 Oct 2016

October 20 * 1:00 PM
St. John's Methodist Church * 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM

Ladies of the Canyons is a lecture/slide show about remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world. Educated, restless, and inquisitive, Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Alice Klauber, and Mary Cabot Wheelwright each left behind the comforts and confines of upper-class American society to explore the land and cultures of the exotic Four Corners Indian Country. They came into the Southwest between 1900 and 1922 when the region’s indigenous people were undergoing cultural assault and intellectual scrutiny by the “civilized� world. Each of these women became art and cultural preservationists years before these causes were recognized as American ideals. Their friends included Louisa Wade Wetherill, Alice Corbin Henderson, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Elsie Clews Parsons, Mary Austin, and Willa Cather. Presented by Ms. Lesley Poling-Kempes.

Rosalia de Aragon as La Llorona

Rosalia de Aragon as La Llorona

La Llorona, The Wailing Woman

20 Oct 2016

October 20 * 7:00 PM
Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation * 116 Bridge St., Las Vegas, NM

This famous ghost from Spanish folklore is known throughout the world for her eerie, spine chilling cries as she searches for her loved ones. Early Spanish settlers knew of her. Her story was ancient in European mythology, but in New Mexico it is said she lived next door, or an ancestor actually knew her. Presented by Rosalia de Aragon.

The Migration Experience

The Migration Experience

Artful Life creative community collaboration

20 Oct 2016

All films are free and open to the public. The Migration Experience is a free, four week film and discussion series focusing on the lived experience of immigrants and refugees. Each acclaimed film is followed by a discussion led by scholars, including an immigrant or refugee from the region of the world represented in the film. The series is one of several community-led development initiatives that emerged from the Stories of Route 66 arts engagement project.

www.artful-life.org/migration-film-series »

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National Endowment for The Humanities

20 Oct 2016

NEH Next Generation Humanities PhD Grant Recipients

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International Studies Institute Fall 2016 Lecture Series

17 Oct 2016

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Edward Wallace as Estevan the Moor

Edward Wallace as Estevan the Moor

Estevan the Moor: Journey into the Unknown

14 Oct 2016

October 14 * 7:00 PM
San Juan College Little Theater * 4601 College Blvd., Farmington, NM
FREE

Estavan, a Moor and Spanish slave is given credit for being the first European to set foot in what is now the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. How he accomplished that feat is an almost unbelievable tale, filled with danger, adventure, and a date with Fate. Leaving Spain with his master and a company of 600 in 1527, he was stranded with three Spaniards in northern Mexico and began an adventure that included being captured and enslaved by Indians, wandering lost, being revered as a God, and meeting his fate at Zuni Pueblo. A remarkable story about a remarkable man. Presented by Mr. Edward Wallace.

Diana Molina

Diana Molina

Seven String Barbed Wire Fence: The Many Faces of Latino Immigration in the U.S.

13 Oct 2016

October 13, 2016 * 5:00 PM
Magdalena Public Library * 108 N Main St, Magdalena, NM
FREE
Seven String Barbed-Wire Fence aims to provide a balanced, informative account of the often emotionally-charged issue of Latino Immigration to the U.S. A polyphonic multimedia presentation gives a human face to the issue: different voices, independent and disunited are bound by the common theme of immigration. Photos, montages, three-dimensional installation examples, and a short video document the formidable barriers along the border environment and provide a comprehensive portrayal of the actors and arguments within the post-9/11 debate over policy reform. This is a FREE program presented by Diana Molina.

Gila River Festival

Gila River Festival

Gila River Festival

22 Sep 2016

The 12th Annual Gila River Festival Honoring Our Heritage: The Natural and Cultural History of the Gila will look at the importance of preserving our region’s cultural and natural history. This year’s centennial of the National Park Service provides an opportunity to explore the philosophy behind our nation’s accomplishments in preserving our cultural and natural heritage and understand future challenges to preserving biologically important landscapes, such as the Gila River watershed, and to protecting public lands held in trust for all Americans.

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La Doña Tules at the MCM Elegante

15 Sep 2016

6:45 pm-- free public program at the MCM Elegante, at 2020 Menaul Blvd NE in Albuquerque. Gertrudis Barcelo's profession struck sharply at the heart of American ethics, but her life reveals a unique personality, unlikely relationships, and wealth used to assist her community, and gain the admiration of the Catholic Church. Doña Tules' contribution to New Mexico history, the speculation and controversy about her, holds audience interest, increases knowledge and stimulates the imagination. She was well established and affluent when the US military and when American wagon trains arrived in Santa Fe. Americans were intrigued by her prominence, and have debated the contradictions of her life as the highly respected professional lady gambler, who could deal the monte cards and win like no other, and have the most lavish funeral of the era.

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Register Now for Hands On History Day Workshop

10 Sep 2016

We'll be hosting a National History Day Workshop in Farmington on September 10, and we want to see you there! Based on your input, we'll be exploring the 2017 theme, Taking a Stand in History, planning your year and doing fundraising, and taking a closer look at using primary sources and New Mexico archives. After lunch (provided), you're welcome to stay for hands-on exercises on developing websites and documentaries.

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Kay Kuhlmann as Dale Evans

Chautauqua - The Way You Ride the Trail

10 Sep 2016

Free public program at the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs, NM. 11:30 am - 1 pm.

Dale Evans appears as a Chautauqua character in "The Way You Ride the Trail." The stage portrait, presented by Kay Sebring-Roberts Kuhlmann of Ruidoso, takes its title from a line in "Happy Trails to You," the theme song Dale composed for her husband, Roy Rogers. The audience meets Dale at two stages in her life: as a film, television, and recording artist while raising a blended family of seven children; and as an inspirational author.

Programme for the Fractured Faiths Symposium at the New Mexico History Museum

Programme for the Fractured Faiths Symposium at the New Mexico History Museum

Fractured Faiths Symposium

9 Sep 2016

Free to the public!

Join us for dialogue between historians, anthropologists, art historians, musicians and genealogists on the history of Sephardic Jews, conversos and crypto-Jews' 600-year process of identity transformation, from the Golden Age of Spain to Mexico and New Mexico.

Friday September 9, 8:30 - 4 pm David Graizbord (AZ Center for Judaic Studies, U-AZ) Iberian Identity Crises and their Reverberations: 1391 and Beyond Gretchen Starr-LeBeau (Principia College, IL) Violence, Revitalization, Expulsion: Jewish Life in Late-Medieval Ibera John Chuchiak (Missouri State University) Water & Fire: The Inquisistion in New Spain and the Prosecution and Persecution of Accused Judaizers, 1570-1821 Emmanuel Ortega (University of Nevada Las Vegas) The Reception of Autos-de-Fe in 18th C San Bartolome Otzolotepec: The Contextual Graphics of a Hegemonic Spectacle Paul Duncan (Medical oncologist, Albuquerque) A Genetic Link: Identifying a Sephardic Fingerprint

Saturday, September 10 9 am - 4 pm Jose Esquibel (Independent scholar, Denver) Out from the Shadow of Suspicion: The Identity of Juan de Onate's Jewish-Converso Lineage Frances Levine (Missouri History Museum, St. Louis) Dona Teresa's World: An Intimate View into the Palace Ron Duncan Hart (Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM) The Twentieth Century Movement of Reclaiming Jewish Identity Ofer Ben-Amots, Christina Martos & Debra Ayers Lecture-recital: Ladino (Judeo Spanish language) Romanceros, Kantas & Coplas

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Ned O'Malia

Ned O'Malia

Chautauqua: Our Muslim Neighbors

9 Sep 2016

Free public program at San Juan College's Little Theatre. 7 pm- 8:30 pm

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world; it may also be the most misunderstood. There are now more Muslims in America than Jews or Presbyterians. There are over 1,400 mosques in the United States. This illustrated lecture will review the Five Pillars of Islam and Mohammed the prophet of Islam. The growth of Islam in America will be traced through several Black National movements, especially Malcolm X and the Black Muslims. A rapid increase in Muslim population came with immigration reforms in 1964. These reforms ushered in a generation of educated, Americanized immigrant Muslims. Demographics, national population statistics, and political associations will be discussed. Islam in New Mexico is a special feature.

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Jack Loeffler

Thinking Like a Watershed

27 Aug 2016

Lesley Poling-Kempes

Lesley Poling-Kempes

The Harvey Girls & the Santa Fe Railway--Myth, Legend & History

21 Aug 2016

Lesley Poling-Kempes presents this program about the Santa Fe Railway and the Fred Harvey Company, who were responsible for the creation and promotion of the Mythic Southwest as a tourist destination. The Harvey Girls' role in the opening of the West has become legendary, their lives forever linked with the Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, and the exotic and elegant resorts built along the railroad in the early years of this century. In this slide show/lecture, learn how Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railway influenced the art and architecture of the Southwest, and how the Harvey Girls became synonymous with adventure and romance in the golden years of American railroad travel.

The program is free to the public, but regular park admission fees apply. 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Pecos National Historical Park, NM-63, Pecos, NM 87552

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Avila to present on Chester Nez at Magdalena Public Library

7 Aug 2016

Join author Judith Avila for a lecture on late Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez (1921-2014), one of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers. During World War II, Nez and other Navajo marines helped to developed the unbroken code that aided U.S. forces in their fight against Japan. Avila co-authored Nez’s memoir, Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of World War II . Location: Magdalena Public Library (Magdalena, NM) Date: August 10, 2016 Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm

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Estes to present ME AND BILLY at the Kit Carson Home and Museum in Taos

6 Aug 2016

Join Ralph Estes as the "world's oldest living cowboy," who tells through story and song of his years as a cowboy and his friendship with Billy the Kid. Stories about Billy the Kid are generally exaggerated. This program addresses the legend-making process while presenting the story of Billy that is supported by historical evidence. Location: Kit Carson Home and Museum (Taos, NM) Date: August 13, 2016 Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

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Wallace as ESTEVAN at Petroglyph National Monument

5 Aug 2016

Author Hampton Sides: A Realm Of Blood and Thunder: Kit Carson, Manifest Destiny's Unlikely Field Agent

1 Aug 2016

*Location: Ilfeld Auditorium New Mexico Highlands University, University Ave, Las Vegas, NM *Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016 *Time: 4 - 6 pm *Author book signing to be held after the program For more info contact: 505-426-3205 City Museum 505-426-3205 Email: lvhistoric@gmail.com

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De Aragón to present LA LLORONA at Capitán Public Library

27 Jul 2016

This famous ghost from Spanish folklore is known throughout the world for her eerie, spine chilling cries as she searches for her loved ones. Early Spanish settlers knew of her. Her story was ancient in European mythology, but in New Mexico it is said she lived next door, or an ancestor actually knew her. La Llorona’s cries are brought to life with the popular performance and songs of Rosalia de Aragón, a multi-talented native actor. Rosalia is from a family of accomplished visual and literary artists. Location: Capitán Public Library Date: August 5, 2016 Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm

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Stephen Dixon as JAMES OHIO PATTIE at El Rancho de las Golondrinas

26 Jul 2016

Come along with Stephen Dixon as James Ohio Pattie, who encounters the native plants, animals and peoples of New Mexico. Endure the hardships and unforeseen dangers while traveling through the prairies, deserts, mountains and valleys. View the world through the wide eyes of a mountain man whose words paint pictures in the minds of those who huddle around his campfire. Feel the warmth of his fire as chills run down your spine as you travel back in time to 1824. Location: El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, La Cienega, NM Date: August 6, 2016 Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

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¡Viva Chihuahua! Symbols of Survival in the Desert Landscape

25 Jul 2016

The Chihuahuan Desert straddles the border and covers more than 200,000 square miles that extend into parts of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. On the Mexican side, it covers the northern half of the state of Chihuahua, most of Coahuila, and parts of Durango, Zacatecas and Nuevo León. It is considered to be the most biologically diverse desert in the world as measured by the variety of species and endemic plants. The mean annual precipitation for the Chihuahuan Desert is 235 mm (9.3in). It's relevance and impact to the culture and traditions of its human inhabitants, beginning with the Native Americans, is intertwined with survival in a distinct landscape. For more information please contact the White Sands National Park at 575/479-6124.

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Pueblo Pottery: A Chautauqua Presentation by Pam Lujan-Hauer

25 Jul 2016

Southwestern Pueblo pottery is an art-form with a long and rich tradition. A potter from the Taos Pueblo demonstrates her art and tells the story of pottery, from the history of clay as an art form and the origins of the earliest pottery, to the threats to traditional pottery. Pam Lujan-Hauer learned pottery-making from her great-aunts. She exhibits and sells her work extensively, as well as teaching classes and demonstrating her work, and has won numerous awards. Location: 110 W 7th St, Silver City, NM 88061 Date: 7/29/16 Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

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Featuring...Dine Folklore in Cultural Context by Sunny Dooley A Chautauqua Presentation to take place in Taos!

25 Jul 2016

This talk focuses on cultural items significant in maintaining Diné matrilineal teachings. They include the Navajo basket; the woman's traditional dress of moccasins, leggings, dress with sash belt, hair tie and hair brush; goat skins, grinding stones, rock brushes, clay pot, and so on. Can be presented separately or related with traditional stories above. Location: Kit Carson Home and Museum, 113 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM 87571 Date: July 30, 2016 Time: 6:00-7:00pm

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Silver City Clay Festival

6 Jul 2016

The Silver City Summer Clay Festival is underway! This Year's Theme is From Oaxaca to Santa Fe Attend a gathering of artists, educators, entrepreneurs, families, youth, adventurers, and lifelong learners to explore clay in its many forms as well as its impact on our history, present, and future. The fifth annual festival takes place July 23 - 31 Click on the link for more information

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Great Museums of the World: The Hermitage

1 Jul 2016

Dr. Marina Obortova, CFIS, AIA will take you on a visual tour of the Hermitge, one of the largest museums in the world, talk about the museums history and show you some of its treasures. Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016 Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm Location: Albuquerque Museum of Art & History Click on the pdf icon for details to a lecture you don't want to miss...

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Steve Cormier to present "Music from the Ranch and the Open Range" in Silver City

30 Jun 2016

Cowboy singer and onetime ranch hand Dr. Steve Cormier will perform and discuss ranch songs at the Silver City Museum Annex on July 16th at 12pm . Largely written in the early and mid 20th century, these songs convey the experience of ranch and farm life. Cormier also performs songs he has written from his decade of work on ranches in Kansas and New Mexico. A NMHC Chautauqua Program presentation.
Sponsored by the Silver City Museum 575-538-5921

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Lucero Sachs lectures on Clyde Tingley at Petroglyph National Monument

30 Jun 2016

Join Lucinda Lucero Sachs for her talk, "Clyde Tingley - An Extraordinary Man" at the Petroglyph National Monument Visitors Center on July 16, 2016 at 6:30pm, a part of their Centennial Nights Chautauqua series. Lucero Sachs, a long recognized expert on both Clyde Tingley and the New Deal in New Mexico, details Tingley's rise from Mayor of Albuquerque to the Governor's office, where he steered millions of dollars to New Deal projects throughout Albuquerque and across New Mexico. A NMHC Chautauqua Program presentation.
Sponsored by Petroglyph National Monument, NPS 505-899-0205 x335

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Citizen Men in New Mexico: "Never Give Up: Minouri Yasui & the Fight for Justice" a documentary film-in-Progress Presentation by Holly Yasui

28 Apr 2016

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UNM--Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Presents: 20 Years in Art & Cermamics

26 Apr 2016

Who: Wan Liya, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of NM What: 20 Years in Art & Ceramics Where: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM *1 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131 When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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The Wonder of Nature: Rachel Carson

20 Apr 2016

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Spring Lecture Series 2016: Food and Festivity in the Middle Ages

19 Apr 2016

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Upcoming programs this month with Chautuauqua Speaker Diana Molina taking place in Farmington, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Gallup, and Albuquerque!

14 Apr 2016

She will be presenting a variety of topics that address our region, the geography, the natural features that unify our experience of place; that give shape to our unique identity, our collective character, unified but not homogenized. We hope you can attend one or more of these insightful programs. -April 15, at 7:00pm; Icons and Symbols of our Regional Heritage at the San Juan College, Little Theatre, Farmington, NM (505) 566-3430 -April 16, 3:00pm Seven String Barbed Wire Fence, Many Faces of Latino Immigration in the United States, Santa Fe Public Library; Santa Fe, NM (505) 955-6792 -April 17, 3:00pm Two presentations; Seven String Barbed Wire Fence, Many Faces of Latino Immigration in the United States, Los Alamos, Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos, NM (505) 662-8240 -April 19, at 6:00pm Icons and Symbols of our Regional Heritage, at the Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, NM (505) 863-1291 -April 20, 7:00pm Rarámuri, The Foot Runners of the Sierra Madre, UNM Student Union Building, Alb, NM (505) 277-2331

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Upcoming programs this month with Chautuauqua Speaker Diana Molina taking place in Farmington, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Gallup, and Albuquerque!

14 Apr 2016

She will be presenting a variety of topics that address our region, the geography, the natural features that unify our experience of place; that give shape to our unique identity, our collective character, unified but not homogenized. We hope you can attend one or more of these insightful programs. -April 15, at 7:00pm; Icons and Symbols of our Regional Heritage at the San Juan College, Little Theatre, Farmington, NM (505) 566-3430 -April 16, 3:00pm Seven String Barbed Wire Fence, Many Faces of Latino Immigration in the United States, Santa Fe Public Library; Santa Fe, NM (505) 955-6792 -April 17, 3:00pm Two presentations; Seven String Barbed Wire Fence, Many Faces of Latino Immigration in the United States, Los Alamos, Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos, NM (505) 662-8240 -April 19, at 6:00pm Icons and Symbols of our Regional Heritage, at the Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, NM (505) 863-1291 -April 20, 7:00pm Rarámuri, The Foot Runners of the Sierra Madre, UNM Student Union Building, Alb, NM (505) 277-2331

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*Earth Fire & Life *Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics*

8 Apr 2016

Using Chinese ceramics made over thousands of years, the Maxwell Museum explores Chinese history and society and China's connections to New Mexico. "China Then and Now" includes a gallery exhibit--opening April 8 2016, an online exhibit, and public programs, all free of charge. Special lecture by Professor Lan Wu and Gallery Tour with David Phillips on April 23, 2016 at Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Presented by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM with the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies. For more information contact 505/277-4405 or visit:

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Free workshops on feminist filmmaking and Finnish women filmmakers Link: https://nmhumanities.org/pix/EIC2016.jpg
Free workshops on feminist filmmaking and Finnish women filmmakers
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Experiments in Cinema v11.4

5 Apr 2016

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NMHC'S Board of Directors Awards $54,095 for NM Audiences!

5 Apr 2016

Funding was made possible for the following programs in the February grant cycle: *Women of the Mother Road: Route 66 *The Power of Place *In the Heart of the Gila *Fractured Faiths *CLAY 2016: From Oaxaca to Santa Fe *12th Annual Gila River Festival *The Migration Experience *Artists + Audience: The Aesthetic Interface With the assistance of the NMHC, these programs are offered to the public free of charge or at a minimal entrance fee. These grants support and advance community, civic discussions, insight and core humanities missions. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page to find dates, times, and locations for these magnificent programs...

Dr. Lenka Bustikova, University of Arizona

Dr. Lenka Bustikova, University of Arizona

Dr. Lenka Bustikova Speaks on Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania

1 Apr 2016

Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania: Uneasy Neighborhood April 1, 2016 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. UNM Continuing Education Conference Center Between 1569 and 1795 Poland and Lithuania formed the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth which incorporated much of what is now Ukraine. Before 1918 both countries were part of the Russian empire and until 1991 part of the USSR. Historically, the Polish-Ukrainian-Lithuanian relationship has been tenuous. For all intents and purposes, one would expect these three countries to be at odds. Rather, current events put the Ukrainian-Polish relationship into the spotlight. Yet after Poland’s (and Lithuania’s) admission to the European Union, Ukraine has found new allies in its neighbors. Poland is probably the most vocal supporter of Ukrainian territorial integrity in Brussels. In her talk, Dr. Bustikova discusses how the current crisis transforms historical grievances and presents new challenges to the stability of Eastern Europe. For more information please call: 505/856-7277 or visit the website. There is an entrance fee at the door, purchase your tickets in advance or pay what you can at the door. Students Free of charge.

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Indigenous Book Fair at UNM!!! Click on the link for more info...

1 Mar 2016

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Opening Reception for three Exhibitions at New Mexico Museum of Art

26 Feb 2016

New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League presents...

19 Feb 2016

a multimedia presentation commemorating... DAY of REMEMBRANCE the legacy of Japanese American Civil Rights Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 * 1:00 - 3:00pm Special Collections Library 423 Central Ave. NE, Albq, NM * 505-848-1376 hosted by Mary Oishi

Interesting Pages of Recent Russia-U.S. History & The Current Status of Russia's Nuclear Program A lecture by Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker

19 Feb 2016

Dr. Hecker is Research Professor at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. He will discuss how U.S. Russian relations have changed from the 90's to today's adversity. During the difficult economic times and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian weapon scientists worked to maintain the safety and security of their nuclear assets with much assistance from American nuclear scientists. He will discuss the nature of this unprecedented cooperation, how it flourished, diminished, and collapsed, as a result of the current political crisis in Ukraine and now in Syria. He will comment on how Russia views these threats and plans to combat them. And, provide options for Washington's response. Dr. Heckler will also briefly comment on North Korea's nuclear program and his interactions with their citizens and scientists.

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Pulitzer Prizes Gives Award to the NMHC for 2016 Centennial Campfires Initiative

4 Feb 2016

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Dust, Drought, & Dreams Gone Dry

20 Jan 2016

Click here for an unforgettable program featuring exhibits, projects, and discussion series at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts.

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Presenting...First Folio! The book that gave us Shakespeare!

20 Jan 2016

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Presenting.... First Folio! The book that gave us Shakespeare!

20 Jan 2016

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From Cold War to Hot Peace? Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and the 'Triangulation' of German Foreign Policy Dr. Joyce Mushaben, University of Missouri-St.Louis

19 Jan 2016

As Germany's first female, Eastern Chancellor, Angela Merkel took to the international stage like a moth to a flame. She quickly emerged as an effective mediator among three competing forces: the United States, the European Union and Russia. Her expertise in energy security, environmental sustainability, and climate change accorded her a distinctive voice in "high politics". Merkel presents herself as a critical friend of the US. Dr. Mushaben will present some short case studies illustrating Merkel's efforts to keep both superpowers engaged. *Lecture free to students under 25 $15 AIA Members $20 Non-Members Jan. 24, 2016 3-5pm UNM Continuing Education Conference Center -1634 University Blvd. NE

From Cold War to Hot Peace: Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and the 'Triangulation' of German Foreign Policy Dr. Joyce Mushaben, University of Missouri-St. Louis

19 Jan 2016

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New Mexico History Day 2016 Needs Judges!

8 Jan 2016

We are seeking public or professional historians, educators, graduate students, museum professionals and others with a love of history and a desire to help students nurture their passion for history. NMHC offers training to all judges prior to the contest. Lunch and refreshments will be served during the contests. History Day is an exciting academic enrichment program that promotes the study of history. Young historians develop research papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites, and performances based on topics for this year's theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Register at http://svy.mk/1kSFEHc to join us on these upcoming dates:

  • The Southwest Regional contest will take place on February 25th at the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces. Judge training begins at 8:00 AM.
  • The Northwest Regional contest will take place on March 4th at San Juan College in Farmington. Judge training begins at 8:00 AM.
  • The Central Regional contest will take place on March 18th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Judge training begins at 8:00 A.M.
  • The New Mexico State Competition will take place on April 29th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Judge training begins at 8:00 A.M.
For more information, contact Ellen at (505) 633-7372 or email historyday@nmhumanities.org.

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NMHC'S Board of Directors Awards $78,363 for NM Audiences!

17 Dec 2015

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Acting Out: A Symposium on Indigenous Performance Art

3 Dec 2015

Free & Open to the Public Symposium, Workshops & Video Screenings: December 3-4 Performance at the Lensic Performing Arts Center: 12/4/15 at 6 - 8 pm For more info contact IAIA Museum 505.428.5907

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The Socorro Public Library is hosting Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian, a national reading and discussion program designed for veterans.

3 Nov 2015

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Imprisonment of Japanese in U.S. Prison Camps during World War II & Comparison of Camps in Wyoming and New Mexico by Sam Mihara

1 Nov 2015

Presentation includes: live speakers, video, panel discussion and a Q&A session. Hibben Auditorium, Maxwell Museum, University of New Mexico 7:30 pm Wednesday, November 18, 2015 For more information contact: louisnikki9@gmail.com

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word Friday-Sunday, October 2-4, 2015 Silver City, NM

29 Sep 2015

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word (SWFWW), which celebrates the power and beauty of the written word, embracing the rich diversity of Southwestern cultures, will feature over fifty writers who live and work in the southwest and will participate in discussions, workshops, lectures and panel discussions. Among the many authors at the festival, Denise Chávez, Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, Simon J. Ortiz, Nasario Garcia, Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie, Stella Pope Duarte, Rob Connoley, Daniel Chacon, and Elise Stuart will discuss how the land has inspired and influenced their writing in a series of moderated panel discussions and lectures. For a schedule of events please visit their website.

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Fall 2015 Newsletter is Here!

22 Sep 2015

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11th Annual Gila River Festival, September 24 through 27

21 Sep 2015

One of the Southwest's premier nature festivals, the Gila River Festival attracts an audience of nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts eager to learn about and experience the Gila's natural wonders. A great program lined up for this year's festival. The keynote speaker is Godfrey Reggio, world renowned filmmaker and director Koyaanisqatsi and other films. He'll speak to not how we use technology, but how we have become technology. Please visit website for a complete listing of events.

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The New Mexico National Guard Bataan Military Museum presents 4-4-43 Friday, September 18, 2015 6:00 pm

15 Sep 2015

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The Red That Colored the World

9 Sep 2015

Sunday September 13, 2015 Red Poetry Slam 2-4PM Spoken word with Hakim Bellamy, Lauren Camp, Miriam Sagan, Aaron M. Ambrose, Joan Logghe and Tara Trudell share works about the color red to express its cultural, spiritual and personal significance. FREE! At the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM. Exhibition funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Come join the fun this weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas for Fiesta De Los Ninos or Children's Celebration!

27 Aug 2015

On Saturday, August 29 and Sunday August 30, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. El Rancho de las Golondrinas will host Fiesta De Los Ninos or Children’s Celebration. There will be crafts and demonstrations for children of all ages. For children 12 and under admission is free, otherwise it is $8. Events include making a miniature adobe house, learning to weave on a mini loom, washing clothes the old fashioned way on a washboard, shooting a bow and arrow and learning to tin stamp all while dressing up like a Spanish settler. In addition you can make your own rope and a trade bead necklace. Other happenings include partaking in the sights and sounds of Baile Espanol de Santa Fe, taking a mule-drawn wagon ride, a magic show and many more. There will also be bread and peach cobbler served out of the adobe horno at noon just in time for lunch. Costumed interpreters will be located all around the 200-acre ranch to enhance the experience as well and there will be artisians demonstrating traditional crafts including blacksmithing, carving, hide tanning, woodworking, baking, tinsmithing, milling, spinning, weaving and much more. El Rancho de las Golondrinas has been creating memories for over 300 years. The event is sponsored in part by NMHC and more information on the event can be found at

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Nice article featuring one of our grant supported programs in the Silver City Sun-News.

12 Aug 2015

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Pioneering Space Shuttle Commander Shares His Story at the Albuquerque Museum.

4 Aug 2015

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Photos of East Las Vegas Mayor Alfredo Maes and West Las Vegas Mayor Robert Wester about 1954.

Photos of East Las Vegas Mayor Alfredo Maes and West Las Vegas Mayor Robert Wester about 1954.

Hands Across The Bridge: Public Forum On 1970 Las Vegas Consolidation

31 Jul 2015

Come and learn about the merger of Old Town (West Las Vegas) and New Town (East Las Vegas) on Sunday, August 2, at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom from 1:30-3:30 pm. Exploration of the processes, issues, and events leading to and following consolidations will be just a few of the topics that will be discussed. Panel members will give presentations followed by a panel and a Q&A with the audience. Celebrate the 45th anniversary of the historic event. FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!! For more information contact the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection at (505) 454-1401. Photo Courtesy of Jose M. Ulibarri. Mitzie Studio Collection.

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Article spotlight!

13 May 2015

We want to hear from you! What do you think?

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Want to write?

25 Mar 2015

Poetry Around the World is a monthly writing group that meets at the Tony Hillerman Library in Albuquerque! In this writing class they explore a different style of poetry from around the world each month. The finer details: Meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 4pm. This is free and open to the public. Designed for teenage and adult levels. For more information, please see the link below!

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Goal reached!

23 Mar 2015

Longtime Chautauqua program member and New Mexico cultural treasure Cipriano Vigil sought donations to bring music to underserved New Mexico schools with his handmade cigarbox guitars. We at the council received news that his project reached goal and will be able to be implemented! Congratulations, Cipriano! Thank you for being a constant advocate for the humanities in New Mexico!

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The Last Unicorn

10 Mar 2015

Humanities for America

17 Jan 2015

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The first newsletter of 2015!

15 Jan 2015

NMHC Newsletter »

Off the Road in New Mexico!

20 Oct 2014

Off the Road New Mexico »

Check out (and "Like"!) these new humanities Facebook pages

13 Feb 2014

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