A Mystery in Latin: Solved

December 9th, 2009 by Kate Nelson

The reappearance of Juan Correa’s 17th-century painting The Nativity in the Palace delighted many of us. (See the original post, below.) But a few of us were puzzled by something in the painting. And it didn’t help that our Latin runs a gamut from rusty to non-existent.

Two cherubs hover near the top, holding a banner bearing a Latin phrase. The words? Most of us could make out “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” but were then stumped by what appears to be “E Tinti” or “F Tinti” or maybe “E Tinto.” “F Tinto”?

Here’s a closeup of the painting’s upper half, you take a look:

tinti box

Was it someone’s name? A colonial version of dead-language name-calling? A 1600s version of Pantone color names?

No one knew. Until Curator Josef Diaz did a little digging around. His answer:

“The text reads Gloria in Excelsis Deo Et In Terra Pax, which translates to Glory in the highest to God and on Earth peace — although in the painting, the banner only reads up to Et In Te, and the rest is cut off. It is the beginning of a hymn known as Gloria. The piece begins with the words that the angels sang when the birth of Christ was announced to shepherds, as seen in the painting. The hymn goes on to say Homnibus Bonae Voluntatis Laudamus Te Benedicimus Te, or To men of good will, we praise thee, we bless thee.

Ah. Thanks, Josef. Handel wrote a version. So did Vivaldi. For the meditative enjoyment of all, here’s J.S. Bach’s version of the hymn from his Mass in B Minor.

A Dead-Tree Hat

December 8th, 2009 by Kate Nelson

Early craftspeople couldn’t pick up a baseball cap with a cute logo for protection. They had to rely on what they could find lying around. For those working in print shops, where the air turned into an inky, messy mist when the presses rolled, the one thing they had plenty of was paper.

Hence, the printer’s hat.

finished hat 3x2

Made from a mysterious maze of about, oh, 20 folds, the hats protected at least the tops of their heads from those hard-to-wash drips and drops.

Each year, the Palace of the Governors’ Press, with volunteer help from the Santa Fe Book Arts Group, makes a few hundred of the hats to delight children and adults alike during the annual Christmas at the Palace event. This year, Xmas@Pog, as some of us short-hand it, celebrates its 25th anniversary on Friday, Dec. 11, from 5-8 pm.

Besides snagging a hat, you can tour the Press, which was closed for renovations last year, and print your own holiday card on one of the antique, hand-operated presses.

And, thanks to a new video made by Leech and Museum Resources Division Graphics Director David Rohr, you can learn how to make one of your own.

Who made the first printer’s hat is shrouded in mystery, Leech says. There’s a chance they were originally made as boats to ferry hand-mixed inks to the presses. Eventually (and likely as a joke), a worker turned the boat over and plopped it onto his head. (We’re seriously hoping it wasn’t filled with ink at the time … though the vestigal Stooge living in a frighteningly large number of us kind of hopes it was.)

The hats weren’t the sole province of printers, as an admittedly lazy bit of Internet research tells us. Carpenters, stonemasons and painters may have also used them.

An illustration by Sir John Tenniel for Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter shows said carpenter with a printer’s hat atop his head.

One blog we found says you can use your handmade hats as “an outstanding promotional tool that costs you almost nothing.”

Something called The Hat Museum in Portland, Ore., has an example of one.

And if you’d rather have a printer’s hat that looks suspiciously like a bishop’s mitre, you can fold it that way, too.

For those of raised on twice-a-day newspapers, who love the feel of newsprint and the snap it makes as you reverse its fold to get to the crossword puzzle, printer’s hats are something of a delicacy, one we’ll decidedly miss should our cherished dead-tree news ever completely give way to our newly beloved blogs.

Mother and Child Grace the Palace

December 3rd, 2009 by Kate Nelson

3x2 nativity

A beautiful example of 1700s fine art came out of the closet this week for a special holiday showing at the Palace of the Governors. This week, movers placed Juan Correa’s painting The Nativity (otherwise known as THE mother and child) on a wall in the main entry of the Palace.

Part of the New Mexico History Museum’s Iberian Collection — 70 paintings and three bultos from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico and South America — The Nativity was one of several canvases that once formed an altar screen dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The screen itself was probably 25-35 feet high and 20 feet wide.

Its painter was one of the masters of the Baroque painting period in Mexico. He was born to a prominent mixed-race physician from Cádiz and a free black woman from Mexico City. He and his workshop were extremely productive and produced countless pictures. He had several prestigious commissions that spanned the Spanish colonies.

Altogether, the Iberian collection includes master artists such as José de Páez and José del Castillo from Mexico, and Diego Tito, an Incan painter from Peru.

The paintings were once in the private collection of Charles Wood Collier and Nina Perera Collier, who collected the pieces while in South America and Mexico. In 1958, they founded the International Institute of Iberian Colonial Art to preserve their growing collection, which had decorated the walls of Los Luceros in northern New Mexico. (The couple purchased the property in the 1960s and entertained the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe at it.)

Several years ago, the collection was donated to the Palace of the Governors. The needs to conduct conservation work on the pieces, as well as the Palace’s comparatively tight spaces, have delayed their display.

But, for now, and at least for awhile, Correa’s Nativity spreads its rich warmth. Enjoy it during Dec. 11’s Christmas at the Palace event. Combine it with a quiet, meditative visit to the Tesoros de Devocion exhibit, also in the Palace; Tesoros celebrates the artistry of New Mexico’s own santeros.

The holiday season can be rough-and-tumble and too often focused on spending and shopping. Feed your soul instead. We have a few ways up to do so – and you deserve each and every one of them.

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Mrs. Claus Tells All

November 25th, 2009 by Kate Nelson

Every year, a few weeks before The Big Day, Santa and Mrs. Claus carve out an evening when they can whisk themselves from the North Pole to the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. There, Santa hears New Mexico children’s wish lists while Mrs. Claus spreads her own spirit of comfort and joy.

Mr. and Mrs. ClausThis year, they plan to visit from 5:30-8 pm on Friday, Dec. 11, as part of Christmas at the Palace — a free, family event. In honor of their presence, the Palace will open its doors for free, serve hot cider and cookies and invite local musicians to spread the holiday cheer.

In anticipation, Mrs. Claus graciously agreed to a little Q&A.

Q. How long have you and Mr. Claus been married?

A. Mr. Claus and I have been happily married for many, many years, too many to count.

Q. You’ve been doing this job for hundreds of years, and for millions of children. What keeps the two of you going?

A. I would not call it a job. Mr. Claus and I have been making children happy for hundreds of years it warms our hearts. It all comes from the joy of our surroundings – of course, not to exclude our hard-working elves.

Q. Every year, you and the Mr. visit the Palace. Tell us some of your memories of past visits.

A. Yes, we do come to visit the Palace every year and are looking forward to this year.

When the children come to the Palace to visit Santa, they usually do not expect to see Mrs. Claus. The warm `hellos’ and smiles that I receive from children and their parents are so heartwarming when they see me.  Most children like to touch me to make sure that I am real. I am asked if I am the real Mrs. Claus.

One year, Mr. Claus was very tired from a long night at the Palace and one young boy was following us to make sure that we got back safely to our sleigh and reindeer. Mr. Claus went ahead of us and was clear out of sight. A few minutes later, the young boy looked up to the sky and noticed that the sleigh and reindeers had already left with Mr. Claus – and left me behind!

The young boy saw Rudolph’s red nose way up in the sky and was very concerned, wondering what I was going to do for the night. I let him know that Santa would notice that I was not in the sleigh and come back for me. The young boy was so excited and ran off to tell his parent.

Q. Do you have a message for the children of New Mexico?

A. I would like to welcome the children of New Mexico back to the Palace again this year for another wonderful and exciting time of the year.

Romancing the Buffalo Hide

November 20th, 2009 by Kate Nelson

I first met Tom Chavez in the early 1990s. He was director of the Palace of the Governors.  I was a lowly reporter for The Albuquerque Tribune. The Palace still stands, but lately stands in the shadow of the far larger New Mexico History Museum. The Tribune? Well, let’s just be glad we still have the Palace.

My memory of our first encounter includes the dark and aged offices that Chavez’s staff worked in, a motherlode of archival photographs that put my newspaper’s library to shame, and an undeniable excitement about a faded scrap of painting.

Chavez told me the scrap was part of something called the Segesser Hides and, needing only a cub reporter’s curiously raised eyebrow for inspiration, launched into a tale of what it took to bring them back to their North American birthplace. Long held by a Swiss family named Segesser, the hides depict the 1720 Pedro de Villasur expedition against the French and their Native allies in present-day Nebraska.

To folks like Chavez and the many, many volunteers who joined him in the quest to acquire the hides, it just seemed right that they should be displayed at the launch site of that expedition. And thus ensued years’ worth of international diplomacy that occasionally produced a huge segment, occasionally a scrap, occasionally nothing.

Notable for their efforts along the way were Meriom and Howard Kastner, who lent their time to translate correspondence between the state and hides’ owners, and who ended up leading even more volunteers – the members of Los Compadres del Palacio – in a Save Our Hides Campaign. (Those Compadre, btw, didn’t give up after obtaining the hides. In recent years, they worked their magic on the massive museum-building plan and even served ice cream to visitors on opening weekend this summer.)

The Segesser Hides are on display today at the Palace, and the New Mexico History Museum has an interactive exhibit about them. (Teacher alert: You can find it online here.)

But one big chunk is missing. It’s still in a vault, still in Switzerland, still under the ownership of someone still thinking it over. Way back when, Chavez promised me, time was on his side. He was, after all, younger than the owner of the missing piece (insert your own version of a knowing glance here).

I liked his attitude. The sense of adventure, the air of mystery, the shadow of a scheme. Who knew that, one day, I’d be working at this same place (the dark and aged offices now replaced by bright, modern ones), walking past these same hides, sharing that same desire to someday see the hides made whole once more.

This Sunday, Chavez will share some of his memories as former director of the Palace and retired executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The talk is called Chasing History: Quixotic Quests for Arts, Artifacts and Culture. It’s the kickoff to the Telling New Mexico Inaugural Lecture Series, a five-part collection of speakers versed in everything from Blackdom to Japanese internment camps to Navajo women.

Tickets cost $10 and are still available. Buy them at the museum shops or outside the History Museum Auditorium before the lecture at 2 pm. Come early, at 1 pm, for a special reception. I’m betting Chavez talks about the hides and shares a few other behind-the-scenes tales of the people, personalities and adventures that lie behind the exhibits.

Kate Nelson

Finding Santa Fe’s Founding

November 19th, 2009 by Kate Nelson

Josef Diaz of the New Mexico History Museum is co-curator of Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time,  in the museum’s Palace of the Governors. We asked him a few questions about the exhibit.

How did you come to be a Spanish colonial curator at NMHM?

josefI received a masters degree UNM in 16th century Spanish Colonial/Postclassical Mesoamerican Art History. I worked at both the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe and Casa San Ysidro, a historic house museum in Corrales. From there I was hired as the curator of Spanish Colonial Art and History at the New Mexico History Museum.

As you sifted through the history of the early colonists and the Native peoples, what struck you about their lives?

They had many hardships they had to endure and often their daily interactions with one another were not that different from ours.

The exhibit includes what we’ve been calling Vargas’ cookbook. Tell us a bit about it and how it managed to survive 400 years.

The cookbook in the exhibit is Arte de cozina by Francisco Martínez Montiño, a cook and writer of the Spanish Golden Age. His book was printed in 1611 did not belong to Governor Don Diego de Vargas.  He did, however, have the same title in his personal library that he brought to New Mexico. The cookbook and the food fragments in the exhibit will help tell the story of the types of meals that were undoubtedly created within the walls of the Palace of the Governors during his tenure as governor. Montiño was chef to Philip II, and the book illustrates some of the luxurious dishes that were prepared in the royal kitchens.

Some people take strict black-and-white, good-vs.-bad sides when assessing Spain’s early colonizations. What’s your take?

When assessing Spain’s early colonizations, you must remember that it Spain was one of many European countries that colonized around the globe. Yes, early colonizers are guilty of unspeakable behavior but where they really worst than any other colonizers or conquering people in history?

What do you hope people take away from this exhibit?

Even though Santa Fe exemplified geographical remoteness and was thousands of miles away from any seaport, many people did possess luxury goods. Many of these items were from the Manila trade route, sometimes called “the other Silk Road,” and from other Spanish colonies that spanned the globe. Santa Fe was not as remote as many people think.

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A Chat with Archaeologist Stephen Post

November 16th, 2009 by Kate Nelson

Stephen Post is deputy director of New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies (OAS) and has co-curated the New Mexico History Museum’s newest exhibit, Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time, opening Nov. 20. We interrupted the tail-end whirlwind that always seems to accompany exhibit mountings to pester him with a few questions about the past that’s always beneath us, about some amazing tree rings, and about himself.

How did you come to be involved in New Mexico archaeology?

I moved to Santa Fe in 1977 and got a job washing artifacts at the Laboratory of Anthropology. Three weeks later I was working on the Chaco Wash and fell in love. History in the great outdoors; it couldn’t get any better.

You were involved in the dig on the New Mexico History Museum site, which yielded something like 90,000 artifacts. Tell us about what was in that bounty, including a key find or two.

Actually, the excavation team recovered about 800,000 artifacts and samples, and about 90,000 were from the 17th century. From the 17th century, we found the furrows of the governors’ earliest gardens, a light-duty metal working pit, and a lot of butchered sheep, goat and cow bone mixed with Native-made pottery sherds, mayolica from Mexico, and precious personal objects, such as earrings, crosses, and higas that had been lost for more than 300 years.

What surprised you about the finds?

Frankly, the volume of artifacts from the History Museum site was a bit overwhelming. Archaeologists often dig 2 by 2 m squares in levels 10 to 20 cm thick. In some these units, we were recovering more than 1,000 artifacts per level.

There’s going to be a cross-section of a Ponderosa pine on display in Santa Fe Found. What’s significant about it?

It’s amazing. The tree was in the yard of an OAS employee, Robert Turner, south of Santa Fe. The tree had died in 2004. So, Robert and Eric Blinman, our director, cut slices out of the stump. Eric matched the tree-ring pattern with known samples from Glorieta Mesa and estimated the time of tree birth. OAS volunteers counted the rings and learned that the tree was born in 1670. That means it witnessed 334 years of Santa Fe’s history before its death.

Lots of people are interested in archaeology, and there’s so much to be found in New Mexico. What tips – and cautions – do you have for people wanting to try a little backyard exploration?

If you have an archaeological site in your backyard, you want to leave everything in place. If you pick up an artifact, put it back where you found it. Where artifacts are found relative to one another is important. If you can’t preserve your site, call a professional archaeologist. Finally, if you want to learn more about archaeology and do it with fun people, join the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s Friends of Archaeology.

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High-Tech Meets Old World in Upcoming Santa Fe Found Exhibit

November 13th, 2009 by admin

Santa Fe (Nov. 13, 2009) – When Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time opens at the New Mexico History Museum on Nov. 20, futuristic technologies will give visitors new, close-up views of the past.

 

Stephen Post, co-curator of the exhibit, worked with student interns from New Mexico Highlands University and former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists brought on board by the Department of Cultural Affairs to devise new ways to present old objects, including the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors.

 

Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time combines historical documents with archaeological artifacts from several sites of early Spanish colonists to explore the founding of La Villa Real de Santa Fé, now celebrating its 400th birthday. Set appropriately in the Palace of the Governors, where colonists established their first government, the exhibit was curated by Post and Josef Diaz of the New Mexico History Museum.

 

Some of the artifacts are too fragile for long-term exhibition; others, like the Palace, no longer exist in their original form. That’s where technology comes in.

 

Using a portable laser scanner, Ralph Chapman and David Modl of New Mexico Virtualization LLC are producing a 3D model of the oldest radiocarbon-dated dart point from Santa Fe – a small artifact from New Mexico’s indigenous people that is more than 7,000 years old. The virtual model – an enlarged, rotating, three-dimensional image – will be displayed with the actual dart point.

 

New Mexico Virtualization was formed last year by Chapman, former head of the Idaho Virtualization Lab, and two former Los Alamos Visualization Scientists, Modl and Steve Smith. The group had received a 2009 Venture Acceleration Fund grant from Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop their business; the grant supports the museum collaboration. 

 

“It has been four years since DCA received funding to position New Mexico as an international center for museum technology, and it’s gratifying to see the convergence of Highlands students, museums, and private companies,” said Mimi Roberts, DCA director for media projects. “Visitors who come to see Santa Fe Found are in for a special treat.”

The little basalt dart point that New Mexico Virtualization worked with will be on public view for the first time since it was discovered in 1995 by Post, deputy director of the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies. During the excavation of a much later hunter-gatherer campsite near N.M. 599, Post became intrigued by a dark streak in the bank of an arroyo and decided to investigate. Older points have been found outside the city, including Paleoindian sites in Santa Fe County that may date to 8,500 or 9,000 years old. This one, however, comes from the oldest radiocarbon-dated site found so far within city limits – a discovery that involved hand-removal of 14 metric tons of dirt.

 

Another artifact – a gold earring found during the excavation of the Sánchez Site near El Rancho de las Golondrinas – will be on virtual display only. (The actual earring is featured above in a photograph by Blair Clark, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.)

 

“It’s precious and can’t be put on loan for 18 months,” Post said. “This is a way museums can bring things to people.”

 

The exhibit will also feature an interactive 3D model of the 17th-century Palace of the Governors created by students Jessica Power and Daniel Atencio from the Media Arts Program at Highlands. The project is part of a DCA partnership that prepares students for careers as multimedia professionals in museums.

 

Post said the project was extremely challenging and time-consuming because of sparse information about the Palace during the 17th century. The model is a visual representation based on data gathered during several archaeological excavations in the building and historical documents.

 

“No one knows what the original Palace looked like in the 17th century,” he said.  “But we’re taking people as far back in the past as we can with this virtual model.”

 

The New Mexico History Museum is the newest addition to a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

 

Media contact: Kate Nelson

Marketing Manager

New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

(505) 476-1141

(505) 554-5722 (cell)

kate.nelson@state.nm.us

http://media.museumofnewmexico.org/

 

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New Mexico History Museum to Receive Hewett Award

November 4th, 2009 by admin

New Mexico History Museum to Receive Hewett Award

Retired curator Louise Stiver also honored for lifetime achievement

Santa Fe (Nov. 3, 2009) – The New Mexico History Museum will receive the New Mexico Association of Museums’ Hewett Award on Thursday during the group’s annual meeting in Santa Fe. Also receiving a Hewett is Louise Stiver, retired senior curator of the History Museum, whose Fashioning New Mexico exhibit is on display through April 14, 2010.

The awards are named for Edgar Lee Hewett, the first director of the Museum of New Mexico from 1909 until his death in 1946. Hewett taught anthropology at UNM and was instrumental in encouraging the development of small museums throughout New Mexico. NMAM bestows two yearly awards in his honor.

The History Museum opened May 24 to blocks-long lines after 20 years of work by staff and supporters. Encompassing more than 500 years of New Mexico history, it combines artifacts, maps, photographs, films and interactive exhibits that range from Native peoples to Spanish colonization, the Mexican period, the Santa Fe Trail, outlaws, the railroad, World War II, scientists, hippies and modern-day New Mexicans.

“Dr. Hewett had a comprehensive vision of what the Museum of New Mexico could be as a center of scholarship in history and many fields of anthropology,” Levine said. “The New Mexico History Museum opened in May with a strong commitment to the exploration and exhibition of New Mexico History.  We are proud to accept this award and gratified that visitors have responded enthusiastically and with so much support for the newest museum in the system.”

Less than five months after opening, the Museum surpassed 100,000 visitors, doubling the annual attendance of its predecessor, the Palace of the Governors, now the Museum’s largest exhibit.

“Our much anticipated new History Museum has been celebrated and applauded each and every day by visitors and observers alike since its public opening on Memorial Day weekend,” said Cultural Affairs Department Secretary Stuart Ashman.  “This prestigious award from NMAM is a wonderful ovation for the developing new museum, its staff, the Fashioning New Mexico exhibition and – most especially – the creativity and work of Ms. Stiver.”

Stiver was nominated for the award by Nancy Dunn, director of the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center. In her nomination, Dunn wrote of Stiver’s role in getting the Museum up and running, adding that she “has served New Mexico museums and NMAM for many years, serving as President and in several other offices. During her term as President, Louise was personally responsible for revitalizing the association and increasing membership.”

Stiver was also one of the editors of the book Telling New Mexico: A New History, along with Marta Weigle and Levine. The book, a collection of essays from 45 scholars and writers, accompanies the Museum’s core exhibit, Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now.

Stiver’s swan song, Fashioning New Mexico, cuts a swath across 150 years of New Mexico costumes and clothing – from weddings to operas, fiestas to inaugurations, baptisms to an ooh-la-la interactive exhibit on underwear. Prior to the History Museum’s opening, the collection lacked exhibition space with proper lighting and environmental controls. The collection’s emergence from the closet (so to speak) has proved one of the most popular aspects of the new museum.

For information on the exhibit, as well as a selection of photographs, log onto http://media.museumofnewmexico.org/events.php?action=detail&eventID=407.

The New Mexico History Museum is the newest addition to a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, 113 Lincoln Ave., is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

 

Media contact: Kate Nelson

Marketing Manager

New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

(505) 476-1141

(505) 554-5722 (cell)

kate.nelson@state.nm.us

http://media.museumofnewmexico.org/

 

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Announcing the Telling New Mexico Inaugural Lecture Series

November 2nd, 2009 by admin

 

 

Announcing the Telling New Mexico Inaugural Lecture Series

A cultural convergence celebrating a tapestry of history

Santa Fe (Nov. 2, 2009) – The New Mexico History Museum today unveiled a new subscription lecture series to accompany the book, Telling New Mexico: A New History. Speakers for the five-part Telling New Mexico Inaugural Lecture Series will cover a range of topics – from the earliest Spanish colonists to Blackdom to Japanese internment camps to Navajo women.

The series will be held in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium. Each lecture costs $10; a subscription to all five lectures costs $40. For $100, participants will be named “event sponsors” and receive a paperback version of Telling New Mexico: A New History, autographed by the volume editors. 

To purchase tickets online (until 4 pm the Friday before each lecture), visit the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s website at http://www.museumfoundation.org/tellingnm. Tickets can also be purchased at the Museum Shops in the Palace and the New Mexico History Museum.   

The series kicks off at 1 pm, Sunday, Nov. 22, with a special reception honoring Marianne O’Shaughnessy and her late husband, Michael O’Shaughnessy, who provided funding for the series, and Marta Weigle, editor of Telling New Mexico. The reception will be in the John Gaw Meem Community Room (enter through the New Mexico History Museum’s Washington Avenue entrance).

The Telling New Mexico Inaugural Lecture Series takes places on these Sundays at 2 p.m.:

Nov. 22, 2pm: Following the opening reception, Dr. Thomas Chávez, former director of the Palace of the Governors and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, on his current book project, a history of the Palace of the Governors. 

Jan. 31, 2 pm: Author Thomas Lark on the history of African-Americans in New Mexico; and the Rev. Landjur Abukusumo, president of the Blackdom Memorial Foundation, on the pioneers of the Blackdom community in Roswell. Special treat: The Afro-Gospel Praise Experience will perform a mixture of Afro-Latin rhythms and traditional gospel.

March 28, 2 pm: Gail Y. Okawa, professor of English at Youngstown State University in Ohio, on Santa Fe’s WWII Japanese internment camps, including one that held her late grandfather.

May 2, 2pm: UNM History Professor Ferenc Szasz on New Mexico’s role in developing the atomic bomb.

Aug. 22, 2pm: Diné author Jennifer Nez Denetdale on the stories of Navajo women, from her current book project.

The New Mexico History Museum is the newest addition to a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, 113 Lincoln Ave., is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

 

Media contact: Kate Nelson

Marketing Manager

New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

(505) 476-1141

(505) 554-5722 (cell)

kate.nelson@state.nm.us

http://media.museumofnewmexico.org/

 

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