Posted on: Feb. 26, 2014 by Kate Nelson
Ever wonder why there’s an obelisk in the middle of the Santa Fe Plaza? Have you noticed the gargoyles on top of the Catron Building? Where was the gambling hall? Which tucked-away building held a Manhattan Project secret? Learn all that and more when the Historical Downtown Walking Tours led by museum-trained guides resume on April 14 through Oct. 11.
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Author and Historian Jon Hunner Named Interim Director at New Mexico History Museum
Posted on: Feb. 21, 2014 by Kate Nelson
Dr. Jon Hunner, a history professor at New Mexico State University, will serve as interim director at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, starting in early May after the spring semester. Hunner will be on loan from NMSU through December 2014. Dr. Frances Levine, the museum’s current director, is taking over leadership of the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. Her last day is Sunday, March 16, the closing day of the exhibition Cowboys Real and Imagined. “We are grateful to Governor Garrey Carruthers and New Mexico State University for their generosity in sharing Dr. Hunner, who has shown lifelong dedication to public history and a commitment to education,” said Veronica N. Gonzales, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. “The Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents has already formalized the search committee and a national search will be conducted.”
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Ranching in the 22nd Century: How We Get from Here to There
Posted on: Feb. 5, 2014 by Kate Nelson
Drought has descended on the Southwest for the last several years, leaving most of New Mexico’s agricultural land in conditions that demand new ways of thinking. Ranches have traditionally been one of the state’s largest industries, and that rainless sky means tough choices for people who juggle land management and environmental change. Many of them are adapting successfully, though, by reevaluating land use in creative ways. Their efforts help keep the legacy of the cowboy alive. As part of the ongoing exhibit, Cowboys Real and Imagined, join us for a panel discussion on “Ranching in the 22nd Century: How We Get from Here to There,” at 2 pm on Sunday, March 2, in the History Museum auditorium. Moderated by Courtney White, founder and creative director of the Quivira Coalition, panelists will address the issues facing ranchers in the current drought and the prospect of ranching in the future with a deeper understanding of environmental conditions.
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Wanted: History Buffs with Shoes Made for Walkin’
Posted on: Feb. 4, 2014 by Kate Nelson
Historical Downtown Walking Tours resume April 14 .... An invitation to join the ranks of tour guides The Historical Downtown Walking Tours led by museum-trained guides have grown into a popular pastime among locals and tourists alike. This year’s tours will run from April 14 through Oct. 11. To boost the ranks of volunteer guides, the New Mexico History Museum and Los Compadres del Palacio, a support group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, are inaugurating a special recruitment and training opportunity, with a kickoff event on Tuesday, March 4, at 9:30 am.
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Palace Press Brings Home Top Honors
Posted on: Jan. 27, 2014 by Kate Nelson
Tom Leech, director of the Palace Press, and Arlyn Nathan, a book designer and typography instructor at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, have won the 14th Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design from the University of Texas at El Paso’s Friends of the Library. The award recognizes Jack Thorp’s Songs of the Cowboys, published in 2012. Leech, along with J.B. Bryan, also won honorable mention for the design of Margaret Wood’s memoir, O’Keeffe Stories. In his announcement letter, Robert Stakes, director of the UTEP Library, said “it is the first time a single Press was selected as both the winner and as honorable mention in the same year.”
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History Museum Director Frances Levine Takes the Santa Fe Trail East
Posted on: Jan. 21, 2014 by Kate Nelson
Dr. Frances Levine, who became director of the Palace of the Governors in 2002 and led construction of the New Mexico History Museum into a world-class institution, has been named president and CEO of the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. She will remain at the New Mexico History Museum until March 15 and start her new job on April 15. “Everything I have done with the help of our staff, donors and volunteers has prepared me for this next set of responsibilities and challenges,” Levine said. “It’s not a coincidence that I would be traveling to a museum that shares so much of our Mexican period and territorial period history. This new position will also introduce me to another perspective on the American story. I look forward to learning about the diverse cultures and historical experiences brought together here at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and made St. Louis a dynamic American city."
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Donald Woodman: Transformed by New Mexico
Posted on: Jan. 15, 2014 by Kate Nelson
Beginning with his early years working as a research photographer at the Sacramento Peak Solar Observatory in southern New Mexico, photographer Donald Woodman honed his photographic vision first through stars and clouds and then through sandy soil, majestic peaks and his own interior life. Donald Woodman: Transformed by New Mexico explores that journey through a series of photographs on exhibit February 23 through October 12, 2014, in the New Mexico History Museum’s Mezzanine Gallery. Transformed by New Mexico is one of the commemorations of the History Museum’s fifth anniversary, a yearlong series of exhibits and events celebrating all the museum has accomplished since its opening in May 2009.
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The 2014 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series … Part 1
Posted on: Jan. 7, 2014 by Kate Nelson
Experts on pinhole photography, the Taos Mutiny of 1855, New Mexico’s Civil War slave code and more will speak in the first half of the 2014 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series. Organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, the lectures are free and open to the public (and, yes, you can bring a lunch). Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Seating is limited. Mark your calendars. The schedule: Wednesday, Jan. 15: Andres Armijo on “Witness to the Light: A History of Vernacular Photography in New Mexico.” Armijo, an Albuquerque resident, is the author of Becoming a Part of My History: Through Images & Stories of My Ancestors (LPD Press/Rio Grande Books, 2010). Wednesday, Feb. 19: Stefanie Beninato on “Land Grants and Water Rights: Fighting Words in the 21st Century" Beninato, a Santa Fe tour guide, holds a doctorate in Southwest history from the University of New Mexico. Wednesday, March 5: Brian Stout on “Tree of Life: Our Forests in Peril” Stout is a Michigan-based forester and author of Trees of Life: Our Forests in Peril (Friesen Press, 2013). Wednesday, April 23: Nancy Spencer and Eric Renner on “Contemporary Pinhole Photography in the West and Southwest" Spencer and Renner created the Pinhole Resource Collection from their home in New Mexico’s Mimbres Valley. They guest-curated the exhibition Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography at the New Mexico History Museum, April 26, 2014–March 29, 2015, along with its accompanying book (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2014). Wednesday, May 21: John Ramsay on “The Year 1855: Excitement in the Taos Plaza” Ramsay, a retired Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher, is a longtime board member of the History Society of New Mexico. Wednesday, June 18: John P. Hays on “The Curious Case of New Mexico’s Civil War-Era Slave Code” Hays is an attorney in the Santa Fe firm of Cassutt, Hays and Friedman.
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New Mexico History Museum newsletter: December-January
Posted on: Dec. 3, 2013 by Kate Nelson
Meet the new kids on the block, check out a cool education program, find out what artist Kumi Yamashita is up to, map out your holiday events. All that and more in the December-January edition of The Museum Times, a publication of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. Give it a read by clicking here (or log onto http://media.newmexicoculture.org/press_releases.php?action=detail&releaseID=291) then tap on "download PDF" at the bottom of the page.
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Holiday Events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors
Posted on: Nov. 18, 2013 by Kate Nelson
The 29th annual Christmas at the Palace kicks off a weekend’s worth of holiday-themed events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. Infuse your holidays with a dose of tradition: Friday, December 13, 5:30–8 pm, Christmas at the Palace Performances by local musicians (see schedule, below), piñatas, hot cider and cookies, craft-making activities, a chance to operate an antique printing press, and quality time with Santa and Mrs. Claus highlight this free event. (Donations of non-perishable foods are encouraged to help brighten other people’s holidays.) Saturday, December 14, 10–4 pm, and Sunday, December 15, 10 am–3 pm, Young Native Artists Holiday Show & Sale Come to the Meem Community Room to see what the children and grandchildren of the Palace Portal artists have created for your holiday gift-giving. Get it on the ground floor of collecting from the next generation of Native artists. Admission is free through the Washington Avenue doors. Sunday, December 15, 5:30–7 pm, Las Posadas Bundle up for the granddad of Santa Fe’s holiday celebrations. This recreation of Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn carries participants around the Plaza, where rooftop “devils” drive them on their way. Everyone finally gains admission into the Palace Courtyard for hot cider, cookies and carols. A free event.
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