February Fun At New Mexico History Museum

‘Starfish in Tidal Surge’ by Donald Lawrence. Courtesy/NMHM

NMHM News:

  • Craft a Valentine, Learn to Make a Camera Obscura and Discover a Woman Warrior

SANTA FE – The New Mexico History Museum will host three days of craft-making, learning and discovery during the month of February.

The scheduled events are:

  • “Be Mine,” a Free First Friday event – 5:30 – 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6.

Bring your crafting skills to make old-timey Valentines, inspired by historic cards from the collection with a variety of Victorian-inspired papers. Kids and families welcome. This event is part of the exhibit Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past.

  • Pinhole photography lecture and workshop – 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15

Canadian photographer Donald Lawrence, renowned for his underwater images made from Rube Goldberg-like cameras, speaks in the auditorium and then shows how to make a camera obscura in the Palace Courtyard.

His talk, “Art, Optics and the Wilderness,” covers his Underwater Pinhole Photography Project, the forthcoming Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival in the Yukon, and other works that combine his interests in wilderness experience, art-making, early optical history, and the relationship between learning and play.

Following the lecture, join Lawrence in the Courtyard for a demonstration that just might ignite your newest hobby.

The event, part of the exhibit Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, is free with admission; Sundays are free to NM residents. Children 16 and under are free daily.

  • Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture, “Lozen, Apache Warrior Woman” – noon, Wednesday, Feb. 18.

John McWilliams, author of New Mexico: A Glimpse into an Enchanted Land (Inkwell Productions, 2014), talks about the sister of Apache leader Victorio, who herself fought alongside both Nana and Geronimo. This is a free event in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors.

The New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe, is part of a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Museum exhibitions and programs supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.