SANTA FE — Bring the family, bring your friends. Or just come by yourself. Besides great exhibits, we have something for everyone:
Friday, May 1, Summer hours.
Through Oct. 31, open seven days a week. Free Friday Evenings weekly, 5-8 p.m.
Friday, May 1, 5–7 p.m. Opening of Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War
Be among the first to see this Mezzanine Gallery exhibit and join re-enactors from El Rancho de las Golondrinas to learn more about New Mexico’s role in the war. Musical performance by the New Mexico Territorial Brass Band. Refreshments courtesy of the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. A Free First Friday event. Need more info about the exhibit? Click here.
Sunday, May 3, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Decorate the Divine
Get inspired during a walk-through of the exhibit Painting the Divine, then create art with author and illustrator Amy Córdova in the classroom. Stay to hear Córdova read from her children’s book, Talking Eagle and the Lady of Roses, about our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego. A free family event.
Wednesday, May 6, noon, “American Original: The Great Gila Bioregion and NM’s Wilderness Legacy”
Madeleine Carey, Gila Campaign fellow for WildEarth Guardians, delivers a Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture in the Meem Community Room. Enter through the Washington Avenue doors. Free.
Friday, May 8, 6 p.m. “Revisiting The Civil War”
Award-winning film editor and post-production supervisor Paul Barnes shows clips from the Ken Burns’ landmark 1989 documentary and talks about its coming return in re-mastered glory. Free at the Lensic Performing Arts Center; suggested donation $10. Find more info about this event and Paul Barnes by clicking here.
Sunday, May 17, 2 p.m. “Weaving a Legend: Elle of Ganado Promotes Fred Harvey’s Indian Southwest”
Historian Kathleen Howard speaks in the auditorium as part of the exhibit, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy. A famed Navajo weaver, Elle created pieces for Harvey tourists as well as President Theodore Roosevelt. Howard is co-author of Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.
Saturday, May 23, Harvey Girls Day
In honor of the Gov. Susana Martinez’s declaration of May 23 as “Harvey Girls Day,” the Palace Press is creating commemorative placemats, using a woodblock carved by artist Willard Clark for La Fonda Hotel. Pick one up at the front desk. Free—but only while supplies last.
Sunday, May 31, 1 p.m. Musical performance by Schola Cantorum Santa Fe
Back by popular demand, one of the History Museum’s favorite groups performs “Echoes of Mary,” seldom-heard sacred music from the cathedrals of Mexico City and Cuba to the capillas of northern New Mexico. Part of the programming series for Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.
Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m. “Restoring the 1785 Roque Lobato House in Santa Fe”
Join author Christopher Wilson, along with writer Pen La Farge and architect Beverley Spears for a panel discussion and book signing on the successful renovation of this historic home. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.
Ongoing, Monday–Saturday (through Oct. 17), 10:15 a.m.–noon, Historical Downtown Walking Tours
Museum-trained guides lead walks to Santa Fe’s historical highlights. Meet at the Blue Gate on Lincoln Avenue. $10; children 16 and under free. (No tours on Saturdays when large events are held on the plaza.)
For more information about the museum, call 505.476.5200 or log onto www.nmhistorymuseum.org.