New Mexico History Museum Unveils July Events

Children in 1860s dress. A special event, ‘Childhood, 1860’s style’ is July 19. Courtesy/NMHM


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The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors hosts a month’s worth of vibrant events. Bring the family, bring friends, or just bring yourself. Besides great exhibits, you’ll find these special events:


SaturdaySunday, July 4-5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Young Native Artists Show & Sale

Begin collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from the next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople at the annual Young Native Artists Show & Sale. Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Palace of the Governors’ Portal Program will demonstrate and sell their own arts and crafts in the Palace Courtyard. Free event.


Thursday, July 16,, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Palace Guard trip to Los Alamos: Reflecting on the 70th Anniversary of Trinity

Get to know a local gem during a guided tour of the Bradbury Museum of Science. During lunch at the historic Hans Bethe house, author and historian Jon Hunner discusses the July 16, 1945, Trinity nuclear bomb test and its lasting legacy. Finish with a tour of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s collection. $45 for members of the Palace Guard. Reserve a spot by calling 505-982-6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member? To join, click here or call 505-982-6366, ext. 100.

Sunday, July 19, 10a.m. tonoon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Childhood, 1860s-style

Bring the kids! Learn about a child’s life in the Civil War era during this family-friendly two-hour session (offered twice). Try on a hoop skirt petticoat or a soldier’s sack jacket. Take a modern-day souvenir photo in our photo booth. Examine photos of children and adults to tease out details of their lives. Braid a take-home memory bracelet from horsehair. Free admission for NM residents and children 16 and under. Donations welcome.

Reservations recommended. Contact Rene Harris, 505-476-5087,; or Melanie LaBorwit, 505-476-5044,


Monday, July 20, noon, Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture

Paul Seydor, a Los Angeles-based writer and editor, speaks on “Writing about Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Peckinpah,” based on his 2015 book, The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid: The Untold Story of Peckinpah’s Last Western Film (Northwestern University Press, 2015). Free admission; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors.


Saturday, July 25, 1-3 p.m., Earthen Architecture—Past, Present and Future

Take a break from Spanish Market to get a multicultural perspective of how communities preserve adobe structures, featuring Jake Barrow, program director for Cornerstones Community Partnerships; Tomasita Duran, executive director of the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority; and artist Nicasio Romero of the Villanueva Valley. An Adobe Summer event, part of Santa Fe’s Summer of Color. Free.


Sunday, July 26, 4-5 p.m. Performance by the composer of Cold Mountain

Hear “Echoes from Cold Mountain,” a chamber music concert in the History Museum auditorium by Jennifer Higdon, the Pulitzer Prize winning composer who was commissioned to write the score for the operatic version of Charles Frazier’s novel, Cold Mountain, debuting at the Santa Fe Opera this summer. Part of the museum’s exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War. Tickets, $15 in advance (call 505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654), $20 at the door.


FridaySunday, July 31–Aug. 2, Santa Fe Opera Civil War Symposium

Deepen your understanding of the Civil War and the Santa Fe Opera’s premiere of Cold Mountain with presentations from authors and scholars, including Harold Holzer, Hampton Sides, Kirk Ellis and Paul Hutton, along with music by Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout. Daily events in the History Museum auditorium. Tickets $85 (at; some events free.


MondaySaturday, 10:15 a.m., Historical Downtown Walking Tours

Through October 17, learn about the history of Santa Fe on a walking tour led by museum-trained guides. Gather at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Ave. Cost: $10; children 16 and under free when with an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips. (No tours on Saturdays when large events are held on the Plaza, such as Spanish Market and Santa Fe Fiesta.)

à Download images of walking tours by clicking here.

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