Woolworth’s Frito Pie window, Santa Fe, 1990, by Kitty Leaken. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, Santa Fe New Mexican Collection, HP.2014.14.1406. Courtesy/New Mexico History Museum
SANTA FE — Besides great exhibits, the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors is hosting a month’s worth of vibrant events:
Sunday, Nov. 1, winter hours begin
Through April, the museum is closed on Mondays, but open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a,m. to 5 p.m. Free Friday Evenings, 5-8 p.m., will change from every Friday to just the first Friday of each month.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, Palace Guard Event: New Mexico Treasures
Find out what the Palace Guard is all about—and get a members’ peek at next year’s special exhibits. Hear from curators Josef Díaz, Daniel Kosharek and Tom Leech at this annual reception, an exclusive event for the museum’s friends group. Reservations: (505).982.7799, ext. 4. Not a member? Call 982.6366, ext. 100.
6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, “Called to Duty: The History of the New Mexico National Guard”
Since the 16th century, New Mexicans have served, protected and defended this land. Learn about their decisive roles in conflicts that include the Civil War and the heroism of New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery, a National Guard unit that became ensnared in the Bataan Death March. Veterans Services Secretary Jack Fox leads a discussion with Brigadier General Andrew E. Salas, adjutant general for New Mexico; and Colonel Kenneth Nava, chief of staff for the New Mexico Army National Guard. A Free First Friday Evening event. (Free admission 5-8 p.m.)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, Book Arts Group flea market
Get a crafty start on the holidays. The Palace Press and the Santa Fe Book Arts Group are cleaning out their studios. Come to the multi-vendor flea market in the Meem Community Room. Purchase art and craft supplies, handmade books and papers, ephemera, gifts and more. Discover some wonderful treasures and get inspired to create your own. Free.
2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8, Death in the Civil War screening
When casualties in the Civil War reached unfathomable numbers—about 2.5 percent of the entire population—the ways that both sides grappled with death and dying changed drastically. Death in the Civil War, a PBS American Masters documentary, shows how the nation dealt with large-scale deaths of unidentified people and the cultural need for dying honorably. Part of the museum’s exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War. Free with admission; NM residents free on Sundays.
2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, “Compounded Ironies: Japanese Internee Fathers, American Patriot Sons”
During World War II, Santa Fe had one of the nation’s largest Justice Department internment camps. It primarily housed Japanese immigrants, among them the Rev. Tamasaku Watanabe. His granddaughter, Dr. Gail Okawa, speaks on a brain-twisting aspect of that heartbreaking period: Even as our government locked up Japanese residents over fears of their supposed disloyalty, their own children put on soldiers’ uniforms to defend the nation. Okawa is an emeritus professor of English at Youngstown State University in Ohio and a visiting scholar at the Center for Biographical Research at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. This event is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.
Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 25, “Taco Bell They Ain’t: Short Histories of TexMex, Mexican and New Mexican Cuisines”
Dale Rice, a longtime journalist and communications lecturer at Texas A&M, delivers a Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture. (Rice once worked as the Austin American-Statesman’s restaurant critic, where he reviewed more than 1,000 meals, including one with a $900 tab in Paris.) Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors.
Thursday, Nov. 26, closed for Thanksgiving
We extend warm holiday greetings to everyone and look forward to seeing you when we reopen at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 27.