April 2017

At the Museum

See also: Southwest Art Scene

History Lessons

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Children’s Museum Community Forums — Area residents can offer ideas and suggestions for the planned El Paso children’s museum at community forums at area branches of the El Paso Public Library. The $19.2 million children’s museum will be built at 201 W. Main, downtown. Information: 533-4020.
• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5: Clardy Fox Branch, 5515 Robert Alva.
• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12: Sergio Troncoso Branch, 9321 Alameda.

Centennial Museum — University at Wiggins, UTEP. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-6667 or museum.utep.edu.
  Showing through June 3: “Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century.” This exhibition, organized by the Pueblo of Isleta tribe in New Mexico, tells the story of life on the Isleta Indian Reservation in the 19th century and its lasting effects on life today. Among the photographs in the exhibition are the works of many prominent western photographers and artists including Edward Curtis, A.C. Vroman, A.Z. Shindler, Karl Moon, John Hillers, Charles Lummis, Carlos Vierra, Summer Matteson, Albert Sweeney, Josef Imhof, and Ben Wittick.
  A portion of the exhibit will be dedicated to the Tigua Tribe from the Ysleta Pueblo del Sur.
The Lhakhang Cultural Exhibit is open to the public for viewing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. A museum representative will be on hand to answer questions.
  FloraFest 2017 annual native plant sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30. Hundreds of nursery-grown native trees, shrubs, flowering perennials and other plants will be sold. Proceeds benefit the museum’s Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Customers may bring their own wagon carts. Admission is free.

El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center — 715 N. Oregon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free unless listed otherwise; donations welcome. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
  Showing through May 31: “Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto,” a multi-media traveling exhibit that deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. “Vedem” was their voice, their defiance, and their connection to life before. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry of teenage prisoners in Terezin, the exhibit breaks down the original pages of Vedem then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine.

El Paso Museum of Archaeology — 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tours are 10:30 to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or elpasotexas.gov/arch_museum/.
  The 11th annual Poppies Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, with hands-on activities, tours, entertainment, food trucks and more. See separate listing.
  El Paso Archaeological Society’s monthly meeting is 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Mike Bilbo speaks on The Bataan Death March and annual Memorial Marathon. Admission is free.

El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. For exhibit information, see “Southwest Art Scene.”

El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Santa Fe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (open until 9 p.m. Thursdays), and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is free, except for selected exhibits. Information: 212-0320 or elpasotexas.gov/history.
  A talk on the “Folk Saint of La Frontera: Teresita Urrea” with Dr. Yolanda Chavez is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Leyva will talk about the woman known as la Santa de Cabora, an internationally renowned curandera or tradition healer. Following her expulsion from Mexico, she moved to El Paso in 1896.
  A family tour of the A to Z exhibit and more is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8.
  A High Noon Talk on the “Mexican American Movie Poster” is 12:05 to 12:45 p.m. Friday, April 14.
  Bill Lockhart (aka Bottlebill) will give a short talk and explore some of the newest microbreweries in downtown El Paso at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27.
  A Family Storytime on “Exploring Trains Planes and Automobiles” is 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 20.

Los Portales Museum and Visitor Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 851-1682.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site — 1120 Magoffin. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visitors can begin their tour at the Visitor Center across the street (1117 Magoffin, a restored 1901 home); closed Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m. Spanish language tours offered Thursday through Saturday; call for availability. Cost: $4 ($3 ages 6-18). Admission is free to Visitor Center. Group tours available with advance registration. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or Facebook.
  Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, to discuss Mary Shelly’s “The Last Man,” written in 1826. Steampunk dress encouraged, but not required. Cost is $5.
  The 1875 Magoffin Home is a prime example of Territorial style architecture. The Historic Site explores the stories of a multicultural family who actively participated in U.S. expansion and settlement, military service, trade on the Santa Fe–Chihuahua Trail, Civil War turmoil and U.S.–Mexico relations.

National Border Patrol Museum and Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain Drive. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays. Admission is free. Information: 759-6060 or borderpatrolmuseum.com.

Rafael García’s Boxing Museum —6519 N. Mesa. Information, hours: 346-5085.

San Elizario Veterans Museum and Memorial Walk — 1501-B Main Street in San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: Ann Lara, 345-3741 or Ray Borrego, 383-8529.

Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe, offering a glimpse of five centuries of Pueblo history and tradition. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.

War Eagles Air Museum — 8012 Airport Road, Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: $5; $4 senior citizens and military; free for children under 12. Information: (575) 589-2000 or war-eagles-air-museum.com.
  A B-25/PBJ Mitchell Bomber ride experience is Tuesday and Wednesday, April 11-12, hosted by the Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing. The plane is the only remaining airworthy Marine B-25/PBJ Bomber in the world. Call for cost and reservations: (805) 482-0064 or cafsocal.com.

Las Cruces area

Branigan Cultural Center — Branigan Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (until 8 p.m. Thursday); 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook.
• Showing April 7-June 7: “Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century,” created by the International Wolf Center in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, and traveled by the Bell Museum of Natural History. The exhibit explores the uncertain future of wolves in a world increasingly dominated by humans. Artist reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, as part of the First Friday Ramble.
• Showing through May 13: “Issei and Beyond: The Nakayama Family’s Journey in the Mesilla Valley.“ John Kaichiro and Tome Nakayama were “issei”– immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century – who settled in Las Cruces in 1918 and became leading farmers and chile specialists.
• Showing through June 17: “Jack London, Photographer: Adventures in the Pacific,” Explore the South Pacific during the early 20th century through the exhibition of novelist Jack London’s photographs, curated by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. This exhibition includes images from London’s journey on the Snark, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the Russo-Japanese war.
  Bilingual Culture Club family programs for families are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays:
April 1: Make popsicle stick boats while learning a little bit more about Jack London.
April 8: Create wolf mask and learn about the Mexican gray wolf.
April 15: Make kimono paper dolls, and learn about kimonos in the Japanese culture.
April 22: Celebrate Earth Day with a stone painting activity.
April 29: Create an art piece out of wolf prints.

Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science — 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (until 8 p.m. Thursday); 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 522-3120 or las-cruces.org/museums.
  Ancient Knowledge and Technology Development Lecture Series is 2 p.m. Fridays, through April 14. NMSU graduate students share their research in archaeology, history, culture and ancient technology:
March 31: ”Cannibal Spiders, Warring Ants, and Murderous Plants” by Kiki Keane
April 7: “Tool-Stone Procurement Patterns in the Northern Mimbres Region” by Paul Duran
April 14: “Amalgamation Process in American Mines” by David Morales Andrade.

Las Cruces Railroad Museum — The museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N. Mesilla. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (until 8 p.m. Thursday); 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free; donations encouraged. Information: (575) 647-4480 or museums.las-cruces.org.
  Needle Punch Embroidery for ages 15 and older is 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 5. Cost: $10; includes take-home project. Register at Museum of Nature and Science.
• Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month. Families can try out early 20th century games and puzzles.
• Mrs. Prickett’s Story Time is 11 a.m. the second Thursday of each month for children of all ages. Related activity for preschool age children follows.
• Brown Bag lectures are noon to 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month (April 11).
• Rail Readers Book Club meets at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month.

NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum — 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 for adults, $4 seniors 60 and older; $3 children age 4-17; free for museum members, veterans and children age 3 and under. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
  Showing April 14-Aug. 6: “A Movable Feast: Foods of New Mexico,” presented by the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter. Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 14.
  Showing through June 18: “What’s the Buzz? Why Honey Bees Matter.”
  Showing through July 9: “Weaving in New Mexico: The Ancestral Puebloan and Rio Grande Traditions,” featuring ancient textile creations of the ancestral Puebloans and the jewels of Rio Grande weaving from 1850 to the present. Exhibit includes 48 artifacts from rugs to looms and tools.
A Horno Baking Demonstration is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 1. The firing and operation of the Museum’s horno will include making and baking of sourdough wheat bread and cooking corn-based caldo.
  Far-Flung Adventures founder Steve Harris presents “A River Thirsting for Itself: An Environmental History of the Rio Grande” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, as part of the museum’s Cultural Series. Harris will trace the history of settlement, agriculture and water development in New Mexico, Colorado and the borderlands. Admission is free.
  Kids crafts are free with regular museum admission:
• A Honey Bees Crafts is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, for all ages to create their own Honey Bee craft and hear a story about bees.
• Easter crafts are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8.
• Chimes of Spring are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, to create wind chimes.

NMSU Art Gallery — D.W. Williams Art Center, 1390 E. University Ave, NMSU. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Designated gallery parking free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Information: (575) 646-2545 or uag.nmsu.edu.
  Showing through April 15: “In Good Time: Photographs by Doug DuBois,” presented by the Aperture Foundation and the Hermès Foundation. This touring exhibition is the first mid-career survey of DuBois’s photographs from three different bodies of work: “All the Days and Nights,” “Avella,” and “My Last Day at Seventeen.” DuBois is a former faculty member of the Department of Art at NMSU and currently teaches in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.

NMSU Museum — Kent Hall, University at Solano, Las Cruces. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 646-5161 or nmsu.edu/museum/.

White Sands Missile Range Museum and Missile Park —Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Information: (575) 678-8824 (local call) or wsmr-history.org.


Deming Luna Mimbres Museum — 301 S. Silver, Deming, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free. Information: (575) 546-2382, 1-800-848-4955 or lunacountyhistoricalsociety.com.

Geronimo Springs Museum — 211 Main in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 ($2.50 students 6 to 18; free ages 5 and younger). Family rates: $15. Information: (575) 894-6600 or geronimospringsmuseum.com.

Hubbard Museum of the American West — 841 U.S. Hwy 70 West, next to Ruidoso Downs (N.M.) Race Track. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Admission: $7 ($5 for seniors, military; $2 children 6-16; free for children 5 and younger and museum members). Information: (575) 378-4142, hubbardmuseum.org or on Facebook.

Museum of the Big Bend — Sul Ross State University (Entrance 3), Hwy 90 in Alpine, Texas. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (432) 837-8143, museum@sulross.edu or museumofthebigbend.com.
  The 31st Annual Trappings of Texas exhibit and sale of “Traditional Western Art and Custom Cowboy Gear” is April 20-22, with grand opening, sale, gear demonstrations and reception Friday, April 21. Preview and Party is Thursday, April 20. Saturday, April 22 is a chuckwagon breakfast, and a Ranch Round Up Party at Nevill Ranch.

New Mexico Museum of Space History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. Space center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $6 ($5 for seniors and military, $4 ages 4-12, children 3 and younger free). Information: (877) 333-6589, (575) 437-2840 or nmspacemuseum.org.
  The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The April 7 lecture is “Sateloon: Bouncing the Signal from Above” with Museum Education Director Dave Dooling. Admission is free; coffee and donuts provided.
  The museum will host a motorcoach tour of Trinity Site at Saturday, April. 1. Tickets are limited; $70 per person ($60 members); reservations at (575) 437-2840, ext. 41132.
  Registration is open for New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo’s 2017 weeklong ‘Rocketeer Academy’ summer camps June 5 through July for kids in grades K-9.
  See “Film Scene” for the IMAX schedule. Combo tickets available (included museum entrance and one IMAX ticket): $12 ($10 seniors and military, $8 children.

Overland Trail Museum — Exhibits at the Fort Davis, Texas, museum include a replica of a barbershop that was once on the site, historic surveying equipment, early medical paraphernalia, a restored pioneer kitchen and early ranching tools. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Information: (915) 426-3161.

Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum — U.S. 82 across from the Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M. Operated by the Sacramento Mountains Historical Society, the museum features historical buildings from the turn of the century, antique farming and ranching tools, other business and home antiques, historical exhibits and other artifacts.
  Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 6 to 12). Group rates and tours available with prior notice. Information: (575) 682-2932.

Silver City Museum — 312 W. Broadway, Silver City, in the historic H.B. Ailman House. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Open until 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month. The museum covers the settlement of southwest New Mexico, the two centuries of mining in the region and early commerce in Silver City. Group tours offered with advance notice. Admission: $3 suggested donation. Information: (575) 538-5921, 1-877-777-7947 (out of town), or silvercitymuseum.org.
  Showing through May 14: The United States Enters World War I
  Showing through April: “Stories of Southwestern New Mexico Women.”
  Showing April 28-Sept. 4: “The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County,” an exhibit by photographer Ann McMahon and geologist Andrew Lindlof. The exhibit documents mining history with new photographs and mining specimens.

Toy Train Depot — Alameda Park, 1991 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo. An actual train depot built in 1898, the building now houses a gift shop and model shop, with more than 1,200 feet of model railroad track and hundreds of model and toy trains on display. Hours are noon to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission: $4. Information: (575) 437-2855.
  The 1/5 scale train track offers rides around Alameda Park 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Cost: $4.

Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum — The museum, featuring collections, photos and archives relating to the history of Otero County and the Tularosa Basin, is next door to the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, 1301 White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70). Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 436-4438.

WNMU Museum — 1000 West College Ave., Silver City, N.M. (575) 538-6386. The museum features pottery, rugs and other artifacts of Southwestern Cultures; historic photographs of the Silver City area, and traveling exhibits. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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At the Museum
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