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Events for February 2016

February 1, 2016
Culture Day at the Roundhouse
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join us in the Rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol as we celebrate New Mexico culture 10-4pm. Free.
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 1, 2016
Culture Day at the Capitol
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join us and all of our Department of Cultural Affairs partners at the State Capitol for the annual Culture Day. Museums, historic sites and other entities will have display tables sharing the latest and greatest of their institutions. The History Museum will be celebrating the ongoing Palace of the Governors renovation. Stop by and see a scale model of Taos Pueblo created by legendary photography William Henry Jackson in 1877. Learn about adobe construction, and a whole lot more. Noontime entertainment. Free.
New Mexico History Museum
February 5, 2016
Public Opening
First Folio; Stage, Setting, Mood; Medieval to Metal
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Three new exhibitions about the performing arts, refreshments and live music by Música Antigua de Albuquerque.
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 5, 2016
Exhibition opening
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Join the Palace Press for the opening of  The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page , an interactive exhibit (through February 28) in collaboration with the Museum of Art’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare . Come through the Blue Gate on Lincoln Avenue and follow the bonfires back for the exhibit and refreshments. A Free First Friday Evening event. Free admission to the entire museum 5-8 pm.
New Mexico History Museum
February 7, 2016
Navajo Astronomy with Gloria Begay
Second GranMary’s Program of 2016
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Please note this program runs TWICE: first at 2pm and again at 3pm. Drop by for either one - your choice! GranMary’s Place is a storytelling program at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture that is dedicated to celebrating the memory of Docent Mary Sudbrink. Mary loved life, children, and telling stories to children visiting the Museum. And don’t forget, Sundays are free admission for New Mexico residents.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
February 8, 2016
Viva Flamenco
The 3rd in the Lagniappe Lecture Series
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Museum of International Folk Art
February 9, 2016
How Women Took Shakespeare Across America
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
Robin Williams Ph.D. speaks in St. Francis Auditorium 12:15-1pm. Seating starts at noon.
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 10, 2016
The AT&SF Railroad and the Pueblo Indians, 1880–1930
A Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture
Noon to 1:00 pm
Richard Frost speaks on “The AT&SF Railroad and the Pueblo Indians, 1880–1930,” as part of the Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series. Frost, a Santa Fe resident, is professor emeritus of American history and Native American studies at Colgate University. He wrote The Railroad and Pueblo Indians: The Impact of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe on the Pueblos of the Rio Grande, 1880–1930 (University of Utah Press, 2015). Lectures are free in the Meem Community Room. Enter through the Washington Avenue doors.
New Mexico History Museum
February 10, 2016
The Mysteries of the Shakespeare First Folio
Lecture by Eric Rasmussen
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
6-7 pm lecture in St. Francis Auditorium with Eric Rasmussen, PhD., Chair, Department of English, University of Nevada
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 12, 2016
Shakespeare in Concert
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Free concert by Santa Fe Community Orchestra in St. Francis Auditorium 7pm
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 12, 2016
CreativeMornings tackles ethics
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Robert and Renee Innis, owners of Rinse Design and co-founders of Design Corps Santa Fe explore the global theme of “ethics” at the latest installment of CreativeMornings. Enjoy some networking with other creative professionals before the talk, along with coffee and pastries courtesy of Iconik Coffee Roasters, and music by Lone Piñon. Design Corps is a group of a visual communication professionals in Santa Fe who sees progressive design as a catalyst for positive change and a force for social good. Free.  
New Mexico History Museum
February 13, 2016
High school/Family discovery workshop
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
60 minutes with Kristin Bundesen
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 13, 2016
Performance from UnShakeable by the Santa Fe Opera
A Shakespeare First Folio event
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
To commemorate both Shakespeare’s 400 th anniversary and its own 60 th , the Santa Fe Opera commissioned a new work from composer Joseph Illick, with a libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters. Mixing Shakespeare and sci-fi, UnShakeable travels 25 years into the future after a pandemic called “Erasure” has corroded people’s memories. Will Shakespearean actors and former lovers Wyatt and Meridian reconnect and restore their bond? Hear selections performed by baritone Samuel Schultz, soprano Jacquelyn Stucker, and Joseph Illick. Free in the New Mexico History Museum auditorium; reservations required . Go to the Santa Fe Opera box office or call (505) 986-5900 or (800) 280-4654. Seating is limited.
New Mexico History Museum
February 14, 2016
Family Fun Day
Valentines Day Extravaganza
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Family Fun Valentine Extravaganza! All Ages! Free!
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 14, 2016
Exhibition Opening Celebration!
Join MIAC for the Opening of "A New Century"
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us for the opening of A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New. An afternoon program is planned for Sunday, February 14 with the following events: 1pm - Jemez Pueblo Buffalo dancers 2pm - Panel on New’s work with Dr. Dave Warren, Dan Namingha, and Aysen New 3pm - Jemez Pueblo Buffalo dancers from 1 to 4pm - Informal Modeling of New’s designs, refreshements courtesy of the Women’s Board, and a family art activity In brief, this exhibition surveysthe lifespan and works of Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New using unprecedented access to his art, fabrics, fashion designs, photos, sketches, and archival documents. The exhibition consists of five sections: New Lands, Ancient Stories; Student and Teacher; An Artist at War; A New Enterprise/ Clothes Make the Man; New Horizons; and The New Legacy. It will highlight how the actions and innovations of New provided the foundation for today’s Native art in its new forms and media, to remain as Indian as the Indian, while visible and relevant on a global scale. For the full press release - which contains more information - go here .
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
February 17, 2016
The Santa Fe Shakespeare Society presents Shakespeare’s Whirled!
Noon to 1:00 pm
Free public performance by The Santa Fe Shakespeare Society at noon in the St. Francis Auditorium
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 17, 2016
Let’s Take a Look
Curators Examine Your Treasures
Noon to 2:00 pm
Last month’s LTAL was hopping! Get here early so you don’t have to wait in line to have MIAC’s curators examine your treasures. Stop by and learn something new about your heirlooms and collections, especially Southwestern Native American pieces. Please note staff is prohibited from appraising items. This is a free program.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
February 19, 2016
Collecting Shakespeare
The Story of Henry and Emily Folger
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
St. Francis Auditorium Conversation with authors John Andrews and Stephen Grant 2pm
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 20, 2016
Shakespeare in New Mexico and the West
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
1:00-4:00 pm. St. Francis Auditorium. Two lectures and a panel discussion about Shakespeare’s influence on the Southwest.
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 21, 2016
Families Make History monthly workshop
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
See First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare on display at the New Mexico Museum of Art (just next door). Then come to the History Museum to see  The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page and practice your own calligraphy with a real crow-quill pen. Free with admission. Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily. Families Make History free workshops are held the third Sunday of every month.
New Mexico History Museum
February 21, 2016
Speak the Speech
Director’s Cuts
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
1-4 p.m. local directors present scenes from Shakespeare’s plays that illustrate their approach to Shakespeare’s language
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 23, 2016
Community-in-Residence, Shakespeare-style
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Join local arts organizations and Gary Glazner, founder of the internationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project , for a fun-filled morning of creating poetry and song inspired by  The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page . This event is crafted especially for people with memory illnesses and their care partners, though everyone is welcome to participate. For information, call Tom Leech at 505-476-5096.
New Mexico History Museum
February 24, 2016
Chasing the Santa Fe Ring
Speaking of Traditions: New Perspectives on Old Traditions
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
St. Francis Auditorium, 6-7pm, free
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 26, 2016
Music Event
Greg Brown in Santa Fe
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Southwest Roots Music presents singer-songwriter Greg Brown in St. Francis Auditorium. Purchase tickets at  http://southwestrootsmusic.org/
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 26, 2016
Hamlet, Hamlet, Hamlet
A Shakespeare First Folio event
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
In the 1600s, three distinct versions of Hamlet were produced. Known as the Bad Quarto, Good Quarto, and First Folio, they are often mixed into one during modern-day performances. The result is a Hamlet who seems more passive and indecisive than the one who appears in the First Folio. Joshua Calhoun, an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses those versions in this free talk.
New Mexico History Museum
February 28, 2016
Last day to see the Civil War exhibit
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Take in a sobering history lesson with Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War in our Mezzanine Gallery. Three curators—Meredith Davidson, Daniel Kosharek and Tom Leech—come together, approaching the subject from different angles and inviting visitors to consider these fragments of memories and how a long-gone war still defines us as Americans. Admission on Sundays free to NM residents.
New Mexico History Museum
February 28, 2016
Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Santa Fe Shakespeare Society says goodbye to the Folio
New Mexico Museum of Art
February 28, 2016
Celebrate the Openings of Sacred Realm
new in the Cotsen Gallery
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sacred Realm: Blesings & Good Fortune Across Asia explores the rich diverse spiritual folk expressions across the Asian continent. Art works from Christian, Jewish, Islamic and the Buddhist religion are displayed in a single interactive gallery.
Museum of International Folk Art


On Exhibit during February 2016

Through February 21, 2016
An American Modernism
October 2, 2015 – February 21, 2016 An American Modernism opens Friday, October 2, 2015, from 5:30-7:30pm and runs through February 21, 2016 . An American Modernism joins the exhibition O’Keeffe in Process , both at the New Mexico Museum of Art, in the “Fall of Modernism” cultural collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Drawn primarily from the museum’s rich collection of Modernist art, An American Modernism explores the quest by early twentieth-century artists to find a distinctive American voice and to define art for the modern age.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through February 26, 2016
Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War
Civil War battles raged across America’s northern and southern states as Texas Confederates launched a plot: Head north and west through the New Mexico Territory with hopes of seizing California’s goldfields and sea ports. In 1862, battles erupted in Mesilla, Valverde, and Glorieta. Confederate forces briefly occupied the Palace of the Governors. Despite such victories, breaks in supply chains forced the Texans to retreat. While the carnage of Shiloh, Manassas and Gettysburg roiled the nation, New Mexico’s role in the Civil War faded—like the photographs of soldiers and loved ones held for remembrance as a nation faltered and the dead were buried. What was left behind—cased-image portraits of wartime soldiers and their families; a tattered flag; post-war lithographs—failed to definitively answer our nation’s questions, leaving mysteries, unknown faces and untold stories. In the museum’s intimate Mezzanine Gallery, three curators—Meredith Davidson, Daniel Kosharek and Tom Leech—come together, approaching the subject from different angles and inviting visitors to consider these fragments of memories and how a long-gone war still defines us as Americans.
New Mexico History Museum
Through February 28, 2016
New Mexico Museum of Art to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016
The New Mexico Museum of Art has been selected as the host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare , a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The New Mexico Museum of Art will be the only New Mexico venue.  
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through February 28, 2016
First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
National tour from Folger Shakespeare Library in commemoration of the 400 th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death.    New Mexico Museum of Art, recently named New Mexico’s host for the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour, is pleased to announce that the First Folio will be on view to the public February 5-28, 2016.  
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through February 28, 2016
The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page
The Palace Press presents a special exhibition in collaboration with the New Mexico Museum of Art’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare . The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page offers a multi-part exhibit with a hands-on twist: The printers will make facsimiles of a First Folio page using a replica “Gutenberg” wooden hand press. Visitors will be able to make their own prints for a take-home treat. In addition, members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group have crafted contemporary art books inspired by the works of Shakespeare. And Palace Press Director Thomas Leech and internationally known calligrapher Patricia Musick will collaborate on broadsides from Hamlet , Prince of Denmark . 
New Mexico History Museum
Through March 13, 2016
Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World
A 1960s’ ecclesiastical wave of urban renewal inspired mission churches throughout the Americas to undergo renovations and, all too often, cast off centuries-old artwork. Charles W. Collier, a cultural attaché to Bolivia, and his wife, Nina Perera Collier, began purchasing and obtaining pieces that eventually formed the backbone of the International Institute of Iberian Colonial Art, once based at their Los Luceros estate in northern New Mexico. In 2005, with the promised construction of spacious galleries and a state-of-the-art collections vault at the New Mexico History Museum, the Institute donated 70 paintings and three sculptures. When Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World opens on June 29, 35 of these 17 th - and 18 th -century masterpieces will share one exhibition space for the first time ever. Painting the Divine includes works from Spain’s three colonial capitals: Peru, Mexico and New Mexico. Together, they reveal how faith sustained Spanish colonists in harsh and remote frontiers and how their religious art evolved in those places.
New Mexico History Museum
Through April 4, 2016
Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience
The Gallery of Conscience is an experimental space where the public is invited to help shape the content and form of the exhibition through interactive elements and facilitated dialogues.  The gallery changes in response to community input, and is temporarily closed for interim changes. 
Museum of International Folk Art
Through May 1, 2016
Stage, Setting, Mood: Theatricality in the Visual Arts
Stage, Setting, Mood: Theatricality in the Visual Arts examines the formal means artists employ to impart a sense of drama and setting in their compositions. The exhibition opens with a free public reception hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico at the New Mexico Museum of Art on February 5, 2016 and runs through May 1, 2016. In the performing arts, "stage, setting and mood" refer to the evocative and emotional experiences that can be created in the physical space of the theater with the use of backdrops, props, lighting, sound, and the work of the performers. In the visual arts, artists employ theatrical pictorial means to appeal to the senses. Colors, bold forms, and compelling subjects can be called on to elicit an emotional connection between viewer and artwork. In this exhibition, artworks that feature high drama, theatrical presentation, and narrative storytelling, demonstrate the connection between sensation and spectacle. The exhibition comprises close to 50 artworks dating from the late 18 th century to the present. Stage, Setting, Mood runs concurrent with the New Mexico Museum of Art’s presentation of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare: National tour from Folger Shakespeare Library (February 5 through 28, 2016) commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through May 2, 2016
Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning
Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning highlights the Museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value. Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrate the stone’s use and its deep significance to the people of the region.  
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through June 19, 2016
Along the Pecos
One of the staples of desert life is the presence—or scarcity—of water. Its importance can be seen across eastern New Mexico, where the Pecos River strives to quench a fragile, 926-mile riparian environment. Along the Pecos , a collage of photographs and sounds, opens June 19 on the second floor of the New Mexico History Museum. Developed by photographer Jennifer Schlesinger and the late composer Steven M. Miller, the materials were recently donated to the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, whose Photo Legacy Project collects the work of contemporary photographers.
New Mexico History Museum
Through September 11, 2016
FLAMENCO: From Spain to New Mexico
Passionate, fiery, sensual, intense In-depth examination of the history and culture of flamenco dance and music. The Museum of International Folk Art presents Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, the most comprehensive exhibition to celebrate and study this living tradition as an art form. The exhibition opens November 22, 2015 and runs through September 11, 2016.  More than 150 objects will be featured. Among them, items once used by renowned artists Encarnación López y Júlvez “La Argentinita”, José Greco, and Vicente Romero and María Benítez (both from New Mexico). In addition to other stunning loans from private collectors will be those from the museum’s expansive permanent collection.
Museum of International Folk Art
Open February 14, 2016 through December 30, 2016
A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New
“Indian art of the future will be in new forms, produced in new media and new technological methods. The end result will be as Indian as is the Indian.” - Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New ( Cherokee ) Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Lloyd Henri New’s birth, A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New is a mesmerizing look into a storied life. Coming from humble beginnings on the family farm in Oklahoma, New became one of the first Native American artists to earn a degree in art education and receive personal recognition and success as an artist and designer – all of which led to his emergence as a pioneer in fashion, entrepreneurship, and Native art instruction. New’s vision and leadership helped create new entities focused on advancing Native arts and culture (e.g., the Southwest Indian Art Project in the early 60’s). By instructing generations of young artists on how to bring their artistic processes and traditional culture together, they were able to map their own artistic path; a path that could resonate with their needs as creative individuals, members of their tribal communities and as contemporary artists. A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New will open February 13, 2016. The exhibition will survey the lifespan and works of Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New using unprecedented access to his art, fabrics, fashion designs, photos, sketches, and archival documents. The exhibition consists of five sections: New Lands, Ancient Stories; Student and Teacher; An Artist at War; A New Enterprise/ Clothes Make the Man; New Horizons; and The New Legacy. It will highlight how the actions and innovations of New provided the foundation for today’s Native art in its new forms and media, to remain as Indian as the Indian, while visible and relevant on a global scale.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Open February 14, 2016 through December 30, 2016
A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New
Through personal recollections, photos, archival documents, and objects pour la couture, New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New reviews the life of this American Indian visionary.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Open February 28, 2016 through March 19, 2017
Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia
Santa Fe is the perfect city for the soon-to-open exhibition S acred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia. The City of Holy Faith could just as easily be called the City of Many Faiths. From the Natives who considered it a spiritually abundant place, to the Catholics arriving here before the Pilgrim’s, to today’s large communities of Sikhs, Buddhists, and New Age practitioners. S acred Realm runs from February 28 through March 19, 2017 at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. S acred Realm highlights the museum’s own wide-ranging Asian collection exploring such beliefs as magical protection, blessings, and good fortune.
Museum of International Folk Art
Open February 28, 2016 through March 19, 2017
Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia

Museum of International Folk Art
Through May 25, 2017
Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time
For the first time in Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time , large prints of Heisey’s stunning images will be paired directly with the Lindberghs’. The exhibition opens October 25, 2015 and runs through May 2017 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. During 2007 and 2008, flying at alarmingly low altitudes and slow speeds, Adriel Heisey leaned out the door of his light plane, and holding his camera with both hands, re-photographed some of the Southwest’s most significant archaeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his new bride Anne photographed in 1929.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
on long-term display
The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery
The Buchsbaum Gallery features each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona in a selection of pieces that represent the development of a community tradition. In addition, a changing area of the gallery, entitled Traditions Today highlights the evolving contemporary traditions of the ancient art of pottery making.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
on long-term display
Here, Now and Always
Here, Now, and Always is a major exhibition based on eight years of collaboration among Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, writers and museum professionals. Voices of fifty Native Americans guide visitors through the Southwest's indigenous communities and their challenging landscapes. More than 1,300 artifacts from the Museum's collections are displayed accompanied by poetry, story, song and scholarly discussion.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
on long-term display
Segesser Hide Paintings
Though the source of the Segesser Hide Paintings is obscure, their significance cannot be clearer: the hides are rare examples of the earliest known depictions of colonial life in the United States. Moreover, the tanned and smoothed hides carry the very faces of men whose descendants live in New Mexico today...
New Mexico History Museum
on long-term display
Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time
Now 400 years old, Santa Fe was once an infant city on the remote frontier.  Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time, on long-term exhibit in the Palace of the Governors, explores the archaeological evidence and historical documentation of the City Different before the Spanish arrived, as well as at the settling of the first colony in San Gabriel del Yungue, the founding of Santa Fe and its first 100 years as New Mexico’s first capital. Co-curated by Josef Diaz of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors and Stephen Post of the DCA/Office of Archaeological Studies, Santa Fe Found collects more than 160 artifacts from four historic sites, along with maps, documents, household goods, weaponry and religious objects. Together, they tell the story of cultural encounters between early colonists and the Native Americans who had long called this place home.
New Mexico History Museum
on long-term display
Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now
Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now , the main exhibition of the New Mexico History Museum, sweeps across more than 500 years of stories - from early Native inhabitants to today's residents - told through artifacts, films, photographs, computer interactives, oral histories and more. Together, they breath life into the people who made the American West: Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican traders, Santa Fe Trail riders, fur trappers, outlaws, railroad men, scientists, hippies and artists.  
New Mexico History Museum
on long-term display
Treasures of Devotion/Tesoros de Devoción
Treasures of Devotion/Tesoros de Devoción contains bultos, retablos, and crucifijos dating from the late 1700s to 1900 which illustrate the distinctive tradition of santo making in New Mexico introduced by settlers from Mexico.
New Mexico History Museum
on long-term display
Multiple Visions: A Common Bond
"I believe we should preserve this evidence of the past, not as a pattern for sentimental imitation, but as nourishment for the creative spirit of the present." - Alexander Girard
Museum of International Folk Art
on long-term display
Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy
Will Rogers noted that Fred Harvey “kept the West in food—and wives.” But the company’s Harvey Girls are by no means its only legacy. From the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway’s 1879 arrival in New Mexico to the 1970 demolition of Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel, the Fred Harvey name and its company’s influence have been felt across New Mexico, not to mention the American West. The company and its New Mexico establishments served as the stage on which people such as Mary Colter were able to fashion an “authentic” tourist experience, along with Herman Schweizer who helped drive the direction of Native American jewelry and crafts as an industry. Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy , a new section that joins the New Mexico History Museum’s main exhibit, Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, helps tell those stories. Opening December 7, Setting the Standard uses artifacts from the museum’s collection, images from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives and loans from other museums and private collectors. Focusing on the rise of the Fred Harvey Company as a family business and events that transpired specifically in the Land of Enchantment, the tale will leave visitors with an understanding of how the Harvey experience resonates in our Southwest today.
New Mexico History Museum


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