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Events for September 2016

September 1, 2016
Historical Downtown Walking Tours
10:15 am
Continues through September 30, 2016

Through October 15, learn about the history of Santa Fe on a Downtown Walking Tour led by New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors guides every Monday through Saturday. Gather at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Avenue at 10:15 am. 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.)
New Mexico History Museum
September 2, 2016
Rose B. Simpson
Gallery Talk
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Artist Rose B. Simpson discusses her work on view in Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders . 2pm
New Mexico Museum of Art
September 2, 2016
Early closing for Zozobra
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kick off Santa Fe Fiesta with the annual burning of Zozobra. We’ll close at 5 pm to make it easy for you, instead of our usual Free Friday Evening. See you at the show.
New Mexico History Museum
September 4, 2016
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our National Parks
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
From Carlsbad Caverns to Chaco Canyon, national parks pepper New Mexico’s terrain and help share our regional history. Dwight T. Pitcaithley, who served as the National Park Service’s chief historian for 10 years, will address the growth of the park system over the past century, the little-known community and preservation programs  that reach into almost every community, and the challenges our parks face in their second century.
New Mexico History Museum
September 5, 2016
Open on Labor Day
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
You bet, we’re open our regular working hours today, 10 am to 5 pm. Bring your out-of-town guests and introduce them to New Mexico history!
New Mexico History Museum
September 7, 2016
Flamenco En Vivo
Live Flamenco Guitar Music
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Museum of International Folk Art
September 10, 2016
La Bajada Pueblos and Environs
Friends of Archaeology

La Bajada Pueblo, a Rio Grande Classic period site, was occupied from the A.D. 1200’s up to A.D. 1700 (dates obtained in 2008 by BLM archeologist Peter McKenna). Both Cochiti and Santo Domingo Pueblos trace ancestry to this site.  The only excavation of La Bajada Pueblo was in 1915, when Nels Nelson excavated about 10% of the site.  Interestingly, this large (3-5 roomblock) and important site has not previously been toured by an archeological group.  Our 5-7 hour tour, led by NFS archaeologist Mike Bremer, will visit the pueblo and proximate field and water diversion features.  The tour will focus on two overlook sites on the mesa which have considerable rock art, a well preserved shrine, and some quite distinctive room features.  This trip is rated easy. Trip cost will be $85 for FOA members ($95 for non -members). Spaces are limited. Make reservations beginning August 9, 2016 at 7:00 am by calling (505) 982-7799, ext. 5.  .
Office of Archaeological Studies
September 14, 2016
Flamenco En Vivo
Live Flamenco Guitar Music
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Museum of International Folk Art
September 15, 2016
John Andrews: Making Sure No Wool Was Pulled Over His Eyes
Friends of Indian Art

John Andrews, owner of Native Jackets, will speak to us about the development of his business which began on the web in 1998 selling Indian blanket jackets. After meeting Mark Winter of Toadlena Trading Post, he saw that he could trust his eye and started investing more in Navajo rugs, Pueblo pottery, and Native baskets. Now native art sales exceed the jacket sales, and have for several years. John will show us beautiful tapestry weavings made by living master weavers, antique treasures, and Pendleton blankets. Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
September 15, 2016
The Casas Grandes world
Friends of Archaeology

Continues through September 18, 2016

Come join us for a visit to the ancient town of Paquimé, heart of the Casas Grandes world. This unique center displays many elements associated with Mesoamerican societies to the south—ball courts, public platform mounds, effigy mounds, an advanced water delivery system, macaw breeding and a beautiful museum. A visit to Mata Ortiz, the famous pottery-making village is also on the itinerary. Home of famed potter, Juan Quezada, the village has become a vibrant center of beautiful pottery production. Based on ancient Casas Grandes designs, today’s potters have taken design to a new level of sophistication. Archaeologist Rafael Cruz, of Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, will join us for visits to other backcountry sites, ball courts, and rock art panels. A new road into the Sierra Madre Occidental will also allow us to travel to the famous La Cueva de la Olla. Formerly, a bone-jarring ride of three hours, the new road should make the trip much more enjoyable. The trip will be self-motored and we will caravan from Santa Fe to Nuevo Casas Grandes; a trip of 8-10 hours depending upon time needed to cross the border into Mexico. That includes time for a lunch break. We will stay at the Hotel Hacienda in Nuevo Casas Grandes, which has a restaurant and a pool. Group size is limited to 20 people.   A valid passport is required for this trip! You will also need to purchase Mexican car insurance. Mexican law does not allow coverage with a U.S. insurance company. We will supply names of vendors who offer reasonable policies and prices. We will be traveling backroads, so a high clearance vehicle is needed. Four-wheel drive is not necessary, just good clearance. We will compress ourselves into as few cars as possible for going into the backcountry. A visit to La Cueva de la Olla requires a brief ascent of perhaps 50 feet. It is not particularly difficult, but footing can be slippery. There is no trail. Persons with physical disabilities may not be able to make the ascent. Price for the excursion will be $300.00/FOA members, $375.00/non-members. If you are interested in the trip, please sign up and we will contact you by email about hotel pricing and other details.  Please call the FOA Hotline starting 7:00am on Tuesday July 12 at 505-982-7799 x6
Office of Archaeological Studies
September 16, 2016
Music at the Museum
5:30 pm
Continues through September 30, 2016

On free Fridays from 5:30 - 7:30 PM
New Mexico Museum of Art
September 16, 2016
Gallery Talk
Alcoves 16/17 #4
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

New Mexico Museum of Art
September 18, 2016
Upstairs/Downstairs
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Tour the collections storage, library and preparation areas and make your own art gallery 1-4pm
New Mexico Museum of Art
September 18, 2016
Families Make History monthly workshop
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Come see the exhibit  Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities and, in advance of the Oct. 2 celebration of Rosh Hashanah, learn to make and enjoy  Tishpishti , a honey-soaked cake traditionally shared to start off the new year with sweetness and good fortune. 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
September 20, 2016
El Paso Expedition
A Palace Guard trip

Continues through September 23, 2016

A special adventure for members of the museum’s Friends group, the Palace Guard: New Mexico State Historian Dr. Rick Hendricks will lead us through the 1680 Pueblo Revolt refuge locations of Isleta, Socorro, and the early presidio of San Elisario, Texas. We’ll explore the El Paso History Museum and downtown district. Rene Harrris, former director of the El Paso History Museum, will share the University of Texas at El Paso’s Jose Sisneros art collection and the El Paso Museum of Art’s Mexican retablo collection. Additional stops include the Magoffin Home State Historic Site and the Licon Dairy where we’ll enjoy bites of the Mexican-style string cheese azadero. Visit the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces and lunch at La Posta in Mesilla on the return to Santa Fe.. Not a Palace Guard member? To join, click here or call (505) 982-6366, ext. 100. For reservations and details on the trip’s cost, call Alex Hesbrook: (505) 982-6366, ext. 119.
New Mexico History Museum
September 21, 2016
Flamenco En Vivo
Live Flamenco Guitar Music
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Museum of International Folk Art
September 21, 2016
Letís Take a Look...
Curators Examine Your Treasures
Noon to 2:00 pm
A monthly offering at MIAC, Let’s Take a Look is your chance to bring by your personal treasures for evalauation. While curators are prohibited from assigning retail value (we have a list of external appraisers for you), our curatorial staff is great at helping determine age, origin, use, etc. of many objects. Items with Native American roots are most common, but we can also help with other items periodically. This is a free program.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
September 22, 2016
Nick Rosetta Stone and Shell Jewelry demonstration
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Using all natural material and handmade processes, he makes beautiful heishi necklaces. Nick learned the art from his parents, Ray and Mary Rosetta. The heishi artform goes back to ancestral pueblo times, long before the arrival of the Spanish in the Southwest, when Kewa stone and shell jewelry - believed by many archeologists to be the oldest form of jewelry in the southwest-was highly prized and widely traded. Nick does most of the lapidary work--cutting, grinding, sanding and polishing. His wife Me-Wee does ninety-five percent of the stringing. He obtains his materials from many different places--turquoise from Nevada and Arizona, serpentine from South Dakota, pipestone from Minnesota, as well as stones from Canada, Peru and Australia.  Demonstrations of his work will be on September 22, 28, and 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
September 23, 2016
Annual Governorís Awards for Excellence in the Arts
Public Awards Ceremony
5:15 pm to 7:00 pm
St. Francis Auditorium 5:15-7pm
New Mexico Museum of Art
September 23, 2016
Governorís Awards Honoreeís Exhibition
Public Reception
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
3:30-4:30pm on 4th Floor of State Capital
New Mexico Museum of Art
September 23, 2016
Two-Day MIAC Symposium
The Food Sovereignty Project
10:00 am
Continues through September 24, 2016

In partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) is presenting the two-day event, The Food Sovereignty Project , followed by a Community wide celebration on Museum Hill, focusing on how New Mexico tribes are reincorporating traditional foods into their diets to foster greater health and wellness in their communities. The Food Sovereignty symposium brings together a diverse range of indigenous farmers, herders, and hunters, who have been able to successfully sustain and revitalize food production practices that are vital to traditional life. Also included are tribal program directors and educators who have initiated successful community-based traditional food programs. Food sovereignty efforts are part of a larger national movement of indigenous peoples to create sustainable forms of food production that are Native American driven.  For complete symposium schedule and information to register, please call the front desk at 505-476-1269.                           .
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
September 25, 2016
Growing Up in a Lowrider Community
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Author and photographer Don Usner talks about his youth in Chimayó and his experiences in documenting the lowriders of northern New Mexico. His work is included in the History Museum exhibit Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico . This event is free with admission; Sundays are free to NM residents.
New Mexico History Museum
September 25, 2016
Museum Hill Community Day!
MIAC Has a FULL Schedule for You
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
For full details, go here .
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
September 25, 2016
Museum Hill Community Day
2016
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
A FREE family-friendly event!  Explore Museum Hill with FREE admission at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, The Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.
Museum of International Folk Art
September 28, 2016
Flamenco En Vivo
Live Flamenco Guitar Music
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Museum of International Folk Art
September 28, 2016
Docent Training
2:30 pm
Continues through May 24, 2017

For more information or to apply, please contact Sara Van Note, Volunteer Coordinator, at 476-5075 or email  sara.vannote@state.nm.us.
New Mexico Museum of Art
September 28, 2016
Nick Rosetta Stone and Shell Jewelry Demonstration
10:00 am
Continues through September 29, 2016

Using all natural material and handmade processes, he makes beautiful heishi necklaces. Nick learned the art from his parents, Ray and Mary Rosetta. The heishi artform goes back to ancestral pueblo times, long before the arrival of the Spanish in the Southwest, when Kewa stone and shell jewelry - believed by many archeologists to be the oldest form of jewelry in the southwest-was highly prized and widely traded. Nick does most of the lapidary work--cutting, grinding, sanding and polishing. His wife Me-Wee does ninety-five percent of the stringing. He obtains his materials from many different places--turquoise from Nevada and Arizona, serpentine from South Dakota, pipestone from Minnesota, as well as stones from Canada, Peru and Australia.  Demonstrations of his work will be on September 22, 28, and 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.    
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture


On Exhibit during September 2016

Through October 10, 2016
Finding a Contemporary Voice: The Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA
Taking a Fritz Scholder group portrait of IAIA faculty and the legacy of the institution’s first artistic director, Lloyd Kiva New, as starting points, Finding a Contemporary Voice: the Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA includes work from the New Mexico Museum of Art’s collection by IAIA faculty and alumni from the 1960s to the present such as Scholder, Neil Parsons, T.C. Cannon, Melanie Yazzie, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, and Will Wilson. The Museum of Art’s free to the public exhibition opening is on Friday, May 20, 2016 and the exhibition runs through Oct. 10, 2016. Finding a Contemporary Voice complements concurrent exhibitions at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture ( A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New ) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence . All three exhibitions and associated symposia, lectures, and other events celebrate the centennial of Native American artist Lloyd Kiva New’s birth by focusing on key aspects of his significant contributions to contemporary Native culture.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2016
The Life and Art of Innovative Native American Artist and Designer Lloyd Kiva New
This year is the centennial of the birth of seminal Native American artist Lloyd Kiva New, and three Santa Fe arts institutions are celebrating this anniversary in style. Locally, New, a Cherokee, is known as the Institute of American Indian Art’s (IAIA) first artistic director, yet nationally, Native people refer to him as the "Godfather of Native Fashion." Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s career retrospective A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New (February 14 through December 30, 2016). A New Century is a mesmerizing look into New’s storied life from his humble beginnings on the family farm in Oklahoma to the burgeoning days at IAIA. In between he strides the decks of the USS Sanborn during World War II and the halls of the Art Institute of Chicago. Opening successive and successful boutiques and craft centers in the gleaming post-war enclave of Scottsdale, Arizona. New was a pioneer in the worlds of fashion, entrepreneurship, and Native art instruction. His vision of cultural studies and creative arts education continues to influence and inspire. 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. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the New Mexico Museum of Art will each present an exhibition in 2016 focusing on key aspects of Lloyd Kiva New’s (b. 1916 - d. 2002) significant contributions to contemporary Native culture. Additionally, the three institutions are planning a symposium, multiple lectures, panel discussions, a fashion show, Gala, and, as pure celebration, a 100th birthday party.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through December 31, 2016
Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities
In 1492, Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issued a royal edict ordering all Jews to either leave the country or convert to Catholicism. The Spanish Inquisition (and later, the Portugese and Mexican Inquisitions) stood ready to persecute anyone who failed to abide. Violators would endure prisons, torture and death. Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities , opening May 22, 2016, leaps into the ensuing diaspora, a journey that stretches back to biblical times. For the first time, a major institution tells the comprehensive story of how Spain’s Jewry found a tenuous foothold in North America. Despite continued persecution, its people persisted—sometimes as upright Catholic conversos, sometimes as self-identifying “crypto-Jews.”
New Mexico History Museum
Through January 1, 2017
The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top
Built over the course of forty years by W.J. “Windy” Morris (1904–1978) of Amarillo, Texas, the Morris Miniature Circus is a 3/8”-scale circus model that was acquired by the museum in 1984 and exhibited in 1986. In 2016, the museum will restore and install the Circus once again.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through March 5, 2017
Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico
¡Orale! Take a ride into the creative reimaginings of American steel as captured in photographs, hubcaps, hood ornaments, car show banners and, yes, actual cars. Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico , opening May 1 (through March 5, 2017) at the New Mexico History Museum focuses on mobile works of art and their makers—home-grown Nuevomexicanos who customize, detail, paint and upholster these favorite symbols of Hispanic culture. Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek has pulled together an extensive collection of images by Don Usner, Annie Sahlin, Jack Parsons, Sam Adams, Norman Mauskopf, Dottie Lopez, Gabriela Campos, Meridel Rubinstein and others. In addition, the exhibit features a chromed and touchable engine, miniature-scale model-car collections, trophies, memorabilia and other ephemera. The museum lobby will host a rotating selection of cherry examples. The thrill ride doesn’t stop there.
New Mexico History Museum
Through March 19, 2017
Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia
 What more can we ask than for blessings and good fortune? Whether perceived as miraculous boons or a response to ceremonious prayer, blessings and good fortune come in many forms and bring joy, comfort, and balance to our lives. God, deities, nature spirits, and other unseen forces exist in human belief, which can bring both great harm and great fortune to people on earth.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through March 26, 2017
ALCOVES 16/17
Alcoves 16/17 opens March 4, 2016 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. This will be the first in a series of seven alcove exhibitions that concludes on March 26, 2017. Each of the seven rotations will highlight five artists at various career stages and working in New Mexico today. In this first of seven exhibitions, artists working in all media will be featured; Scott Anderson, Gloria Graham, Scott Greene, Herbert Lotz, and Bonnie Lynch.  
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through May 7, 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 7, 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
Through August 5, 2017
Agnes Martin and Me
Shrouded in myth, the artist Agnes Martin (1912-2004), an iconic figure in 20 th -century art, was emotionally and artistically tortured, exquisitely sensitive yet socially inept. Canadian born, she started to make a name for herself in the New York art scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but in 1967, abandoned her career for a reclusive life in the New Mexico desert. She did not return to her work for nearly a decade. Several years after she began creating art again, photographer Donald Woodman met her and remained a fixture in her life from 1977 through 1984. In Agnes Martin and Me , an exhibit opening August 5 at the New Mexico History Museum (precise closing date to be determined), Woodman shares his photographs of their time together. The exhibit accompanies his new book, Agnes Martin and Me (Lyon Art Books; May 2016), which reveals the raw, unveiled person he knew in the seven rollercoaster years of their constant contact.
New Mexico History Museum
Through September 10, 2017
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 opened November 22, 2015 and runs through September 10, 2017.  More than 150 objects are 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
Through October 22, 2017
Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art
Sponge Bob Square Pants, Pac Man, and Curious George, all sporting a particularly Native American twist, are just a few images from popular mainstream culture seen in the exhibition, Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art. The free to the public opening for Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is on July 17, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm and the show runs through October 22, 2017 . Featuring nearly 100 objects by more than fifty artists from the museum’s collections as well as others borrowed from collectors and artists, the work on view in Into the Future will be in such various media as traditional clothing and jewelry, pottery and weaving, photography and video, through to comics, and on into cyberspace.  
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through January 8, 2018
Negotiate, Navigate, Innovate: Strategies Folk Artists Use in Todayís Global Market Place
The Gallery of Conscience is an experimental gallery in the Museum of International Folk Art where the public is invited to help shape the content and form of the exhibition in real tme.
Museum of International Folk Art
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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