New Mexico History Museum

New Mexico History Museum Promoting understanding of the diverse experiences of New Mexico residents, the forces that shaped our state, and our connections with the rest of the world.
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The New Mexico History Museum includes the Palace of the Governors, Fray Angelico Chavez History Library, Palace of the Governors Photo Archive, Palace Press, & Native American Artisans Portal Program. Temporarily closed due to public health order.

Operating as usual

Heart-shaped collage featuring portraits of African American men and womenDate: circa 1890-1915?Negative Number 135114Pa...
02/11/2021

Heart-shaped collage featuring portraits of African American men and women

Date: circa 1890-1915?
Negative Number 135114

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

The New Mexico History Museum is excited to announce that we are open as of today, Thursday, February 11. Our hours are ...
02/11/2021

The New Mexico History Museum is excited to announce that we are open as of today, Thursday, February 11. Our hours are 10a.m. - 4:30p.m.

We will also be open on Friday, February 12. Next week, the museum will be open Wednesday through Friday (February 17-19). Beginning on February 24, we plan to expand our hours of operation to a regular schedule of Wednesday through Sunday.

Explore our most recent exhibition "Looking Back" as well as hundreds of years of New Mexico's history presented in our core exhibits.

We look forward to your visit, and remind you to bring your required mask. We have been hard at work preparing our facility for your return, following all COVID-safe practices.

For further information and to learn more about how we are keeping you safe, please visit https://www.nmhistorymuseum.org. See you soon!

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New Mexico Magazine
02/10/2021
New Mexico Magazine

New Mexico Magazine

Join us in the digital rabbit holes of New Mexico's richest photographic archives. You don't even have to leave your computer.

Tourists at Shiprock in Navajo country, northwestern New MexicoCreator: New Mexico Tourism BureauDate: 1950?Negative Num...
02/09/2021

Tourists at Shiprock in Navajo country, northwestern New Mexico

Creator: New Mexico Tourism Bureau
Date: 1950?
Negative Number HP.2007.20.491
New Mexico Magazine Collection

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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It is still cold outside, don’t forget your gloves.Large brown men's gloves made of buffalo fur. The palm and finger por...
02/09/2021

It is still cold outside, don’t forget your gloves.
Large brown men's gloves made of buffalo fur. The palm and finger portion of the gloves are made of leather, "F.R. Stevenson" is printed in the interior. The gloves were worn by F.R. Stevenson who was the postmaster of Santa Fe in 1940.
NMHM/DCA 9496.45a-b

02/05/2021
Reopening Thursday February 11

The History Museum will reopen to the public on a sliding schedule beginning Thursday, February 11. Maximum visitor occupancy will be limited to 75 people at one time. Hours of visitation will be 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

We will also be open on Friday, February 12. The next week, the museum will be open to the public Wednesday through Friday (February 17-19). Beginning on February 24, we plan to expand our hours of operation to a regular schedule of Wednesday through Sunday.

We look forward to your visit, and remind you to bring your required mask. We have been hard at work preparing our facility for your return, following all COVID-safe practices.

For further information and to learn more about how we are keeping you safe, please visit https://www.nmhistorymuseum.org

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Palace of the Governors Photo Archives
02/05/2021

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Valdera Elvira Roberts, daughter of William and Mary Slaughter, Santa Fe, New Mexico. First African American graduate of Santa Fe High School, class of 1902.

Date: 1934
Negative Number 111081

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Reopening UpdateThe Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) announced that the state’s eight museums and seven of its histo...
02/04/2021

Reopening Update

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) announced that the state’s eight museums and seven of its historic sites will begin to safely reopen to the public this week, in accordance with COVID-safe practices and public health measures to protect the well-being of patrons.

The History Museum does not currently have a reopening date, but we will share it, as well as hours, admission prices, and other reopening information, as soon as they are finalized.

Opening this week are: Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culturein Santa Fe will open on Thursday, Feb. 4; the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum in Albuquerque will open on Friday, Feb. 5; and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces will open on Monday, Feb. 8.

Plaza, Taos, New MexicoCreator: New Mexico Tourism DepartmentDate: circa 1953Negative Number 059072Palace of the Governo...
02/04/2021

Plaza, Taos, New Mexico

Creator: New Mexico Tourism Department
Date: circa 1953
Negative Number 059072

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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02/04/2021
Friends of History 1st Weds Lecture - The 1779 Smallpox Outbreak: Up the Camino Real

Colin G. Calloway
John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History
Professor of Native American Studies
Dartmouth College

The talk will trace the spread of the great smallpox epidemic that broke out in Mexico in 1779, traveled north to New Mexico, was transmitted from tribe to tribe across the American West, and reached eastern Canada by 1784. We will discuss its impact on Indian country and the multiple Native American communities it struck, and consider its significance for understanding the subsequent history of the United States.

Colin Calloway grew up in England and received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds. In the US, he has worked at the Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and taught at the University of Wyoming and Dartmouth College. He has published more than a dozen books, including One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark, which won six best book awards, and most recently The Indian World of George Washington, which was a National Book Award finalist and won the George Washington Prize. He has been President of the American Society for Ethnohistory and received the Western History Association’s American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award.

Friends of History is a volunteer support group for the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its mission is to raise funds and public awareness for the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. Friends of History fulfills its mission by offering high quality public history programs, including the First Wednesday Lecture Series.
For more information, or to join the Friends of History, go to friendsofhistorynm.org

Women of Vigil family, Tesuque Pueblo, New MexicoPhotographer: Aaron B. CraycraftDate: 1905 - 1915?Negative Number 00476...
02/02/2021

Women of Vigil family, Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico

Photographer: Aaron B. Craycraft
Date: 1905 - 1915?
Negative Number 004769

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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Do any of you participate in sewing clubs or quilting bees? This 1917-1918 undyed cotton muslin quilt was made by member...
02/01/2021

Do any of you participate in sewing clubs or quilting bees? This 1917-1918 undyed cotton muslin quilt was made by members of the Anniston So and Sew Club, as the center square reads. Constructed of 10” x 10” squares laid out in a diamond pattern, each square is embroidered with a club member’s name and date. Some squares have “Logan, NM” or “San Jon, NM” as well, noting the location of the So and Sew in Quay County. Both the seams where squares are joined and the squares themselves are embellished with multicolored embroidery. This piece is completely hand quilted and measures 71.5” by 85.5”. NMHM/DCA 2016.045.001

On this day in history, Jan. 29, 1822, William Becknell, founder of the Santa Fe Trail, returns to Franklin, Missouri, a...
01/29/2021

On this day in history, Jan. 29, 1822, William Becknell, founder of the Santa Fe Trail, returns to Franklin, Missouri, after his first trading expedition to Santa Fe. Legend has it that Spanish gold and silver coins fell from his leather pouch onto the streets, sparking a “trade rush.”
Photo: Santa Fe Trail wagon ruts near Fort Union, New Mexico
Photographer: Wyatt Davis
Date: 1939?
From the New Mexico Magazine collection,Negative Number HP.2007.20.105

Navajo men laying railroad track, New MexicoPhotographer: Fremont KutnewskyDate: 1950?Negative Number 183124Palace of th...
01/28/2021

Navajo men laying railroad track, New Mexico

Photographer: Fremont Kutnewsky
Date: 1950?
Negative Number 183124

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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Street scene in winter showing Hotel Frank, Espanola, New MexicoDate: 1915?Negative Number 009299Palace of the Governors...
01/26/2021

Street scene in winter showing Hotel Frank, Espanola, New Mexico

Date: 1915?
Negative Number 009299

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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Infant’s sunsuit or daysuit.  This is a one piece garment with short sleeves, mother of pearl buttons and a scalloped co...
01/22/2021

Infant’s sunsuit or daysuit. This is a one piece garment with short sleeves, mother of pearl buttons and a scalloped collar. The outfit was worn by the donor on his first birthday, July 20th,1940.
A sunsuit is an old-fashioned term for a child’s one-or-two piece suit of clothes usually consisting of shorts and sleeveless top that was worn in sunny weather but could also be used as a swimsuit. Sunsuits were usually clothing worn by toddler boys, as is the case with this outfit.
NMHM/DCA 2010.13.1

Burros loaded with firewood, courtyard of Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, New MexicoPhotographer: Jesse NusbaumDate: ...
01/19/2021

Burros loaded with firewood, courtyard of Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Photographer: Jesse Nusbaum
Date: 1910 - 1925?
Negative Number 012745

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. DayA holiday in honor of MLK's birthday was approved by the New Mexico state legislature...
01/18/2021

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A holiday in honor of MLK's birthday was approved by the New Mexico state legislature in 1987 to honor the life and work of the African American Civil Rights activist.

When he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, December 10, 1964, King reflected on why his activist work, for equality under the law, for ballot access, for the end of Jim Crow, was internationally significant. He said:

"I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time—the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation."

If you're looking for ways to celebrate today, the Office of African American Affairs NM has a short list:
https://www.facebook.com/oaaanewmexico/posts/257373649139930

Footage from today's march in Albuquerque:
https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/martin-luther-king-march-gets-underway-in-albuquerque/

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Images: 1) Celebrating 1988 MLK day in Santa Fe and 2) legislation making MLK Day a New Mexico state holiday in 1987

Hewn wooden cross made for and used in the “Milagro Beanfield War” film (1988) directed by Robert Redford and shot in Tr...
01/15/2021

Hewn wooden cross made for and used in the “Milagro Beanfield War” film (1988) directed by Robert Redford and shot in Truchas, NM. The inscription reads: “Miracle Valley Project, / Rest in Peace / El Brazo Onofre” and measures 35.5” high and 17.5” wide. Redford initially donated the piece to the Museum of International Folk Art before it was transferred to the History Museum. NMHM/DCA 11460.45

Adobe building on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New MexicoPhotographer: Jesse NusbaumDate: 1912Negative Number 061476Palace of ...
01/14/2021

Adobe building on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Photographer: Jesse Nusbaum
Date: 1912
Negative Number 061476

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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Acoma, New MexicoPhotographer: William Henry JacksonDate: ca. 1899Negative Number: 138670Palace of the Governors Photo A...
01/12/2021

Acoma, New Mexico

Photographer: William Henry Jackson
Date: ca. 1899
Negative Number: 138670

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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Do any of you make lace at home? This 1903 Torchon Lace Co. Princess Lace Loom became a popular tool used in the home fo...
01/11/2021

Do any of you make lace at home? This 1903 Torchon Lace Co. Princess Lace Loom became a popular tool used in the home for people wanting to make their own lace creations. A bit misleading as a weaving frame is non-existent, this “loom” only provides a firm surface to pin threads over a paper pattern to achieve the desired lace design. NMHM/DCA 01737.45

Boys riding burros, Tesuque, New MexicoPhotographer: T. Harmon ParkhurstDate: circa 1940 - 1945?Negative Number 008758Pa...
01/05/2021

Boys riding burros, Tesuque, New Mexico

Photographer: T. Harmon Parkhurst
Date: circa 1940 - 1945?
Negative Number 008758

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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Ring in the New YearSouvenir Columbian Liberty Bell from the McShane Bell Foundry, Baltimore, Maryland.  The brass bell ...
01/01/2021

Ring in the New Year
Souvenir Columbian Liberty Bell from the McShane Bell Foundry, Baltimore, Maryland. The brass bell on a stand with a rotating wheel was given as a gift between friends for the new year of 1897.
NMHM/DCA 4111.45

Group at party, Santa Fe, New MexicoPhotographer: Jesse NusbaumDate: 1911?Notes: Ethel Church on left, Sue Weltmer in ce...
12/31/2020

Group at party, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Photographer: Jesse Nusbaum
Date: 1911?
Notes: Ethel Church on left, Sue Weltmer in center
Negative Number 139485

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Santo Domingo Indian Trading Post, Santo Domingo Pueblo, New MexicoCreator: New Mexico Department of TourismDate: 1954?N...
12/29/2020

Santo Domingo Indian Trading Post, Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico

Creator: New Mexico Department of Tourism
Date: 1954?
Negative Number 059349

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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A miser’s purse or a long purse, stocking purse or a ring purse. This red knit and mesh purse dates from the early 1900s...
12/29/2020

A miser’s purse or a long purse, stocking purse or a ring purse. This red knit and mesh purse dates from the early 1900s and is 12 ½” long and only 2” wide.
Although they have been around since medieval times, miser’s purses were very popular from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. The origins of the purse probably came from the custom of carrying coins in a stocking. These purses were mostly used by men in the 18th century, but gained popularity with both sexes later.
The history museum’s example has two fluted silver rings and a center slit opening. The ends of the purse are different shapes. Different ends is common in a miser’s purse. The idea was to put different coinage into the different ends, say gold coins in one end and silver in the other. This would make it easy to find the coins you needed quickly. The coins went into the center slot and slipped to the ends where they were sealed in by sliding the silver rings down into place.
NMHM/DCA 1699.45a-c

In December 1846, due to US occupation of New Mexico and Gov. Armijo’s abandonment of the region, Col. Diego Archuleta a...
12/25/2020

In December 1846, due to US occupation of New Mexico and Gov. Armijo’s abandonment of the region, Col. Diego Archuleta and other Nuevomexicano loyalists to Mexico planned an attack on American troops on December 25th - Christmas day. This revolt failed after Gov. Bent was informed, possibly by doña Tules. Bent did not escape a subsequent attack and was assassinated in a Nuevomexicano-Pueblo alliance on January 19, 1847. Archuleta and others continued to protest the American takeover, but after the US victory over Mexico in 1848, Archuleta heavily participated in territorial politics until his death in 1884. President Lincoln appointed Archuleta as Indian Agent, and he also served in the Civil War and earned the rank of Brigadier General.

Cabinet card of Diego Archuleta (bottom row, third from left) with Antonio Martinez, Mr. McKinze, Felipe Delgado, Pedro Valdez, Mr. Barnes, Seferino Martínez, Miguel Silva, Vicente García and others in northern New Mexico, 1881. Photograph by William Henry Brown. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Neg. No. 013144

Man lighting luminarias at Ernie’s Restaurant on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New MexicoPhotographer: Mark LennihanDate: 1982F...
12/24/2020

Man lighting luminarias at Ernie’s Restaurant on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Photographer: Mark Lennihan
Date: 1982
From the Santa Fe New Mexican collection, Negative Number HP.2014.14.620

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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Christmas tree and decorations in front of Chamber of Commerce and Shuler Theater, 100 block of North Second Street, Rat...
12/22/2020

Christmas tree and decorations in front of Chamber of Commerce and Shuler Theater, 100 block of North Second Street, Raton, New Mexico

Photographer: Robert L. Campbell
Date: ca. 1910 - 1930s
From the Raton Museum collection, Negative Number HP.2015.26.253

Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

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Happy first day of winter! How many of you have ever ridden one of these kinds of sleds?Susan, Mark, and Guy Stacy sitti...
12/21/2020

Happy first day of winter! How many of you have ever ridden one of these kinds of sleds?

Susan, Mark, and Guy Stacy sitting on a sled with their dog Fluffy, ca. 1960. Merril Stacy Collection. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives HP.2006.08.16

Child’s iron and wood sled, ca. 1890. Collection of Dr. Phyllis Harroun. NMHM/DCA 00892.45

Child’s red and blue painted wooden sled with “Joan” inscribed on top, ca. 1940. Acquired in 1969 from the St. Vincent Hospital Fair. NMHM/DCA 03327.45

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A 96,000-square-foot addition to the venerable Palace of the Governors (the nation's oldest continuously occupied government building), the New Mexico History Museum sweeps across five centuries of stories that made the American West -- from early Native inhabitants to Spanish colonists, Santa Fe Trail riders, outlaws, the railroad, artists, scientists, hippies and more. Vibrant lectures, hands-on workshops and performances complement the museum experience. Films, computer interactives, artifacts, photos, maps, paintings and more tell the New Mexico story and provide a jumping-off point for your New Mexico adventures.

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