New Mexico History Museum

New Mexico History Museum The stories that made America's West come alive in New Mexico's newest museum.
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The stories that made America's West come alive in New Mexico's newest museum. HOURS Open Daily 10am-5pm from May through October Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm from November through April. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, January 1st, and Easter Sunday

Celebrating the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announce th...
05/18/2019

Celebrating the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announce that museums nationwide, including New Mexico’s eight state-run museums and Historic Sites under the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), have signed on to provide free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer.

The 2019 program begins earlier than past years, starting Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, ending Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, Labor Day. Military families can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“After a decade of participation, it remains a privilege for New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs museums and historic sites to serve members of the military and their families through this National Endowment for the Arts program,” said DCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego. “It’s a small token of our esteem and a ‘thank you’ for the sacrifices they make every day and a wonderful opportunity for military families to share a memorable experience exploring New Mexico’s outstanding cultural treasures.”

Today in historyMay 14, 1880: The Albuquerque Street Railway Co. is organized. O.E. Cromwell of New York City soon build...
05/14/2019

Today in history

May 14, 1880: The Albuquerque Street Railway Co. is organized. O.E. Cromwell of New York City soon builds a line extending from the depot to Old Town, bringing Old and New Town together.

Image:
Street scene showing trolley car, Albuquerque, New Mexico, ca. 1885?
Creator: W. Calvin Brown (Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, # 122758)

Automobile crash on New Mexico highwayDate: 1929 - 1931?Governor Richard C. Dillon Collection (Palace of the Governors P...
05/13/2019

Automobile crash on New Mexico highway

Date: 1929 - 1931?
Governor Richard C. Dillon Collection (Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, # HP.2012.20.9)

Today in history May 12, 1892: The New Mexico “Double Domer” territorial capitol building in Santa Fe is mysteriousl...
05/12/2019

Today in history

May 12, 1892: The New Mexico “Double Domer” territorial capitol building in Santa Fe is mysteriously destroyed by fire. The water main had been shut off and fire hoses slashed. The fires break out at the base of each dome. Only the chimneys are left standing.

Perpetrators were never brought to justice; the building was uninsured. Some documents were lost, but the "ancient Santa Fe Archives" were saved. The Legislature moves its meetings to the ballroom of the Sena family (today, Sena Plaza).

Image:
Ruins of the Territorial Capitol building, built in 1886, burned in 1892, Santa Fe, New Mexico
(Palace of the Governors Photo Archives # 016710)

On Exhibit: Designs That Defined the Museum of New Mexico, presents a fascinating look back at more than a century of ch...
05/11/2019

On Exhibit: Designs That Defined the Museum of New Mexico, presents a fascinating look back at more than a century of changing exhibition design in the historic state museum system. This “exhibit about exhibits” reveals how presentation techniques evolved and helped establish the unique character of the Santa Fe’s museums.

Visit us to see this installation through July 28 that includes examples from the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and selected New Mexico Historic Sites.

This day in historyMay 10, 1754: After Abiquiú’s abandonment in 1747, Governor Tomas Vélez Cachupin escorts a Geníz...
05/10/2019

This day in history

May 10, 1754: After Abiquiú’s abandonment in 1747, Governor Tomas Vélez Cachupin escorts a Genízaro community back to Abiquiú under the terms of a rare land grant made exclusively to genízaros.

“Genízaro” was a caste term describing southwestern and plains Indians—particularly those captured or sold into Spanish settlements as slaves and household servants—and their descendants.

Throughout the 19th century, the residents of Abiquiú struggled to retain ownership of the 16,000 acres of land from the 1754 land grant.

Image:
Plaza, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1915 - 1920?
Photographer: T. Harmon Parkhurst (Palace of the Governors Photo Archives # 013698)

Silver ring with an opal head and ruby eyes.For those of you who have been watching a certain miniseries about Queen Vic...
05/09/2019

Silver ring with an opal head and ruby eyes.
For those of you who have been watching a certain miniseries about Queen Victoria, this ring may look familiar. The engagement ring that Prince Albert gave to Victoria was a snake ring with an emerald head and ruby eyes and diamonds. At the time of the engagement, 1839, the snake or serpent motif symbolized wisdom, commitment, loyalty and adoration. Engagement rings were rare up to this period, but Albert’s gift to Victoria set off the trend of the engagement ring. It was common at this time for these rings to feature the wearer’s birthstone, thus the emerald, Victoria’s birthstone.
In the late Victorian period (1880s-1901) revival jewelry modeled on Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian jewelry became popular due to the advent of modern archaeology and the subsequent excavations. The snake motif, an ancient motif, continued to endure as a design for jewelry. Various gems were popular at this time in jewelry including the opal that was a favorite with Queen Victoria.
This ring is dated from around 1900. Could it be a late Victorian engagement ring or a creation inspired by the treasures coming from the ancient world?
History Collections New Mexico History Museum 9222.45

Photographer Jesse Nusbaum on motorcycle, with woman over back wheelPhotographer: Jesse NusbaumDate: 1910 - 1925Palace o...
05/08/2019

Photographer Jesse Nusbaum on motorcycle, with woman over back wheel

Photographer: Jesse Nusbaum
Date: 1910 - 1925
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives ​ # 158089

Today in historyMay 7, 1966: The Sandia Peak Tramway takes its first riders up the mountain after 24 months of construct...
05/07/2019

Today in history

May 7, 1966: The Sandia Peak Tramway takes its first riders up the mountain after 24 months of construction and 60 days of testing.

It is still the longest aerial tram in the United States.

Image:
Power system for the Sandia Peak Tramway near Albuquerque, NM, 1965.
Photographer: Dick Kent. From the New Mexico Magazine collection, Palace of the Governors Photo Archives # 059156

Today in historyMay 6, 1935: New Mexico's U.S. Senator Bronson Cutting dies in a plane crash in Missouri. Many Republica...
05/06/2019

Today in history

May 6, 1935: New Mexico's U.S. Senator Bronson Cutting dies in a plane crash in Missouri. Many Republicans thought Cutting could contend for the presidential nomination in 1936.

Photographer: T. Harmon Parkhurst (Palace of the Governors Photo Archives #051498)

A ladies hat with unusual accoutrement. Or is it unusual? The bird mounted to the hat is possibly a Lesser Bird of Parad...
04/16/2019

A ladies hat with unusual accoutrement. Or is it unusual? The bird mounted to the hat is possibly a Lesser Bird of Paradise common in Papua New Guinea. The copper wings were tucked under the bird during mounting and the remnants of the emerald green throat are not visible in this picture.
In the 19th century, feathers and yes even whole birds were popular ornamentation for milliners. So much so that two academics approached President Theodore Roosevelt shortly after he took office about the plight of the Pelicans and other birds of Pelican Island in Florida. Most of these birds were sacrificed for the sake of fashion: ladies hats.
Roosevelt was an avid outdoorsman and lover of wildlife, especially birds. He was also coincidentally an amateur taxidermist. He held a deep belief in the need for preservation of natural resources and wildlife and so responded quickly to the plight of Pelican Island. In 1903 Pelican Island was the first bird reservation that Roosevelt signed into existence. He later created 50 more bird reservations and is well known for the creation of National Forests, National Parks and National Monuments.
Of course the trend toward avian trimmings continued for some time. This hat is dated to 1938.
History Collections New Mexico History Museum 9566.45

Photogrammetric drawing of the Castaneda Hotel, Las Vegas, New MexicoCreator: Perry E. BorchersFrom AC 538 (Perry E. Bor...
04/10/2019

Photogrammetric drawing of the Castaneda Hotel, Las Vegas, New Mexico

Creator: Perry E. Borchers

From AC 538 (Perry E. Borchers Photogrammetry Plans, 1970-1999) in the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library

The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration presents the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition, taking place from March 20 ...
04/05/2019

The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration presents the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition, taking place from March 20 to April 19, 2019. The winning works will be on view from August 1 to August 20, 2019.

The collaboration celebrates the works of Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Alexander Girard, and Georgia O’Keeffe for their influence and contributions to New Mexico’s textile, fashion, and visual art landscape.

Mid Century Santa Fe proudly announces these three themes as competitive categories for the student competition, to run in tandem with the collaboration and IAIA’s Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art.

More information at http://media.newmexicoculture.org/release/904/the-mid-century-sant. Sponsored by American Home Furniture and Mattress

Bridge over Rio Grande near Albuquerque, New Mexico Photographer: T. Harmon ParkhurstDate: 1935?Negative Number 051466Pa...
03/24/2019

Bridge over Rio Grande near Albuquerque, New Mexico Photographer: T. Harmon Parkhurst
Date: 1935?
Negative Number 051466
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Crane moving Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad cars after accident, New Mexico Photographer: Elmer Lee TraylorDate:...
03/20/2019

Crane moving Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad cars after accident, New Mexico Photographer: Elmer Lee Traylor
Date: 1925?
Negative Number HP.2014.06.16
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

View of Jemez Pueblo looking west Photographer: Carlos VierraDate: 1915?Negative Number 042055Palace of the Governors Ph...
03/16/2019

View of Jemez Pueblo looking west
Photographer: Carlos Vierra
Date: 1915?
Negative Number 042055
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Elsberg-Amberg wagon train, Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico Date: 1861? Negative Number: 011254... Perhaps one of the earlie...
03/14/2019

Elsberg-Amberg wagon train, Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico Date: 1861?
Negative Number: 011254... Perhaps one of the earlier photographs of Santa Fe / earliest of the Palace.
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

It happened again! Due to inclement weather and for the safety of our guests and staff, the four state museums in Santa ...
03/14/2019

It happened again! Due to inclement weather and for the safety of our guests and staff, the four state museums in Santa Fe will be closed Thursday, 3/14.

Men shoveling snow near San Antonio Church, Cordova, NM, 1982, by Michael Heller. Santa Fe New Mexican Collection, Palace of the Governors Photo Archives HP.2014.14.450.

A Union Civil War-era cavalry shell jacket. The copper tabs around the buttons are a material known as corrosion interce...
03/14/2019

A Union Civil War-era cavalry shell jacket.
The copper tabs around the buttons are a material known as corrosion intercept. This material is used by museum collections staff to prevent migration of corrosion from the metal buttons to the wool of the uniform jacket.

Due to inclement weather and for the safety of our guests and staff, the four state museums in Santa Fe will be closed T...
03/13/2019

Due to inclement weather and for the safety of our guests and staff, the four state museums in Santa Fe will be closed Tuesday, 3/13. In the meantime, please enjoy this snow filled image from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives.

Snow and cows at Giusewa ruins, Jemez Historic Site , New Mexico Negative Number 006419

Burro Alley, Santa Fe, New Mexico Date: ca. 1884-1885Negative Number 051700Palace of the Governors Photo Archives
03/09/2019

Burro Alley, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Date: ca. 1884-1885
Negative Number 051700
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Navajo (Din'e) riders, ca. 1930, possibly by J.R. Willis. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 098187. From the exhibi...
02/27/2019

Navajo (Din'e) riders, ca. 1930, possibly by J.R. Willis. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 098187. From the exhibition "Cowboys Real and Imagined."

Burros loaded with firewood in front of Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, NM, 1915 (?), by Edward Kemp. Palace of the G...
02/24/2019

Burros loaded with firewood in front of Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, NM, 1915 (?), by Edward Kemp. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives LS.1627.

Recent ArrivalThree gouges from a set of about 25 tools used by Gustave Baumann to carve his blocks. Of all the tools th...
02/21/2019

Recent Arrival
Three gouges from a set of about 25 tools used by Gustave Baumann to carve his blocks. Of all the tools that the museum has from Baumann, these were perhaps the most frequently used by the artist.
History Collections New Mexico History Museum 2018.19

New Mexico State Capitol "Roundhouse" under construction, Santa Fe, New MexicoDate: 1965?Negative Number 048909Palace of...
02/20/2019

New Mexico State Capitol "Roundhouse" under construction, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Date: 1965?
Negative Number 048909
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Native American vendors under portal, Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, New Mexico Photographer: Miles MastersDate: 195...
02/16/2019

Native American vendors under portal, Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, New Mexico Photographer: Miles Masters
Date: 1955
Negative Number 098371
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

School basketball team, Lincoln, New Mexico Date: 1920Negative Number 093117via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives
02/13/2019

School basketball team, Lincoln, New Mexico Date: 1920
Negative Number 093117
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

GlampingA green, gold and white cup and saucer belonging to Adolph Bandelier, the famous archaeologist for whom Bandelie...
02/07/2019

Glamping
A green, gold and white cup and saucer belonging to Adolph Bandelier, the famous archaeologist for whom Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico is named. His family has said that he carried this cup and saucer in the case on his explorations across the Southwest.
History Collections New Mexico History Museum 2018.36.1

Train on bridge in Apache Canyon, New Mexico Photographer: Bennett and BrownDate: 1880 - 1882Negative Number 037441via P...
02/06/2019

Train on bridge in Apache Canyon, New Mexico Photographer: Bennett and Brown
Date: 1880 - 1882
Negative Number 037441
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Gross Kelly & Company warehouse, Gallup, New Mexico Negative Number 009324via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives
01/30/2019

Gross Kelly & Company warehouse, Gallup, New Mexico Negative Number 009324
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico Photographer: Bennett & Brown?Date: 1880sNegative Number 011299via Palace of the Governors P...
01/23/2019

Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico Photographer: Bennett & Brown?
Date: 1880s
Negative Number 011299
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites are offering free admission to furloughed federal employees and thei...
01/20/2019

New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites are offering free admission to furloughed federal employees and their families during the government shutdown.

“New Mexico's Department of Cultural Affairs is opening doors at all of our facilities to furloughed federal government workers and their families,” said Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) cabinet secretary, Debra Garcia y Griego. “Our goal is to support the furloughed worker.”

DCA will be offering free admission at all properties to any federal employee with a photo ID, and their family.

Fred Harvey Co. Indian Detours guides and drivers in front of the Palace of the Governors, ca. 1926-1930, by T. Harmon Parkhurst. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 053586.

Central Avenue, Albuquerque, New Mexico Creator: New Mexico Tourism BureauDate: 1948Negative Number HP.2007.20.437via Pa...
01/16/2019

Central Avenue, Albuquerque, New Mexico Creator: New Mexico Tourism Bureau
Date: 1948
Negative Number HP.2007.20.437
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

A lovely set of photos
01/14/2019

A lovely set of photos

Portraits were popular this year!

Congratulations to Debra Garcia y Griego, our new Secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs! We are thrilled to ha...
01/11/2019

Congratulations to Debra Garcia y Griego, our new Secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs! We are thrilled to have her experience as the Director of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and as a native New Mexican to help propel our important cultural assets into the future.

"I have a great deal of respect for the economic impact that the four [state] museums have on the citizens of Santa Fe. I understand the vitally important role that they play in the economy of Santa Fe."

Read more about her background and priorities for the department in her interview with SRF at https://www.sfreporter.com/news/2019/01/09/affairs-of-culture/.

Sheep herders' camp and flock of sheep, New Mexico  Photographer: Tyler Dingee Date: ca. 1920s-1950s? Negative Number 09...
01/09/2019

Sheep herders' camp and flock of sheep, New Mexico Photographer: Tyler Dingee
Date: ca. 1920s-1950s?
Negative Number 091824
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Happy 107th Birthday New Mexico! Made from assorted pieces of hardware, such as spoons, quills and tacks, this seal was ...
01/06/2019

Happy 107th Birthday New Mexico! Made from assorted pieces of hardware, such as spoons, quills and tacks, this seal was made by the Shapleigh Hardware Company of Missouri to commemorate New Mexico's entrance into the Union, 1912.

Picuris Pueblo, New MexicoPhotographer: Ferenz FedorDate: 1940 - 1950?Negative Number 100354via Palace of the Governors ...
01/05/2019

Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico

Photographer: Ferenz Fedor
Date: 1940 - 1950?
Negative Number 100354
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

01/03/2019
On Exhibit: Designs That Defined the Museum of New Mexico

On Exhibit: Designs That Defined the Museum of New Mexico celebrates Santa Fe’s long legacy of museum design by presenting a unique combination of historic photographs placed alongside reconstructed vignettes depicting early exhibition displays.

Sections on design, production techniques, and tools of the trade highlight the creative talent and skill necessary for effective exhibits. Video interviews with museum staff, past and present, reveal behind-the-scenes stories about the Santa Fe museums not previously known.

This installation includes examples from the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of International Folk Art, Institute of American Indian Arts, and selected New Mexico Historic Sites.

See the full video by Chad Brummett at https://youtu.be/O2LxwK4.

Silver City, New MexicoPhotographer: Alfred S. AddisDate: 1879 - 1883?Negative Number 100556via Palace of the Governors ...
01/02/2019

Silver City, New Mexico

Photographer: Alfred S. Addis
Date: 1879 - 1883?
Negative Number 100556
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Plaza in winter, Santa Fe, New MexicoPhotographer: Jesse NusbaumDate: 1912Negative Number 061458via Palace of the Govern...
12/29/2018

Plaza in winter, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Photographer: Jesse Nusbaum
Date: 1912
Negative Number 061458
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Mabel Dodge Luhan, Taos, New MexicoPhotographer: John CandelarioNegative Number 179248via Palace of the Governors Photo ...
12/25/2018

Mabel Dodge Luhan, Taos, New Mexico

Photographer: John Candelario
Negative Number 179248
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Look for the Museum of New Mexico’s annual holiday wrapping paper in the Sunday The Santa Fe New Mexican. This year’...
12/23/2018

Look for the Museum of New Mexico’s annual holiday wrapping paper in the Sunday The Santa Fe New Mexican. This year’s design features marbled paper created especially for this purpose by Tom Leach from the Palace Press. Happy Holidays!

Square tower, McElmo Canyon, Colorado Photographer: William Henry JacksonDate: ca. 1875?Negative Number 003980via Palace...
12/23/2018

Square tower, McElmo Canyon, Colorado Photographer: William Henry Jackson
Date: ca. 1875?
Negative Number 003980
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

As far as decorating a Christmas tree, here is what the 1890 Christmas edition of the Ladies Home Journal recommends. Hi...
12/20/2018

As far as decorating a Christmas tree, here is what the 1890 Christmas edition of the Ladies Home Journal recommends.
History Collections New Mexico History Museum 11546.45

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113 Lincoln Ave
Santa Fe, NM
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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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