Programs & Services

Spring Events at New Mexico Historic Sites

March 18th, 2019

New Mexico Historic Sites have a host of entertaining, educational and engaging activities planned this spring.  Below is a list of events at or associated with the six New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Historic Sites:

WHAT: Easter Sunrise Service WHERE: Jemez Historic Site, 18160 Hwy 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025 WHEN: Sunday, April 21, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. DESCRIPTION: On Easter Sunday, Jemez Historic Site hosts an all faiths sunrise service, with the Jemez Valley Baptist Church, the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, the Jemez Springs Community Presbyterian Church and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church participating. After the service, take in the picturesque ruins and scenic vistas. Enjoy a sense of place. Jemez Historic Site is closed for the remainder of the day. Call 575-829-3530 for more information.

WHAT: Open for Easter Sunday  WHERE: Los Luceros Historic Property, off Hwy 68, County Rd 48, Alcalde, NM 87511  WHEN: Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Los Luceros Historic Property is now open to the public! Our winter hours are Thursday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm, including on Easter Sunday. We offer free admission for our first season open. Los Amigos del Rancho Los Luceros are planning some fun Easter activities, or just bring your family for your own private celebration. Call 505-476-1165 for more information.

WHAT: Put a Spring in your Step – Earth Day Celebration WHERE: Jemez Historic Site, 18160 Hwy 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025 WHEN: Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Rangers will lead a hike up Oak Canyon (aka Church Canyon). This is a strenuous hike over rough terrain (approximately 1.5 miles)—hikers should bring water, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a sack lunch. Rangers will do their best to identify the species of flora and fauna encountered. Participation is free. Call 575-829-3530 for more information.

WHAT: History and Nature Series: Sheep Shearing and Fiber Arts with Wool  WHERE: Los Luceros Historic Property, off Hwy 68, County Rd 48, Alcalde, NM 87511  WHEN: Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Watch as the Churro lambs are hand-shorn as has been done for generations, participate in a discussion of the Churro breed, and see demonstrations the wool being processed into fiber and made into textiles. Participation is free and open to the public. Call 505-476-1165 for further information.

WHAT: Mother’s Day Fashion Show WHERE: Fort Selden Historic Site WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2- 4 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Join us this Mother’s Day Weekend for a vintage fashion show! Enchanted Historical Productions presents, “The Great American Fashion Show,” a living illustration of American clothing from the Revolutionary War into the 20th century. Models will present fabulous costumes, both reproductions and vintage – with a little comedy thrown in. Old Fashioned hats and clothing are encouraged while you sip some tea and enjoy your cookies. Seating is limited so please arrive early. The presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. The event is outdoors in the shaded Pavilion. Admission: $8 for adults, children 16 and under are free. Cash or check only. Call 575-202-1638 for more information or to register for classes NM I-25, Exit 19 at Radium Springs, follow the signs. Sponsored by the Museum of NM Foundation.

WHAT: History and Nature Series: Pollinators and Introduction to Bee Keeping  WHERE: Los Luceros Historic Property, off Hwy 68, County Rd 48, Alcalde, NM 87511  WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Butterflies, bats and bees (and more) – discover which pollinators are native to our region and which have been introduced, learn of their importance and understand what you can do to help nurture and protect them. Participation is free and open to the public. Call 505-476-1165 for further information.

WHAT: Jemez Core Exhibit Opening WHERE: Jemez Historic Site, 18160 Hwy 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025 WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. – noon DESCRIPTION: New Mexico Historic Sites, in partnership with New Mexico Highlands University Program in Interactive Cultural Technology, will reveal the new Visitor Center exhibit at Jemez Historic Site. Come learn about the Jemez people, the Franciscan missionaries, and the conflict which raged throughout the Jemez Mountains in the 17th century. Explore New Mexico history with new interactive displays and meet the creative minds behind the vision. Call 575-829-3530 for more information.

WHAT: Exploring Los Luceros featuring Roxanne Swentzell and Michael Wallis WHERE: Los Luceros Historic Property, off Hwy 68, County Rd 48, Alcalde, NM 87511  WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Dinner and Lecture 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. DESCRIPTION: exploring the intersectional history of Los Luceros - workshops and lectures throughout the day, a book signing with Michael Wallis at 4:30; followed by a fundraising dinner featuring Roxanne Swentzell to benefit the Museum of New Mexico Foundation at 5 pm. Participation throughout the day is free and open to the public; dinner and lecture tickets available through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Call 505-476-1165 for further information.

WHAT: History and Nature Series: Gardens and Flowers of Los Luceros  WHERE: Los Luceros Historic Property, off Hwy 68, County Rd 48, Alcalde, NM 87511  WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Learn about the gardens around the Historic Hacienda de Los Luceros, historic, past and present. Participation is free and open to the public. Call 505-476-1165 for further information.

WHAT: Father’s Day Fun with Ralph Estes WHERE: Fort Selden Historic Site WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 1-5 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Celebrate dad and bring the whole family for an afternoon of games and activities. During the afternoon folk troubadour Ralph Estes will take you on a trip through a thousand years of the American West from the Anasazi to the Atomic Age, showcasing the songs of the trappers, traders, cowboys, Native Americans, and settlers. The presentation will begin at 2:30pm. Admission: $5 for adults, children 16 and under are free. Cash or check only. Call 575-202-1638 for more information or to register for classes. NM I-25, Exit 19 at Radium Springs, follow the signs. Sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Museum of NM Foundation.

WHAT: Summer Kids Class, Ages 8-12 WHERE: Fort Selden Historic Site WHEN: Saturday, June 29 & Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Spend a summer day learning about life on the frontier. Learn how adobe is made and make your own small building. Play with toys that kids of the 19th century would have play with and learn how children of the southwest frontier, and Fort Selden, lived. Snacks and water will be provided. Please bring your own sack lunch. $10 per child. Cash or check only. Registration is required at least one week ahead. Call 575-202-1638 for more information or to register for classes. NM I-25, Exit 19 at Radium Springs, follow the signs. Class sponsored by the Museum of NM Foundation.

WHAT: A Summer’s Night with La Llorona WHERE: Fort Selden Historic Site WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 6-9 p.m. DESCRIPTION: You know the story. But you’ve never heard it told quite like this. The whole family is invited to spend a special summer night among the fort ruins. Bring your blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy one of New Mexico’s most famous stories, performed by Rosalia De Aragon. Admission: $8 for adults, children 16 and under are free, cash or check only. Call 575-202-1638 for more information or to register for classes. Sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Museum of NM Foundation.

About New Mexico Historic Sites: http://nmhistoricsites.org/ On March 14, 1931, the New Mexico Historic Site system was established by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico, to "declare by public proclamation that historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the State of New Mexico, shall be state monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof such parcels of land as may be necessary to the proper care and management of the objects to be protected." Under the direction of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, six sites are open to the public: Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Stanton, Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, and Lincoln. The Los Luceros Historic Property is open to the public during scheduled events and by appointment (505) 476-1130. In 2004, the J. Paul Taylor Family bequeathed the Barela-Reynolds House and Property on the Mesilla Plaza to the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Still serving as J. Paul Taylor’s private home, the property will become a Historic Site after his passing. Events, news releases and images about activities at New Mexico Historic Sites, and other Department of Cultural Affairs divisions can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org.

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