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November 10th, 2020

Explore the latest online programming from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), bringing the state’s unique blend of cultures into your home through its museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions.

This week includes three outstanding programs:

The annual Fred Harvey History Weekend presented by the New Mexico History Museum will be held completely online this year. The 11th annual event will run from November 12-15 and consist of seven engaging lectures. The opening lecture, introduced by History Museum Executive Director Billy Garrett, will feature an introduction to Fred Harvey History Weekend, followed by an overview on Fred Harvey by Stephen Fried, author of the bestselling Harvey biography “Appetite for America.” There will also be a virtual Fred Harvey foodie dinner on November 14, as participants are encouraged to cook along with demonstrations and dialogue about Harvey food culture, as well as a live auction of Fred Harvey, ATSF, and southwestern history memorabilia.

Join the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 6 p.m. on November 18 for a virtual reading and discussion of the book “The Shoulders We Stand On: A History of Bilingual Education in New Mexico,” edited by Rebecca Blum-Martínez and Mary Jean Habermann López. “The Shoulders We Stand On” traces the complex history of bilingual education in New Mexico, covering Spanish, Diné, and Pueblo languages, and focuses on the formal establishment of bilingual education infrastructure and looks at the range of contemporary challenges facing the educational environment today. The event will be moderated by NHCC HLA Director Valerie Martinez. Click here to register for the event via Zoom.

Mineral Mondays at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science have moved online. The museum’s experts in the areas of paleontology, geology/mineralogy, volcanology, and space science are ready to examine specimens that have been submitted by visitors. Learn how to identify different minerals, rocks, and fossils in a series of videos produced by museum researchers on the museum’s YouTube channel

Here are other interesting programs from across the Department:

   •   The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is continuing its series of Saturday craft activities on its Facebook page. Although it’s currently not carrot planting season in New Mexico, make your own carrot patch using bubble wrap and paint.

   •   The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture has launched a new virtual speaker series called "Indigenous Storytelling in Literature and Arts." The first of these weekly presentations, held on November 5, featured Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambé Owingeh), whose research on Native peoples in children’s literature has been taught in English, library science, and education classrooms across the United States and Canada. Watch it here. Please check MIAC’s Facebook page on Thursdays at 1 p.m. for a link the series.

   •   Tune in at 5 p.m. on November 13 on the New Mexico Historic Sites Facebook page to watch Diné moccasin maker Sam Slater as he attempts to use his art as a way of sharing Diné history. This video is part of the Artists in Their Residence program at Bosque Redondo Memorial, ans is meant to highlight the art and scholarly work of local Native Americans.

More information related to social media and online resources for each division of DCA, including photos, is available upon request.

About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs  
Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is New Mexico’s cultural steward, charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, seven historic sites, arts, archaeology, historic preservation, and library programs, the DCA is one of the largest and most diverse state cultural agencies in the nation. Together, the facilities, programs, and services of the Department support a $5.6 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.

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