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February 10, 2020
Mary Ann Hatchitt
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) -- An art auction, Earth Day celebrations, Easter Sunday sunrise service, historic Mesilla Plaza tour, create art among the ruins, a night of stargazing, and exploration of the proud legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers are among the special events planned at New Mexico Historic Sites in March and April.
The New Mexico Art Auction is scheduled Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Coronado Historic Site just west of the Rio Grande off Highway 550 in Bernalillo. The Made in New Mexico art auction features items from all cultures including old and new pottery, furniture, glass, paintings, textiles, toys, musical instruments, sculptures and much more. All profits from the auction to support Kuaua Pueblo at Coronado Historic Site. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic sites and begins with a preview of the auction items between 9 a.m. and Noon. The auction begins at 1 p.m. Call (505) 867-5351 for more information.
Fort Selden Historic Site invites families and people of all ages to Paint Among the Ruins, Saturday, March 21, from 1-3 p.m. Paint and canvas will be provided along with ideas for creating your own spectacular vision of the beautiful scenery surrounding the fort ruins. Adults $10, Children $5. Registration is required one week in advance. Call (575) 202-1638.
Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. join Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property staff for a tour of Mesilla Plaza and learn about the history of this lovely town in Southern New Mexico. Registration is required at least one week in advance. Please call (575) 202-1638. Donations to the Museum of NM Foundation are accepted.
There will be an Easter Sunrise service, Sunday, April 12, from 7- 9 a.m. at the Jemez Historic Site. Each year the 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. Afer the service, take in the picturesque ruins and scenic vistas. Enjoy a sense of place. Call (575) 829-3530 for more information
On Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. celebrate Earth Day early at Los Lucero Historic Site. Día de la Tierra - Earth Day Celebration includes staff led hikes through the beautiful 148-acre Los Luceros Historic Site property. Earth day activities and workshops will also be offered. Call (505) 476-1165 for more information. Check the Los Luceros website at http://www.nmhistoricsites.org/los-luceros for updated information as Día de la Tierra gets closer. . .
Learn about Buffalo Soldiers: A Proud Legacy at Fort Selden Historic Site Saturday, April 18, from 2-4 p.m. This special presentation will focus on the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers and includes a living history performance. Jesse Addison, a local historian and Vietnam Veteran will share his knowledge of the proud legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers. Storyteller and living history specialist, Sarah Addison, will present the incredible life of Cathay Williams, the first documented African American woman to serve in the U.S. Army as a Buffalo Soldier. Adults $5, Children free.
Plan a soul-feeding night of stargazing at the Jemez Historic Site Saturday, April 18. The event runs from 7 – 10 p.m. View the cosmos through multiple telescopes and listen to Native American storytelling, while exploring Jemez Historic Site after dark. Art and food will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person at the door. Cash is preferred. Profits from the event support ruin preservation and exhibit renovation at the Jemez Historic Site. Call (575) 829-3530 for more information.
Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day at Jemez Historic Site. 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.
Tuesday, April 28, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. there’s a lecture at Los Luceros: The Story of How Our State’s Newest Historic Site Came to Fruition. Last year, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation designating the storied historic property Los Luceros as a New Mexico Historic Site, thus securing funding, staffing and preservation of the site in perpetuity. This vast ranch on the banks of the Northern Rio Grande has a rich and varied history beginning more than seven centuries ago with the Tewa people.
About New Mexico Historic Sites: http://nmhistoricsites.org/
New Mexico Historic Sites are a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, through the generous support of donors.
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, eight sites are open to the public: Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Stanton, Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, Lincoln, and Los Luceros.
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.