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Ruins of Gisewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission Church

Ruins of Gisewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission Church

This year of the New Mexico state centennial, the state's most valued cultural treasures, its monuments, provide ample opportunity and enticement to travel the state, see historic sites, and experience true New Mexico culture. Enjoy!

Please call to confirm dates or visit www.nmmonuments.org

Bosque Redondo Memorial, Fort Sumner, NM
JOURNEY STORIES

Saturday, January 7-Friday, February 17
This powerful Smithsonian exhibition shows how the United States was forever changed by the expansion of mobility and transportation. Exhibition illustrates the diversity of America’s story by immigration, migration, innovation, and freedom.  For info: 575-355-2573, http://www.bosqueredondomemorial.com

El Camino Real International Heritage Center, Socorro, NM
HISTORIC FORTS’ DAY

Saturday, February 18, 11 am-4 pm
Discover forts along the ancient Camino Real.  Event will include living history re-enactments of soldier camp activities including bullet-making, black powder demonstration, treadle sewing, open fire cooking and more.  For info: 575-854-3600, http://www.elcaminoreal.org

Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo, NM
NATURE’S FIRST GREEN: Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 14, 10 am-4 pm
Nature’s first green is gold, wrote the poet. Activities for all ages will include atlatl throwing contest in the South Plaza, demonstrations, preparing the monument gardens for planting, and naturalist-led tours of the bosque. All Earth Day activities are free. For info: 505-867-5351

Jemez State Monument, Jemez Springs, NM
Put a Spring in Your Step:  Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 15, 10 am-3 pm
Rangers will lead a hike up Oak/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. For info: 575-829-3530

Bosque Redondo Memorial, Fort Sumner, NM
Old Fort Days

Friday-Saturday, June 8-10
Event will feature Navajo and Mescalero Apache arts and crafts table, Chautauqua presentation, and Navajo Dinetah Dancers. For info: 575-355-2573, http://www.bosqueredondomemorial.com

Fort Selden State Monument, Radium Springs, NM
Mother's Day

Sunday, May 13, 10 am-3 pm
Free admission for all mothers.  Enjoy period tea and complimentary corsage.
For info:  575-526-8911

Bosque Redondo Memorial, Fort Sumner, NM
The Long Run IV Motorcycle Ride

Friday-Sunday, June 15-17
6 pm, Friday-Noon, Sunday
Motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the Navajo Nation gather in Kirkland, N.M. to ride together to the Bosque Redondo Memorial to commemorate the “Long Walk.”  Long Run IV will revisit the miles walked by the Navajo people who were rounded up by the U.S. Army, under the command of Colonel Christopher “Kit” Carson, and forced to walk hundreds of miles to the Bosque Redondo Reservation at Fort Sumner, NM in 1863.  The commemorative ride began six years ago with a small group of Navajo who wanted to pay homage to their ancestors.   Event programs include cookouts, traditional singing, important key-note speaker from the Navajo Nation, participants’ testimonials about their feelings and thoughts about the historic event, and spiritual observances.  For info: 575-355-2573, http://www.bosqueredondomemorial.com

Fort Selden State Monument, Radium Springs, NM
Father's Day

Sunday, June 17, 10 am-3pm
Free admission for all fathers.  Enjoy a campfire breakfast with biscuits & eggs cooked on a stick for children.  For info:  575-526-8911

Fort Stanton State Monument, Lincoln, NM
Fort Stanton Live
!
Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 
This 3-day event for the entire family features a candle and lantern tour of the fort quadrangle, military ball, living history reenactments, lectures, garrison camp tours, live music, and much more from the days of yester-year. Vendors available.  For info: 575-354-2250, http://www.fortstanton.com

Lincold State Monument, Lincoln, NM
Old Lincoln Days

Friday-Sunday, August 3- 5
Enjoy a weekend of living history, special performances and more. Enjoy a weekend of living history, special performances and more in historic Lincoln State Monument.  Activities for the entire family! After-hours activities include annual Last Escape of Billy the Kid Pageant and other performances. Vendors available.  For info: 575-653-4372 or 575-653-4025

Jemez State Monument, Jemez Springs, NM
Pueblo Independence Day

Sunday-August 12, 7 am-3 pm
Come join us for our 9th Annual commemoration of Pueblo Independence Day.  On August 10, 1680—the Pueblo People of New Mexico—aided by Apache and Navajo allies—launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization.  Commemorative activities will begin with a pilgrimage run from Walatowa plaza in Jémez Pueblo to Gisewa Pueblo kiva at Jémez State Monument (approximately a half marathon or 13 miles).  Participating in this run, or supporting a runner, is a way to pay tribute to the Ancestors and show appreciation for the sacrifices they made.  Their brave resistance helped preserve the Pueblo way of life: our culture, our languages and our right to one day reclaim our aboriginal lands.  The run begins at 7 am, and the general public is welcome to participate.  Volunteers will provide water stations at one mile intervals, and a shuttle service for slow runners will be available.  At 10 am, guest speakers will welcome all the runners and their sponsors to the monument.  The following festivities, between 10:30 am and 3 pm, will feature:  Jemez Traditional dances and Native American flute music.  There will also be authentic Native arts & crafts and Native food.  There is no admission fee for any of the activities related to this event.  For info: 575-829-3530.

Fort Selden State Monument, Radium Springs, NM
Frontier Days

Saturday-Sunday, September 8-9, 8:30 am-5 pm
Enjoy living history demonstration and period military re-enactors. For info: 575-526-8911

Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo, NM
Fiesta of Cultures

Saturday, October 20, 10 am-3 pm
¡Viva la Fiesta!  Enjoy panoramic views of the Rio Grande, the Bosque and the Sandia Mountains during Fiesta of Cultures, a celebration of local traditions including Pueblo, Hispanic and Anglo. The emphasis is on craft demonstrations, folk art and pre-industrial lifeways.  Before overcrowded freeways and information highways imposed the relentless sameness that is modern living, life here in the Rio Grande Valley followed the more natural rhythms of spring flood and fall harvest. There was a season for everything, “and a time for every purpose under heaven.” The importance of these natural rhythms is reflected in the care and skill that our ancestors lavished on such seemingly simple tasks as: carving a drum from a cottonwood stump; dying skeins of wool for a blanket; or forging a horseshoe with a hammer and anvil. This event is geared toward families with children. There is no admission charge for any of the Fiesta of Culture activities. Food vendors will be available. For info: 505-867-5351

Fort Selden State Monument, Radium Springs, NM
Dia de Muertos Baking Program – A Day of the Dead Acttivity

Saturday, October 27, 11 am-3 pm
Bake pan de muerto, a traditional Day of the Dead bread, in a period wood cook stove and an adobe horno. Visitors are welcome to join in the making and baking of these classic loaves, which they can then take home and share with friends and family. All supplies will be furnished. For info:  575-526-8911

El Camino Real International Heritage Center, Socorro, NM
Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, November 17, 11 am-4 pm
Celebrate the Center’s 7th anniversary with living history demonstrations of period-life on El Camino Real, special performances, and more.  For info: 575-854-3600, http://www.elcaminoreal.org.

Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo, NM
Christmas at Kuaua

Sunday, December 2, 5-8:30 pm
Free admission.  Get into the holiday spirit with an evening of family fun! The grounds of Coronado State Monument will be decorated with hundreds of flickering luminarias and thousands of Christmas lights. Activities start at 5:30 pm with Santa’s Workshop: children, assisted by a few kindly elves, will have an opportunity to make their own Christmas tree ornament.  Beginning at 6:30 pm, the Friends of Coronado State Monument will sponsor a program of music, traditional Pueblo dancing and Native American storytelling. There will be a large bonfire, weather permitting.  Enjoy biscochitos and hot apple cider, courtesy of the Friends of Coronado. For info: 505-867-5351

Fort Selden State Monument, Radium Springs, NM
Luminaria Tour

Saturday, December 15, 5-9 pm
Free admission to all visitors.  Enjoy living history military re-enactors, 1,000 luminarias, free cookies and beverages. For info:  575-526-8911

Jemez State Monument, Jemez Springs, NM
Light Among the Ruins:  Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 15, 5-9 pm
Free admission. The ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San José de los Jémez mission church will be decorated with hundreds of traditional luminarias. The evening’s program will include traditional Native American flute music and Jémez Pueblo dancers’ performance between two illuminating bon-fires. Enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides from Jémez Springs Park to the Monument and holiday refreshments.  For info: 575-829-3530.

INFORMATION TO PUBLIC:

Admission fee for adults required for most events.  Children 16 and younger free. Sundays free for NM residents with ID.  Wednesdays free for NM resident senior citizens (60+) with ID.  Free for Museum of NM Foundation members.  Free admission for all school groups. 

New Mexico State Monuments are operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Educational programs and activities are made possible through generous contributions by the Museums of New Mexico Foundation and Friends Groups.

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