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Area museums have busy summer planned

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

The Branigan Cultural Center has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.


As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, Branigan Cultural Center will receive a cash grant of $10,000 to hold public programming — such as public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances — about Latino history and culture.

The Branigan Cultural Center received the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. Learn more about the series at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.

The first showing will be Saturday, September 19 and will run through Saturday, March 19, 2016, excluding December. There will be open discussion panels after each showing with guest speakers. Check our website for updated schedule of programs.

The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. For additional information, visit the website at: las-cruces.org/museums or call 575.541.2154.


Beyond Pluto

In collaboration with the Branigan Cultural Center, the New Mexico State University Library will be displaying originals and reproductions from its Clyde Tombaugh Collection at the Center’s new exhibit titled “Beyond Pluto”. Famous for his discovery of Pluto at the at age of 24, Clyde Tombaugh’s entire career will be highlighted at the Branigan Cultural Center and the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science.

The exhibit runs until Saturday, July 25, and is timed to coincide with the exciting “flyby” of the New Horizons spacecraft, which will come within 6200 miles of Pluto on July 14. Included in the exhibit from the NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department will be Tombaugh’s observation notes from the 1940s and his handwritten notes on his discoveries.

For more information on the Clyde Tombaugh Collection, please visit NMSU Library’s permanent online exhibit or contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at 575-646-3839.

Glass & Mirrors – the Making of a Telescope

As part of the Plutopalooza events, celebrating the space probe New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto, the Museum of Nature & Science will host a workshop for adults to teach about how glass and mirrors are used to make telescopes. Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto, used a homemade telescope mounted on an old lawn mower to teach schoolchildren about the wonders of the cosmos. Participants in this workshop will experiment with lenses, filters and focal length with the assistance of Museum staff & volunteers.

The workshop will take place Saturday, July 11 from 2 pm to 4 p.m. Registration is open to adults and teenagers 15 & up, and the workshop is free. Contact the museum to register.

The museum is located at 411 North Main Street in Las Cruces and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 pm. For additional information, visit the website at: las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120.

A Photoessay on Geronimo’s Surrender

Bill Cavaliere will present the July 2015 History Notes lecture at Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces on Thursday, July 9 at 1 p.m., entitled “A Photoessay of Geronimo’s Surrender.”

In this illustrated talk, Cavaliere will present photographs taken during his research on Geronimo. Cavaliere has traveled to many of the sites important in Geronimo’s life, taking pictures that show how the landscape has changed since the moment of some of the most iconic images of the Apache leader. This popular photoessay helps us picture some of the most important aspects of Chiricahua Apache history and see how the Apache homelands have changed since the times of Geronimo.

Free Launch Pad Lecture

In 1846 astronomers started hunting for Planet X, a massive body beyond Neptune. Think that all we got was Pluto? Ah, but there’s much more. Join Alamogordo’s New Mexico Museum of Space History’s education director Dave Dooling for a look at how everyone’s astronomy underdog went from ninth planet to dwarf planet to Gatekeeper of the Outer Solar System. He will show the latest images from the New Horizons mission, the first space probe to fly by Pluto on July 14. And, yes, Planet X may yet be lurking out there.

Find out more during the free Launch Pad Lecture at the museum on Friday July 3.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and starts at 9 a.m. on the first floor of the museum. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation. The next lecture will be on Friday, Aug. 7. The topic will be If You Can’t Stand the Heat: Temperature Control in Space with Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org.


New Mexico Participates

Museums offer free summer admission for active military and families

As part of the national Blue Star Museums Program, 16 state-run museums and historic sites will once again offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The museums include the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“I encourage New Mexico’s active-duty military members to bring their families and enjoy the exceptional exhibits and facilities our state has to offer,” Governor Susana Martinez said. “We are proud to offer free admission to the state museums and historic sites this summer in appreciation of the service and dedication of the brave men and women of our military.”

“It is our honor to share our cultural and educational opportunities with our active- duty military members and their families by participating in the Blue Star Museums Program,” Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica

N. Gonzales said. “We invite you to visit any or all of our many facilities to learn about New Mexico’s vibrant culture, art, and heritage this summer.”

“The Museum of Space History is pleased to continue its tradition of being part of the Blue Star Museums program. We are proud to offer free admission to the museum for military personnel and their families as a token of our appreciation for their service to our country,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. The free admission is available to active-duty military-ID holders and up to five family members. Active duty military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve members.

All state-operated museums will participate. Seven New Mexico Historic Sites are also participating. They are Coronado in Bernalillo; Jemez near Jemez Springs; El Camino Real Historic Trail Site, south of Socorro; Lincoln and Fort Stanton in Lincoln County; the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner; Fort Selden in Radium Springs; and Taylor Mesilla in Mesilla, New Mexico.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs through Labor Day, Sept. 7


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