What's Happening at the FRHM

Events for the Month of August 2014

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August 14, 2014
Culture Series: Early Agriculture in New Mexico
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rick Hendricks, the state historian of New Mexico, will talk about New Mexico’s early agriculture.

Hendricks worked in the Archives and Special Collections Department at New Mexico State University Library, and has written or collaborated on many books and articles on the Spanish colonial period in the American Southwest and Mexico. Hendricks received his B. A. in Latin American History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in Ibero American Studies at the University of New Mexico. He also attended the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain.

He is a former editor of the Vargas Project at the University of New Mexico, a long-term, historical editing project that transcribed, translated, and annotated the papers of New Mexico governor Diego de Vargas. Hendricks has been a historical consultant for Sandia, Santa Ana, and Picuris Pueblos in New Mexico and Ysleta del Sur in Texas. He has taught courses in colonial and modern Latin America and Mexican history at NMSU.

August 21, 2014
Exhibit Opening: Bonnie Mandoe: New Mexico Land & Landscapes
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thirty-six oil paintings that capture the beauty of New Mexico’s land are featured in this new exhibit. Las Cruces artist Bonnie Mandoe’s “New Mexico Land & Landscapes” will be on display in the Museum’s Arts Corridor from Aug. 15 through Nov. 30. “Of all the things I love to do, painting New Mexico tops the list,” said Mandoe. “Desert, forest, planted fields…. lakes, mountains, rivers, churches, colors, extraordinary light. Why go anywhere else? Why do anything else? Here, you see what I can’t say with words, my heart’s vision of the place I love.”

Bonnie Mandoe knew she wanted to be a painter since her teens – but it took awhile to realize her dream. She grew up in California, and studied art at the University of California, Berkeley. After that came children, a move to Hawaii, and a career as a writer and an author, but Bonnie’s desire to paint remained strong.

“I always knew I’d paint myself silly when the time came, and the time finally came,” she says. Bonnie renovated an old adobe farmhouse in Las Cruces, where she now paints full-time and often hosts her own solo art shows.

Exhibitions On Display in August 2014

Cowboys: The Real Deal

June 26, 2014 through July 5, 2015
“Cowboys: The Real Deal,” is on display in the museum's Legacy and Traditions galleries through July 5, 2015. For almost three centuries, beginning with the arrival of the Spanish in the region, those w. . .

The Cowboy Way: Drawings by Robert "Shoofly" Shufelt

On long-term display
The first artwork ever to be displayed at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum belonged to Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt. Fifteen years after he graciously loaned some of his lithographs for a temporary . . .

The Color of Pie Town

October 8, 2013 through October 19, 2014
Thirty-seven of Russell Lee’s iconic color photographs of Pie Town, N.M. are on display in the Museum’s North Hallway. The “Color of Pie Town” exhibit will continue through Oct. 19, 2014. The images in . . .

Slim Green: Master Saddle Maker

On long-term display
The Museum’s Horse & Cattle Barn is the site of a new, long-term exhibit celebrating the art of saddle making. The exhibit features the recreated workshop of the late, legendary saddle maker Slim Green,. . .

Historic Green Bridge

On long-term display
Formerly known as the Pecos River Bridge and the Rio Hondo Bridge, New Mexico's second-oldest highway bridge is the Museum's newest exciting structure. Built as part of a three-span bridge across the . . .

Farm Life in New Mexico: Then & Now

On long-term display
Located in the Main Gallery, this beautiful new exhibit features four major sections: "Moving Around," "On the Farm," "Home Sweet Home," and "Going to Town." This extensive exhibit is packed full of intere. . .

Skaggs Dairy Barn

On long-term display
A fixture at the Museum since it opened, the Skaggs Dairy Barn features exhibits that trace New Mexico's unique and long history of dairy production. Milking demonstrations are Monday through Saturday at 1. . .


On long-term display
The Museum's first permanent exhibit takes visitors on an odyssey through 150 generations over 4,000 years of agriculture in New Mexico. The exhibit uses the biographies of 33 people from New Mexico's hist. . .

Witte Cabin

On long-term display
Built in the early 1920s, the "cabin" was intended for use as a garage for Marcus Witte's Model A. However, it soon became the blacksmith shop for the Witte ranch. The Museum relocated the historic str. . .

Peter Hurd's charcoal studies

On long-term display
In order to create a large work, like a mural or fresco on a wall, artists must plan and prepare. This is can be achieved through charcoal studies that work out compositional elements for the final versio. . .

Antique Equipment Park

On long-term display
Dozens of farm implements line the pathways through this outdoor exhibit. The park includes threshing machines, hay rakes, cultivators, planters, and many other horse-drawn and tractor-pulled equipment. . . .

Watering Place

On long-term display
This unique sculpture by artist Armando Alvarez is dedicated to New Mexico agriculturalists. The sculpture is shaped like a water tank. The cut-out figures were inspired by photographs of New Mexico farm a. . .

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