What's Happening at the FRHM

Events for the Month of September 2014

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September 11, 2014
Culture Series: Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
David Soules will speak on a number of the cultural and historical features within the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument. “Google Earth” will set the stage for aerial views of the Butterfield Trail and other historical sites within the monument boundaries. Soules’s presentation will cover caves that once housed prehistoric fauna, petroglyphs and bedrock mortars from various native American periods, the Bartlett-Conde Survey, Billy the Kid’s hideout at Outlaw Rock, Civilian Conservation Corp work projects, and World War II-era aerial targets. There also will be current and historical photos of many of these features.

Soules is a lifelong resident of Las Cruces, and is a product of the local school system, from grade school through graduate school. His childhood was enriched by picnics at Chavez Cave in the Robledo Mountains, and La Cueva at the base of the Organs, along with self-styled cookouts and campouts in the arroyos of his backyard. As a youth he raised steers purchased from ranches near Lookout Mountain and Dripping Springs, and delivered newspapers by horseback to pay for their feed. He hiked and camped in the Dona Ana and Organ Mountains as a boy scout, followed by extensive hiking, hunting and camping in the Uvas and Potrillo Mountains as a teenager and young adult. Over the past few years he has developed an interest in the unique historic and cultural features within the Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument. David is an engineer at White Sands Missile Range, and is a member of numerous conservation organizations.

Admission is a suggested donation of $2.

Exhibitions On Display in September 2014

Bonnie Mandoe: New Mexico Land and Landscapes

August 25, 2014 through November 30, 2014
"Bonnie Mandoe: New Mexico Land & Landscapes" is an exhibit that features 36 oil paintings that capture the beauty of New Mexico’s land. The show is on display in the Museum’s Arts Corridor through Nov. 30. . .

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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