What's Happening at the FRHM

Events for the Month of October 2014

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October 9, 2014
Culture Series: How Foods from the Americas Changed the World
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Food and history are a great combination and are two of the main elements in the mission of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

On Oct. 9, the museum’s monthly Culture Series features renowned food author Dave DeWitt of Albuquerque and his discussion of his new book, “Precious Cargo: How Foods From the Americas Changed the World.” He will also discuss the farm-to-table movement which is the theme of his other new book, “Dishing Up New Mexico.” As a special treat, there will be a tasting of some of the recipes from that book. The program begins at 7 p.m. on the Museum’s Theater.

“Precious Cargo” tells the fascinating story of the impact that western hemisphere foods had around the world.
“The discovery of the Americas was a watershed event for food that forever changed history and triggered unforeseen advances in agriculture, enterprise, and commerce that allowed the development of the modern world,” said DeWitt. “The purpose of Precious Cargo is simply to tell the many stories of how and why western hemisphere foods and crops conquered the rest of the world and saved it from not only culinary boredom, but mass starvation as well.”

DeWitt is the author or co-author of 45 books combined with a 20-year career of editing food magazines. He is a nationally known proponent of chile peppers and spicy foods and the founding producer of the major trade and consumer show for the industry, the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, now in its 25th year. He is also a longtime member of the museum’s board of directors.

Admission to the presentation is a suggested donation of $2.

October 11, 2014
Crafts for Kids
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Children of all ages are invited to come by the museum and create their own fall crafts to take home. Regular museum admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, $2 for children 5 to 17, and free admission for children 4 and under.

October 24, 2014
Ghosts of the Past
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Experience the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum at night as you time travel back in New Mexico history or meet historical ghosts during two exciting nights in October for Ghosts of the Past.

The popular living history event is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24-25 with new characters this year. The tours offer a unique living history experience that transports visitors of all ages to a variety of eras in New Mexico history. Various historical characters interact with visitors on indoor and outdoor tours.

“Ghosts of the Past transforms the museum into an amusement park for historical imaginations,” said Scott Green, the museum’s curator of education. “This is an amazingly textured event which utilizes living history to present New Mexico’s past in a fun and imaginative way.”

The start times for the indoor “ghost hunting” tours are: 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, 7:00, 7:20 and 7:40 p.m. The start times for the outdoor “time travel” tours are: 6:10, 6:30, 6:50, 7:10, 7:30, 7:50 and 8:00. Each tour lasts about one hour and 15 minutes.

Tickets must be purchased for a specific tour and each tour lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children and can be purchased at the museum. Tickets purchased on the evenings of the event are $6 and $2. Tours are limited and fill up fast, so advance tickets are recommended for this popular event. Some combo tickets (indoor and outdoor) are available.

“Living history is unparalleled in its ability to immerse participants in the emotions of history,” said Green. “Encountering a well-researched and well-performed historical character is unforgettable.”

For more information, please call (575) 522-4100.

Indoor: Ghost Hunting Tour
A “trained paranormal professional” will guide you on a search for special manifestations from New Mexico’s past. You will meet a variety of characters -- from those who died tragically, to those who lived a rich and full life. Sadly, some don’t know they have passed on while others enjoy their current state and haunt with happy abandonment. Tour lasts about 1:15.

• Listen to the ghost of John Denver as he recalls his early life in Roswell and plays one of his songs.
• Encounter the apparition of a phone operator from Folsom who saved dozens of lives during the town’s devastating flood in the early 1900s.
• Visit with Ollie Hilber as she recalls her life as a maid at the Don Bernardo Hotel in Las Cruces, and her later years running the Jitney Café with her husband.
• Meet the spirits of two former residents of Pie Town, Faro and Doris Caudill, as they reminiscent about living in a sod house and working the land.
• Talk to German immigrant Yetta Kohn as she continues to barter goods in the afterlife.
• Look for La Llorona as she materializes and tells her sad tale.
• Chat with the spectral presence of a cowboy who contemplates his rough and tumble life.

Outdoor: Time Travel Tour

You will visit ghost towns before their demise -- settlements that were destroyed by natural disasters, some that just withered away in the face of economic strife and others that just never bloomed. Tour lasts about 1:15.

• Encounter mountain man Nat Straw as he and a greenhorn search for treasure in Adams Diggings.
• Meet a few interesting residents in booming Lake Valley during the Bridal Chamber silver rush.
• Travel to the town of Shakespeare and visit with a few of the ladies who gave the town character.
• Sit with a widow in Valverde as she recounts the Civil War Battle that took the life of her husband.
• Enter a diner in Cuervo during its heyday on Route 66.
• Talk with lawman Fred Lambert who is camping in Colfax after apprehending a band of rustlers.
• Listen to a few wild tales as you stumble upon 3 colorful prospectors in Terrero on Holy Ghost Creek.

October 25, 2014
Day of the Dead Bread
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Just in time for the annual Day of the Dead celebration, volunteer Dave Harkness will be baking this festive desert bread in an 1890s wood-burning cook stove.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to join in the making and baking of these classic loaves, which they can then take home and share with the rest of the family.

Regular museum admission is required ($5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for children), and a small donation would be appreciated to pay for the supplies. Complimentary copies of the traditional recipes also will be available.

October 25, 2014
Ghosts of the Past
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Experience the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum at night as you time travel back in New Mexico history or meet historical ghosts during two exciting nights in October for Ghosts of the Past.

The popular living history event is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24-25 with new characters this year. The tours offer a unique living history experience that transports visitors of all ages to a variety of eras in New Mexico history. Various historical characters interact with visitors on indoor and outdoor tours.

“Ghosts of the Past transforms the museum into an amusement park for historical imaginations,” said Scott Green, the museum’s curator of education. “This is an amazingly textured event which utilizes living history to present New Mexico’s past in a fun and imaginative way.”

The start times for the indoor “ghost hunting” tours are: 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, 7:00, 7:20 and 7:40 p.m. The start times for the outdoor “time travel” tours are: 6:10, 6:30, 6:50, 7:10, 7:30, 7:50 and 8:00. Each tour lasts about one hour and 15 minutes.

Tickets must be purchased for a specific tour and each tour lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children and can be purchased at the museum. Tickets purchased on the evenings of the event are $6 and $2. Tours are limited and fill up fast, so advance tickets are recommended for this popular event. Some combo tickets (indoor and outdoor) are available.

“Living history is unparalleled in its ability to immerse participants in the emotions of history,” said Green. “Encountering a well-researched and well-performed historical character is unforgettable.”

For more information, please call (575) 522-4100.

Indoor: Ghost Hunting Tour
A “trained paranormal professional” will guide you on a search for special manifestations from New Mexico’s past. You will meet a variety of characters -- from those who died tragically, to those who lived a rich and full life. Sadly, some don’t know they have passed on while others enjoy their current state and haunt with happy abandonment. Tour lasts about 1:15.

• Listen to the ghost of John Denver as he recalls his early life in Roswell and plays one of his songs.
• Encounter the apparition of a phone operator from Folsom who saved dozens of lives during the town’s devastating flood in the early 1900s.
• Visit with Ollie Hilber as she recalls her life as a maid at the Don Bernardo Hotel in Las Cruces, and her later years running the Jitney Café with her husband.
• Meet the spirits of two former residents of Pie Town, Faro and Doris Caudill, as they reminiscent about living in a sod house and working the land.
• Talk to German immigrant Yetta Kohn as she continues to barter goods in the afterlife.
• Look for La Llorona as she materializes and tells her sad tale.
• Chat with the spectral presence of a cowboy who contemplates his rough and tumble life.

Outdoor: Time Travel Tour

You will visit ghost towns before their demise -- settlements that were destroyed by natural disasters, some that just withered away in the face of economic strife and others that just never bloomed. Tour lasts about 1:15.

• Encounter mountain man Nat Straw as he and a greenhorn search for treasure in Adams Diggings.
• Meet a few interesting residents in booming Lake Valley during the Bridal Chamber silver rush.
• Travel to the town of Shakespeare and visit with a few of the ladies who gave the town character.
• Sit with a widow in Valverde as she recounts the Civil War Battle that took the life of her husband.
• Enter a diner in Cuervo during its heyday on Route 66.
• Talk with lawman Fred Lambert who is camping in Colfax after apprehending a band of rustlers.
• Listen to a few wild tales as you stumble upon 3 colorful prospectors in Terrero on Holy Ghost Creek.

Exhibitions On Display in October 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 . . .

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. . .

Generations

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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