What's Happening at the FRHM

Events for the Month of February 2015

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February 4, 2015
Beginning Blacksmith Workshops
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesdays (Feb. 4, 11, 18)
Thursdays (Feb. 5, 12, 19)

Learn the basic techniques of traditional iron and steel smithing in the Museum’s blacksmith shop. This nine-hour course, taught over three consecutive weeks by one of the Museum’s experienced blacksmiths, will provide you with the essential skills required to forge tools.
Class attendees will fashion and take home five useful items (valued at over $125). Class size is limited to three at a time. The cost is $150 plus a $15 materials fee. A $50 non-refundable reservation fee is required to hold a space in a class. Full payment is due two weeks prior to the first class. For more information, please call (575) 522-4100.

February 7, 2015
Crafts for Kids
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Children of all ages are invited to come by the Museum and create their own Valentine’s Day 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.

February 7, 2015
Cowboy mounted shooting
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Riders from the Borderland Pistoleros will practice and compete at the Museum’s roping arena. Come enjoy watching the fast-growing sport of cowboy mounted shooting as competitors ride and shoot balloons with “blank” ammunition. Regular Museum admission is required to watch.

February 12, 2015
Culture Series: Hell-Raising Texans and Cattle Outfits along New Mexico’s Northern Border
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Michael Maddox who lives in Flora Vista, N.M., near Farmington is the author of Porter and Ike Stockton: Colorado and New Mexico Border Outlaws. He will sign copies of the book at the lecture. During the 1860s and 1870s, Texas cattlemen and their cattle surged into Colfax County. Texas cowboys like Clay Allison and the Stockton brothers would make Cimarron one of the wildest towns in the American west.

In 1880, Porter and Ike Stockton carried similar troubles to the San Juan country of northwest New Mexico and southwest Colorado. The turmoil would involve New Mexico governor Lew Wallace, Colorado Governor Frederick Pitkin and high level federal officials. In 1881, the brothers met violent ends, one near Farmington and the other in downtown Durango.

Michael Maddox spent his first 14 years in Farmington. His family then moved to Santa Fe and he graduated from Santa Fe High School. He attended New Mexico State University from 1970 until 1972 and had the pleasure of taking a volleyball class which included 7 foot Aggie basketball player Roland “Tree” Grant and future ABA and NBA player “Super John” Williamson.

After dodging “Tree” Grant’s spikes, Maddox headed north to Fort Collins and graduated from the College of Forestry and Natural Resources at Colorado State University. He spent the next 25 years working for the New Mexico State Parks. He was the Park Superintendent of the state’s two largest parks, Navajo Lake and Elephant Butte. He met his wife Pam while working at Navajo Lake and they have two grown children. Despite the fact that they were born in Durango, Colorado and raised at Navajo Dam and Aztec, they both now live in the state of New York. The author and his wife live near Farmington in Flora Vista.

February 21, 2015
The Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
This third-annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and features more than 60 vendors from throughout the Southwest. There will be geology discussions and films, as well as children's activities and food and beverages for sale. For more information, visit www.LCMuseumRocks.com.

February 22, 2015
The Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
This third-annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and features more than 60 vendors from throughout the Southwest. There will be geology discussions and films, as well as children's activities and food and beverages for sale. For more information, visit www.LCMuseumRocks.com.

Exhibitions On Display in February 2015

Heavy Metal: Vintage Farm Equipment by Richard Ondrovic

December 12, 2014 through April 5, 2015
Richard Ondrovic's unique perspective is showscased in the photography exhibit called “Heavy Metal: Vintage Farm Equipment by Richard Ondrovic.” Twenty-eight photographs of the museum’s vintage farm eq. . .

Cheryl Cathcart: In a World of Horses

November 14, 2014 through October 25, 2015
As a small child, watching her grandfather’s draft horses work on the farm left a lasting impression on Cheryl Cathcart. The Corrales, N.M. artist has combined her love of horses and photography and the. . .

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. . .


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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