Turn this November into your favorite month of 2017 with New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum! Come and join the fun with these unique events!
New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau: 100 Years Strong
Opening November 3
For a century, the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau has been the voice of agriculture in New Mexico. The group (including the Dona Ana County Farm & Livestock Bureau that preceded it) has worked with elected and appointed officials to coordinate beneficial outcomes for New Mexico’s food producers. Soil conservation, better irrigation methods, and improved crop production were issues on the minds of the 300 farmers and ranchers in the Mesilla Valley who first gathered in 1917. This exhibit in the Museum’s north corridor traces the history of the grass-roots organization, including its programs such as Ag in the Classroom, Women’s Leadership, Young Farmers & Ranchers, Farm Family of the Year, and insurance. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 16, 2018.
Natural Dye Workshop
November 4, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Museum volunteer Ric Rao will host this popular workshop that explores the uses and techniques of six different natural dyes. Ric, who has grown many of the dyes in his garden or harvested them locally, will work with participants using five fibers: alpaca, cotton, mohair, silk, and wool. The cost is $75 per person and reservations must be made by contacting Ric at (575) 496-7678 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors to the Museum may observe parts of the activity.
Driven by History: A Road Trip through our National Parks
November 9, 7 p.m.
In 2016 during the centenary of the National Park Service, Dr. Jon Hunner, who has taught in the History Department at New Mexico State University since 1995, drove more than 20,000 miles to visit more than 100 National Park sites and museums. During this free Culture Series presentation, he will share his experiences and images of this journey. Jon has published several books, including most recently Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic West. He is also active in preserving the nearby history and local heritage through his research and writing and by serving on many boards and committees in New Mexico, nationally, and internationally. In particular, he helped celebrate the centenary of New Mexico’s statehood in 2012. Before he became a historian, he hung art in museums, drove art around the country, waited tables, and in 1976, he juggled from Santa Fe to Albuquerque for the NM Arthritis Foundation.
Sheep and Wool
November 15, 1-3 p.m.
Meet a Navajo-Churro ewe from our flock, learn about her history, and work with her wool. Explore the history of sheep and of working with wool, while learning to card and weave. These Wednesday afternoon classes were developed with homeschool students and their parents in mind, but are open to all children. Recommended for ages 5 to 10. The fee is $3 per child/parent. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100.
HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market
November 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food grown in New Mexico is showcased at this fourth-annual event. More than 60 vendors from around the state will sell their products as the gift-giving season approaches. Food items offered for sampling and purchasing include award-winning salsas, wine, pies, cookies, sauces, honey, jerky, candy, cheese, tortillas, and more. New Mexico crafts are also part of the event. The Museum is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the state’s growers to offer great products to sample and buy. The NMDA food demonstration trailer will have free samples of New Mexico treats. Admission is $5 per vehicle and the first 100 vehicles each day receive a free burlap shopping bag.
Crafts for Kids:
November 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thanksgiving is almost here and that means turkey! Come celebrate the day by creating a paper turkey hat. Admission to the Museum on this day is $5 per carload.
The Amazing Honey Bee
November 29, 1-3 p.m
Do you know that honey bees are an important part of our lives? Honeybees pollinate the crops we love to eat. In this program, students will learn about the honey bee and why they are so important. Students will identify different parts of a bee’s anatomy, and learn about pollination and the life cycle of the bee. These Wednesday afternoon classes were developed with homeschool students and their parents in mind, but are open to all children. Recommended for ages 5 to 10. The fee is $3 per child/parent. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100.
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, NM 88011
A Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs