January 2018 Calendar
Crafts for Kids:
Bean Mosaic Owls
January 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In honor of the Museum’s mascot, Hoot the Owl, children are invited to explore their creative side and make mosaic owls with beans. Crafts are free and materials will be provided, but regular Museum admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3 and under.
New Mexico Farm& Livestock Bureau: 100 Years Strong
January 11, 7 p.m.
New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau is the state’s oldest agricultural membership organization, formed in 1917 to represent food producers across New Mexico. In its 100-year history, NMF&LB has played a pivotal role in helping to conserve land and water, advocating for farmers and ranchers, and advancing the issue of private property rights.
Dalene Hodnett, the Director of Communications for New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, is the speaker for this Culture Series presentation. She has been with the agriculturally oriented membership organization since 2002. She is proud to work for the farmers and ranchers of New Mexico and enjoys telling the story of how food gets from their gate to your plate. Dalene has two masters degrees, one in history, and the other in education, both from New Mexico State University. Admission to this presentation is free.
Form & Function: Objects with Flair
Opening January 12
The Museum opens a new exhibit featuring more than 40 objects from its collections that combine usefulness and beauty. Some objects are purely utilitarian in nature, with no real aesthetic appeal. At the other end of the spectrum are objects of art, which serve no functional purpose other than to be appreciated for their beauty, or the message the artist wishes to convey.
Somewhere in the middle are those things that have a definite purpose, but which also exhibit a deliberate sense of style. That’s what the objects in this exhibit have in common. It includes everything from woven items such as Navajo rugs to Apache and Pima baskets, to vases, pots and bowls, as well as saddles, guns, and furniture. The exhibit will be in the Museum’s Legacy Gallery through July 8, 2018.
Apples to Apples
January 17, 1-3 p.m.
What’s in an apple? Practice observation and measurement skills. Learn why we don’t grow most apples from seed. Explore the botany of apples. This program was developed with home-school students in mind, but is open to all children. Recommended for ages 5 to 10, and parents/chaperones are required to attend. The fee is $3 per child/parent. Reserve your spot by calling LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100.
Antique Treasures Show
January 21, 12-4 p.m.
Visitors to the Museum on this afternoon are encouraged to bring their antiques and heirlooms to learn more about them and how to preserve them. Independent appraisers will be on hand, as well as antique vendors. The public is invited to play “Stump the Curator” with unusual objects they bring with them, and the event also includes the fun, new exhibit called “Form & Function: Objects with Flair.” Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and $3 for children 4 to 17.
January 31, 1-3 p.m.
This program will focus on owls: what they eat, how they fly, and the different kinds we have here in the Chihuahuan Desert. Children will be dissecting owl pellets and hopefully viewing the Museum’s owls with a spotting scope for a closer look. This program was developed with home-school students in mind, but is open to all children. Recommended for children ages 8 to 12 and parents/chaperones are required to attend. The fee is $3 per child/parent. 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