Crafts for Kids: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome to come to the Museum and create their own craft to take home. This activity is free with regular admission ($5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4-17). Here are the themes for this month’s activities:
June 1: Squirt Bottle PaintingTrade your paint brush for a squirt bottle to create watercolor art
June 8: Bird FeederCreate a peanut butter snack for visiting birds.
June 15: Salt Dough Ornaments Design a hand-made ornament in honor of Father’s Day.
June 22: Paper Plate LoomsAs part of the Museum’s Fiber Fiesta, weave a creation on a paper plate loom. This activity goes until 1 p.m.
June 29: Salt Fireworks Get ready for the Fourth of July by creating your own “fireworks” to display for the holiday.
Story Time: June 4 and June 18, 3-4 p.m. Bring your little for story time and a craft! Ages 3-6. Free with regular admission. Recommended for ages 3-6.
Felting Workshop: June 8, 1-3 p.m. Participants are invited to create their own piece of felted artwork out of wool. The felting process includes matting, condensing and pressing fibers together by using soap, warm water, and agitation. All materials will be provided and artwork can be made into a wall hanging or table placemat. Class fee is $10 and space is limited. To register, or for more information, please contact LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culture Series: The Trial of Oliver Lee: June 13, 7 p.m. Historian and author W. Michael Farmer will join us for this month’s Culture Series and discuss the trial of rancher Oliver Lee. Admission to this presentation in the Museum’s Theater is free. The long simmering Tularosa basin range war between big cattle companies and small operators boiled over when the attorney for the Southeastern New Mexico Livestock Association, Albert Fountain, and his 8-year-old son Henry, disappeared Feb. 1, 1896 and were never found. Rancher Oliver Lee, fast and deadly with a gun, and a leading Democrat, was immediately assumed to have murdered Fountain, a leading Republican legislator, newspaper publisher, Indian fighter, and leader of a local military unit that wiped out Texas gangs invading southern New Mexico. The ensuing investigation and trial featured many famous characters in New Mexico history, as well as a circus-like atmosphere. The end result was an 18-day trial that was deliberated for less than eight minutes and a mystery that endures.
Farmer combines 10-plus years of research into 19-century Apache history and culture with Southwest-living experience to fill his stories with a genuine sense of time and place. A retired Ph.D. physicist, his historical novels have won many awards.
Fiber Fiesta: June 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come enjoy seeing and learning about the beautiful creations that are produced locally by fiber artists! Demonstrations for this first-annual event include spinning, knitting, quilting, Colcha embroidery, tatting, bobbin lacing, several types of weaving, and much more! Local fiber groups will have informational booths and demonstrations. The documentary video, “Colcha Circle: A Stitch in Northern New Mexico Culture,” will be shown in the Museum’s theater as well as informational talks. The day also includes food trucks, and a craft activity for the children from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Also make plans to attend the Las Cruces Health & Fitness Expo, which will be at the Museum on the same day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the Fiber Fiesta, the Health Expo, and all of the regular Museum offerings on this day is FREE. Making Felted Dryer BallsJune 29, 1-3 p.m. Wool dryer balls are easy to make and serve a very practical purpose: they help decrease drying time by separating clothes in the dryer to allow more air flow using less energy.Participants will be making a set of 3 felted dryer balls to take home. All materials will be provided. Class fee is $10 and space is limited.
To register, or for more information, please contact LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100 or email@example.com. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum4100 Dripping Springs RoadLas Cruces, NM 88011(575) 522-4100www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org A Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
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