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Legacy of the Railroad Brown Bag Lecture

Railroad Museum LogoThe Las Cruces Railroad Museum will host a lecture at noon on Tuesday, April 14. Prince McKenzie, commissioner of the El Paso County Historical Commission and founder of the Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso, will present The Cultural Legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad in the Southwest.

McKenzie is a descendent of a pioneer family that came to this area in 1881 to help with the building of the railroads. In the 1880s, four railroads were built in the El Paso area:  the Santa Fe; Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio (GH&SA); Texas Pacific; and the Southern Pacific. The impact their arrival had on this area was enormous. Shipping goods in from eastern factories, opening new markets for local goods and produce, and simplifying passenger travel, all helped change the region.

Light refreshments served.  For more information, please call 575/647-4480.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street, at the intersection of Las Cruces Ave.

All-City High Schools Senior Show at Museum of Art

Museum of Art LogoThe All-City High Schools Senior Show 2015 opens in the Museum of Art on Friday, April 10 and continues through Saturday, April 18. An artists’ reception and awards presentation will be held on Friday, April 17, from 5-7pm. The exhibition will feature works in a broad variety of art media and culinary arts. Participating artists are graduating seniors from Las Cruces area high schools – Las Cruces High, Mayfield, Onate, Centennial, and Alma d’Arte.

The Museum of Art, 491 N. Main Street, is located at the north end of the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Museum of Art at (575) 541-2137 or visit las-cruces.org/museums.

Foundation Meeting March 18

Join members of the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums (FLCM) at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 4:30pm at the Branigan Cultural Center. New Foundation members are always welcome. More information on the foundation is available at foundationlcm.com/membership.

FLCM meetings are usually held the third Wednesday of the month, at 4:30pm.

“Essence of New Mexico” Photo Exhibit at MoNaS

Museum of Nature & Science LogoThe Museum of Nature & Science is proud to present the art of local Las Cruces photographer, Pamela Needham. Her collection of photographsEssence of New Mexico, highlight the beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and will hang in the museum atrium through Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Self-taught photographer Pamela Needham has been taking pictures as a hobby for over fifteen years. When she began working with a digital camera, she became more serious about her work.  As a hobbyist, she gave her photographs to friends, but it wasn’t long before people were requesting to buy them. Three years ago, Needham started her photography business, Uniquely Me.

Needham does not digitally alter her photographs beyond cropping and slight corrections, but the flexibility and capacity afforded by digital cameras allowed her to indulge her love for New Mexico’s flora, fauna, and landscape. Originally from the Oklahoma Panhandle, Needham has considered New Mexico her home since she arrived in 1978, and most of her photography captures the greater Las Cruces area. “I love this state,” she said. “It’s so diverse and gorgeous.”

The Museum of Nature & Science is located at 411 N. Main Street and is open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 9:00am – 4:30 pm.  All of the City of Las Cruces Museums are free and open to the public.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

NanoDays 2015 at Museum of Nature and Science

Museum of Nature & Science LogoCome celebrate NanoDays 2015 at the Museum of Nature & Science! On Saturday, March 21, our normal Saturday classes will be canceled to allow for tons of activities relating to the amazing science of the miniscule world of atoms and molecules: nanoscience! NanoDays at MoNaS is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.

NanoDays events will combine fun hands-on activities with lectures on current breakthroughs in nanoscience. We’ll explore polarized light, investigate how scientists use special tools to study tiny things, and imagine how nanotechnology could change the way we eat!

NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), which is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Through products like NanoDays, NICE Net is actively building partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase their capacity to engage the public in learning about nanoscale science and engineering.

The museum is located at 411 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For additional information, visit the website at: las-cruces.org/museums or call (575)522-3120.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Family Science Saturday Programs at 10

Museum of Nature & Science LogoMarch’s Family Science Saturday programs will cover the wide spectrum of plants! Learn about the structure of plants, how they grow and reproduce, and how our planet is affected by them. Family Science Saturday classes are held every Saturday at 10am. All ages are welcome – whether you’re 3 or 93! No registration required and admission is free!

  • March 7: Plant Structure & Cells
  • March 14: (Pi Day Activities Instead)
  • March 21: Photosynthesis
  • March 28: Seed Dispersal & Invasive Species

The museum is located at 411 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For additional information, visit the website at: las-cruces.org/museums or call (575)522-3120.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Dinosaur Train Programs on Third Thursdays

Museum of Nature & Science LogoRailroad Museum LogoJoin Kimberly Hanson and the staff of the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science (MoNaS) for Dinosaur Train! On the third Thursday of every month, MoNaS invites children ages 3 to 5 to the museum to learn about paleontology and ancient environments. This collaborative effort between the Railroad Museum and MoNaS will take place on Thursday, March 19, at 9am in the Museum of Nature & Science’s classroom. This month, come learn about ancient marine reptiles! Millions of years ago, the seas were filled with giant reptiles – discover what they looked like and then make an underwater seascape after the lesson. The Railroad Museum will also be providing trains for our preschoolers to play with! No registration is required and the event is free of charge.

The museum is located at 411 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For additional information, visit the website at: las-cruces.org/museums or call (575)522-3120.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

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