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Rain in New Mexico: Past, Present & Future

Museum of Nature & Science LogoThe museum and the New Mexico Academy of Science is pleased to present a talk by Dr. Thomas Schmugge of the New Mexico Water Resource Research Institute on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 5:30pm, at the Museum of Nature and Science.

In the state water budget the biggest components are precipitation and evapotranspiration, which are very difficult to assess on a statewide basis, particularly for our sparsely populated New Mexico. This is especially true of evapotranspiration because of the difficulty in measuring it on the ground. There are several approaches to estimate evapotranspiration using remotely sensed data to augment the ground network of rain gauges. Dr. Schmugge will discuss these approaches and their startling results.

Family Game Day

Railroad Museum LogoWhat types of games did families enjoy in the years before electronic games were invented? The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts Family Game Day on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Develop hand-eye coordination with Jacks and Cup and Ball Toss, stimulate your mind with jigsaw and wooden puzzles, or challenge friends to a game of Dominos. Stop in anytime on October 11th between 10 am and noon to try your hand at a variety of old-fashioned games.

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

Story Time Featuring Thomas the Tank Engine

Railroad Museum LogoThe Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts Story Time on the third Saturday of each month. Join us on October 18th from 11:00 – 11:30 am. Listen to a Thomas the Tank Engine book, and enjoy a Thomas video while completing a related free craft activity. Children of all ages welcome.

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

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Shares Recently Discovered Photos of Mesilla Valley from late 19th Century

Railroad Museum LogoThe Las Cruces Railroad Museum will host a lecture at noon on Tuesday, October 14.

Eric Liefeld, President of Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc., will show a recently discovered set of original photographs of the Mesilla Valley. These photos from the late 19th century were most likely taken on a trip through our area and offer insights into local life and architecture.

Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc. is a local 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to preserving the architectural legacy of the Mesilla Valley, and to “preserving the future of our past.”

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

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

Purchase “Historic Las Cruces: The Story of Las Cruces & The Mesilla Valley”

historic_lascrucesTake a glimpse at this beautiful and interesting history of our community. Schurtz’s writing provides fascinating history of the people, buildings and events that shaped the community. The book is always available for sale at the Railroad Museum, and the Branigan Cultural Center. If you purchase it online, consider starting at smile.amazon.com, and selecting the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums for your donation.

Navajo Rug Auction October 25, 2014

rug auction square bannerNavajo weavers will offer their work for auction at a Navajo Rug Auction on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Branigan Cultural Center. Rugs will be available for preview from 9 am through 12 am, with the auction beginning at 1pm.

The Burnham family has been trading with the native people of the Four Corners area for five generations. A typical auction will feature about 300 pieces and may include vintage offerings as well as new work. More information is available on their website.

Also on October 25 will be weaving demonstrations by the Spider Rock Girls, well known weavers from the Navajo Nation.  Emily Malone, Rose Yazzie, and Laramie Blake are three generations of weavers from the Chinle area. Meet this extraordinary family and learn about their approach to both traditional and innovation weaving techniques and patterns. Malone, Yazzie and Blake will be present throughout the auction, from 9am through close, answering questions. They will give a special presentation for children at 11:30, in conjunction with the Museum of Art’s weekly story time.

Pieces woven by some of the Spider Rock Girls will be available for sale at the auction.

Old YeiThe auction will close the exhibit, “A Renaissance of Fiber by the Mesilla Valley Weavers. The exhibit demonstrates how weaving has changed over the last 400 years.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm and admission is free. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s Facebook page or website at las-cruces.org/museums.

“A Renaissance of Fiber” Exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center

Branigan Cultural Center LogoJoin the museum for their latest exhibit on how weaving has changed over the last 400 years. A Renaissance of Fiber by the Mesilla Valley Weavers opens Friday, October 3 and features a diversity of fiber items created by members of this local weaving group.

This craft has gone from an everyday necessity to an art form, while still maintaining its place in our daily lives. Attendees will observe how the Mesilla Valley Weavers are keeping the weaving traditions of the past alive, yet creating innovative art. The exhibit will showcase contemporary weaving and will demonstrate how it harkens back to traditional weaving. There will be examples of items woven from reeds and textiles both woven and knitted. Baskets in traditional and non-traditional forms, ranging from functional to home décor items of all shapes and sizes, will also be on display. The exhibit closes on Saturday, October 25.

Image of a knitted scarfOver the course of the month, several programs will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition. Members of the Mesilla Valley weavers will give demonstrations of weaving and basketry techniques on October 11 and 18, respectively. On October 25, the Spider Rock Girls of Chinle, Arizona will be present to demonstrate Navajo weaving traditions, along with an auction by RB Burnham Trading Post, sponsored by the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm and admission is free. The Branigan will be reopening after renovation for the First Friday Arts Ramble on September 5. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s Facebook page or website at las-cruces.org/museums.

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