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Teen Tech, Wednesdays at MoNaS

Teen Tech at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science
Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators!

Interested in doing more with Computer Science and technology? Join us!

Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
October 5 – November 16

No cost to participate! This is a totally FREE program!

All students in grades 9 – 12 are invited to join the fun to create projects, explore Raspberry Pi’s, learn some Python, code sensors, build apps with AppInventor, design a game using SNAP!, and the importance of understanding network security.

Sessions will focus on elements of Computer Science, including: coding, robotics, game design, programming, smart grid technologies, and integrating sensors.

October 5: Ozobot Robotics
October 12: Raspberry Pi Exploration
October 19: Smart Grid Technologies
October 26: Building Apps
November 2: AppInventor
November 9: Introduction to Game Design
November 16:Designing with SNAP

All sessions will be held at the Museum of Nature and Science
411 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, (575) 522-3120.

Registration options:

1. Online, https://goo.gl/forms/61AqljIawSVc4xl93,
2. On-site at the Museum of Nature and Science, located at 411 N. Main St., Las Cruces, or
3. By phone, (575) 541-3120, through the Museum.

Sign up today!

Teen Tech is a joint effort between MoNaS, NMSU, the Department of Computer Science, Young Women in Computing, the Center for Smart Grid Technologies, and the GK-12 DISSECT program.

 

Japanese Traditional/Folk Dancing Group Performance, 9/24, 12 noon

The folk dancing group of the New Mexico Japanese American Citizens league will be performing at noon on September 24, at the Las Cruces Museum of Art.

Under the direction of Natsuko Edelman, the mission of this group is to share Japanese culture with the community. This free program is offered in connection with the Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection. This exhibit continues through October 15, 2016.

Admission to the Las Cruces Museum of Art is free. The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 575.541.2137.

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.

Simulcast: National Museum of African American History and Culture Opening

A Place for All People
Exhibit Opening Celebration, Sept. 24, 8:00 am
Simulcast at Branigan Cultural Center

 

On September 24, the Smithsonian Institution will open its newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The celebration will extend to Las Cruces as Branigan Cultural Center presents a simulcast of the opening ceremonies in the Schwartz Room and opens the exhibit “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture.”

The Branigan Cultural Center will begin the live simulcast of the event at 8am. Light refreshments will be served and attendees will be invited to participate in interactive discussion about the event. The Las Cruces Museum System is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

The exhibit, “A Place for All People,” highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry’s Gibson guitar, “Maybellene,” and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith and hope.  

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575.541.2154.

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.

LC MoA is the First Museum to Host this Exhibit

Nature, Tradition, and Innovation

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is the first museum in the nation to host the traveling exhibit, Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection.

The exhibit will continue to be on display in the Las Cruces Museum of Art through October 15, 2016.

The show was curated by Christine Knoke of the Mingei International Museum, San Diego. It is an engaging interdisciplinary look at contemporary Japanese Ceramics paired with nature photographs. Featuring 43 exceptional Japanese ceramicists, Nature, Tradition, and Innovation showcases ceramic objects of unsurpassed beauty made for everyday use. The works selected for exhibition are closely associated with Japan’s historical pottery centers, reinterpreting traditional methods in a modern context.

Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection was developed by Mingei International Museum and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

Admission to the Museum of Art is free. The museum is located at 491 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10amto 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 575-541-2137.

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.

Rail Readers Book Club, Sept. 21, 1 pm

Join us for a discussion of the short story, Growing Up at Tunnel 1 on the Great Northern Was a Wonderful Experience, on September 21 at 11:00 a.m., at the Rail Readers Book Club.

This family history was written by Jim McWhirter and tells the story of growing up next to a Montana railway tunnel during the 1940s. McWhirter’s father worked for the railroad and their experiences give this story a personal feel.

Copies of this work are available at the Railroad Museum.

The Rail Readers Book Club meets at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum on the third Wednesday of the month.

Admission to the Railroad Museum is free. The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call (575) 647-4480.

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.

Museum Guide Training

Museum guides, or docents, interact with students and other public groups in the galleries and facilitate tours of permanent and traveling exhibits. They also participate in and lead educational programs in association with exhibits. Training focuses on techniques of meeting the public, answering questions and presenting information relative to the exhibits. Upcoming monthly trainings will cover new exhibits and public speaking strategies. Call Beth Stone at 575-541-2219 for more information.

Railroad Museum Permanent Exhibit

Step back in time to a place where steam engines still rumbled through the countryside. The Railroad Museum is housed in a 1910 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Depot and is one of the most significant historic sites in Las Cruces. Exhibits include information on local Santa Fe Railway workers, railroad communication, as well as an interpretation of the building itself.

Picture of red caboose

In spring 2010, the museum acquired an 1890s wooden caboose. This caboose is believed to have worked the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway line before being transferred to the Fort Worth and Denver Railway in the 1960s. In 1968, it was retired at a rail yard in west Texas and sold into private hands. The new owners used the caboose for 40 years before gifting it to the Railroad Museum. The caboose is not open to the public as a condition assessment is performed, and fundraising is held to conduct a restoration project. The caboose is located in the lot just north of the depot and is available for pictures.

Picture of Las Cruces Museum Model Train Display

Also, don’t miss the model train room. There are three model layouts, including one that you can run yourself. One of the hands-on model layouts was designed and built by students during summer programs at the museum. Another is a train table for tots. The newest and largest layout was built over 2009 and 2010 from funds raised in response to a Challenge Grant from an anonymous donor. This HO layout depicts railroading in the southwest in the 1940s and 1950s. It includes a switching yard, a vibrant downtown area featuring a few buildings from Las Cruces’ past, and outlaying farms and mountains. The model room also has display cases of model trains by various makers and of different scales/gauges.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For additional information, visit the website or call (575) 647-4480.

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.