Skip to content

“The Work of a Bracero is Never Done: Remembering La Labor in New Mexico,” by Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva

Join the Branigan Cultural Center as UTEP professor Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva presents, “The Work of a Bracero is Never Done: Remembering La Labor in New Mexico,” on Saturday, September 15 at 12pm.

Born and raised en la frontera, Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva is the Director of the Institute of Oral History and the Borderlands Public History Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of History where she teaches courses in public history, borderlands history, and Mexican American history. ​She is incoming director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program, and is the recipient of the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association for distinguished contributions to public history.

She has published on the history of Mexican American women and children as well as public history. She is working on a manuscript titled “Interpreting Latinx History in Museums and Historic Sites.” She is the historian with “Voices from the Border,” a new video series highlighting the stories of border people and she is co-founder of Museo Urbano, a museum of the streets that tells the history of the border is venues as diverse as museums and city streets. Museo Urbano received the outstanding public history project award from the National Council on Public History in 2013. She happily blogs at www.fiercefronteriza.com.​

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information on this program and much more, visit our website at museums.las-cruces.org or call 575-541-2154.

Advertisements

“Las Cruces New Mexico Hope Stories,” by David Lee Del Norte

Join us for our monthly History Notes lecture, as David Lee Del Norte presents “Las Cruces New Mexico Hope Stories,” on Thursday, September 13 at 1pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.

The project, “Hope Stories,” seeks to document Mesilla Valley Community of Hope staff, volunteers, and board members, while encouraging a discussion about poverty, homelessness, and hunger in New Mexico.  Mesilla Valley Community of Hope consists of five contributing organizations: Camp Hope; Jardin de los Niños, the Early Childhood Educational Program; El Caldito Soup Kitchen; Casa de Peregrinos, Emergency Food Program; and St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic, now renovated into Amador Health Center.

In January 2017, Del Norte began public history graduate research on poverty, homelessness, and hunger in New Mexico borderlands at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. The NMSU Hope Stories project can be viewed at www.elpueblomemory.com.

History Notes, monthly lectures on historical topics, takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 1 pm. Lectures are free and open to the public. Please check our webpage at museums.las-cruces.org, or Facebook.com/LCMuseums, for a full listing of these and other public programs hosted by the Branigan Cultural Center and the City of Las Cruces Museums. Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For addition information call 575-541-2154.

“The Train That Brought Us Here” – Brown Bag Lecture

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a free Brown Bag Lecture at 12pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. On September 11, Alamogordo author Donna Milburn will present “The Train That Brought Us Here.”

Milburn moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico, in 1946. She became an active member of the Tularosa Basin Historical Society where she is currently serving as a board member, and is also a docent at the Tularosa Basin Museum of History.

Her first book, “The Train that Brought Us Here,” explores the building of the railroad across the Tularosa Basin. She has also published a book about a local murder, “Murder at the Mortuary,” and is currently working on a third book.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 528-3444.

Artventurous – Light and Motion

Explore art as a family with a new art appreciation theme every month. Each session will delve into a facet of color, art history, feature an individual artist or highlight the current artwork in the gallery. Come by and learn with a hands-on art-making experience. This program is geared towards kids but the whole family is welcome!

August’s theme is “Light & Motion”:

September 1 – Thaumotropes
September 8 – Flip Books
September 15 – Sun Prints
September 22 – Zoetropes
September 29 – Personalized Photo & Frame

The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit our website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575-541-2137.

September Events for the Entire Family at the Railroad Museum

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum presents a variety of programs during September that will appeal to everyone in the family. Choose an activity that fits your interests, and enjoy it in our 1910 Santa Fe Depot museum.

Family Game Day is from 10am – 12pm on Saturday, September 8. Challenge your friends to a game of Dominoes, practice your hand-eye coordination with Cup and Ball Toss, and play a variety of games that have entertained families for decades.

The Brown Bag Lecture “The Train That Brought Us Here” will be presented at 12pm on September 11 by Donna Milburn from the Tularosa Basin History Museum.

Rail Readers Book Club meets at 11am on September 19 and will discuss The A.B.C. Murders, by Agatha Christie. Even if you haven’t read the book, come enjoy the lively conversation.

Adults who enjoy coloring can visit the museum between 10am – 12pm on September 14 and 28. This is a chance to enjoy socializing with other adults while expressing yourself creatively. Bring your own supplies or use our coloring pages and colored pencils.

There are two Story Times for children in September, both beginning at 11am. On September 1, children of all ages can listen to a story and complete a related craft. On September 13, Mrs. Prickett and her playful puppets will engage pre-school children with a book and activity.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesdays 10am to 8pm, and Saturdays 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575.528-3444.

Geography Club

Join the Branigan Cultural Center every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm in the museum courtyard for Geography Club and learn about different U.S. states through arts and crafts.

September 1- Florida
September 8- Alabama
September 15- Tennessee
September 22- Kentucky
September 29- Ohio

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit our website at museums.las-cruces.org or call 575-541-2154.

Saturday Family Science – Insects

The Museum of Nature & Science presents “Saturday Family Science – Insects,” Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:45am. The program is free and open to the public.

Insects may be small but they are quite significant to the food chain and agriculture. Participants will explore the lifecycle of insects from egg to pupae to fully formed bug in this one-hour family friendly program.

“Saturday Family Science” is offered monthly, encouraging families to work as a team, problem solve, and experiment through participating in a wide range of STEM activities led by museum staff and volunteers.

The museum is located at 411 N. 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: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120.