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“Train Deportation During the Holocaust,” 10am at RRM on March 16

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum will host a special Saturday lecture “Train Deportation During the Holocaust” at 10am on March 16, 2019 presented by NMSU student Andres Baca, an Accounting major with a strong interest in history, who has been working at the Railroad Museum since October 2018.  

Railroad systems across Europe were used extensively by the Nazi Party to transport Jewish people, and others persecuted by the Nazis, to concentration camps. The conditions that existed on these trains, and the losses that resulted, are the topics of this presentation.

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, call (575) 528-3444.

“Animal Portrait in Collage Workshop” at the Museum of Art

AnimalPortraitCollageJoin the Las Cruces Museum of Art Studio Programs for an “Animal Portrait in Collage Workshop” on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 10am-3pm. This program is open to adults ages 18 and over. Registration is required; the cost is $10 per person.

Come and capture the essence of your favorite animal or pet in a one-of-a-kind collage portrait! Bring a reference photo of your pet or animal subject and any personal materials you’d like to incorporate into a collage. The museum will provide papers, fibers, paints, and many more materials to add to your creation.

Registration must be completed in person at the Museum of Nature & Science, 411 North Main Street. Registration is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Registration for this program ends March 13. Space is limited, so register early.

The Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main Street and open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. For additional information, call 575-541-2137.

“The History of Mesilla” by David G. Thomas at Branigan Cultural Center

Join us for our monthly History Notes lecture as David Thomas, local historian and author, presents “The History of Mesilla” on Thursday, March 14 at 1pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.

Mr. Thomas will take a broad look at Mesilla’s varied past, examining events from the Mexican American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, the founding of Mesilla, to the Gadsden Purchase, and Billy the Kid’s trial.

“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 Magoffin Connection to Railroad History in El Paso,” at RRM, March 12

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a free Brown Bag Lecture at 12pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. On March 12, Machelle Wood will present “The Magoffin Connection to Railroad History in El Paso.”   

Wood is the Education and Public Events Coordinator at the Magoffin Home Historic Site in El Paso. She became interested in the Magoffin Home when she was working as an architectural conservationist and worked on restoring the site approximately five years ago. She has also worked on the Plaza Theatre, various state capitals, historic homes and other theatres across the United States.  

Joseph Magoffin arrived in the El Paso area in 1856. After serving in the Civil War, he became an advocate for the development of the El Paso Region, aiding in bringing the railroads, utilities and new businesses to the area. He and his wife Octavia were active in the community and Catholic charities.  

The 1877 Magoffin home reflects traditional Spanish and Territorial architecture, though it was also influenced by the Greek Revival style popular at the time. The Magoffin family lived in the home for more than 100 years.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday, 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.

Education Station at MoA, March 9

Join the Museum of Art on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2:30pm as we watch a video of artist Matt Calderwood providing a guest lecture at the Royal College of Art in London, England, in 2017.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Calderwood is a visual artist based out of London who uses a wide range of objects in his art including concrete, plaster, glass, and plastic, among others, to create an assemblage of precariously balanced structures. He also experiments with the use of light, shadow, and sound in his digital media work.

Calderwood’s sculpture Dam 1 is featured in the Dusk to Dusk exhibition which is on display in the Museum of Art until March 30, 2019.

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.

“The Mysterious Museum” Spring Break Camp at the LC Museums, March 25-29, 2019

Are you looking for something for the kids during Spring Break?  Send them to camp! Join the Las Cruces Museums, March 25-29, 2019, for a camp experience aimed at children in grades 1-8! Kids can decode hieroglyphics at the Branigan Cultural Center; make a surrealist cube at the Museum of Art; construct a balloon-powered cardboard car at the Museum of Nature & Science; and uncover the mystery object at the Railroad Museum by deciphering the secret code. Activities will vary depending on grade level.  Through these camps, kids will engage in topics dealing with science, technology, history, art, and culture.

Times and locations are based on grade level. Monday, March 25, all camps will meet at Mesilla Park/Frank O’Brien Papen Center, 304 Bell Street. Tuesday – Friday camps will meet at the Las Cruces Museums, 411-501 N. Main Street. Space is limited and registration is required by Wednesday, March 20. Cost is $25 per child and includes all supplies and a snack. Join in the fun at the Museums during Spring Break with “The Mysterious Museum”!

The museums are located at 411-501 North Main Street and 351 North Mesilla Street and are open Tuesday – Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30 pm with no admission fee.  For more information about the Spring Break Camps, please call 575-522-3120.

“Saturday Family Science – Making Trackways” at the Museum of Nature & Science

The Museum of Nature & Science presents “Saturday Family Science – Making Trackways”, Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 11:30am. The program is free and open to the public.

Your footprints tell a lot more about you than you may think! Scientists can estimate how tall you are, how much you weigh, and how soft the ground you’re standing on is just from your footprints. Walk, run, or jump your way onto the charts and see how these comparisons help scientists learn about ancient animals.

“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 of Nature & Science 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.

Geography Club at Branigan Cultural Center every Saturday

Join the Branigan Cultural Center every Saturday from 10am to 12pm as we encourage families to take a mental road trip to explore culturally significant and historical sites within the Land of Enchantment! Each month we will focus on one location of historic and cultural significance in New Mexico, discussing the people, landscape, and environment of the area.

For the month of March, join us as we learn about the enchanting Aztec Ruins! Located approximately 400 miles from Las Cruces in Aztec, NM, you’ll find Aztec Ruins National Monument. The Monument preserves the Ancestral Puebloan great house that was once the center of a large regional community. With over 900 years of history and 400 rooms, the Aztec Ruins places you in a time period during history we can only read about. Join us as we learn the Ruins history and significance then concluding with a craft for families of all ages.

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.

Reading Art Book Club meets next on Wednesday, March 13, at 2:30pm

The Reading Art Book Club meets next on Wednesday, March 13, at 2:30pm in the Las Cruces Museum of Art. This month’s selection is The Secret Life of Salvador Dali by Salvador Dali.

Painter, designer, and filmmaker Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was one of the most colorful and controversial figures in 20th-century art. A pioneer of surrealism, he was both praised and reviled for the subconscious imagery he projected into his paintings, which he sometimes referred to as “hand-painted dream photographs.”

This early autobiography, which takes him through his late thirties, is as startling and unpredictable as his art. Its is illustrated with over eighty photographs of Dali and his works, and scores of his drawings and sketches.

The Reading Art Book Club meetings are free and open to the public. Join us even if you haven’t read the book! For more information or for details on book selections, contact Bryan Lee, Museum Curator of Education, at 575-541-2217 or blee@las-cruces.org.

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.

Gallery Tours at MoA

Walk the gallery at the Museum of Art, sharing ideas, exchanging opinions, and considering different perspectives about the works of art during our guided exhibit tours. Tours take place every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 1:30pm-2:30pm.

March’s tours will take place on the 2nd and the 16th and will highlight the Dusk to Dusk exhibition.

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.