Special Events and Living History

Experience all the Museum has to offer and much, much more. Join us at one the many exciting events held at the Museum throughout the year.

At every large event at the Museum, you will encounter characters from history or have the opportunity to imagine time traveling to the past. Living history is an important part of Museum events and programs.

Cowboy Days (March)

Cowboy Days is the Museum's annual tribute to New Mexicoís ranching traditions.

The Education Department stages the Junior Cowpoke experience in the Museum courtyard and a cowboy-themed time travel in the Horse and Cattle Barn.
The Junior Cowpoke Experience enables children to learn about the tools and clothes of cowboys and practice such important skills as roping, branding and leather stamping.

The cowboy-themed time travels are historical performances where visitors become part of the living history. Cowboy Daysí time travels have featured an 1880 homesteaderís camp, an 1895 wedding, a 1936 birthday party, and an 1898 funeral.

Blessing of the Fields (May)

Celebrate New Mexico's rich Spanish traditions by joining the Museum's procession to bless the fields or enjoying one of the many activities that take place on this day.

Ice Cream Sunday (July)

Enjoy the fun of summertime by making your own tin can ice cream, competing in an ice cream sandwich eating contest or time traveling back to the 1950s in the Museumís living history malt shop.

Stories of Holidays Past (December)

Celebrate the holidays as you listen to characters from the past tell tales of good tidings, hope and rejuvenation. Revel in the season as you experience what life was like long ago.

To inquire about upcoming special educational events or living history programming, contact LuAnn Kilday at (575) 522-4100 ext.103

Programs & Education