When the Eastern ladies arrived in New Mexico via the great iron horse at the end of the 19th Century, they arrived with the latest fashions. Underneath it all what did they wear and how does it compare to the dress of New Mexicans? Drawing from the History Museum’s exhibit “Fashioning New Mexico,” Victorian clothing … Continue reading Fashioning New Mexico: Victorian Secrets


The heart of a small town in central New Mexico still beats through a turn of century Chandler and Price platen press. This press that once chronicled the life of Estancia New Mexico still functions today at the New Mexico History Museum. We go back in time to learn how the Estancia Press contributed to … Continue reading The Estancia Press


The two Segesser hide paintings in the collection of the New Mexico History Museum provide an intriguing snapshot of colonial life in the American southwest. Painted in the early 1700’s, they tell a story of a battle where the Spanish, French, Apache, Oto, Pawnee, and Pueblo Indians fought over resources and territories. Former director of … Continue reading New Mexico’s Segesser Hide Paintings


Some of the great cultural treasures of America reside in the ancient churches of New Mexico and in the collection of the New Mexico History Museum. Created by santeros, the classical santero tradition of carving and painting religious artworks was rooted in New Mexico for most of the 1800s when Roman Catholics commissioned these devoted … Continue reading Tesoros de Devoción


Flagship of the American fleet, for over 30 years the USS New Mexico was the pride of the US Navy. Learn about the history of the “Queen” from her on board activities to dramatic accounts of the fierce fighting in the Pacific theater. Included are eye witness accounts from the Robert T. Drinan diary that … Continue reading USS New Mexico BB40: The Drinan Diary


The only woman in New Mexico arrested by the Inquisition on the account of secretly being Jewish… Learn the fascinating story of Doña Teresa Aguilera y Roche, the wife of Santa Fe’s colonial governor Don Bernardo López de Mendizábal. While imprisoned in Mexico City she asks for a pen and paper and writes her defense … Continue reading In Her Own Voice – Doña Teresa Aguilera y Roche and Intrigue in the Palace of the Governors, 1659-1662


At the turn of the 20th Century, still a territory, New Mexicans wanted to prove their loyalty to the United States. They found their opportunity by joining Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders to fight in the Spanish American War. Roosevelt recruited the tough westerners like New Mexican Maximiliano Luna to be part of his Rough Riders. … Continue reading Rough Riders


At the end of an arduous 6 month, 1600 mile trek northward to Spain’s new colonial capital of Santa Fe, Spanish colonists faced one last hurdle — the La Bajada Mesa. Noted archeologist Michael Marshall walks us through the trail as it travels up the mesa. Historian Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez shares his thoughts on the … Continue reading The Last Hurdle: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro


Members of the Buffalo Soldiers Society of New Mexico share insights into the history of the Buffalo soldiers and how they contributed to New Mexico achieving statehood in 1912. They tell us of the challenges these soldier’s faced, their hard work, and particularly of their bravery during the battle with Apache Chief Victorio at the … Continue reading Buffalo Soldiers in New Mexico


Buried in the New Mexico History Museum’s photographic archives is a unique and fascinating visual record of Santa Fe. What do these iconic images tell us about ourselves and how our cities evolve? Noted author and art critic Lucy Lippard discusses how these images offer insights into how Santa Fe has transformed into a cultural … Continue reading Through the Lens – Imaging Santa Fe


It’s a part of New Mexican history that few are aware of and no one talked about at the time. According to the Department of Justice, from March 1942 to April 1946, the Santa Fe Internment Camp held 4,555 men of Japanese ancestry. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the US Government … Continue reading Remembering the Santa Fe Japanese Internment Camp


Your Obedient Servant, W. H. Bonney Seeking a pardon, W.H. Bonney a.k.a Billy the Kid wrote several letters to New Mexico’s Territorial Governor Lew Wallace. The letters open a window to one of the most interesting aspects of New Mexico’s history and the Kid’s life. Historian Paul Hutton tells us about how the letters provide … Continue reading Your Obedient Servant, W. H. Bonney


Built in 1610 New Mexico’s Palace of the Governors is one our nation’s most important landmarks. For centuries it has been the heartbeat of New Mexico and has rich stories to tell about our past and the history of the United States. New Mexico History Museum Director Frances Levine shares insights into the unique history … Continue reading The Palace of the Governors: A Witness to History


From the earliest colonial visions to detailed modern maps, it is fascinating to see how New Mexico has evolved through the centuries. Noted geographer Jerry L. Williams takes us on a journey through time telling us about how New Mexico established its boundaries. He shares historical insights into the events and people that determined our … Continue reading Maps of New Mexico


On the 100th anniversary of New Mexico’s statehood it is fascinating to journey back to see what New Mexico was like a century ago. Filmmaking came here at the same time as Statehood. Early Hollywood films like D.W. Griffith’s “A Pueblo Legend,” Romaine Fielding’s “The Rattlesnake,” along with the tourist film “Adventures in Kit Carson … Continue reading 100 Years Ago: New Mexico’s Early Film History