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Archives, Exhibits, and Historic (Web) Sites

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History will open “The Shape of Time: Photographs of Star Axis by Edward Ranney, 1979–2009” on 28 June. Standing eleven stories high and measuring one-tenth of a mile across, the Star Axis sculpture places viewers inside the trajectory of the earth’s axis. The exhibit will run through 20 September 2009. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at 2000 Mountain Road NW in Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-243-7255 or visit the website:

The Museum of International Folk Art will open “A Century of Masters: The NEA National Heritage Fellows of New Mexico” on 19 July. The Museum of International Folk Art is located on Museum Hill in Santa Fe at 706 Camino Lejo. For more information, call 505-476-1200 or visit the website:

The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum presents “A Most Terrible Wonder: Firearms from 1600–1900.” The exhibit showcases a variety of firearms, such as muskets, matchlocks, flintlocks, pepperbox pistols, Colt and Remington revolvers, lever action rifles, and bolt-action rifles. The design and inner-workings of the firearms are explained in the exhibit. This exhibit will run through 8 November 2009.The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. For more information, call 575-522-4100 or visit the website:

The Southwest Ferry Project, which was established to locate, describe, and interpret the historic river-ferry crossings that operated either on a commercial basis or were set up by the military in the Four Corners states, has created a website to request and report on information on the subject.

The address is



New Digitized Collections

Almost 600 historical photographs of campus buildings, landscapes, and interiors were recently added to the UNM University Archives digital collections.  The photographs, ranging in date from the turn of the century through the 1980s, are available online at the University Archives website.  An additional 60 photos documenting Lobo sports teams - including the 1901 Lobo Women's Basketball Team and 1933 Women's Tennis Team - have also been added to the University Archives' online collection.

Researchers interested in the Southwest and the Mountain West should visit the Rocky Mountain Online Archive (RMOA). Containing resources and finding aids for archival collections in New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming, this website includes listings from twenty institutions.


Calendar of Events


15–16 August El Rancho de las Golondrinas presents “'Play It Again, New Mexico: A Reunion of Heroes and Villains from the Past.” For more information call 505-471-2261 or visit the website:

24–27 September The Santa Fe Trail Association’s annual Rendezvous will be in Arrow Rock, Missouri. The theme is “In the Beginning to the Boonslick and Beyond.” For more information, visit the website:

7–10 October The Western History Association will hold its forty-ninth annual conference in Denver, Colorado, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. For more information, visit the website: