“A Land So Strange” @ The Hubbard Museum

Depression Era Rendering of the Altar Sanctuario Chimayo
Depression Era Rendering of the Altar Sanctuario Chimayo


Over the past four centuries, a distinctive culture has evolved in New Mexico, an area described 400 years ago in the journal of Cabeza de Vaca as Una Tierra Tan Extraña…… A Land So Strange. The Hubbard Museum is proud to present its newest interpretive exhibit, A Land So Strange, which opens Saturday, June 16th, and runs through February 8, 2013.

As the State of New Mexico celebrates its 100th anniversary, A Land So Strange was created and designed by Curator of Exhibits, David Mandel and Curator of Collections, Adele Karolik, to provide a unique and educational journey through nearly 400 years of New Mexico history. With hundreds of artifacts and images from the 16th century to the 20th century, the exhibit tells the story of the Native Americans, the Spanish, and the Euro-Americans who created the New Mexico we experience today.

Take a closer look at materials drawn from collections around the nation that represent these separate cultures at Ruidoso Downs’ The Hubbard Museum, just minutes from Vera Cruz Mountain Ranch.


9:00 am-4:30 pm daily


26301 Hwy 70 West

Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346



Phone: 575-378-4142
Email: info@hubbardmuseum.org

Centennial Summerfest to Celebrate New Mexico’s 100th Birthday

Albuquerque’s birthday bash for New Mexico will provide entertainment, food and fun on June 16th

To celebrate New Mexico's 100 years of statehood, Albuquerque will host the state's largest birthday party. The Centennial Summerfest on June 16th will provide diverse and exciting entertainment. Historically themed pavilions, free concerts, delicious food, a car show and more are sure to provide a true Albuquerque and New Mexico experience. Grammy(R) Award-winning band Los Lobos wrap up the festive day as the headliner performance. (PRNewsFoto/Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau)

To celebrate New Mexico’s 100 years of statehood, Albuquerque will host the state’s largest birthday party.  The Centennial Summerfest on June 16, 2012 will provide diverse and exciting entertainment. Historically themed pavilions, free concerts, delicious food, a car show and more are sure to provide a true Albuquerque and New Mexico experience.

“This is the largest event in New Mexico to commemorate our state’s one hundred years of statehood. Centennial Summerfest is a chance for visitors to—in one day—experience the rich cultural history of New Mexico,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry.

Stroll through themed pavilions to sample the flavors of Albuquerque and New Mexico’s history:

  • The Hispanic Heritage Pavilion features flamenco, mariachis and authentic New Mexico music from artists including Albuquerque’s own Al Hurricane and Gonzalo.
  • The Native American Pavilion will be adjacent to Albuquerque’s iconic KiMo Theatre featuring traditional and modern Native American music, food and crafts.
  • The World Beat Pavilion will showcase global music and dance from local groups. Enjoy Taiko drumming and music from groups like Son Como Son and Wagogo.
  • The Rock and Rockabilly Pavilion and Car Show will pay a tribute to the “Mother Road” by revisiting a time of Rock ‘n Roll, poodle skirts and classic cars. Listen to live music by groups like The Fireballs, New Mexico’s first hit-making Rock ‘n Roll band.
  • At the Territorial Village visitors will get a glimpse of New Mexico’s frontier days. Sample authentic food at the old time chuck wagons while being entertained by country artists like Roy “Dusty” Rogers, Jr. and Will Banister.

A Kid’s Fun Zone will provide free entertainment for the whole family. An arts and craft market featuring artists from across New Mexico, and a live musical depicting the history of New Mexico will be shown in the KiMo Theatre at 7 p.m.

The event’s highlight will be a free concert by Grammy® Award-winning performers, Los Lobos on the Main Stage at 8:00 p.m.

For a complete list of events and performers, visit abqsummerfest.com.

The mission of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau is to stimulate economic growth by marketing Albuquerque as a visitor and convention destination. For information, visit www.ItsATrip.org , www.facebook.com/visitAlbuquerque or www.twitter.com/see_albuquerque .

New Mexico Centennial Pony Express Ride: May 26 – June 8



On May 26, 2012, the New Mexico Centennial Pony Express ride will kick-off at 7:30 am in front of the Western Heritage Museum Complex in Hobbs. The first leg of a 14 day ride begins when Lea County’s Express Master, former State Senator Bill Lee, hands mail to “Red” Harmon Hann the first rider in the Pony Express.

The mail, which will be collected from locations throughout southeastern New Mexico will be carried by dozens of riders. The relay riders will travel over 365 miles, visiting towns, villages and scenic stops on route to Santa Fe.

On June 8, 2012 the riders will end their journey and turn the mail over to a representative of the U.S. Postal Service. The letters will then be sent via U.S. mail to the addressees. This unique event is the brainchild of “Red” Harmon Hann, owner and operator of Pony Express West.

When? Saturday, May 26, 2012 through Friday, June 8, 2012 from 7am to 12am

Where? Western Heritage Museum Complex

Map: Link to Google maps

More Info: Red Harmon Hann, (575) 631-9372, country2462000@msn.com, www.westernheritagemuseumcomplex.com