Crafts for Kids
Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to come by the Museum and create their own fall crafts to take home. Regular admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3 and under.
Blacksmith Workshop for Adults
Wednesdays (Oct. 7, 14, 21)
Thursdays (Oct. 8, 15, 22)
Learn the basic techniques of traditional iron and steel smithing in the Museum’s blacksmith shop. This nine-hour course, taught over three consecutive weeks by one of the Museum’s experienced blacksmiths, will provide you with the essential skills required to forge tools.
Class attendees will fashion and take home five useful items (valued at over $125). Class size is limited to three at a time. The cost is $150 plus a $15 materials fee. A $50 non-refundable reservation fee is required to hold a space in a class. Full payment is due prior to the first class.
For more information, please call (575) 522-4100.
Culture Series: New Mexico Movies Featuring American Indians
Oct. 8, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe-based writer and New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg returns to Las Cruces for this presentation -- a compilation of clips from movies that have at least been partially shot within New Mexico, focusing on how American Indians have been presented. Berg has compiled film clips from about 17 different movies, starting with a 1912 silent film and continuing up to present day. After each short clip is shown, he will offer information about the film, such as where it was shot, any historical reference, and a mini-review. Audience participation is encouraged. Some of Hollywood's most noted actors that featured in the clips include Mary Pickford, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jerry Lewis and Gary Farmer.
Berg is a freelance writer, journalist and New Mexico film historian. He has traveled around New Mexico presenting his noted "Made in New Mexico" film clip series, doing live narration for each show for five years. Previously, he lived in Las Cruces for 10 years where he programmed the Museum's popular "New Mexico Connection" film series for five years and served on the board of the Mesilla Valley Film Society in Mesilla. His book about movies made in New Mexico, "Filmmaking in New Mexico," will be released by the Arcadia Press on Nov 16. It is currently available for advanced orders. The Museum will accept donations for admission.
Ghosts of the Past
Oct. 23-24, 6-8 p.m.
Experience the Museum at night as you time travel back in New Mexico history or meet historical ghosts. The popular living history event features new characters this year. The tours offer a unique living history experience that transports visitors of all ages to another time. Various historical characters interact with visitors on indoor and outdoor tours. The start times for the indoor “ghost” tours are: 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, 7:00, 7:20 and 7:40 p.m. The start times for the outdoor “time travel” tours are: 6:10, 6:30, 6:50, 7:10, 7:30, 7:50 and 8:00. Tickets must be purchased for a specific tour and each tour lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased at the Museum beginning in October. Tickets purchased on the evenings of the event are $6 and $3. Tours are limited and fill up fast, so advance tickets are recommended for this popular event. Some combo tickets (indoor and outdoor) are available.
For more information, please call (575) 522-4100. All classes, workshops and events co-sponsored by the Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. 4100 Dripping Springs Road. Las Cruces, NM 88011.