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Programs & Activities

Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Saturday, October 16, 10:00am to 1:00pm

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month. To celebrate, the City Museums, in partnership with Down Syndrome Families of Las Cruces, will host various free, fun, and inclusive activities for the entire family.

    Mini Car Construction

    Saturday, October 21, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    In celebration of the A-1 Machine Shop exhibit, please join for a fun activity where kids can learn about the parts of automobiles while building their own model. Free for kids 5 to 10 years old. Pre-registration is required. Call 522-3120 for details.

    Sugar Skull Workshop

    Saturday, October 28, 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Celebrate Día de los Muertos by decorating your own calavera. Free. All ages. Pre-registration is required.

      Lecture: History of Lorenzo's

      Saturday, October 28, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

      Vincent Caccaro, owner of Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant, will speak about his business and its history in Las Cruces.

      Día de los Muertos

      Saturday, October 28, 10:00am to 1:00pm

      Celebrate Día de los Muertos by decorating your own calavera. Free. All ages. Pre-registration is required.

        History of Lorenzo's lecture

        Tuesday, October 31 through Saturday, November 4

        Día de los Muertos is not a gloomy or morbid occasion, rather it is a festive and colorful holiday celebrating those who have passed on. Join us in our celebration by visiting our altar.

        Reflections and Reactions to Trotando Pasos Ajenos

        Wednesday, November 15, 10:00am to 12:00pm

        Dialogue will be led by the exhibition curators and designer, Dr. Dulcinea Lara, Dr. Nicholas Natividad, and Daniel Aguilar, walking through installations to discuss the impact of the exhibit on visitors. Dr. Lara and Dr. Natividad are both professors of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University specializing in issues of social justice in crime and law and Mr. Aguilar is an exhibit designer and artist.

          Film Screening: Sun Kissed (as part of the Native Voices exhibit)

          Saturday, December 6, 2:00pm at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

          When a Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal, they also learn their reservation is a hot bed for this rare genetic disease. Filmed over three years, Sun Kissed follows Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they search for answers to the mystery of XP outbreak among the Navajo population, confronting cultural taboos, tribal history, and their own unconventional choices. The journey leads them to the shocking truth: their children and other Navajo children are still paying the price for the conquest and forced relocation of the tribe by the U. S. military in 1864, the Navajo "Long Walk." Directed by Maya Stark.

          Lecture: Health in the Native Community by Sibella Salazar (as part of the Native Voices exhibit)

          Thursday, December 7, 1:00pm

          Dr. Sibella Salazar studies include the integration of both Western and Indigenous paradigms for holistic healing, through the examination and validation of Indigenous Ways of Knowing within the mental health field. I am particularly interested in facilitating a shift from disparity-based toward strength-based narratives within the research literature of Indigenous peoples.

            Book Discussion: Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge by Vic Glover (as part of the Native Voices exhibit)

            Tuesday, December 12, 12:00pm at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

            With incisive wit and wisdom, the author provides a look at the contemporary life of the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Covering topics that include commodity food, drunken driving, sun dances, sweat lodges, and the sacred, the author provides firsthand accounts of the tribe's enduring resilience and the social and political forces that have challenged them both.

            For more information or to register for the book discussion, please contact or call 575-528-4024.

            Film Screening: Medicine Woman (as part of the Native Voices exhibit)

            Thursday, December 14, 2:00pm at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

            Medicine Woman interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America's first Native doctor, Susan LaFlesche Picotte (1865-1915) of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. The one-hour PBS documentary was produced by and about women. Directed by Christine Lesiak.

              Children's Program (as part of the Native Voices exhibit)

              Friday, December 15, 3:30pm at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

              To highlight the cultural traditions of Native people, we invite children ages 6-10 t take part in creating their own sand art project. (Library Children's Craft Room)

              Deck Your Halls Holiday Blitz

              December 9, 10am – 1pm

              Visit all four museums to participate in holiday activities like making a sparkling poinsettia or learning about the holiday customs of Mexico! Each family will be given a holiday blitz badge; get your badge stamped by all four museums and receive some unique Las Cruces Museums swag!

              History Notes Lectures

              Thursdays at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

              Join us for our lecture series that relates to various topics in history!

              • September 14 - Household Water Quality in Rural Southern New Mexico: A 3-Year Study by Dr. Erin Ward
              • October 12 - Adobe Vernacular - Confessions of a Mud Junkie by Eric Liefeld
              • November 9 - Vernacular Architecture of Barbados by Julia A. Kirton

              Museum Guide Training

              Museum guides, or docents, interact with students and other public groups in the galleries and facilitate tours of permanent and traveling exhibits. They also participate in and lead educational programs in association with exhibits. Training focuses on techniques of meeting the public, answering questions and presenting information relative to the exhibits. Call 541-2154 for more information.