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Posted on: April 21, 2021

May Activities through the Branigan Cultural Center

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The Branigan Cultural Center is still closed to the public for scheduled maintenance, but residents can still enjoy the museum from home through these online programs.

“Culture of Empowerment: LGBTQAI+ Experience in Las Cruces” 

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5

Hear from community members through stories and first-hand knowledge about their experiences as LGBTQAI+ people here in Las Cruces. Tune into the presentation at

“History Notes: History of the Nakayama Farm”

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 13

Discover history and culture through an informal discussion series at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. The theme in April through June is “History of Agriculture.” In this presentation, Peggy Swoveland speaks about the history of the Nakayama Farm established by her grandfather. The Nakayama Farm has been a key part of the legacy of agriculture in the Mesilla Valley. Tune into the Zoom webinar with the link

“What’s the Word: Arabic - A Trip to Libya”

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13

Learn language through culture! Dive into the history and traditions of Libya while learning and practicing Arabic language skills. These are not formal classes but they provide an opportunity for learning and conversation between beginner and more experienced participants. Register to attend by emailing Kayla at

“Celebrating Latinas: Stories from the Smithsonian”

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20

From marching on picket lines, to feeding the community, to using art to make a statement, Latina women have been at the center of helping the community fight for change. Steve Velasquez, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will use Smithsonian Institution collections to highlight different ways that Latina activists inspire people to build a better future. This online presentation is a teaser event for our newest exhibit “Salt of the Earth,” opening July 16, 2021! The exhibit will highlight the work of women activists fighting for miner’s rights in Silver City in the 1950’s. Tune into “Celebrating Latinas: Stories from the Smithsonian” at

The Branigan Cultural Center will be closed for construction through June 2021. For up-to-date information on the museum reopening, virtual programming, and more, visit the website at:  or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.

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