Summer 2017 Exhibits & Events

at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts


July 29-August 31

Opening Reception
Saturday, July 29 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Book discussion with Baldwin G. Burr and Dr. Richard Melzer at 3:00 p.m.

Ernest Taylor Pyle was born on August 3, 1900, in Dana, Indiana. He was one of the most famous war correspondents in the Second World War. Ernie covered the day-to-day struggles of the common soldier. He was killed on Ie Shima Island, in the South Pacific, on April 18, 1945. Ernie and [his wife] Jerry’s house in Albuquerque (the only home they ever owned) became the first branch of the Albuquerque Public Library in 1948, and it still serves that purpose today.
(The above text was excerpted from the article “Creating the Ernie Pyle Chautauqua Performance” by Baldwin G. Burr from the Winter 2017 Issue of La Cronica de Nueva Mexico)

The Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation (www.erniepylefoundation.org) will hold a celebration of Ernie’s life in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 3, 2017. In conjunction with the event in
Albuquerque, the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts’ Ernie Pyle exhibition will feature
photographs and interpretive panels to commemorate Ernie Pyle’s life and career. Baldwin G. Burr (Ernie Pyle Chautauqua Performer) and Dr. Richard Melzer will discuss their forthcoming Ernie Pyle book at 3:00 p.m. at the opening reception.

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Historical Origins, Changing Uses, and the Ongoing Significance of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

a lecture by Troy Ainsworth, PhD

Saturday, June 10 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the ‘Royal Road’ or ‘King’s Highway,’ extended from Mexico City to San Juan Pueblo, north of Santa Fe. Instrumental in the settlement of New Mexico after Oñate’s entrada in 1598, the trail wound its way through the desert, following water access, established pueblos, and trade routes. The Camino Real remains relevant to modern transportation. Sections of the trail became Route 66 and later, I-25. Dr. Troy Ainsworth will discuss the origins, changing uses, and the ongoing significance of the thoroughfare on June 10 at 2:00 p.m.


Tour De Tomé

Saturday, June 17

Cost: $5 per person

Bring: sack lunch, sun protection,
& comfortable shoes

Please call the museum at 505-352-7720 to sign up.

The features of the area now incorporated as Tomé, New Mexico, have long intrigued residents and travelers to the area. Petroglyphs dating from as far back as 3000 B.C.E. can be seen on Tomé Hill alongside markings from 17th and 18th century Spanish settlers and Camino Real travelers. Rising dramatically above the Rio Grande valley, Tomé Hill was used for centuries by native peoples as a sacred ceremonial site. Today, Tomé Hill and Church retain sacred significance as pilgrimage sites, steeped in the rich tradition of Los Penitentes. Contemporary Tomé is a destination for art, culture, history, faith practices, and agriculture.

9:15 Meet at the Los Lunas Admin. Building
(660 Main St NW, Los Lunas)
9:30 Depart by bus for Tomé
9:45—11:00 Tomé Museum and Cemetery
11:00—12:00 Tomé Gallery
12:00—1:00 Sack lunch at the park
1:15—1:45 Tomé Plaza
1:45—2:45 Tomé Church
2:45—3:15 Tomé Hill
3:15—4:15 Wine Tasting at Camino Real Winery
4:15 Depart for Village Administration
4:30 Return to Admin-End of Tour

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Cost: $5 per person
Bring: sack lunch, sun protection, and comfortable shoes

*Historians will interpret all sites for tour goers*

Santa Fe 2926 Steam Locomotive Lecture & Tour

Saturday, June 24th
Cost: $5

Please call the museum at 505-352-7720 to sign up.

Railroads first entered New Mexico in December of 1878 and played a key role in the cultural and economic development of the territory and later the state. John Taylor, a member of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, will discuss the history of railroading in New Mexico with a particular focus on the Santa Fe 2926, a 1944 Baldwin 4-8-4 locomotive currently being restored to full operational capability by the Society. Attendees will then travel by bus to see the Santa Fe 2926 in person.

9:15 Meet at Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts (251 Main St. SE, Los Lunas)
9:30 History of Railroading in New Mexico lecture by John Taylor
10:30 Depart for Albuquerque
11:00 Arrive at Santa Fe 2926 Restoration Site
11:00-12:00 Tour Restoration Site
12:00 Depart for Museum of Heritage & Arts
12:30pm Arrive at museum-End of Tour