Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Mexico Centennial

On January 6, 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state in the U.S.!  Celebrate our state's centennial in a myriad of ways this month (& beyond!), including:

  • Get the centennial stamp!  It's expected to be issued to January 6th.
  • Pick up a copy of "ABQ Artopoly: Centennial Edition" - a visually delightful board game produced in a collaborative effort by art organizations &  venues throughout the community.  To be officially launched by Mayor Berry on January 26th, you can get your copy now at  Framing Concepts Gallery, Weems Gallery, & other local galleries.
  • Visit the Pueblo Cultural Center starting February 4th for "100 Years of State & Federal Policy: Its Impact on Pueblo Nations".  This new exhibition will reflect upon major events and milestones tied to federal and state policy since 1912 and their lasting impacts upon Pueblo people.
  • Check out the Centennial Shop for commemorative gear, including clothing, calendar, & mug.
  • Visit Cherry Hills Library on January 6th for centennial drop-in activities, Alamosa Library for a craft & biscochitos, or Lomas Tramway Library on the 6th for a special storytime, the Van of Enchantment, & a chile-ristra-making craft for kids!  Or, starting January 19th, join Juan Tabo Library's new book club, Read Around New Mexico! Check the branch websites for event times. 
  • Visit Congregation Albert on January 8th from 10 am - 3 pm for "New Mexico Statehood Centennial: A Celebration of Writing".  A panel of New Mexico authors will discuss how the landscape & history of the state infuses their writing.
  • Check out something about New Mexico from the library! Don't forget, you can search by keyword or subject. There is a lot of material available!  You might want to search for something more specific than "New Mexico", such as "New Mexico history".

For more, make sure to check out the centennial's official site & Facebook page! There are events scheduled all year long, so you can pace yourself & keep the centennial spirit for the entirety of 2012.

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