March if full of surprises! You better visit the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum for a month full of excitement!
March 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Culture, skill, and entertainment are the focus of the Museum’s 21st-annual Cowboy Days celebration. Enjoy charreada demos and trick roping by Daniel Castro and Lienzo Charro El Pedregal at 11 a.m. each day, horse training by world-renowned trainer Josh Armstrong at 1 p.m. each day, chuck wagon cooking, children’s activities, cowboy music, stagecoach, mini-train, and pony rides, Western authors, food and craft vendors, the Parade of Breeds cattle program, and more. Twice each day, the theatre troupe will share “How the West was Done!” (stories, poetry, trivia and melodrama). The family-friendly admission is $10 per vehicle. (No discounts or passes, and no pets, please). Visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org for the full schedule.
Paquimé and the Casas Grandes Culture
March 10, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Jeff Romney, the director of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, will discuss Paquimé as a ceremonial and trade center within the greater Casas Grandes region. The discussion will also include the cliff dwelling sites at Cuesta Blanca, Cave Valley, and Cuarenta Casas and the petroglyph sites at Anchondo, Arroyo de los Monos, and others. Admission is free.
The Casas Grandes Culture inhabited parts of Chihuahua, Sonora, and New Mexico between 700 AD – 1450 AD. During the Medio Period (1200 AD – 1450 AD), the Casas Grandes Culture reached the height of its prominence and influence in the region. It is during this period that Paquimé was built, eventually becoming an important ceremonial and trade center. The largest cache of shells ever found in an archaeological context in North America was excavated at Paquimé. Exquisite ceramics, beautiful works in stone, copper bells, turquoise, and macaw remains were also found at the site. Paquimé was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
Romney grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico, near Paquimé, which inspired his life-long interest in Southwest Archaeology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1995 with an emphasis in Southwest Archaeology and Native American Studies. While at BYU, Romney worked at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures as student co-curator, working primarily with the museum’s large collection of Casas Grandes pottery. After graduating from BYU, he accepted the position of Museum Specialist at Wheeler Historic Farm, Salt Lake County’s Parks and Recreation Department. In 2006, Romney joined the El Paso Museum of Art where he served as Head of Development for a decade. He has 21 years of experience in the museums profession. Romney’s research interests include the Pre-Columbian Southwest, Native American cultures, and pottery.
March 14, 2-3 p.m.
Join us for Story Time in the Museum lobby. Children of all ages are welcome to listen and learn. This activity is free with regular admission ($5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4-17). Children 3 and under are admitted free.
Crafts for Kids
March 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Children are invited to come make a spring craft. Materials will be provided. This activity is free with regular admission ($5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4-17). Children 3 and under are admitted free.
Discovery Morning – Making Sun Prints
March 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Students are welcome to learn how to make a sun print in celebration of spring. Items such as flowers and leaves will be used to make a print on cotton fabric. Recommended for students ages 8-12. Class fee is $3 and all materials will be provided. Contact LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, NM 88011
A Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs