22 June 2009

Vacationing in New Mexico: Culture, History and Genealogy

Are you thinking about coming to New Mexico this summer, or do you live in New Mexico and want to travel throughout the state? How about visiting a few musuems, monuments and other attractions while you're out here? Below are a few websites that you will help you on your way:

* The Museum of New Mexico is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. You can visit the Palace of Governors, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of International Folk Art, or any of the six New Mexico State Monuments.

* The New Mexico History Museum is our state's newest museum. According to the website, the museum's mission is:

The New Mexico History Museum began as the development of a storage facility for collections at the Palace of the Governors decades ago and has evolved into a first-class museum project, spurred by the national rethinking of the role history useums play in communities. They are no longer attics or basements full of long-forgotten objects. They are now places that partner in education, civic engagement, and social change.

* Historical Museum Guide for New Mexico lists museums by county.

* The New Mexico Tourism Department and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs offer information about destinations throughout the state.

* The National Hispanic Cultural Center offers art exhibitions, music and dramatic programs, a genealogy library, and much more.

* El Rancho de Las Golondrinas is a living history museum that portrays Spanish colonial life.

* Don't forget to visit New Mexico's libraries and archives! The Rocky Mountain Online Archive has a list of participating libraries and archives throughout the site. One important library that is not listed on the site is the Albuquerque Special Collections Library.

* Catch the RailRunner Express to get to your destination!

Additional places mentioned by our readers:

* El Moro National Monument - according to our reader William: "Among other things to see, the following inscription by Ramon Garcia Juradao three hundred years ago (translated from the Spanish original):'On the 25th of the month of June, of this year of 1709, passed by here on the way to Zuni, Ramon Garcia Jurado.' "

1 comment:

William said...

You might want to add the El Morro National Monument to your list. Among other things to see, the following inscription by Ramon Garcia Juradao three hundred years ago (translated from the Spanish original):
"On the 25th of the month of June, of this year of 1709, passed by here on the way to Zuni, Ramon Garcia Jurado."
http://www.nps.gov/elmo/