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Events & Activities — JULY - AUGUST 2015
Events and Activities are held at either the Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway, or the Museum Annex at 302 W. Broadway in downtown Silver City, New Mexico, and are free unless noted otherwise (donations always welcome). More information: 575.538.5921 or

Tin Can Camera Workshop
Saturday, July 11, 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Silver City Museum, 312 W Broadway
Learn to take photos with a tin can, then develop them in a good old-fashioned dark room! Children will become familiar with a primitive, historical method of photo capture and take home a black and white self-portrait. This workshop is limited to ten participants and costs $5. Pre-registration is encouraged and parent attendance is required. This workshop does use darkroom chemicals, but children will not be handling them. [ Press Release ]

Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest
Opening: Wednesday, July 15
The exhibition explores the idea that historical maps provide an opportunity to discover how land has been seen throughout time. The Southwest remained a land of mystery long after the rest of the continental United States had been surveyed and recorded on maps. This exhibition details the fascinating story of the discovery, exploration and settlement of the area. Crossroads of Empire spans the mapmaking enterprise from 1512 to 1873. The exhibition examines the romance of maps, the legacy of mapmaking and the profound influence of early mapmakers on our world today. Captions and text are in English and Spanish. The exhibition will be available to the public from July 15, 2015 to August 16, 2015. [ Press Release ]

Brown Bag Lunch Presentation with Alan Osborne
The Rediscovery of New Mexico between Coronado and Oňate
Saturday, July 18, 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W Broadway
In this little-known period, Spanish explorers entered New Mexico Pueblo country and left behind a legacy of contact and conflict. This lecture examines the Rodriquez-Chamuscado, Espejo, Castaňo de Sosa, and Humana-Bonilla expeditions. Alan Osborne, native of Oklahoma, was educated at Oklahoma State University and completed his Master's coursework (UNM) in American Indian history and Spanish Colonial borderlands. His academic teaching and public lecturing specialties are American Indian history, Spanish Colonial borderlands frontier history, and Mexican-American territorial history.
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Book Signing with Carlos Melendrez

America! Don't You Know Me? I'm Your Native Son: Geronimo, The Controversial Campaign to Repatriate the Remains of America's Most Famous Warrior to His Homeland
Saturday, July 25, 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W Broadway
This presentation examines the legacy of contact and conflict left behind by Spanish explorers during this little-known period of history. Sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Silver City Museum Society.

The Artistry and History of Mata Ortiz
with Oralia Lopez, Master Painter of Mata Ortiz Pottery
Saturday, August 1, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W Broadway
Master artist Oralia Lopez has set the standard in Mata Ortiz for finely executed geometric pottery designs. Her work is inspired by a rich heritage of Native American religious symbolism in geometrically patterned ceramics, and provides a spiritu-al connection to artists whose identity is lost in the mists of antiquity. Presentations by Dr. John Bezy, 9am - 11am and 1pm - 3pm. Revenue from all sales of pottery help to support Museum programs, events and exhibits.
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