Ben Franklin Circles

Join a discussion exploring Franklin's 13 virtues

Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 6:00pm

Ben Franklin Circles meetings are dedicated to exploring the 13 virtues identified by Franklin: Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Chastity and Humility. Circle participants engage in conversations on what each of these virtues means today on both a personal and societal level. Toolkits and guidelines developed by 92Y, Hoover Institution and Citizen University are used to promote a meaningful discussion. 

To join the next Ben Franklin Circles conversation, call (505)633-7371. To learn more about this initiative, visit

Ben Franklin Circle: Frugality

Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

New Mexico Humanities Council, Silver Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Ben Franklin Circle: Industry

Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

New Mexico Humanities Council, Silver Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Ben Franklin Circles: Sincerity

Thu, May 17, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

New Mexico Humanities Council, Silver Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Ben Franklin Circles: Justice

Thu, Jun 21, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

New Mexico Humanities Council, Silver Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Ben Franklin Circles: Moderation

Thu, Jul 19, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

New Mexico Humanities Council, Silver Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Ben Franklin Circles: Cleanliness

Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

New Mexico Humanities Council, Silver Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Ben Franklin Circles: Chastity

Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

New Mexico Humanities Council, Silver Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Ben Franklin Circles: Tranquility

Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

New Mexico Humanities Council, Silver Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Ben Franklin Circles: Humility

Thu, Nov 15, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

New Mexico Humanities Council, Silver Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM, USA

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National History Day Registration is OPEN!

27 Apr 2018

National History Day registration is now open for all regional contests. Don't wait! Click HERE to register today.

For more information, contact the NHD State Coordinator, Ellen Dornan at or (505)633-7372.

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The House That Tequila Built by Viviana Paredes

The House That Tequila Built by Viviana Paredes

The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility

Acclaimed Border Exhibition at 516 ARTS

Fri, Mar 30, 2018, 7:30pm

516 ARTS, in partnership with Albuquerque Museum, presents The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility co-curated by Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims and Ana Elena Mallet. The group exhibition presents the work of over 40 designers and artists working along the US-Mexico border who are engaging with the intersections of culture that have developed in the region while considering the welfare and well-being of migrants and citizens who live there. This exhibition was originated at the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, where it was part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative and supported by major grants from the Getty Foundation.

The border has come to occupy an intellectual and an emotionally charged space as well as a territorial one. It exists within the geography of memory as much as being a place of transit and transformation. Much of the creative production around the border unearths ways in which artists, architects, designers and makers who live in border states negotiate two divided but interconnected realities. Although this exhibition was conceived before the topic of "building a wall" along the US-Mexico border re-merged in media headlines, its relevance is more potent and instructive than ever before.

The contemporary artists in this exhibition explore the border as a physical reality (place), as a subject (imagination), and as a site for production and forward thinking solutions (possibility). While the selection largely focuses on work executed in the last two decades, it also includes object by Chicano artists in California who came together in the 1970s and 1980s to address border issues in their work. The inclusion of artists from various disciplines, including design, architecture, sculpture, painting and photography, reflects the ways in which contemporary artists and designers themselves cross disciplinary borders.

 The exhibition runs January 27 - April 14.


The US-Mexico Border Exhibition: 516 WORDS with Demetria Martinez, Denise Chavez & Mari Simba

Fri, Mar 30, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Outpost Performance Space, Yale Boulevard Southeast, Albuquerque, NM, United States

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The US-Mexico Border Exhibition: Guest Speaker Series with Journalists Maria Hinojosa & Simon Romero in Conversation

Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Kimo Theatre, Albuquerque, NM, United States

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NMHC Response to President's Proposed  FY19 Budget

1 Apr 2018

On February 12, President Trump released his FY 2019 budget request to Congress, which again calls for eliminating the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), along with other federal cultural agencies. As an ally and affiliate of NEH, we are disappointed that the president has once again targeted NEH and other key federal cultural agencies for elimination.  NEH ensures that Americans all across the country—including residents of New Mexico—have access to vital humanities and cultural programs, which reach veterans, rural families, K-12 students and teachers, and other under-served communities. The NEH is the only federal entity uniquely charged with preserving our nation’s history and cultural heritage, supporting scholarly research and collections, and making humanities resources, including our nation’s founding documents, accessible to current and future generations. NEH also funds the state humanities councils, which extend the reach of the humanities to all 56 states and territories and to nearly every congressional district. By leveraging $4 for every federal dollar they regrant, councils generate millions of dollars for humanities programming that are then invested in local communities across the country.

In New Mexico, NEH support has enabled libraries, museums, tribal organizations, cultural nonprofits, K-12 schools, universities, and colleges, among other entities, to carry out the important work of helping us learn about our past, think about the present, and imagine our future.  When you read a biography about your favorite author, watch a television documentary about a famous artist, or read a digitized version of a historical newspaper to learn more about one of your ancestors, you are likely benefiting from work conducted with NEH’s financial support.

And lest anyone forget, state humanities councils are an integral part of communities, helping residents to understand and appreciate history and local culture, promoting reading and literacy, assisting veterans and their families, supporting individual well-being and contributing to local economies through festivals, events and cultural tourism.  Our current programs—National History Day in New Mexico, federal regrants, the speakers bureau, and Democracy and the Informed Citizen—as well as our past programs, have been made available to New Mexicans thanks to the tremendous support of NEH.  We all benefit when our nation’s cultural agencies remain strong and vibrant.

What Can You Do?

  • Call the Washington DC or local offices of your congressional delegation and tell them how important the humanities programs are to you and your community. Be specific.
  • Attend a congressional town hall or other open meeting and talk about the value of cultural programming for you.
  • Email the member if you are unable to place a call or attend a meeting.
  • Remember that your best justifications are the benefits to your community. Tell your
  • Please let the New Mexico Humanities Council know what actions you have taken and what you have learned.
  • Coordinate with NMHC to invite your members and staff to a council program you believe they would enjoy.
  • Visit the National Humanities Alliance website to call or send a message to your members of Congress.
  • Provide NMHC with testimonials, articles and other materials that support council activities and can be incorporated into advocacy efforts.

Thank you for making a difference for the arts and humanities in your community. 


Brandon Johnson, Executive Director



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Ernie Pyle at his home in Albuquerque

Ernie Pyle at his home in Albuquerque

Ernie Pyle: A GI-Wise Gypsy

Historical Exhibition on Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist

30 Mar 2018

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist (1944) and Albuquerque resident Ernie Pyle (1900-1945) was widely recognized as the “greatest war correspondent of World War ll.”  A roving reporter and columnist who traveled alongside the American infantry in World War II and wrote about the daily lives of average soldiers, Pyle was, in the words of Staff Sergeant Ralph D. Martin, correspondent for the military newspaper Stars & Stripes, "simply, honestly, better than anybody else, he was the one who told [the American people] just how the American soldier was living...just what his thoughts and worries and daily problems were...a GI-wise gypsy." 

New Mexico Humanities Council hosts Ernie Pyle: A GI-Wise Gypsy, an exhibition featuring newspaper column excerpts and photographs from Pyle’s work and life. The exhibit runs February 1 through March 30, 2018. Join us on Thursday, February 22 at 6:00pm for a reception and conversation with historians and editors of Ernie Pyle: Tributes to America’s Best Loved Newspaper Columnist, Baldwin G. Burr and Richard Melzer.

This program is part of the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

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Sherry Robinson

Sherry Robinson

The Mystery Apaches

Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 6:00pm

Apaches were living along the Pecos and Canadian rivers long before the Spanish explorer Coronado entered the region in 1540. They've gotten little attention from historians, but they're every bit as interesting as Geronimo. Lipan Apaches, as well as groups of unnamed and unknown Apaches, continued to live in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas over hundreds of years. The Spaniards gave them various names, and American military officers, not knowing who they were, referred to them simply as "Apaches." When the Comanches drove other Apache groups from the buffalo plains, some held their ground for decades. Well into the 1800s the Pecos region was little known and unexplored. Even after the arrival of the U.S. Army, the Pecos provided refuge not only to the people who considered it their country but also to numbers of renegades, as the Army attempted to move tribes onto reservations. Who were these people? Several scholars have attempted to identify these shadowy groups. Sherry Robinson, in years of research on Eastern Apaches, will share her knowledge, which is based on the written record and Apache oral history.

Sherry Robinson is a long-time New Mexico journalist and author. Her book, "I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches", is the result of 12 years of research and describes Apaches living on the plains as well as their allies, the Lipans and Mescaleros.

The Mystery Apaches

Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Roswell Public Library, North Pennsylvania Avenue, Roswell, NM, United States

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VanAnn Moore as a Harvey Girl

VanAnn Moore as a Harvey Girl

Fred Harvey's Southwest Couriers

Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 2:00pm

A new breed of courageous, intelligent, and hard-working women traveled west from the 1880’s as Harvey Girls, and then as Southwestern Detour Couriers from the 1920’s through the great depression. The railroads and the Fred Harvey system encouraged these young unmarried girls to head west to work for him, and become a part of the Southwestern landscape. The college-educated Detour Couriers, or Tour Guides, were a major part of the travel industry enlightening travelers about the history, and unique beauty of the entire southwest. Along with young men who drove the touring cars, and buses, these women took willing passengers off of the railroads and from the Fred Harvey Hotels to the ancient Indian Pueblos, National Parks (such as Bandelier, Carlsbad Caverns, and the Grand Canyon), and other places of interest. They were “walking-talking billboards” for the history, beauty and opportunities of the then little-known southwest. Grab your walking shoes, cameras, and a hat as we bump along the old dirt roads with VanAnn Moore to take a detour of the grand southwest!


All Aboard!

Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Ruidoso Public Library, Kansas City Road, Ruidoso, NM, United States

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Join the New Mexico Humanities Council Team!

NMHC is accepting applications for a Fiscal Officer

25 Feb 2018



Applications are invited for a Fiscal Officer to assist the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC), a small nonprofit organization with a statewide reach.  This is a one-half to three-quarters time position with a benefits plan that includes retirement, paid time off, and stipend for insurance. Salary DOE.  Flexible work hours.  NMHC is a private, nonprofit organization which supports humanities programs throughout New Mexico with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and private donations.  The successful candidate will oversee all accounting activities, and will provide key advice on budgeting. 



  • Minimum 2 years’ experience with bookkeeping and accounting; 3–5 years preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting/bookkeeping standards and procedures
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and QuickBooks Pro
  • Ability to do research and work online
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience dealing with a diverse public
  • Excellent organizational skills and office management skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Exceptional time management and ability to problem solve under pressure 


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field
  • Knowledge of and facility with fund accounting
  • Knowledge of and experience with federal funding compliance requirements
  • Experience with bookkeeping and accounting in a nonprofit setting
  • Facility with database management and information retrieval 


Specific Duties:

  • Manage the financial affairs and contract and grant compliance for the New Mexico Humanities Council and its office activities
  • Manage timesheets and payroll
  • Provide guidance on human resource issues
  • Archive corporate records and provide general financial records management for organization
  • Work closely with executive director and program staff to develop annual budget
  • Maintain appropriate financial records, management of cash flow and disbursements, and preparation of required reports for the IRS, NM Department of Taxation and Revenue, NM Office of Attorney General, and NM Secretary of State
  • Submit interim and final financial and programming reports to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of New Mexico, foundations, nonprofit organizations and other funding sources
  • Comply with funders’ requirements as they pertain to fiscal functions and financial analysis of expenditures and budgets and submission of reports as required
  • Ensure that financial support is provided for NMHC’s Board and all other staff
  • Ensure proper record keeping
  • Assist program staff as needed with reports, applications, and publications
  • Report to and work with the Executive Director on all financial matters
  • Oversee all fiscal reporting within NMHC and create monthly budget reports
  • Complete other duties as assigned 


Email (1) a letter of interest with your qualifications, (2) a resume, and (3) names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to or mail the package to New Mexico Humanities Council, 4115 Silver SE, Albuquerque NM 87108, by February 25, 2018.  NMHC is an equal opportunity employer.


With Gratitude...

31 Jan 2018

The New Mexico Humanities Council wishes to thank the people and organizations who contributed generously in 2017 to our programs and projects that explore who we are, who we were and who we aspire to be. Through this exploration, we strengthen our human ties.

You, too, can join us and assure that public humanities programming reaches all of New Mexico. Simply click the donate button and make your gift today.


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Avelina Bardwell, MD Anna Van Huss Christine Becker Albuquerque Historical Society

April Adams

Doris Fields   Natacha Chisdes Jacobo Baca

Mercedes Agogino

Robert Himmerich y Valencia   Juniper Manley Susan Berry John Adres 
    Rosalie Otero Jo Tice Bloom  
    Dennis O'Toole Francesca Blueher Stefanie Beninato 
    Adita Root Beverly Carter Ruth Bouldes 
      Trevor Carter/Charles Redd Center  Jerry Brown 
      Thomas Chavez Dennis Bumgarner 
       Dianne Cress and Jon B. McCorkell  Diana Cordova 
      Rose Díaz Brian & Cindy Crockett 
      Ellen Dornan Barbara Dubois
      Charmazel Dudt Kathryn Flynn
      William & Evangeline Dunmire Jeremiah Frank
      Heidi Fleischmann Sheila Gershen
      William and Constance Goodwin Bruce Gustin lll
      Heidi Heard Katherine Hauth
      Rick Hendricks Jodi Hedderig
      Ideum, Inc. David Jackson
      Theodore Jojola Brandon Johnson
      Stephanie Kearny Carol Johnson
      Susan McCann Daisy Kates
      Enrique Lamadrid Janice Langdale
      Marguerite McGregor Kate Miller
      Julie McTague New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
      Gabriel Melendez New Mexico Jewish Historical Society
       Jimmy Miller Katrina Parks
      Robert Mishler Dennis Reinhartz
      K. Michelle Quisenberry Larry Rodgers
       John Ramsay David Rose
      Ray Reeder Stan Rosen
      Michelle Robertson Lois Rudnick
      David Rogers  Gabriel Sahd
      Betty Schadl Art & Colleen Sheinberg
      Suzanne Schadl Karen Turner
      Mary Schruben Ivan White
      Douglas Swift Jeanne Whitehouse-Peterson
      Ruth Wheeler  

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