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Centennial celebrations planned by local museum

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Submitted to the Optic

To commemorate the Centennial of New Mexico statehood in 2012 the museum will be offering programs each month. Under the general series Centennial Adventures there will be family programs called Crafting the Centennial and scholarly discussions called Museum Cafes.

Crafting the Centennial kicks off in January and will continue each month during the year. These craft and demonstration based activities will be offered during normal museum hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or as specified. They are targeted for the entire family, from children to grandparents.

On Jan. 6 and Jan. 7 families will have the opportunity to examine some of New Mexico’s official symbols at interactive tables, and create a collages using some of the symbols.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m on Feb. 11 there will be a Sweetheart Dance in Sala de Madrid Auditorium featuring Smooth Riders, highlighting music of the 1920s to 1940s.

On March 10, children and adults will investigate archaeology with “digs” at the museum.

Museum Cafes will also begin in January and will be held on select Saturdays at the museum from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Each presentation will be around 45 minutes followed by general discussion. Topics are geared to mature audiences of high school age and older.

On Saturday, Jan. 28 Rick Hendricks, State Historian, will lead a discussion about the effects of the transition from Territory to Statehood.

Interested in opera in Las Vegas and New Mexico? Then February’s Museum Cafe is for you! Oliver Prezant, the Music Director of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra and Lecturer of the Santa Fe Opera, will illuminate us on the history of this performing art form. To commemorate the Battle of Glorieta, in March there will be a lively dialogue on the history of Pecos National Historical Park and recent archaeological discoveries.

These programs are free and open to the public. The Museum Cafeswill be held at the museum. Crafting the Centennial activities will be held either at the museum or at specified locations.

City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection is located at 727 Grand Ave. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is closed Sundays and Mondays.