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Now You’re Cooking

Things are heating up at the New Mexico History Museum

New Mexico’s culinary history teaches visitors and students about its land and people as well. Photo by Barb Odell.

Things are heating up at the New Mexico History Museum — getting STEAM–y! Adding rich context and understanding to conventional interactive programs that address Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education, the NMHM and Palace of the Governors are stirring Art into the mix with innovative activities and special programs celebrating New Mexico's rich history.

Starting this winter, the sweet aroma of piñon will occasionally waft through the Palace of the Governors courtyard as our traditional horno heats up in preparation for a series of New Mexican baking demonstrations and more. New Mexico foods and their preparation teach lessons about gender, race, and class, the natural world, geography, and technology. Working with different bakers, we will taste a bit of regional culinary heritage through the themes of technology, diet and agriculture, geography and natural resources, and cultural exchange. Join us for talks, demonstrations and hands-on workshops from a roster of New Mexican culinary experts from around the state as they share techniques. Recipe swaps, food sampling, historical dining events, and sharing of stories about ceremonial and everyday meals will engage visitors through meaningful, and memorable experiences. From regional adobe techniques to tasting hundred-year-old recipes, this program strengthens opportunities for historical and cultural preservation.

In addition to cooking up some excitement outside, inside the museum we are working on the development of an innovative Museum Maker Space to interpret heritage technologies as well as the New Mexico of the future. Experiential learning by doing is a way for visitors to better understand the scientific aspects of our state’s heritage. We know there have been many inventions that grew out of a New Mexican’s ideas.

The New Mexico History Museum is open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday. $12 General Admission, $7 NM Residents, Free first Sunday of the month to NM residents, and Wednesdays to NM Seniors with ID. Free to Children 16 and under. Free Friday Evenings for NM residents.

Using dynamic technology including computer interactives, films, oral histories, and more, the New Mexico History Museum gives voice to generations of New Mexicans, inviting visitors to form personal bonds and engaging them in its interwoven storylines.

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