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Events & Activities 2018
The following Events and Hands-on Activities are free, unless otherwise noted, although a $5 donation is suggested to support museum activities. Weather permitting, hands-on activities may take place in the Silver City Museum Courtyard, so please dress accordingly. Materials for hands-on activities are provided.

THE CASTA SYSTEM IN NEW SPAIN AND NEW MEXICO
Lecture by Dr. Rick Hendricks
Saturday, June 21, noon - 1:00 pm - Lecture funded by the Historical Society of New Mexico.
Dr. Rick Hendricks will deliver a presentation on the tradition of the Casta system and imagery in Colonial New Spain and New Mexico. The Casta system labeled individuals by their ethnic mixture of Spanish, indigenous, and/or African parentage. Dr. Rick Hendricks is the New Mexico State Historian. ☛ Exhibit information

35th Annual ICE CREAM SOCIAL & CAKE WALK
Wednesday, July 4, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Free and open to the public, please join us for the fun, celebrate the 4th and be part of the Cake Walk! Live music will entertain guests on the shady lawn of our courtyard, including mariachi singer Angelica Padilla, beloved fiddling duo Bayou Seco, guitarist Danny Cordova, and of course the Concert Band of the Southwest will take us out for the grand finale!

July 4th visitors will be offered ice cream, root beer floats, popcorn, and soda. This year, Brazzas Grill will also offer three kinds of hot dogs: Sonoran, Hawaiian, and New Mexican. Children will be amused with old-fashioned games and crafts, including Bubblemania, hoop rolling, sack races, clothespin drop, and more. Folks of all ages look forward to our annual Cake Walk - for some, the central attraction of the Ice Cream Social. Each year the Museum bestows many donated cakes in this traditional, musical-chairs-like game of chance where the winner "takes the cake."

This year, extra attention will be paid to costuming and historical Cakewalk music. Visitors will feel truly transported! ☛ Read More!

CLAY FEST PROGRAMS - SATURDAY, JULY 21

MATA ORTIZ MASTER ARTIST, ORALIA LOPEZ
Demonstration: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
MATA ORTIZ POTTERY PRESENTATION, DR. JOHN BEZY
Presentation: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
HANDS-ON FUN - MAKE A CLAY MASTERPIECE
Whole Family Fun: 1:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Hosted by the Silver City Museum Society at 302 W. Broadway in the Museum Annex, artist Oralia Lopez will demonstrate her intricate technique for painting pottery.

Dr. John Bezy will give a presentation about the prehistoric roots of modern Mata Ortiz ceramics. Mata Ortiz pots will be available for purchase during Oralia's painting demonstration. The Silver City Museum Society Store offers a large selection of Mata Ortiz pottery and books. All sale proceeds benefit the Museum.

SALT OF THE EARTH RECOVERY PROJECT
Saturday, July 28, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Did you or your family take part in the Empire Zinc Mine Strike? Bring your memories, photos, and objects from the time and the Project's staff will help you draft, digitize and upload our stories to become part of the Recovery!