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Events & Activities - 2019
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.



EMPIRE ZINC STRIKE PANEL DISCUSSION
Thursday, September 19, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway
Join families of strike participants Frances Gonzales and Larry Flores, as well as author and researcher Raymond Caballero, to remember the famous events of the Silver City Local 890 zinc miners' strike of 1950. This strike was a landmark action against racial discrimination and labor abuses, in which women played a defining role. The strike took place right here in Santa Rita against the backdrop of McCarthy's red scare, the topic of Caballero's new book about the strike which will be available for sale. These events were made into blacklisted movie Salt of the Earth.



SALT OF THE EARTH OUTDOOR VIEWING AND PICNIC
Friday, September 20, 7:00 pm
Museum Courtyard, 312 W. Broadway
Bring your blankets, chairs, and picnic baskets to watch the film Salt of the Earth, a 1954 film depicting the Empire Zinc strike. It was co-directed by Michael Wilson (Lawrence of Arabia), along with subversive Hollywood notables Herbert Biberman, Paul Jerrico, and Will Geer. Many of the strike participants also starred in the movie, including which came out only two years after the events it depicted. The Library of Congress has selected Salt of the Earth as one of 100 films to be preserved for posterity. We invite all those inclined to stay afterward and share reactions to the movie. Popcorn will be served.

WHAT'S A WATERSHED
Friday, September 21, 4:00 - 10:00 pm
Gough Park
Participants of all ages are invited to join us at the Gila River Extravaganza in Gough Park for hands-on educational activities and a journey through time as we examine what a water shed is, how it impacts our lives, and the importance of conservation. Children will be walked through building and experimenting with their own model watershed and adults can explore records and causes of the catastrophic flooding that destroyed what was once Main Street.

ALDO LEOPOLD AND THE CONSERVATION HISTORY OF THE GILA WITH STEPHEN FOX & SIMON SOTELO
Saturday, October 5, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway
Local historian and author Stephen Fox will relate the life and accomplishments of fascinating figure Aldo Leopold: a far-thinking conservationist, writer, and founder of the Gila Wilderness (later to have the Aldo Leopold Wilderness named after him as well). Mr. Fox will trace the journey to conserve this piece of land from Aldo Leopold's inventing the concept through Interior Secretary Udall's passage of landmark legislation to defend it. New Mexico Wild's Simon Sotelo will extend the story of public land preservation through the present.



BLOCK PRINTING AND TYPOGRAPHY 101
Saturday, October 12
Print Fiesta, Downtown Marketplace
Children and families will be shown how to use block printing to design and create their own cards using child-friendly Styrofoam blocks. Older participants can learn some basics of typography and typefaces, including facts on and how to hand draw the same letterforms that were once cranked out on our town's oldest presses. Participants will be invited to test their new skills by making decorative cards with their own initials.

ARTE CHICANO EXHIBIT OPENING
Saturday, October 12, Time TBA
Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway
Join us to celebrate the opening of the Arte Chicano Exhibit. The Museum is proud to be hosting the Arte Chicano Exhibit featuring work by local artists Simon Sotelo, Atziri Apodaca, and Michelle Candelaria and will run until December 8th.

THE MAKING AND MEANING OF AN OFRENDA WITH CHICKIE BELTRAN AND NENA BENAVIDEZ
Saturday, October 19, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway
Margaret "Chickie" Beltran, a noted folk artist and community healer, will be speaking about the history and tradition of Ofrendas while offering a demonstration on how one is made. Afterwards, her apprentice, fellow healer, and psychic medium Nena Benavidez will speak about the museum's ofrenda and this year's honoree, Johnny Banks.


THE MUSEUM DECORATES OFRENDA FLOATS
Sunday, October 27, 12:30 - 6:00 pm
Market Street, Downtown Silver City
Participants of all ages can help the museum make Day of the Dead ornaments such as sugar skulls, papel picado, and paper marigolds. The decorations will then be used to adorn a float in the Dia de los Muertos procession on November 7th.




OFRENDA BLESSING AND MUSIC; SCREENING OF DISNEY'S COCO
Saturday, November 2, Ofrend blessing 4:00; Coco Screening 5:30 pm
Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway
The traditional Silver City Dia de los Muertos procession between community ofrendas will culminate in an honoring of our very own ofrenda here at the Museum, an alter for beloved local friend-to-all Johnny Banks. Mariachi singer Angelica Padilla will entertain guests as they partake of champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate), pan de muerte, and have their faces painted. As the sun begins to set, guests will settle in to watch Coco, a magical Disney/Pixar story of music, memory, and the land of the dead. Bring chairs, blankets, and whatever you need to keep comfortable on a crisp fall evening.



LYONS-CAMPBELL RANCH WITH ALEX OCHELTREE
Thursday, November 14, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway
The Lyons-Campbell Ranch was at its peak a one-million acre ranch owned by Englishmen Tom Lyons and Scottish prospector Angus Campbell. They created an empire that was one of the truly great ranches of the West until the still-unsolved murder or Tom Lyons in 1917, after which the ranch become an ice factory, a utopian commune for Great Depression refugees, and was finally was purchased by opera-singing collectors who have spent several generations restoring the LC Ranch to its former glory and beyond. Attendees of this lecture will get a pass to tour the newly renovated LC Ranch for only $10 (normally $15).