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Events & Activities — MARCH 2017

Brown Bag: Minnie Guenther:
Young Midwestern Woman Makes Her Home with the Wild Apaches
Saturday, March 11, 12 Noon - 1:00 pm
in the Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway
Co-sponsored by the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society and in support of Women's History Month. Carol Sletten will discuss the involvement of the Church in Native American affairs, followed by a performance of Minnie Guenther from her point of view. At 20 years of age, Minnie left her comfortable Wisconsin home to marry a missionary and head for the wilds of Arizona. She lived on the Fort Apache Reservation for 61 years.

Presenter: Carol Sletten is a writer, illustrator, and speaker whose work reflects her fascination with the history, landscapes, and people of the American West. She is co-author and illustrator of the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, Story of the American West - Legends of Arizona and author of Three Strong Western Women. She recently received a DAR Women in the Arts Recognition Award, was a finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Contest, and was chosen be one of the twelve 2017 Petrified Forest National Park's Artists-In-Residence. She lives and works in a cabin surrounded by forest a mile from the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona's White Mountains.

Spring Break Victorian Craft Classes
March 14 - 17, 10:00 am 12 Noon
in the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway
The Silver City Museum will offer a series of craft classes during the public schools' spring break from 10 am to 12 noon, Tuesday through Friday, March 14-17, 2017. These classes will feature a Victorian theme. Pending good weather, classes will be held outside in the Museum Courtyard. If the weather is rainy or cold, the classes will be moved inside to the Museum. Classes will cater to elementary ages and up. The class schedule will be as follows:
  • March 14: Quilting, featuring the Southwest NM Quilters Guild
  • March 15: Tea Dyeing
  • March 16: Victorian Toys (Painting marbles and making a spinning top)
  • March 17: Making a Silhouette
For the Craft Class series, there will be a $5 fee / class / person. Register in advance to ensure your place. Walk-ins will be welcome, space permitting. During each class from March 14-17, there will be a drawing to win an item from the Museum Gift Store and the opportunity to win one of three $25 shopping sprees for the Gift Store.

Silver City Museum Grand Re-Opening
Saturday, March 18, All day
at the Museum, 312 W. Broadway
Come to the Silver City Museum for our Grand Re-Opening all day with children's activities from 1 to 2 pm to creating your own decoupage boxes in our new education room. Music will be played, and the drawing for the three $25 shopping sprees will be announced at 2 pm.

Brown Bag:
NDE: A Matriarchal Culture of Peace and Harmony
Thursday, April 6, 12 Noon - 1:00 pm
in the Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway
Join us for the third talk in a series of programs in support of the Museum's exhibition Stories of Southwestern New Mexico Women. This talk is co-sponsored by the Western Institute of Lifelong Learning. And a great thank you to the Chiricahua Apache NDE Nation, Red Paint Tribal Council/Red Paint Powwow, Wolf Horse Outfitters, and the Elders Conference. The four bands of the NDE, commonly referred to as Chiricahua Apache, are:
  • Tci-He-Nde (Red Paint/Warm Spring's Apache)
  • Bi-Dan-Ku (Running Water Mud)
  • Tsoka-Ne-Nde (Toes Up Turned)
  • Nde-Nda-I (Surrounds the Enemy)
All have traded, intermarried, migrated, visited, celebrated with each other.... From the far extents of Nde-Benai (Apacheria), the culture, its people and land were revered, protected, and jealously guarded, and still are today. As descendants, we have a responsibility. We look to the elders and women to guide.

Presenters: Francesca Veltri and Gloria Beltran of the Chiricahua Apache and Joe Saenz of the Warm Spring's Apache/Huichol will discuss the matriarchal culture of Apache women.