Mixed Me­dia Fad­ing Mem­o­ries: Echoes of the Civil War at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum

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In 1862 New Mex­ico was decades away from in­cor­po­ra­tion into the Union but, as a U.S. Ter­ri­tory, it was in a strate­gic po­si­tion for Con­fed­er­ate forces seek­ing to cross it en route to Cal­i­for­nia in a plot to seize sea­ports and gold­fields. The plan failed, but not be­fore bat­tles were fought in Me­silla, Valverde, and Glo­ri­eta — which has been called “the Get­tys­burg of the West.” More than 350 Union and Con­fed­er­ate sol­diers lost their lives at the Battle of Glo­ri­eta. Con­fed­er­ate forces had to retreat from the re­gion when their sup­ply train was sab­o­taged. The New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave., 505-476-5200) hon­ors New Mex­ico’s role dur­ing the Civil War in the ex­hi­bi­tion Fad­ing Mem­o­ries: Echoes of the Civil War in its mez­za­nine gallery. The show in­cludes his­toric pho­to­graphs of sol­diers and their fam­i­lies, lith­o­graphs de­pict­ing Civil War bat­tles, and other art­work. Among the ob­jects fea­tured is a tat­tered flag from the battle.

Fad­ing Mem­o­ries opens at 5 p.m. on Fri­day, May 1, with a free re­cep­tion. En­trance to the ex­hibit is by mu­seum ad­mis­sion; the show hangs through Feb. 26, 2016, with as­so­ci­ated events oc­cur­ring through­out the year. The first is film edi­tor Paul Barnes’ ex­am­i­na­tion of Ken Burns’ 1990 doc­u­men­tary se­ries, The Civil War, at 6 p.m. on Fri­day, May 8, at the Lensic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.). Barnes shows clips from the se­ries and dis­cusses ef­forts to re­mas­ter it for a new au­di­ence. The event is free, with a $10 sug­gested do­na­tion. At 2 p.m. on June 7, New Mex­ico State Uni­ver­sity his­tory pro­fes­sor Dwight Pit­caith­ley lec­tures on “The Civil War Re­mem­bered: Slav­ery and Ter­ri­tory of New Mex­ico.” The talk, at the His­tory Mu­seum, is free with ad­mis­sion. Ex­cerpts from the opera Cold Moun­tain by Pulitzer Prize-win­ning com­poser Jen­nifer Hig­don will be per­formed in the mu­seum’s au­di­to­rium on July 26 at 4 p.m. The work, which was adapted from Charles Fra­zier’s novel of the same name, has its world pre­miere this sea­son at Santa Fe Opera. Tick­ets are $15 in ad­vance (call 505-986-5900) and $20 at the door. For a com­plete list of events re­lated to Fad­ing Mem­o­ries, visit www.nmhis­to­ry­mu­seum.org.

— Michael Abatemarco

Artist un­known: The Fort Pil­low Massacre (de­tail), 1892, litho­graph; top, a 34-star Union flag, 1861

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