The Raton Museum is CLOSING temporarily in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 starting Thursday, March 19th.
We believe that we must do all we can do to ensure the safe and healthy environment for our community which at this time calls for us to minimize gatherings.
We look forward to announcing when we will be able to welcome visitors and programing back to the Museum.
Be SAFE and please follow guidelines as detailed on the CDC website.
Hall of Heroes Exhibit
October 30th – November 15th
OPEN HOUSE: November 9th 11am
Fred Harvey’s Southwest Couriers: “ALL ABOARD!”
October 12, 2019 7:00PM
Grab your walking shoes, cameras, and a hat as we bump along the old dirt roads to take a detour of the grand southwest !!
A New breed of courageous, intelligent, and hard-working women traveled west from the 1880’s as Harvey Girls, and then as Southwestern Detour Couriersfrom the 1920’s through the great depression. The railroads and the Fred Harvey system encouraged these young unmarried girls to head west to work for him, and become a part of the Southwestern landscape. The college-educated Detour Couriers, or Tour Guides, were a major part of the travel industry enlightening travelers about the history, and unique beauty of the entire southwest. Along with young men who drove the touring cars, and buses, these women took willing passengers off the railroads and from the Fred Harvey Hotels to the ancient Indian Pueblos, National Parks, and other places of interest. They were the “walking-talking billboards” for the history, beauty and opportunities of the then little known southwest.
Performance by: Vanann Moore
Funding in Part by: The N.M. Humanities Council, City of Raton Lodgers Tax and The Raton Museum
Raton Museum Hosts
Retreat House Quilters Exhibit
The Raton Museum Gallery will dawn handmade textiles crafted by a group of local artisans.
April 3, – April 27, 2019
An Open House will be held Saturday, April 6th 1:00 – 4:00 pm
The Raton Museum invites you to attend an afternoon of Christmas joy, fellowship and remembrance. It is the time of year for us to say thank you to each and every one of you for your continued support in preserving our history.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Raton Museum is pleased to offer an exhibit of photographs from the Robert Campbell Collection. Reflecting Raton at Christmas time in the 1930s. Trees and Toys will also fill the Gallery. Raton Lights will be on exhibit
December 5, 2018 thru January 12, 2019
Winter Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10-4
Presented by: Fred Friedman – NM Railroad Historian, Member of Historical Society of NM Speakers Bureau.
The Raton Museum – August 4, 2018 4:00PM
Railroads were the Space Program of the 1800’s and communities like Raton, Clayton, Cimarron, Las Vegas and others were linked together by steel rails, thousands of miles long and four and one-half feet wide.
The Raton Museum and the Raton Chamber will be hosting a reception on Saturday, July 28th from 2-4pm at the Raton Museum,108 South Second St. The Museum will feature an exhibit of images by photographer Robert L. Campbell.
Reflecting on the journey of this historic collection will be….
• Raton Museum Curator – Roger J Sanchez
• Grand Son – Bob Campbell
Grand Daughters- Mary Jane Klein & Nancy Kaye Boatwright and other Campbell family members
• Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Representatives
• NM Magazine Representatives
Paraphrasing NM Magazine CEO Carolyn Graham ….
Campbell captured the essence of his hometown and more than a century later his work ignited the curiosity of an entire region.
You won’t want to miss this developing story!
Chautauqua presentation by Steve Cormier at The Raton Museum
Friday May 11, 2018 at 6 pm
Music From the Ranch and the Open Range
Steve Cormier earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, with a dissertation on twentieth century New Mexico ranching. He has published chapters on ranching in two books, “Essays in Twentieth Century New Mexico History”(UNM Press) and “The Multicultural Southwest” (University of Arizona Press). From 1979 to 1988, he worked on ranches and farms in the Flint Hills of Kansas and around Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner, NM. His music derives from that experience. He also has played supporting roles in numerous television shows and films, including “Breaking Bad,” “Gunsmoke” and “Wyatt Earp.” He has recorded several albums.
Cowboy music has evolved from the open range and ranch employees who worked and rode after cattle during the late 19th and early to mid 20th century. These include songs written by ranch hands about horses, cattle and lost love. Others add death and the devil to the story. But all have in common the expression of what ranch and farm work was like during this time. Steve Cormier performs these and also songs he has written, reflecting his years as a ranch and farm hand.
This event is presented with the Assistance of the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. There is no charge for this event.
The Raton Museum is located at 108 South Second Street, Raton, NM 87740
For more information please call 575-445-8979
Admission Fee $3.00
Month of December 2017
Hours: Wed – Sat 10:am – 4:pm
The Raton Museum is offering you a discounted rate for admission during the month of December. With the hustle & bustle of the season we invite everyone to stop by.
Relax, Reflect, and Make Moments Matter.
Memories you make will be with you and your loved ones forever.
Wishing you old fashioned pleasures, happy memories and all the joys of the season.
October 18 – November 15
FREE ADMISSION for Veterans and Active Duty
The Raton Museum invites you to Honor our American Heroes
The annual display of Hall of Heroes is now open and will remain open through November 15, 2017 located in the Upstairs Gallery of the Raton Museum; in Raton’s historic district; 108 South Second St., Raton, New Mexico
All Active Duty personnel and Veterans will be admitted FREE of CHARGE during the exhibit run.
Open House – Reception to be held on
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Please join us in Honoring our Heroes
“A STICH IN TIME” Hosted by The Raton Museum and The Willow Springs Quilt Guild is on display now at The Raton Museum.
Wednesday – Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm Upstairs Gallery
Join us for HI TEA February 11, 2017 at 3:00pm
Hats and Gloves optional…but wouldn’t it be fun to flaunt them!
The Bill of Rights and You
Raton,New Mexico…On January 11,2017, the Raton Museum will host a new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution. This exhibit runs through March 4,2017.
The Bill of Rights and You co-curator Jennifer Johnson states:
“The Bill of Rights represents the Founder’s vision that it would be the people, through votes, that could change the Constitution with enough consensus. And when the people desired a Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments were added to our governing charter.”
Educational activities and resources are available for schools and organizations that are interested in coordinating study plans with this exhibition. Contact the Raton Museum to schedule your trip. The Raton Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm Phone # 575-445-8979, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.theratonmuseum.org.
The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.
This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
The Raton Museum is pleased to offer another installment of FACEs and PLACEs this exhibit includes photographs from the “Robert Campbell Collection”; and the “Raton Public Service Co. Collection”. Christmas cards, ornaments and toys from the Raton Museum collection will be also be on display.
Christmas Memories will be on exhibit in our Gallery December 7, 2016 – January 7,2017
Winter Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10-4
We are taking this opportunity to thank the many volunteers that have given of their time in support of our organization. To the artists, individuals, museums and organizations that have partnered with us to bring interesting programming to our patrons.
Because of your membership, contributions, and dedicated volunteerism; the rich history, culture and exciting past of our area is being told, preserved and honored.
A special acknowledgment to former Trustees . Terry Bumpass and Rhonda Taillon for their years of service, dedication and commitment to preserving our history.
The Raton Museum Presents
ERNIE PYLE – Bringing The World To America’s Doorstep
A Performance By
Baldwin G. Burr
Ernie Pyle was an American journalist known for his columns written as a roving correspondent both before and during World War II. He reported from Europe and the Pacific, and was killed in 1945 on the Japanese Island of Ie Shima. Ernie pioneered the “On the Road” style of narrative journalism, and journeyed around the world specializing in telling the stories of everyday folks. Ernie Pyle especially loved the southwestern United States, and lived briefly in Albuquerque, in the only house he and his wife Jerry ever owned. The house became the first branch of the Albuquerque Public Library, and is still in use today. This performance reviews Ernie’s career as a journalist and his role in informing those on the WWII home front about the life of the common soldier.
The setting for this performance is the South Pacific island of Ie Shima, part of the Okinawa chain of islands. It is mid-morning on Wednesday, April 18, 1945. Correspondent Ernie Pyle is in a tent, awaiting the arrival of a jeep that will take him and the commanding officer of the unit he is covering to the front to observe troop movements.
At the end of the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to join Dame Vera Lynn in singing the iconic World War II song “We’ll Meet Again”.
The Raton Museum is hosting a presentation by: Frank Ferri
LIFE IN MORLEY
Friday, October 7, 2016