The Albuquerque Historical Society (AHS) is a non-profit, membership organization of residents interested in promoting and preserving all matters relating to the history of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the surrounding communities. Founded in 1947 as the Old Town Historical Society, it originally focused on efforts to preserve the historic character of Old Town Albuquerque. Currently, AHS sponsors a series of monthly Programs and provides Educators with teacher resource guides. We also maintain a Speakers Bureau for primary and secondary schools, host a repository of Source Documents for education and research and honor individuals or group with Albuquerque History Accolades. To learn more about us visit our About page.

Become a Member of the Albuquerque Historical Society

Albuquerque Historical Society ShieldWe welcome new members of all ages. It is not necessary to be a historian or have prior knowledge of Albuquerque or New Mexico history. Members receive advance notice via e-mail about forthcoming events sponsored by the AHS, and other societies interested in history, plus opportunities to participate in community and educational outreach activities. To become a member or to renew your current membership, visit our AHS Membership page.

June 2024 AHS Program – “Maisel’s Murals”

Book cover of The Maisel's Murals, 1939.On Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 2 pm, Archaeologist and Historian Paul Secord will present a program on the history of the murals painted at Maisel’s Indian Trading Post on Route 66 in downtown Albuquerque. This talk is based on Secord’s books on Maisel’s Murals and will include slides with accompanying descriptions as a PowerPoint presentation. The program will be held at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town. Parking is free in the lot south of the Museum. Admission to the Museum and the AHS program is also free. Read More.

June 2024 New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities

There are many opportunities to participate in local and statewide history and cultural programs this month. View the June 2024 New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities web page compiled as a volunteer effort by Janet Saiers.

Past AHS Presentations Available for Online Viewing

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The Albuquerque Historical Society maintains videos of scheduled program presentations. The video presentations are permanently available on the AHS YouTube Channel, as well as embedded in the appropriate AHS Program pages. To see a list of AHS program videos, visit our AHS Program Videos page.

Susan Drake-Schwartz – Fairview Cemetery Historian

Photo of Susan Drake-SchwartzSusan Drake-Schwartz has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society with an Albuquerque History Accolade for her dedication to preserving and sharing the rich history of the Historic Fairview Cemetery. Through her tireless efforts researching, documenting, and disseminating the stories of those laid to rest, she has not only enriched the community’s understanding of its past but also provided solace and connection to countless families. Her passion, expertise, and outreach continue to give life to silent cemetery narratives, ensuring their legacy endures for generations to come. Read More.

AHS Member Participation Opportunity

The Albuquerque Historical Society often receives questions from people about Albuquerque history in general or as it relates to their personal lives. AHS volunteers reply to these questions with answers or referrals to other individuals and organizations that may have answers. AHS is inviting its members to help reply to such questions if they choose. If you are a member of AHS and would like to volunteer to help respond to AHS website inquiries, see our Member Participation on AHS Website Inquiries page.