The Albuquerque Historical Society Accolades Program recognizes the contributions of individuals, businesses, groups, and public or private institutions whose efforts bring awareness to and/or contribute to our knowledge of the broad patterns of Albuquerque’s history; with an emphasis on recently occurring commemorative events. The criteria for receiving an AHS Accolade is broad and includes, but not limited to, recognizing institutions or groups that sponsor events to celebrate or raise awareness of Albuquerque history and individuals who raise awareness of Albuquerque history through talks, lectures, or other actions.
Suggestions for an Accolade may be made by anyone with an interest in Albuquerque history. The suggestion will be distributed to the Accolades Program Committee who will review and consider it. To submit a suggestion for an Accolade, complete the AHS Accolade Suggestion Form and submit it. You will be contacted if the suggestion is accepted.
If you are a member of the Albuquerque Historical Society and would like to serve on the Accolades Program Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHS Accolades Awarded:
(December 13, 2023) The New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society with an Albuquerque History Accolade for their efforts to enrich public knowledge of Albuquerque’s history through the restoration of the Santa Fe 2926 steam locomotive. The 2926 holds immense historical value, having servedRead More (March 19, 2023) Diane Schaller has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society with an Albuquerque History Accolade for her efforts to preserve the business history of Albuquerque, save many photographs and documents related to local history, help train volunteers to lead AHS walking tours encourage others to help research and save local history. SchallerRead More (December 16, 2022) Jill Hartke has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society with an Albuquerque History Accolade for her efforts to enrich public knowledge of Albuquerque’s history through traditional and innovative approaches to providing meaningful public access to the Albuquerque Museum’s digital archives. Jill has been Digital Archivist at the Albuquerque Museum Photo Archives since 2018. In thatRead More (July 13, 2021) Leba Freed has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society with an Albuquerque History Accolade for her efforts over two decades to preserve Albuquerque’s historic railyards and for creating a museum that honors the nation’s history of transportation. Leba Freed’s family is one of the mainstay families in Albuquerque’s history. HerRead More (November 19, 2020) Investigative Journalist Elaine D. Briseño has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society for an Albuquerque History Accolade. She has objectively worked towards uncovering the hidden truths and facts about some of Albuquerque’s little known history. Elaine has demonstrated that she possesses the knowledge, patience and persistence to find the factsRead More (September 9, 2019) Albuquerque historian and author, Mo Palmer, has been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade for researching and presenting Albuquerque history to broad audiences in a straightforward and relevant manner. If you are interested in Albuquerque’s history, it’s difficult not to have heard of Mo Palmer. She’s been around lending herRead More (July 8, 2019) If you are interested in learning about and researching Albuquerque’s history, where should you go? The answer is the library and, more specifically, Special Collections Library at the corner of Edith and Central. This 1925 building at 423 Central NE was initially the city’s main library is historical itself. ItRead More (June 25, 2019) Ed Boles has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society for an Albuquerque History Accolade. Edgar “Ed” Boles began his long career by working with various architectural firms in Kansas and New Mexico after getting his Bachelor’s of Environmental Design from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design.Read More (June 3, 2019) Nancy Tucker has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society for an Albuquerque History Accolade. She is affectionately known by her friends and admirers as the “postcard lady” for her rigorous collecting of Albuquerque-related postcards. But her collecting does not stop there. She’s constantly on the electronic hunt for aRead More (January 30, 2019) Deborah C. Slaney is recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society for an Albuquerque History Accolade for her outstanding service as Curator of History with the Albuquerque Museum as well as her lifelong contributions to the research and better understanding of Albuquerque history. In addition to curating numerous museum exhibits, Deb directed theRead More (January 24, 2019) Albuquerque historian and author, John L. Deuble Jr., has been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade for researching and presenting the history of the early years of Albuquerque airports and the development of the Army air base and the air base’s missions before and after the United States’ entry intoRead More (August 17, 2018) James & John Hoffsis Provide Opportunities for Local Authors to Discuss Their History Writings John Hoffsis, the owner of Treasure House Books & Gifts located adjacent to Albuquerque’s Old Town plaza, together with the store’s original owner, his father James Hoffsis, have offered encouragement and opportunities for local history authors. OriginallyRead More (April 10, 2018) Albuquerque native and historian, Alan Carlson, has been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade for researching the history of local auto racing, creating a collection of documents and photos for presentation and preservation. His love of the sport began as a youngster when he attended auto races with his parents.Read More (January 3, 2018) The Lobo Wing of the Commemorative Air Force has been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade for preserving a piece of Albuquerque history. They are in the process of restoring a 1941 Army Air Force AT-11 twin engine trainer that was used to train Bombardiers in Albuquerque during WWII. The plane being restoredRead More (December 20, 2017) Jared Tarbell, a developer and visual artist who co-founded Etsy, and his wife Laurie Tarbell, an architect focused on ecological design, have been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade. They recently held a birthday party for the 100 year-old historic Occidental Life Building in downtown Albuquerque. The couple purchased the building inRead More (November 26, 2017) Clayton and Susie Moore, the current stewards of the Historic Yott Family home in the North Valley, have been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade. They have taken their stewardship seriously. Clayton said he has no intention of selling the family property and plans to make repairs. “I didn’t want to the be theRead More (November 17, 2017) Ann Carson, a longtime resident of the Huning Highlands Historic District neighborhood has been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade. She has spent decades archiving the community’s history. Carson’s relationship with the Albuquerque Museum also goes back decades. She currently is the chair of the Museum’s History Advisory Committee that overseesRead More