Janet Saiers – Albuquerque History Advocate

Photo of Janet Saiers with AHS Accolade.

Janet Saiers has been recognized with an Albuquerque Historical Society Accolade for her unwavering dedication to preserving and promoting Albuquerque’s rich history through initiatives such as the creation of educational resources, leadership in the Albuquerque Historical Society, innovative community engagement efforts, and facilitation of immersive experiences like the Downtown walking tours. Her enduring legacy is a testament to her passion for Albuquerque’s history and her tireless efforts to promote it.

Janet has been an integral figure in promoting Albuquerque’s rich history. Having lived in Albuquerque since 1955, her contributions are deeply rooted in her decades-long dedication. Her role as a planner with the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department from 1973 to 2002 provided her with a platform to actively engage with the city’s historical landscape.

Post-retirement, Janet continued her commitment to Albuquerque’s heritage by co-chairing the Albuquerque Tricentennial Education Task Force from 2005 to 2006. This initiative resulted in the creation and distribution of the Tricentennial Teacher’s Resource Guide, a comprehensive resource aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of local and state history among students. Her leadership ensured that every public and private school in Albuquerque received these invaluable materials.

Her involvement in various historical societies further underscores her dedication. As President of the Albuquerque Historical Society from 2008 to 2013 and again from 2019 to 2024, and as President of the Historical Society of New Mexico, she championed initiatives to preserve and celebrate our heritage. In recognition of her outstanding service, Janet Saiers was honored with a Historical Society of New Mexico Edgar Lee Hewett Award for service to the public in 2020.

Janet’s innovative approaches, such as the monthly email summarizing historical and cultural events, have been instrumental in engaging the community. Her introduction of the AHS Albuquerque History Accolades Program, which recognizes contributions to our knowledge of Albuquerque’s history, showcases her commitment to celebrating those who actively contribute to the city’s historical narrative. Moreover, her successful grant application in 2012 facilitated the establishment of free walking tours of Downtown Albuquerque. These tours, conducted by trained volunteers, provided residents and visitors alike with immersive experiences in the city’s historic heart, enriching Albuquerque’s cultural landscape. Undoubtedly, her passion for promoting Albuquerque’s history will continue.