April 2024 NM History & Culture Opportunities

The Albuquerque Historical Society & the Historical Society of NM

Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:


APRIL 21, 2 PM, ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM.  Sue Turner presents:  History of the New Mexico Telephone Museum and Telephones over time in New Mexico, Free parking & Free admission to the ABQ Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org.

APRIL 20, 12 noon – 4pm, parade to Old Town Plaza at 1 pm, free. ALBUQUERQUE FOUNDERS DAY (1706) EVENTS AT OLD TOWN include music and dance, vendors.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW MEXICO. New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. Read about it, https://newmexicohistory.org/nm-journey-to-become-a-state/. Visit – NewMexicoHistory.org to view thousands of entries: photos, videos, podcasts, Timelines for the five periods of NM History & More! The New Mexico State Historian Rob Martinez can be reached at 505-476-7911.

SOLAR ECLIPSE, MUSIC, ART PROJECTS, GAMES, GARDENING, CONCERTS, CAREER EXPLORATION, COMPUTER TRAINING, COOKING, & MORE – ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES AT THE BRANCHES OF THE ABC LIBRARY SYSTEM, Go to abqlibrary.org to review listing by location, days and times! Be sure to look for all kinds of free family & children’s activities.


Randall Davey Audubon Center and sanctuary, 1800 Upper Canyon Rd. in Santa Fe. Tour the gardens and historic Randall Davey house. Fridays @ 2 pm are docent led house tours, $5. More info at RandallDavey.audubon.org. Mon. – Sat., 8am-4pm.

APRIL 1-5 SPRING BREAK for students of Albuquerque Public Schools.

APRIL 2, 10:30 am, free. AGS Military Research Group, author Scott Hibbard discusses the Mormon Battalion in New Mexico. 2nd floor of Main Library, 5th & Copper. Free 2 hour parking across street in City lot. AbqGen.org for more info. Contact stubucks@gmail.com.

APRIL 3, 12 noon-1:15 pm, free Lessons from the Land Grant Struggle. Panel includes Rio Arriba County Commissioner Moises Morales, community activist Henri Esquibel and Maria Varela. UNM Dane Smith Hall Room 120. Sponsored by the UNM SW Hispanic Research Institute.

APRIL 3, Free admission to the Museum of Albuquerque first Wednesday. cabq.gov.

APRIL 3, 12 noon, free, virtual. Dr. Thomas E. Chavez speaks on Onate and Villagra, 1598 in New Mexico, sponsored by the NM History Museum Friends of History. Go to the website FriendsofHistoryNM.org/lecture-series/ to watch this and the past lectures on their YouTube channel.

APRIL 4/5, 11 am, $2. National Hispanic Cultural Center, tour of Torreon. nhccnm.org

APRIL 4, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, $25. Bosque Education Guide workshop, fee provides curriculum & binder and all day training to teach this for grades K-12. (Bring your own lunch). More info at nmnaturalhistory.org/events or call Karen at the Rio Grande Nature Center, 344-7240. Workshop at Valle de Oro Refuge, 7851 2nd St. SW.

APRIL 5, 10am-12 noon, free but you must register at play.gov. Tijeras BioZone guided hike, one mile. Meet at 15600 Central SESponsored by COA Open Space Div. contact egrisham@cabq.gov or 768-4959 for more info.

APRIL 5, 5-8 pm, free. ALBUQUERQUE ARTS CRAWL, artscrawlabq.orgVarious art galleries, meet and visit with artists in person.

APRIL 5, 5-9 pm, free. Albuquerque Art Walk downtown Central between 1st & 8th St. Stores & restaurants open, various vendors, food trucks.

APRIL 6, 2 pm, free. Dr. Deborah Ragland speaks about The Geology of Taos County. Ragland is adjunct instructor of geology at UNM Taos. Taos County Historical Society.  More info at TaosCountyHistoricalSociety.org. Monthly programs at Kit Carson Electric Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Rd.

APRIL 6, 2-3 pm, free. Sandia Mountain Dulcimers perform and explain about this unique instrument. Tony Hillerman Library, 8205 Apache NE near Wyoming & Menaul.

APRIL 6 & 13, 11am-4 pm, $10 donation. Basket making workshop with reed and raffia. Manzano Mountain Art Council, 101 Broadway, Mountainair, NM. ManzanoMountainArtCouncil.org. 505-847-5068.

APRIL 6, 9 am. Come help clean up Historic Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale SE. Wear hard soled shoes and bring your own tools. Garbage bags provided. The cemetery is open dawn to dusk and accessible through the gates of Fairview Memorial Park. www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org or Facebook.com/HistoricFairviewCemetery. “Where the Past meets the Present”.

APRIL 6, 1 pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Spanish in the American Revolution. Presented by Angel Cervantes and the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact angelrcervantes@gmail.com for postal address and to register.

APRIL 6, 1:30-3:30 pm, free. Former state historian Robert J. Torrez reads from and signs copies of “New Mexico’s Wicked City and other True Stories of NM History”. Treasure House Books, 2012 South Plaza St. NW Old Town.

APRIL 6, 3-5 pm, free. Movie day, Hang ‘Em High with Clint Eastwood (partially filmed in Las Cruces & White Sands). Special Collections Library 423 Central NE. Watch for parking restrictions.

APRIL 6, 2 pm, free. Judy Avila speaks about Chester Nez: WW II Navajo Code Talker. Cibola County Historical Society Museum, 525 West High St., Grants, NM. Facebook, Cibola County Historical Museum.

APRIL 6/7, 12 noon, fee. Cultural dances, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. indianpueblo.org.

APRIL 7, 2pm, free. learn about the origins of the Village of Placitas community library: a retrospective 1958-1981 presented by Kendra Lucero Matteucci, Jillian Gonzales and Dirk Van Hart. Placitas Library. 453 NM Hwy 165. More info at PlacitasLibrary.com.

APRIL 7, 8 am, free. Bosque Wild Guided Hike (2 miles, leave pets at home). Check in at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. RSVP 768-4950.

APRIL 7, free 1st Sunday admission to the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum. 1701 4th St. SW at Bridge.

APRIL 7, 3 pm, free. The Albuquerque Concert Band performs at Eldorado High School’s performing arts center, Montgomery & Juan Tabo NE.

APRIL 7, 14, 21, 28. Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum. Go to cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum.

APRIL 8, 11:45 am, free. Albuquerque Press Women & Friends. The National Civics Bee, a program teaching mid school students about Civics. Come hear Rob Black, president CEO of the NM Chamber of Commerce. Black has 25 years of leadership in public policy, advocacy and economic development. In-person at Weck’s Restaurant, 7301 Paseo del Norte NE.  (You may purchase food/beverage.) More info from lockettabq@comcast.net. Sponsored by Albuquerque Press Women and Friends.

APRIL 8, fee. Solar Eclipse activities from 10am-2pm at the Natural History Museum,1801 Mountain Rd. NWMore info at nmnaturalhistory.org.

APRIL 9, Observance of the Fall of Bataan in 1942 which involved the NM National Guard of the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery. Many New Mexicans were in the “Bataan Death March” in WW II.

APRIL 9 & 11, 1:15-3 pm, free. Grad students doing research at the Center for SW Research present their research in the Waters Room at UNM Zimmerman Library. Many interesting topics More info at library.unm.edu.

APRIL 9, 3:30-5 pm, free. Repatriation in Context: A Chat about Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA, presented by Ash Boydston Schmidt, NAGPRA Coordinator of the Maxwell Museum. Hibben Center for Archaeological Research, Room 105.

APRIL 9, 6:30 pm, free but donations accepted. Hybridity in Colonial NM: Questioning contact and Community in Comanche Springs, presented by Isobel Coats, UNM grad student. Sponsored by the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo at the Sandia Ranger Station, just off I-40 in Tijeras. More information at FriendsofTijerasPueblo.org.

APRIL 10, 7pm, Hampton Sides presents The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact and the Fateful Voyage of Capt. James Cook. Fundraiser for the ABQ Library Foundation cosponsored by Book Works. Downtown Main Library Auditorium. $40 admit one includes signed book; $45 admits two includes book. Call 344-8139 to buy tickets or go to bkwrks.com.

APRIL 11/12, 11 am, $2. National Hispanic Cultural Center, tour of Torreon. nhccnm.org.

APRIL 11, 1:15-3 pm, free. Grad students doing research at the Center for SW Research present their research in the Waters Room at UNM Zimmerman Library. Many interesting topics. More info at library.unm.edu.

APRIL 11, 4 pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The California Gold Rush. Presented by Angel Cervantes and the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact angelrcervantes@gmail.com for postal address and to register.

APRIL 12, 6-9 pm, fee. Discovery after Dark: Adult STEM Night at the Museum of Nuclear Science and History. Buy tickets and more info at NuclearMuseum.org.

APRIL 12 & 13, $50 both days, $25 one day. The New Deal: Inspiration & Hope. Various speakers and displays; includes lunch. Santa Fe Women’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail. Register and more info at nndpa.org/conf.

APRIL 12/13, 10am-5pm, $10. Fiber Arts Fiesta 2024 Includes exhibits, vendors, classes of quilters, dropped stitch, lace makers, spinners, textile artists, crochet and more. www.abqfiberartscouncil.org. ExpoNM Manuel Lujan building.

APRIL 13, 8am, free. Farmer’s Market at Robinson Park, 8th & Central opens for the spring/summer.

APRIL 13, 1 pm, free. Folklorist & author Nasario Garcia speaks about Tales of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in NM. Casa San Ysidro, Old Church Rd., Corrales. Contact Aaron Gardner for more info. agardner@cabq.gov, 898-3915.

APRIL 13, 10:30 am, free. Michael Henry Perlin presents Albuquerque’s Butchers, Bakers and Candlestick Makers-pioneers of retailing in ABQ. Special Collection Library, 423 Central NEWatch for parking restrictions.

APRIL 13, 11am-12 noon, free. Ronn Perea, author and historian speaks about The Anniversary of the Bataan Death March and what it meant for NM. Contact 243-6269 or leba4@aol.com.. Wheels Museum, 1100 2ndSt. SW.

APRIL 13, 2 pm, freeDr. Rick Hendricks speaks about The Witches of Abiquiu, 1756-1766. Outbreak of witchcraft activity in northern NM. Placitas Library, 453 NM hwy 165.More information at PlacitasLibrary.com.

APRIL 13, 11am, free. Tour the historic Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. Learn why this territorial style 1850s house is on both the state and national registers. Tour led by site manager David Ottaviano. More info at dottaviano@bernco.gov.

APRIL 13, 9 am-3pm, free. Annual Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Celebration, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

APRIL 13, 2pm, free. Japanese American Prison Camps of NM, Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Ave. in Santa Fe.

APRIL 13, 10 am-4pm, free. Regular monthly book sale by the Friends of the ABQ BernCo Public Library. Main branch, 5th & Copper NW. Two hour free parking across the street at the City garage. Bring your ticket in to be stamped.

APRIL 13/14, 12 noon, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.

APRIL 13-20, various fees & locations. AfroMundo Festival 24, featuring Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the US. This includes plays, movies, food tastings, dance, concerts. More info at AfroMundo.org/festival/2024.

APRIL 14, 2pm, free. Paul Parmentier presents Fossilized Footprints at White Sands. Los Lunas Museum of History & Art., 251 Main St. at the Water tower. Sponsored by the Valencia County Historical Society.

APRIL 14, 2 pm, free.  NM’s magnificent Sandia Mountains: The complete geological Story by Dirk Van Hart. Sandoval County Historical Society. Sandoval County Historical Society & Museum, 161 Homestead Lane, located between the Santa Ana Star Casino and Coronado Historic Site, just north of 550, turn at the dirt road by the IHOP. SandovalHistory.org. 505-867-2755.

APRIL 17, 12 noon-1pm, free. Jazz goes to the Movies. Todd Lowry, piano and John Bartlit, drums — play jazz movie themes from Henry Mancini: Misty, Ebb Tide, Shadow of your Smile, Laura, Moon River. Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE.

APRIL 18, 5-8pm, free. 3rd THURSDAY AT ABQ MUSEUM. See “Coast to Coast” traveling exhibit of Indigenous art in Canada before it closes April 20.  Tour the galleries.

APRIL 18, 7 pm, free. Nobel Laureates of Los Alamos: The Manhattan Program Era. Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E Rd. Los Alamos, featuring Alan Carr and Brye Steeves, Sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society. More information at losalamoshistory.org.

APRIL 18/19, 11 am, $2. National Hispanic Cultural Center, tour of Torreon. nhccnm.org

APRIL 19, 6-8pm, free. Pueblo Baseball-Stitching our Community Together. Opening reception for the exhibit about the role that baseball plays in the lives of the 19 NM pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. More info at IndianPueblo.org.

APRIL 19, 5:30 pm, $10 (includes drink ticket). Science on Tap, Dr. Julia Stephen with Mind Research Network discusses brain imaging in children. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. NuclearMuseum.org.

APRIL 20, 12 noon-4pm, free. Founders Day / Albuquerque Birthday throughout Old Town.Founders parade 1pm, ceremony on the gazebo, 1:30 pm. Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi and Baracutanga from 12-3pm. Vendors.

APRIL 20, 9am-3pm, Mudding & Spring Clean at the old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. Volunteers may learn to mix and apply adobe plaster; clean grounds, clean chairs; stain portal. All ages welcome and provided breakfast and lunch. Contact Jeff Jones, chspreservation@corralesHistory.org, 505-977-9264.

APRIL 20-21, admission fees. Spring Arts Market with 40 Native American vendors. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. indianpueblo.org.

APRIL 20, 11am, free. Rosalia de Aragon presents Music and Dance of New Mexico, accompanied by guitarist Estevan Pachecho. Contact site manager David Ottaviano at dottaviano@bernco.gov or 350-5117. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.

APRIL 20-28, admission fees. AMERICAN INDIAN WEEK, cultural dancing daily 11 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 3 pm. Vendors, exhibits, demos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. More info at indianpueblo.org.

APRIL 20, 9am-2 pm, free. “It Takes a Village” Earth Day Clean up of E. Central, Rt. 66, Canon de Carnuel, Tijeras. More info from: Tijeras, 313-1801, Michael.lomon@bernco.gov, 803-8810, Augustine Montoya, or district5@bernco.gov.

APRIL 20, 1-4 pm, free. Legacy of the Santa Fe Internment Camp Marker, includes film & panel discussion. NM History Museum. nmhistorymuseum.org.

APRIL 20, 1 pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The New Mexico Revolt of 1847. Hispanic and pueblo allies against US occupation of NM during the Mexican American War. Are they traitors or warriors fighting for their country? Presented by Angel Cervantes and the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact angelrcervantes@gmail.com for postal address and to register.

APRIL 21, 2pm, free. ABQ Historical Society.    Sue Turner speaks about the history of telephones in NM with comments on the downtown Telephone Museum of NM. Free parking and free admission to the ABQ Museum. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society. albuqhistsoc.org.

APRIL 21, 10am-5pm, free. History Homecoming: Past, Present, Palace. Celebrate the five year renovation and re-creation of exhibits/activities at the Palace of the Governors. Enjoy the new exhibits, demos, performers, children interactive activites. NM History Museum, nmhistorymuseum.org.

APRIL 21, 2 pm, free. Richard Melzer describes Buried Treasures,famous gravestones of New Mexico sponsored by the  Corrales Historical Society, old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Rd., Corrales. Also sponsored by the Historical Society of NM Speakers series.

APRIL 21, 10-4pm, free. Earth Day Festival, Balloon Fiesta Park. More info at earthdayfestivalnm.com.


APRIL 25-27, Fees. K-12 students & teachers may attend for free. Annual Historical Society of NM conference, Embassy Suites Hotel. Program and registration at hsnm.org.

APRIL 25, 6 pm, free. Indigenous Storytellers are Changing the Narrative of History (stories & conversations), book reading, Panelists are Deborah Taffa, Ramona Emerson, Brandon Hobson moderated by Shawn Spruce, host Native American Calling (live across US at 80 radio stations), Book Works, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

APRIL 25, 4 pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Real Zorro: Who was Joaquin Murrieta? Hispanic Identity in the American southwest of the 19th Century.  by Angel Cervantes and the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact angelrcervantes@gmail.com for postal address and to register.

APRIL 26, 6 pm, $10. Virtual only. Who are the Downwinders and why do they matter? The long term consequences after the Trinity and other nuclear tests. Buy tickets through NuclearMuseum.org.

APRIL 26/27, various fees. “Gathering of Nations”, Expo NM. More info at gatheringofnations.com.

APRIL 27, 1-2 pm, free. Guitar New Mexico & Garrett Holslag  performs at the San Pedro Library, 5600 Trumbull at San Pedro SE.

APRIL 27, 6:30 pm, free. An Evening with Jimmy Santiago Baca, the 30th Anniversary of “Blood in, Blood Out” includes reception and book signing. National Hispanic Cultural Center,

APRIL 27, Independent Bookstore Day. VISIT local stores inc. Treasure House Books, 2012 South Plaza St. NW, Old Town; Bookworks at 4022 Rio Grande NW.

APRIL 27, 1:30-3:30 pm, admission fee. Heritage Spinning & Weaving. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. Contact Aaron Gardner for more information, agardner@cabq.gov.

APRIL 28, 2-5 pm, $40 adults, $25 age 13 and younger. (Fundraiser for military area restoration). Tea Party includes a variety of teas, sweets and sandwiches, Historic Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale SE. Buy tickets on-line. historicfairviewCemeteryAbq.org.

APRIL 28, 2pm, free. Marlon Magdalena  speaks on Everything you needed to know about Pueblo Culture & Feast Days (but were afraid to ask). Martha Liebert Public Library in Bernalillo, 145 Calle Malinche. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado & Jemez Historic Sites. More info Kuaua.org.

Randall Davey Audubon Center and sanctuary, 1800 Upper Canyon Rd. in Santa Fe. Tour the gardens and historic Randall Davey house. Fridays @ 2 pm are docent led house tours, $5. Saturdays @8:30 am are guided bird walk. More info at RandallDavey.audubon.org. Monday – Saturday, 8am-4pm.

The historic court case involving Isleta pueblo member Miguel Trujillo and voting rights for Native Americans. To request traveling exhibit contact tasneem.bsaies@dca.nm.gov. There is a six part podcast available at podcast.nmculture.org.


INDIAN EDUCATION AT UNM, iaie.unm.edu. Watch several previously recorded programs about Native American education, the Dine language and more.

HISTORIC SANTA FE FOUNDATION (historicSantaFe.org) offers many free programs to watch: Ron Duncan Hart speaking on the Early Jews in NM; Rob Martinez – The Enduring Hispanic Music of NM.

The Wheels Museum, 1100 2nd St. SW is open. Times are Sunday-Thursday, 9 am-12 noon. Call first to confirm, 243-6269 or info@wheelsmuseum.org.

MURALS OF ALBUQUERQUE (www.murosabq.com) This shows over 130 murals in the ABQ metro area. You click on each picture and it shows the mural, gives its title and address, describes the image, and the artists.

ONLINE TOUR OF THE 15 HISTORIC MURALS AT THE INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER The tour gives details  of the artist and the dance or ritual illustrated in the mural. https://indianpueblo.org/pueblos-pigments-and-prominence-the-murals-of-ipcc/

Virtual Tour of the Downtown Main Library, 1975. Presented by Modern Albuquerque and sponsored by the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund. More information including the YouTube link to the live stream is on their Events page. See www.modernabq.org/events

Cibola County History Museum, 525 West High St., Grants NM. Go to the museum’s Facebook page for more information.

NUCLEAR MUSEUM – The Museum has a huge collection of oral history interviews (also transcribed) called Voices of the Manhattan Project. There are some 600 interviews of individuals who were either at the Manhattan Project or a family member who worked there. The  interviews are organized into 39 categories such as: Internment of Japanese Americans, Life in the Secret cities,  Hispanic employees, Native American. https://www.nuclearmuseum.org/educate/atomic-heritage-foundation  https://www.manhattanprojectvoices.org/


Historic Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale SE. invites anyone to come and hoe tumbleweeds and goat heads. The cemetery is open dawn to dusk and accessible through the gates of Fairview Memorial Park. Wear hard soled shoes & bring your own tools.   www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org or Facebook.com/HistoricFairviewCemetery. “Where the Past meets the Present.


Many of the museums and cultural centers in the ABQ metro area have put programming on their websites, Facebook pages or YouTube links. This includes everything from:

  • concerts, history lectures, video tours of various museum collections,
  • photograph pod casts, curriculum and study guides for children, audio interviews,

All of this is free and even “low tech” individuals can navigate these websites. There are YouTube channels available at no cost to watch to all. You are urged to explore many websites but especially these:

  • CORONADO HISTORIC SITE – Watch numerous programs from the website of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site. Kuaua.org/presentations. All info on their website.
  • NEW MEXICO HISTORY IN TEN MINUTES (newmexicohistory.org) On the home page, go to the bottom and click on Video of the Month. The entire list of episodes will appear by clicking on the corner of the video. NM State Historian Rob Martinez is most engaging and informative and there are more than 40 Episodes. The episodes may be heard in chronological order or by topic which is introduced in the first minute or so of the episode.
  • CIVIC AUDITORIUM HISTORY VIDEO (1957-1986) www.modernabq.org. Go to the Resources Tab, then the drop down to the three Civic Auditorium videos. They tell the story of the structure: why it was built, how it was used and why it was ultimately demolished.
  • HOLOCAUST MUSEUM and GELLERT EDUCATION CENTER NM, 616 Central SW. Go to the website nmholocaustmuseum.org. Questions call 247-0606.


The Albuquerque Historical Society provides videos of scheduled program presentations. The videos are linked from the appropriate AHS Program pages. Presentations captured on videos to date include: