December 2021 Online & In-Person New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following on-line history & cultural events:


CONSIDER PURCHASING A MUSEUM OR CULTURAL CENTER “YEARLY PASS” as a holiday gift. Great prices at many local museums ! Use the pass a few times and you’ve paid for it.

WINTER BREAK — AHS TOURS BEGIN AGAIN IN FEBRUARY 2022, FREE DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS, 10 AM, DOWNTOWN CENTRAL (1ST – 8TH ST.)  Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society. Parking is not free so be sure to pay meters or parking garages.

HOLIDAY BREAK, No December AHS Program., Be sure to watch all the interesting programs on the Albuquerque Historical Society website,

KWANZAA, a celebration of African-American Culture,  Dec. 26-January 1.

DECEMBER 3-5, 10am-5pm, free. 33rd Annual Winter Craft Show sponsored by Corrales Historical Society at the Historic San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Rd.,

DO YOU HAVE A FEW HOURS EACH MONTH TO HELP THE WHEELS MUSEUM? Volunteers are needed so the Museum can be open more; run the model railroad trains, also help needed with events, marketing, fund raising. Call Leba Freed at 243-6269.

PUEBLO GINGERBREAD HOUSE DISPLAY & CONTEST, free – Come see unique, southwestern pueblo style gingerbread houses. Lobby of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St NW

DECEMBER 1, 1-2:30 pm, “The Valles Caldera: Then, now and to Come (history of the last 20 years with photos).” virtual, recorded for later viewing. More info and link at

DECEMBER 2, 5-8 pm, free. Nob Hill Shop & Stroll, part 1. Tree lighting at Central & Carlisle. Sponsored by the Nob Hill Merchants.

DECEMBER 2/3, 11 am and every Thursday/Fri. in DECEMBER EXCEPT DEC. 24. in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at

DECEMBER 3, free. Portraits of Palawan, preview of documentary “A Long March” showcasing the art of POW and Bataan artist Don Thomas Schloat. NM Military Museum in Santa Fe.

DECEMBER 3, 2 pm, virtual, $10 for non-members. Historic Santa Fe Foundation presents Dr. Frances Levine, Reflections across an Historic Trail – commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, 1821-2021. More info at

DECEMBER 3, 9am-4pm, free. Holiday Craft and Plant Sale, Albuquerque Garden Center in Los Altos Park, 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE.

DECEMBER 3, 1-4 pm, free. Make a holiday wreath. All materials provided. Sponsored by the NM History Museum in Santa Fe.

DECEMBER 3, 5-8 pm, free, In-person, Albuquerque Artwalk – downtown Albuquerque. Meet the artists in person. Street music and vendors. Most artists will be along Central. Download map and descriptions at

DECEMBER 3, 5-8 pm, free. Rio Rancho WinterFest at Campus Park in Rio Rancho. 6:30 pm, parade; tree lighting, 7:30 pm, food & drink for sale, music, activities and more.

DECEMBER 3, 5:30-8 pm, free. Hanging of the Greens, traditional decorating of UNM buildings. Campus will be illuminated with farolitos. Begin at the UNM Alumni Chapel for hot chocolate.

DECEMBER 3, 5-9 pm, free. OLD TOWN HOLIDAY STROLL – Visit enchanting Old Town. Streets closed after 3 pm. Tree lighting at 6 pm. Musical Performances in various patios and in the Gazebo.

DECEMBER 3, 4-8 pm, entry fee. INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER SHOP & STROLL, Storytelling, luminarias, dance performances and pueblo Santa.

DECEMBER 3, 6:30 pm, free. Open house at the Guiterrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW. Enjoy music, crafts and visit the historic displays. More info from Beth Stone, or 244-0507.

DECEMBER 4 , 1 pm, $20, Anthropological Genetic History: Spanish Colonization of Baja California, the Camino Real. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo & his discoveries on the quest to colonize for Spain. Learn about the Jesuit missionaries.  presented by Angel de Cervantes from the New Mexico DNA Project and the Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. To pay and get a link for the program contact

DECEMBER 4, 2 pm, free. “Tastes and Memories of the Past in Placitas”. Ora Correa, oldest living her of the original families of the San Antonio de las Huertas Land Grant speaks at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165,. PH 867-5340.

DECEMBER 4, 11am-4 pm, free. Antique Roadshow – Belen Harvey House style. Bring your collectibles for an appraisal. Also meet toy collector Jimmy Gallegos. Belen Harvey House, 104 N. 1st Street, Belen.861-0581,

DECEMBER 4, 11am-5pm, free. Doll Show and 6 different collectors speak on specific doll collecting including Barbie dolls, Storybook, Bisque. Belen Harvey House, 104 N. 1st St. Belen. 861-0581

DECEMBER 4, 12 noon-5pm Dec.5, 10am-4pm, free. Festival of Trees viewing, Marriott Hotel, 2101 Louisiana NE.

DECEMBER 4/5, 12 noon, admission. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. in person, admission fee.  Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

DECEMBER 4, 9-11:30 amHelp Clean-up Historic Fairview Cemetery,  700 Yale SE. 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. Trash bags provided. or “Where the Past meets the Present”.

DECEMBER 4, 2-3 pm, free. Guitar NM Youth Ensemble. Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge NE near Tramway/Lomas NE.

DECEMBER 4, 1 pm, free. How to Enjoy and Understand our Starry Sky presented by John Briggs at the Magdalena Public Library, 108 N. Main St. in Magdalena, Take the historic walking tour while you’re there.

DECEMBER 4, 5:15-8PM, free. Twinkle Light Parade from Washington to Girard SE on Central. Central will be closed starting at 3 pm.

DECEMBER 4, 11am-4pm, free open house at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. Book signing of Shaped by her hands, the life of Maria Martinez.

DECEMBER 5, 1:30-3:3:30 pm, free. Book signing and Q & A with author Sherry Robinson and her new book, James Silas Calhoun: 1st Governor of New Mexico Territory and First Indian Agent. Treasure House Books in Old Town, 2012 South Plaza St.

DECEMBER 5, 9am-4 pm. Free 1st Sunday. Visual Arts Museum National Hispanic Cultural Center. 1701 4th SW.

DECEMBER 5, 9 am-4 pm. Free 1st Sunday at the City’s International Balloon Museum.

DECEMBER 5, 3-4 pm, free. Holiday Concert by the ABQ Concert Band at Eldorado HS.


DECEMBER 7, 11 am, $10 for non-members. 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor: How it relates to New Mexicans. Presented by historian John Taylor. National Nuclear Museum. 601 Eubank SE. More info at

DECEMBER 8, 5:30-6:30 pm, free,  Zoom. Dr. Paul Formisano speaks on Navajo Dam and the Literature of the Lost. UNM Zimmerman Library. Sponsored by the Center for Southwest Research. To request Zoom link contact

DECEMBER 9, 6-8pm, $5. Mission to Mars: Book signing and talk by Dr. Larry Crumpler. New Mexico Museum of Natural History. More info at nmnaturalhistory.org1801 Mountain Rd. NW

DECEMBER 9/10, 11 am, person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Register at

DECEMBER 10, 1 pm, Zoom. Colcha Embroidery. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 10/11, 4 pm, Tucumcari, NM holiday celebration. $25 includes meal, hot drink and carriage rides.

DECEMBER 11, 2-4 pm, free. The Life of Casey Luna: A colorful life in business, politics, and motor sports. Program by historian Richard Melzer and Casey Luna will autograph the books.  Belen Harvey House.

DECEMBER 11/12, 12 noon, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

DECEMBER 11, 10:30 am, in person, free. Ever Changing, Ever Growing –Ten Dons plus One – 1904-1950s, learn about the local “long lived literary club” that met monthly for scholarly talks & dinners. Presented by Kathy Seidel, former manager of the Special Collections Branch. Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE. 848-1376.

DECEMBER 11, 11am-1pm, free. Watch the holiday movie The Polar Express, Los Griegos Branch Library.

DECEMBER 12, 1-2 pm, free. Artist Conversation with Cannupa Hanska Luger and Virgil Ortega. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Museum. Contact Elizabeth Becker  at 764-6515 for for more info.

DECEMBER 13, 12 NOON, free, Zoom. Press Women presents former State Senator Dede Feldman speaking about her new book, Ten More Doors: Politics and the Path to Change. Contact Linda Lockett at to get the link to the program.

DECEMBER 13, 5:30 pm, $10, fundraiser for Historic Santa Fe Foundation. State Historian Rob Martinez presents Hispanic Music of New Mexico.  in person at San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe. More info at

DECEMBER 13, 5;30-7 pm, free, virtual. My Nuclear Life-the impact of the Nuclear Age, presented by Shelly Lesher, physics professor from Wisconsin University,  Sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society. Go to for more info.

DECEMBER 14, 2-4, virtual and in person, $5 donation. Pueblo Book Club, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Book is The Zuni’s: Self Portrayals.” More info at

DECEMBER 14, 5-7PM, VIRTUAL, FREE. LINKING TRADITION & BLACK PSYCHOLOGY TO MENTAL HEALTH, (discusses Kwanzaa) Dr. Shawn Utsey and Dr. Doris Fields. Sponsored by the Black Leadership Council. More details and or 407-6784.

DECEMBER 14, 4-6 pm, free. Make holiday crafts for the whole family at the Cherry Hills Library.

DECEMBER 18, all day, free. A view into the collection. See the many Nativity scenes belonging to IPCC. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

DECEMBER 16/17, 11 am, in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Register at

DECEMBER 17/18, 5-8 pm, free. Belen celebrates Christmas with the Becker Ave. Christmas Light Show. Visit Santa, see the Bugg Lights museum, street dances and more. Contact 966-2700 or

DECEMBER 18 , 1 pm, $20, Anthropological Genetic History: Spanish Colonization of Alto California & the Anza Expedition of 1775-1776 (the 1200 mile journey from Tubac, AZ to San Francisco) presented by Angel de Cervantes from the New Mexico DNA Project and the Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Pay by check. To pay and get a link for the program contact

DECEMBER 18, tickets. New Mexico Bowl football, UNM Stadium.

DECEMBER 19, 3-4 pm, free. Program about the Nacimiento (Nativity Scenes) collection at the Taylor Mesilla Historic Property in Old Mesilla, NM. Watch on the You Tube of NM Historic Sites. Go to for more information


DECEMBER 26, 12 noon, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

DECEMBER 30/31, 11 am, in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Register at

DECEMBER 31, 10 am-2pm, free. Tour of Candelaria  nature preserve sponsored by the City’s Open Space Division. RSVP at or 768-4200. Location, end of Arbor Rd. west of Rio Grande Blvd.

DECEMBER 31, 10am-2pm, free. New Year’s Eve before Dark at the ABQ Museum. Create art and tour galleries. More info from Jessica Coyle, or 764-6517.

Friday only Tours, 2pm, of the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary, end of Upper Canyon Rd. Santa Fe. Only five people per tour. $5 donation requested. Call 505-983-4609 to make reservation.

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

EL RANCHO DE LAS GOLONDRINAS. Go to and click on the Facebook icon on the right to watch a variety of past programs. Examples are: The Truchas Mill, El Horno, Sheep to Blanket, Chile & Wild Greens, NM Remedios.

NEW MEXICO HUMANITIES COUNCIL has numerous programs on their YouTube Channel including What Public Memorials mean in New Mexico, A Tribute to Rudolpho Anaya, Creating a Multi Cultural NM. Go to their website Blackdom,  a panel discussion about the southern NM town founded in 1903. There are programs about the French in New Mexico, Japanese Internment camps during WW II, Women’s Suffrage and the Rio Grande. Go to  You tube channel.

HISTORIC SANTA FE FOUNDATION ( offers two 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 has reopened. Times are Monday-Thursday, 9am-12 noon. Call first to confirm, 243-6269 or

Commemoration of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote. Various Speakers including elected officials, poets, One Albuquerque Media Facebook page.

Corrales Historical Society celebrates the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Village of Corrales and the 300th anniversary of the Corrales area. Historical displays all year at the Corrales Village Hall and in the windows of the Corrales Library. View more than 1500 photos now at UNM through More info on the website of

MURALS OF ALBUQUERQUE ( 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.

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

Cibola County History Museum, 525 West High St., Grants NMSocial distancing and masks required. Go to for more information.

OASIS SENIOR LEARNING IS PROVIDING ONLINE PROGRAMS. Contact 884-4529 or visit 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.

EAST MOUNTAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY announces the recorded program of Rt. 66 and Historic NM License PlatesGo to  to view.


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. or “Where the Past meets the Present.

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WW II – The War Years: Selected Images from the NM Digital Collection. Go to the website of the Center for SW Research/Zimmerman Library,


THE NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM has put many programs on Facebook or YouTube including The Santa Fe River in NM History presented by William Mee, ex. director of the Santa Fe Watershed Association and Andy Otto from Agua Fria. There are six videos telling the story of The Harvey Girls. YouTube /user/NM museum . Look up the titles. More info at the NM History Museum website,
For Facebook, click on:
For YouTube, go to:

TRIBUTES TO AUTHOR RUDOLFO ANAYA AND LINKS TO HIS ARCHIVES AT THE UNM CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST RESEARCH Because of Rudolfo Anaya’s literary and cultural significance to New Mexico and to honor his legacy, UNM Libraries’ Department of Digital Initiative and Scholarly Resources (DISC) created the Rudolfo Anaya Digital Archive, a comprehensive online guide to his life and work. Oral histories, draft manuscripts, book covers, and an extensive bibliography of Anaya resources are available in the online archive. CSWR staff, and indeed, the entire UNM Libraries community is deeply saddened by Mr. Anaya’s death, one of New Mexico’s great writers and cultural icons.  While his passing is a great loss, by placing his papers with CSWR he left an incredible gift to New Mexico. His work will be treasured and preserved in perpetuity in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections for future generations to enjoy. For detailed descriptions of the material in the Rudolfo A. Anaya Papers please see the CSWR finding aid at To access the Rudolfo A. Anaya Digital Archive, please visit

Many museums now have virtual tours. Many museums and history organizations are providing free lectures & programs by using Zoom, YouTube or the Facebook page of the organization.(Note: you do NOT have to be a Facebook user to view the Facebook page of many organizations). Some of these require pre-registration so you may receive a “specific link and password”. The programs are recorded to watch later. Most programs are free but some groups are requiring payment of a fee prior to getting a link or password to access the site.


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. You can also just listen by phone. All info on their website.
  • NEW MEXICO HISTORY IN TEN MINUTES ( 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.
  • NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER (www.nhccnm.orgLa Hilacha Podcast-numerous podcasts including the 1918 Pandemic: What does History teach us by NM State Historian Rob Martinez. There are many videos about NM history related topics from the La Canoa series including Nina Otero Warren, New Mexican 20th Century Mujerota. You may visit various exhibits.
  • ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY Picture This! Podcast – short 5-6 minute podcasts (combo of voice and photographs) by Museum photo archivist Jill Hartke. The podcasts include: baseball in ABQ, downtown businesses in the early 1920s, local photos from 1969-1970, Lovelace astronauts, Streetcars and Motorettes (ABQ 1907-1920s).
  • CIVIC AUDITORIUM HISTORY VIDEO (1957-1986) 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.
  • OUR FAIR NEW MEXICO: A VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES OF NM MUSIC There are numerous concerts by NM artists ranging from harpist Otilio Ruiz, Jemez flutist Marlon Magdalena, Lone Pinon, Dos Gatos, and Rob Martinez playing Northern NM music.
  • INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER (  You may read about current and past exhibits. These include Matriarchs at the Heart of Pueblo Families and Recipes from a Pueblo Kitchen. The website also gives an overview of each of the 19 NM pueblos and lists the individual websites. Go to for links to the Smithsonian, National Endowment for Humanities, National Park Service, National Archives, Teacher resources and more.
  • COULD COLUMBUS HAVE BEEN JEWISH AND SHOULD WE CARE? (YouTube) presented by Norma Libman  and the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. Use this link. To contact Norma directly go to her website
  • LAS CRUCES MUSEUM SYSTEM has many interesting history programs on their website/Facebook Page/YouTube. On line at the Las Cruces Museum Facebook page.   Call 575-541-2154 for more information, Kayla Myers Branigan Center.
  • HOLOCAUST MUSEUM and GELLERT EDUCATION CENTER NM, 616 Central SW. Go to the website Questions call 247-0606.


The Albuquerque Historical Society provides videos of scheduled program presentations that are live-streamed to the Society’s Facebook page. If viewed live, the Facebook live-stream event allows those who are unable to attend the opportunity to participate in the question and answer session following the event.  The video presentations are permanently available in the “Videos” section of the AHS Facebook page, on the AHS YouTube Channel, as well as linked to from the appropriate AHS Program pages. Presentations captured on Facebook videos to date include: