January 2023 Online & In-Person NM History & Culture Opportunities



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

NEW MEXICO STATEHOOD DAY JANUARY 6 — NEW MEXICO BECAME THE 47TH STATE ON JANUARY 6, 1912. Visit New MexicoHistory.org to view and hear thousands of photos, podcasts, videos and more!


MANY 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  children’s activities involving winter, Martin Luther King Jr., New Year and Lunar New Year holidays.


JANUARY 15, 2pm, free. Author and Historian John Taylor speaks on the History of the University of Albuquerque. ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Free parking, Free admission to the ABQ Museum in Old Town.  albuqhistsoc.org.


JANUARY 4, 12 noon-1 pm, free by Zoom. Go to FriendsofHistoryNM.org to get info to log in. State Historian Rob Martinez speaks on Revolts and Revolutions: Resistance Movements in New Mexico History. Previous programs are on the You Tube channel and website of the New Mexico History Museum, nmhistoryMuseum.org.

JANUARY 4, 9 am-5 pm. Free admission on 1st Wednesday, ABQ Museum. Go to cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum.  Ebecker@cabq.gov or 764-6517.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW MEXICO. New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. 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.

JANUARY 6, 5-8 pm, free. ARTScrawl 1st Friday. Various galleries open, meet the artists. artscrawlabq.org.

JANUARY 6, 10 am and repeats at 2pm, virtual at 4 pm, admission. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Educator Jon Ghahate (Laguna, Zia) talks about how pueblos acknowledge Three Kings Day on Jan. 6IndianPueblo.org for more info.

JANUARY 6, 5-9 pm, free. ABQ Art Walk downtown. Get more info on Face Book and Instagram.

JANUARY 7, 9-12 NOON, Historic Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale SE. invites all to come clean up, 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”.

JANUARY 7, 2 pm, free. Author and historian John Taylor speaks on New Mexico’s Medal of Honor WinnersLos Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main St. in Los Lunas.

JANUARY 7, 3-5 pm, free. Saturday Matinee “Lonely are the Brave” (filmed around ABQ NM), Special Collections Library, Central & Edith NE, 848-1376. Remember restricted parking around Library.

JANUARY 8, 8am-12 noon, free but you must register. Bosque Wild Hike. Meet at the Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors NWContact depps@cabq.gov or 768-4951 for more info.

JANUARY 7/8,  12 noon, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos.Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info

JANUARY 8, 15, 22, 29 –  Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum and the City’s International Balloon Museum.

JANUARY 8, 10 am-4 pm. Free admission to the Visual Arts museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Call 724-4771 for more info.  nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 8, 8 am-12 pm. Bosque Wild Guided Hike. Free, but reservation required. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. More info at 768-4951. cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/openspace/events.

JANUARY 9, 12 Noon, free. In person at Weck’s Restaurant, 7301 Paseo del Norte NE. Speaker is Jane Powdrell Culbert who served in the NM Legislature from 2002-2023. She gives her perspective on the upcoming 2023 Legislature. Order your own food. More info from lockettabq@comcast.net.  Sponsored by Albuquerque Press Women and Friends.

JANUARY 10 & 24, Virtual, 11am-12 noon, free. Women of Common Ground. ABQ Museum.

JANUARY 10, 7 pm, free. Hinge Points: An Inside Look at North Korea’s Nuclear Program with Sig Heckler. Duean Smith auditorium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society.  Los AlamosHistory.org.

JANUARY 12, 7 pm, free but you must preregister. The History and Use of Chocolate in Chaco Canyon and Beyond. Presented by archaeologist Dr. Pat Crown. NM Natural History Museum.

JANUARY 12/13, 11 am, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 13, 6 pm, free. A Civil rights Journey: A Passport to Discovery. (part of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend). free meal. African American Performing Arts center, 310 San Pedro NE. More info from beverly.gaines@state.nm.us.

JANUARY 14, 10 am, free. March to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Meet at corner of University Blvd. and MLK.

JANUARY 14, 3-4 pm, Concert with Turquoise Blues playing tradition and modern blues, rock and country. Tony Hillerman Library. 8205 Apache NE near Wyoming & Menaul.

JANUARY 14, 1-3 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, TheSephardic Jews and their Origins in the Iberian Peninsula. Haplogroup J1 presented by Angel Cervantes. Includes a short film. Presented by 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.

JANUARY 15, 2 PM, free. John Taylor speaks about The History of the University of Albuquerque. Taylor has written some 21 books with special interest in the Civil War in NM, Naval connections to NM and the History of Catholicism in NM. Albuquerque Museum. Free parking and free admission to the Museum. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society.

JANUARY 15, 2pm, free. Monika Ghattas speaks on Los Arabes of New Mexico. Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales.  Corrales. Old Church, 966 Old Church Rd. Sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society.

JANUARY 16, 8am, ticket fee. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast sponsored by Grant Chapel. Marriott Pyramid Hotel. More info at 293-1300.

JANUARY 16, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY, FEDERAL HOLIDAY. (NM Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission has more info on its website, nmmlksc.org)

JANUARY 17, 1ST DAY OF THE NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE 60 day session in Santa Fe. All information at nmlegis.gov.

JANUARY 17, 10 am, free. Early Childhood Bilingual Storytime. “Maria Tenia Una Llamita.” for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JANUARY 20/21,  12 noon, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.

JANUARY 19/20, 11 am,in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 20, 5-7 pm, free. Opening reception of “Clay Line of the Red Willow People: A Showcase of three Taos Artists.” Artists are: potter Angie Yazzie, painter Brian Taaffe, photographer Deb Lujan. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. indianpueblo.org.

JANUARY 20, 5-8 pm, free. Third Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Entourage Jazz is featured, make art projects, tour museum exhibits, food available. Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

JANUARY 20, 2 pm, online, $10 for non-members. Miguel Trujillo, New Mexico’s unknown Civil Rights Hero presented by Gordon Bronitsky, PhD. Sponsored by Historic Santa Fe. Contact Hanna Churchwell, 505-983-2567, hanna@historicSantaFe.org for more information.

JANUARY 20, 4-6 PM, $20. The Search for the Lost Tribes presented by Angel Cervantes. Includes a short film. Presented by 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

JANUARY 21, 2 pm, free. Former NM state historian Robert Torrez speaks on “What Price a Human: Indian Captives in New Mexico’. Placitas Community Library453 Highway 165placitaslibrary.com453 Highway 165, 505-867-3355.

JANUARY 21, 2-3 pm, free. Lunar New Year Crafts for Kids. Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE.

JANUARY 21, 11am-1pm, free. Saturday Storytime: Learn about the Storytellers Guild, of interest to all ages. Los Griegos Library, 1000 Griegos NW.

JANUARY 21, 10m-5 pm, free Snail Mail Social. Enjoy using stationary to write letters and notes, materials provided. Special Collections Library. Edith and Central NE. Be aware of parking restrictions around the Library.

JANUARY 22, 1-2:30 pm, free. Various activities – OBSERVANCE OF CHINESE/LUNAR NEW YEAR. ChineseCultureCenter-abq.com, 268-7023. 427 Adams SE.

JANUARY 22, 2 pm, free. Author Don Bullis speaks on “A Famous Murder and a Famous Murderer in Valencia County”. sponsored by the Valencia County Historical at the Belen Public Library, 333 Becker Ave. in Belen.

JANUARY 22, 2 pm, free. Dr. Eric Blinman speaks on “Dating White Sands Footprints: the very early years of NM pre-history”. Blinman was director of the NM Office of Archaeological studies for many years. Bernalillo Town Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site.

JANUARY 22, Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum and the City’s International Balloon Museum. Go to cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum.


JANUARY 24, 6-7 pm, $10 but free for Los Golondrinas and NM Museum Foundation members. Winter Lecture Series at the St. Francis Auditorium at the NM Museum of Art in Santa Fe. Matt Fitzsimons, Navajo Silver Smithing and the Art of Resistance.

JANUARY 26, 7 pm, free. Musica Antigua de Albuquerque plays medieval & renaissance music of Spain and western Europe from the 13th -18th Century. Martha Liebert Library in Bernalillo, 124 Calle Malinche, 867-1440

JANUARY 26/27, 11 am, in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.

JANUARY 28 ,  11 am – 12 NOON, free. Tour of Special Collections Library (constructed in 1925) RSVP at 505-848-1376. 423 Central NEPlease note parking restrictions on streets around library.

JANUARY 28, 1-3 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Sephardic Jews and the Colonization Of New Mexico  Connection to NM Families, Haplogroup J 1, presented by Angel Cervantes. The Connection between Sephardic Jews and certain NM families will be explored through Y-DNA results and family History. Includes a short film. Presented by 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.

JANUARY 28/29,  12 noon, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.

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

EL RANCHO DE LAS GOLONDRINAS, Celebrating 50 years. Go to Golondrinas.org 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.

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 NMGo to cibolaHistory.org for more information.

OASIS SENIOR LEARNING IS PROVIDING ONLINE PROGRAMS. Contact 884-4529 or visit albuquerque.oasisnet.org 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/

EAST MOUNTAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY announces the recorded program of Rt. 66 and Historic NM License PlatesGo to EastMountainHistory.org/recorded.html  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.   www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org or Facebook.com/HistoricFairviewCemetery. “Where the Past meets the Present.

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 https://www.YouTube.com /user/NM museum . Look up the titles. More info at the NM History Museum website, nmhistorymuseum.org.
For Facebook, click on: https://www.facebook.com/events/3051120368304586/
For YouTube, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/user/NMmus

TRIBUTES TO AUTHOR RUDOLFO ANAYA AND LINKS TO HIS ARCHIVES AT THE UNM CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST RESEARCH https://anaya.unm.edu 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  https://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=nmu1mss321bc.xml#crit To access the Rudolfo A. Anaya Digital Archive, please visit https://anaya.unm.edu/


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. You can also just listen by phone. 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.
  • LAS CRUCES MUSEUM SYSTEM has many interesting history programs on their website/Facebook Page/YouTube. On line at the Las Cruces Museum Facebook page. www.facebook.com/LCmuseums/   Call 575-541-2154 for more information, Kayla Myers las-cruces.org/1523/museum. Branigan Center.
  • 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 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: