July 2020 On-Line History & Culture Opportunities



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

We are not aware of any museums being open to the public. However many museums now have virtual tours. Many history organizations are providing free 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 an organization). Some of these require preregistration so you may receive a “specific link and password”. Most programs are free but some groups are requiring payment of a fee prior to getting a link or password to access the site.

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.

LOS ALAMOS SCIENCE FEST VIRTUAL EVENTS WITH: LECTURES, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, LIVE SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS ​go to LosAlamosScienceFest.com for the schedule and get links to Zoom, Mobile App and Desktop App. ​JULY 7-16, free

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/

See the online exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum. Go to cabq.gov/museum.
See the online exhibit at the Los Alamos History Museum. Go to LosAlamosHistory.org/trinitytest.

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. 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/NMmuseum

July 8, 7 pm, Trinity Project: the Myth, the Legend, the Legacy by Lab Historian Alan Carr, Watch the virtual lecture at the Los Alamos History Museum.

JULY 11, 1 pm, $10. Anthropological Genetic History: The Suebi Connection to New Mexico Families, Haplogroup 1 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 angelrcervantes@gmail.com

JULY 15, 5 PM, FREE. What is the New Mexico Humanities Council presented by Executive Director Brandon Johnson. You must register. Go to nmhumanities.org, email info@nmhumanities.org or call 505-633-7370.

JULY 16, free. 3RD THURSDAY AT THE ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM – Go to cabq.gov/museum for listing of activities.

JULY 19, 2 PM, LIVE STREAM ON THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY (AHS) FACEBOOK PAGE. The Legacy of Artist & Sculptor Herb Goldman presented by his daughter Lisa Goldman. Until the Museum of Albuquerque is available for group programs, AHS programs will take place by live stream on the AHS Facebook Page. Go to www.albuqhistsoc.org.

JULY 19, 2 PM, free. Dr. Stephen Schneider speaks on his book, The Magic of Mariachi and Borderlines. “A testimony to the people of the US/Mexican border”. Email Bookworks  at rsvp@bkwrks.com to get Zoom Link. Other information by calling Bookworks, website is bkwrks.com.

JULY 22, 5 PM, FREE. Run: the Super Athletes of the Sierra Madre presented by Diana Molina. You must register. Go to nmhumanities.org  or email info@nmhumanities.org or 505-633-7370.

JULY 23, 6pm, free. Lobo Living Room presents new football coach Danny Gonzales speaking. YouTube Channel of the UNM Alumni Association. Email alumni@unm.edu for more information. Past Lobo Living Room presentations are available at unmalumni.com/lobo-living-room.html

July 25 The Bandit Wars, 11 am. Professor Andy Hernandez speaks on the events before and after Pancho Villa’s 1916 raid on Columbus, NM. Go to the website for the SilverCityMuseum.org to sign up for the Zoom connection.

JULY 29, 5 PM, FREE. Boots, Suits, Citizens – How the NM Legislature Works presented by former NM Sen. Dede Feldman. You must register. Go to nmhumanities.org  or info@nmhumanities.org or 505-633-7370.

MUSEUM GIFT SHOPS NOW OPEN FOR IN STORE SHOPPING – Call first to confirm. COVID regulations could change these openings.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 843-7270

Manzano Mountain Art Council, 101 E. Broadway in Mountainair, 847-0109-Tues-Thur. 11-3 pm, Saturday 11-2 pm manzanomountainartcouncil.org

New Mexico Art Museum in Santa Fe, 982-1131, 10-4 pm, Tuesday – Sat.

New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, 982-9543, 10am-4 pm, Tuesday – Sat.

Nuclear Science & History Museum, 601 Eubank SE


LIBRARY BRANCHES ARE OPEN AT VARIOUS TIMES. Call the library before you go there. Capacity limits so call to find best times to visit.

HERITAGE OUTDOOR PARK AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE & HISTORY, 601 Eubank SE, the outdoor display at the Nuclear Museum contains many historic aircraft. It will be open daily from 9am-4pm, admission is $5 and tickets must be purchased on line. You may bring food and water. Wear a mask as you enter. Restrooms will NOT be available. More information is available from info@nuclearmuseum.org.

WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN STORE WINDOWS CALLED WINDOWS ON THE FUTURE presented by 516 Arts. Go to their website 516Arts.org to download map of locations and see what’s in each window.

OASIS SENIOR LEARNING IS PROVIDING BOTH IN-PERSON PROGRAMS OR ONLINE. Contact 884-4529 or visit albuquerque.oasisnet.org for more information.


STORY TIME FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES FROM SILVER CITY MUSEUM (go to SilverCityMuseum.org to get info on the Zoom connection – July 12, 7 pm – HOW CHILE CAME TO NEW MEXICO BY RUDOLFO ANAYA and read by Bayou Seco. July 26, 7 pm, Stone Soupp/Sopa de Piedras bilingual story

DAILY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS & ADULTS AT THE MAXWELL MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY maxwellmuseum.unm.edu Daily programs on their website: MONDAY-object,  TUESDAY-Education,  WEDNESDAY -Resources, THURSDAY -History, FRIDAY-Ask the Maxwell

ENJOY THE SANTA FE OPERA FROM HOME – HAVE YOUR OWN TAILGATE! (Facebook, YouTube channel) operas begin at 7 pm –July 11, The Magic Flute; July 18 Tristan & Isolde; July 25, Rusalka. SantaFeOpera.org.

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,  Elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/

SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO VISIT THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY Other library branches have opened on a limited basis but Special Collections remains closed. Staff will help you with research or setting up an appointment by contacting  specialcollections@cabq.gov.


In this time of buildings being closed, many of the museums and cultural centers in the ABQ metro area have put programming on their websites, Facebook pages or You Tube 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:

  • ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/albuquerque-museum You may visit the current exhibitions. This includes an 11 minute video of the Jim Henson exhibition and a four minute “walk through” the new exhibit Trinity Reflections on the Bomb. This commemorates the 75th anniversary of the July 16, 1945 detonation of the nuclear bomb.You may also look at thousands of items, paintings and photographs that are part of the collection.
    There are short 5-6 minute pod casts (combo of voice and photographs) by Museum photo archivist Jill Hartke. The six 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) 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.
  • CONCERTS OF NM MUSIC http://www.newmexicoculture.org/virtualconcerts Concerts began on April 10 and 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 (indianpueblo.org)  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.
  • NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER (www.nhccnm.org) You may visit various exhibits.
  • 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 20 Episodes. The episodes may be heard in chronological order or by topic which is introduced in the first minute or so of the episode.
  • 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/

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVED VIDEO PROGRAMS 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 as well as linked to from the appropriate AHS Program pages. Presentations captured on Facebook videos to date include:

DISCLAIMER: All information should be checked with the sponsoring entity as changes may have occurred. This information is provided by the Albuquerque Historical Society (www.albuqhistsoc.org) as a community service.