July 2024 NM History & Culture Opportunities

The Albuquerque Historical Society & the Historical Society of NM

Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

Youth age 17 & under may ride Rail Runner for free in July.

AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN – STORYTIME IN THE PARK, MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAYS, JULY-JULY 18, 11:30AM-1PM, AT 26 LOCATIONS AROUND THE CITY/COUNTY. FAMILIES MAY TAKE HOME THE “BOOK OF THE DAY” each day along with an activity sheet. Go to APS.edu to see the list of the parks and sites. Certified teachers read to children. Lunches also part of the program.

THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY July 21, 2 pm. Matthew Kluge speaks about “Arches & Artistry: A chronicle of ABQ’s Alvarado Hotel”.Speaker is presenting from out-of-state and will take questions from those attending. Free parking & Free admission to the ABQ Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org.

FREE SUMMER LUNCH THROUGH AUGUST 2, 11:30AM-1PM, FOR ALL YOUTH AGE 18 AND YOUNGER. Over 100 locations at parks, libraries, churches and buildings throughout the City and unincorporated Bernalillo County.

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.

JUNE 1-JULY 27, SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN & TEENS at all library branches. “Adventure Begins at your Library“ Includes PRIZES, music activities & concerts, demonstrations, speakers, and more. 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.

Free Guided hikes: at Piedras Marcadas Canyon every Thursday (not July 4) in July at 7 pm; at Rinconada Canyon every Saturday at 9am. Provided by Petroglyph National Monument.

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.

JULY 1-7, daily activities in Edgewood, NM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the town’s incorporation. Includes arts & crafts, balloon rally,  petting zoo, activities all day July 4 with 8am parade, fireworks. Check the website Edgewoodnmevents.com/events.

JULY 3, 10 am, free. American Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. ABQ Museum director Andrew Connors speaks about the exhibit “Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1776-1976”. Albuquerque Museum.

JULY 3, admission ½ price. Community Appreciation Day for the Edgewood 25th anniversary. Wild West Nature Park in Edgewood, NM.

JULY 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY, Activities across the metro area & Rio Rancho, Socorro. Petroglyph National Monument is open.

JULY 4, all day. Fun, food, festivities: Say farewell to Albuquerque from long time business Powdrell’s Barbeque, 5209 5th NW.

JULY 3 program, 12 noon, virtual. This is an extended video presentation. The Acequia Heritage of NM in a Global Context. Speakers are Enrique Lamadrid and Jose Rivera. 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.

JULY 5, 11/12, 18/19, 25/26, 11 am, $2. National Hispanic Cultural Center, tour of Torreon. nhccnm.org

JULY 5,  7 pm, free. Dark Skies/Bright Stars night at Abo unit of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument near Mountainair. Enjoy a guided tour program from 7:30-8:15 then view the pristine night sky with telescopes. Contact Natalia Sanchez Hernandez for more info. Call 505-847-2585, ext. 221.

JULY 5, 9am-11am, 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.

JULY 5, 5-8 pm, free. ALBUQUERQUE ARTS CRAWL, artscrawlabq.org. Open house at various art galleries around ABQ, meet and visit with artists in person.

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

JULY 5, 10:30 am, free, virtual or in-person. ABQ Genealogical society DNA Research Group meets at the Downtown Library. ABQGEN.ORG.

JULY 6, 2 pm, free. Magdalena Public Library, 108 N. Main St. Steve Morgan presents a Chautauqua of Aldo Leopold’s Journey.

JULY 6, 3-5 pm, free. 1952 suspense movie The Atomic City (this is the first film to use footage of the main gate of Los Alamos Laboratory)Special Collections Library 423 Central NE. Watch for parking restrictions.

 JULY 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.

JULY 7, 10 am-2pm, free. Railyards Market in historic Barelas. Every Sunday. 777 1stSt. SW – enter parking area at 1st & Hazeldine SW. All are encouraged to walk or bicycle due to limited parking. RailyardsMarket.org

JULY 7, 10 am-4pm, free 1st Sunday admission to the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum. 1701 4th St. SW at Bridge.

JULY 7/8/9, Fridays @ 12 noon, Sat/Sun 11 am & 2 pm, fee. Cultural dances, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. indianpueblo.org.

JULY  7/14/21/28, 8am, free. Farmer’s Market at Robinson Park, 8th & Central and the Los Ranchos Art Market6718 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

JULY 7/16/23/30, Sunday mornings admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum. Go to cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum

JULY 8, 3-4 pm, free. Leatherworking for beginners (ages 13-17-limit 15 in class) Alamosa Library, 6900 Gonzales Rd. SW.

JULY 8, 2-3 pm, free. Tie-dye a shirt for teens (open to 15 participants). Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE.

JULY 9, 6:30 pm, free. Eric Blinman speaks to the Torrance County Archaeology Society. “Four Corners Archaeology: Redefining rather than escaping Normative Thought”. Manzano Mesa Arts Council building, 101 E. Broadway in Mountainair.

The Sandoval County Historical Society will not meet in July. 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.

The Albuquerque Press Women & Friends will not meet in July or August. 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

JULY 10, 3:30-4:30 pm, free. Enchanting Edible Terrariums. Ernie Pyle Library, 900 Girard SE.

JULY 11, 6-10 pm, free. Community family event with Ivon Ulibarri & Cafe Mocha, Winrock Town Center Park at east end of Winrock, I-40 Louisiana NE.

JULY 12/13, all day, free. Los Alamos Science Festival. 80+ partners present interactive FUN STEAM activities, concerts, play areas, markets, taking place at Ashley Pond. July 12 concert/market; July 13 Discovery Day for kids of all ages, 4-9pm Discovery after Dark. More info at losAlamosSciencefest.com

JULY 12, 6:30-7:30 pm, $10 includes drink ticket. Science on Tap-Nuclear Waste 101 presented by UNM’s Christopher Perfetti, PhD. Nuclear Science Museum, 601 Eubank SENuclearMuseum.org

JULY 13, 8-11 am. (Day moved because of July 4th weekend). 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/The communityofHistoricFairviewCemetery. “Where the Past meets the Present”.

JULY 13, 1-3 pm, free. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales presents Shawn Price, director of the Dine Tah Navajo Cultural Program to discuss General William Tecumseh Sherman’s role on the Indian Peace Commission and the Treaty of 1868. Also the Dineh Tah dancers. More information from Aaron Gardner, call 898-3915 or agardner@cabq.govcabq.gov/artsculture.

JULY 13, 10:30 am, free. Read with a Ranger presents Coyote & the Sky: How the Sun, Moon and Stars began by Emmett Garcia. Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW.

JULY 13, 10 am, FREE but seating limited to 50. Ron Panebouf speaks about Hobey Baker, WW I pilot and the Sopwith Camel.  Contact 505-243-6269 or info@WheelsMuseum.com. or leba4@aol.com. Wheels Museum, 1100 2ndSt. SW.

JULY 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.

JULY 13, 1:30-2:30 pm, free. Enjoy the Sandia Mountain Dulcimers. Juan Tabo Library.


JULY 14, 2-4 pm, $7. NM music performed by Lone Pinon. Coronado Historic Site. Will be in shaded area.More info at 505-867-5351. Off 550 in Bernalillo just west of the River.

JULY 14, 6-8:15 PM, free. Open Space community concert with Conservation Carnivale from 6:30-7pm followed by live music till 8:15. Tijeras BioZone Education Center, 15600 Central SESponsored by COA Open Space Div. contact egrisham@cabq.gov or 768-4959 for more info.

JULY 16 Date in 1945 of Trinity Test: World’s first nuclear test near Tularosa, NM.

JULY 17, 7 pm, free. The Albuquerque Concert Band performs outdoors at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial1100 Louisiana SEabqband.org.

JULY 17, 2-3:30 pm, free. Learn how to repair a bicycle’s flat tire. Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE.

JULY 17, 4-5 pm, free. Felix y Los Gatos perform at the Hillerman Library, 8205 Apache NE.

JULY 18 , 4 pm, virtual, $20.  Anthropological Genetic History. Empires- the Real Scorpion King-a man who united warring factions and laid the foundation for the greatness of Egyptian Civilization, includes a documentary. 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.

JULY 18, 5-8pm, free. 3rd THURSDAY AT ABQ MUSEUM. All exhibits open. Food & Beverage for sale. 6-8 pm includes 2 character play sponsored by the Fusion Theater.

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

JULY 19, 5:30-7 pm, free. Reception for Desert Stories: the Art of Kelly Frye and Jazmin Novak. At 6 pm the artists speak. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. More info at IndianPueblo.org

JULY 20, 3-5 pm, free. Snail Mail Social. Special Collections Library 423 Central NE. Watch for parking restrictions.

JULY 20, 1 pm, free. Open Space: an accessible gateway to ABQ’s wild Lands. Open Space Visitor Center. 6500 Coors NW. Contact depps@cabq.gov or768-4951 for more info.

JULY 20, 11am-12 noon, free. Musical review by “Mr. Stinky Feet’s” rock n’roll show. Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Library. 7704 2nd NW.

JULY 20, 5-8pm, free. Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill on Central between Carlisle & Girard. Music, food trucks.

JULY 20/21, 10am – 4 pm, free. Native American Portal Artisans Summer Youth Show & Sales event.  NM History Museum Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe.

JULY 21, 2 pm, free.  Arches & Artistry: A chronicle of ABQ’s Alvarado Hotel by Matthew Kluge. The history of Fred Harvey’s operation in ABQ with a focus on the Alvarado Hotel. Speaker is presenting from out-of-state and will take questions from those attending. Free parking and free admission to the ABQ Museum. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society. albuqhistsoc.org.

There are no special events at the historic Gutierrez Hubbell House in July.  6029 Isleta SW. This territorial style 1850s house is on both the state and national registers. More info at dottaviano@bernco.gov

JULY 23, 10:30-11:30 am, free. Pint Sized polkas-music, magic and comedy. Patrick J. Baca Library/Central Unser, 8081 Central NW.

JULY 24, 5-6 pm, free. Laura Manzanares sings New Mexico music including boleros and rancheras. Patrick J. Baca Library Central Unser, 8081 Central NW.

JULY 26 Santa Ana Pueblo Feast Day.

JULY 26, 10am-1pm, free. For kids/adults of all ages. Enjoy the City’s Rock wall climbing experience. Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE.

JULY 27/28, 10am-4pm, free. Traditional pottery of Jemez Pueblo, demonstration by Josephine Toya. Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center’s shaded outdoor patio. 6510 Western Trail NW, 899-0205, more information at nps.gov/petr


JULY 27, 3-5 pm, free. Tour of the historic 1925 Special Collections Library. Special Collections Library, Edith and Central NE. Be aware of parking restrictions.

JULY 27, 1:30-3 pm, included with admission. Heritage Spinning and Weaving teaches abut Indigo Dyeing. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales.  More information from Aaron Gardner, call or agardner@cabq.govcabq.gov/artsculture

JULY 27, 10 am, free. Smokey Bear’s Birthday with cake and pizza along with prizes for the end of the Summer Reading program.   Martha Liebert Library in Bernalillo, NM, 124 Calle Malinche, 867-1440.

JULY 27, doors open 7pm, dance 8pm, Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies perform WestFest Dance in historic Mountainair, NM. 101 E. Main St. sponsored by the Manzano Mountain Art Council, Mountainair, NM. ManzanoMountainArtCouncil.org. 505-847-5068. MMacevents@gmail.com.

JULY 27, 10am, free. Hazel Lathrop speaks on the History of Bus Tokens. Wheels Museum.

JULY 27, 1pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Ancient Civilization of the Iberian Peninsula, Haplogroup R1b1. Was there once a mighty ancient civilization?  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.

 JULY 27, 2 pm, free. Open Space Visitor Center. Sandia Landscapes Geology talk.

JULY 28, 2 pm, free. Buffalo Soldiers Day Salute. Historic Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale SE.

JULY 28, 2pm, free. Dr. Eloy Garcia speaks about Manifest Destiny: Still Spurring the US Immigration Debate. Martha Liebert Library in Bernalillo, 145 Calle Malinche. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado & Jemez Historic Sites. More info Kuaua.org


IN JULY FREE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY/SATURDAY 7PM & SUNDAYS, 1-3 PM AT Old Town Plaza. Detailed list on City’s website cabq.govContact 768-3556, bortiz@cabq.gov.


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 Monday -Thursday, 9 am-12 noon, Sat. 12 noon-2pm. 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/

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: