June 2023 In-Person NM History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

JUNE 6 – JULY 14, 11:30 am, “STORY TIME IN THE PARK” AT 18 DIFFERENT PARKS WHERE FREE LUNCHES ARE SERVED. Children hear a different story and go home with that book free and an activity sheet. Call the City at 311 to get list of parks. Also free lunches are served at over 100 locations in both City and Bernalillo County beginning Monday June 5.

JUNE 3-JULY 29 FREE SUMMER READING PROGRAM, ALL TOGETHER NOW, AT ALL ABQ/BERN CO LIBRARIES – get your reading log and enjoy prizes and activities all summer.abqlibrary.org for more information 

JUNE 18, 2 pm, ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.  Tony DellaFlora shows the video about the history of the South Broadway and Kirtland Neighborhoods. includes Free parking & Free admission to the ABQ Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org.

“ENCHANTORAMA: NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE TURNS 100” is the featured exhibit at the NM History Museum in Santa Fe.


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.

MAGIC SHOWS, MUSIC, CONCERTS, COSTUME MAKING, GARDENING, COOKING, VENTRILOQUISM & 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 family & children’s activities.

JUNE 2, 10:30 am, free. virtual or in person at Main Library, 2nd floor. ABQ Genealogical Society, DNA AGS Research group. abqgen.org or the Facebook page of ABQ Genealogical Society.

JUNE 2, 6-7:30 pm, free. Amalia Mondragon and Tereso Contreras “reexamine tradition musical genres from the US / Mexican border through the Queer perspective.” Followed by a dance party outside in the Maxwell Museum courtyard. Sponsored by Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. 500 University NEMaxwellMuseum.unm.edu. 277-4405.

JUNE 2, 5-7 pm, free and will reoccur every 1st Friday. NM History Museum History & Art WalkUse the museum main entrance at 113 Lincoln St. in Santa Fe. Go to FriendsofHistoryNM.org for more information.

JUNE 1/2, 11 am, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.

JUNE 2, 4-5 pm, free. Gallup Arts presents a walk through WPA’s McKinley County Courthouse207 W. Hill St. in Gallup. Contact ExecutiveDirector@GallupArts.org for more info or 505-488-2136.

JUNE 2-4 San Felipe de Neri Fiesta in Old Town. Music, dancing, activities all weekend with special mass on the Plaza Gazebo. Call 311

JUNE 2, 5-8 pm, free. ARTScrawl 1st Friday. Various galleries open, meet the artists. artscrawlabq.org.

JUNE 2, 5-9 pm, free. ABQ Art Walk downtown Central Ave. and side streets. Get more info on Facebook and Instagram.

JUNE 3, 8-11 am. 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”.

JUNE 3, 3-8 pm, free. “An Afternoon in Paradise” at Paradise Hills Park, 5901 Paradise Blvd. NW. Arts & crafts vendors, music, dancing, bounce house. At dusk the movie in the park. Sponsored by Bernalillo County.

JUNE 3, 2 pm, free. Jim Eckles speaks on “100 tons of Gold or 100 Tall Tales” – the Victorio Peak treasure on the White Sands Missile Range. Kit Carson Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Rd.  More info with Ernestine Cordova, cordova@newmex.com, or 575-770-0681, TaosCountyHistoricalSociety.org.

JUNE 3-4, 9am-4pm, free. Friends of Corrales Library annual book sale ($1 & $2) Corrales Community Library in La Entrada Park.

JUNE 3-4, 10 am-4 pm, fee. Santa Fe Spring Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Features herbs and lavender, sheep shearing, horno baking. Website includes “History Herald” articles. Golondrinas.org.

JUNE 4, 1-3 pm, free. “Local Treasures of ABQ” recognizes several local artists. ABQ Art Business Association. ABQ Museum. Refreshments served.

JUNE 4, 9am – 4 pm, $20. Corrales Garden Tour of six unique gardens. Go to Corrales-gardentour.com for more info.

JUNE 4, 8am, free. Bosque Wild Guided Hike from the Open Space visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. Call to RSVP.

JUNE 4, 11, 18, 25 –  Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum.

JUNE 6, 6:30 pm, free. Dr. Jeff Hanson from the Torrance County Archaeological Society discusses the Nature of Damage to PetroglyphsManzano Mountain Art Council, 101 E. Broadway. manzanomountainartcouncil.org or 847-5068 for info.

JUNE 7 and every Wednesday in June– 1:30-3:30pm, free. Summer Salsa Dancing for Seniors. Four weeks of tango and salsa lessons. Learn these dances. National Hispanic Cultural Center Rehearsal hall. nhccnm.org for more info or call 724-471. Sponsored by the AARP.

JUNE 7, 12 noon, free, virtual. Dr. Megan Kate Nelson presents The Civil War in the Far West. 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 You Tube channel.

JUNE 7, 7 pm, free. Come learn about solar eclipses and two eclipses coming to NM, Oct. 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024. Presenting is the American Astronomical Society. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JUNE 9, 10, 11.  11am, 2 pm, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.

JUNE 9-16, various ticket prices. Festival Flamenco Alburquerque 36. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JUNE 9, 10, 11 – Learn how to build a traditional adobe Oven (horno), $5 a day. Jemez Historic Site. Go to www.kuaua.org or contact brenda.tafoya@DCA.nm.gov for more information.

JUNE 9, 4 pm, $20. Anthropological Genetic History, The Mongols and Genghis Khan, Haplo C-Part 2Presented 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.

JUNE 10, 10:30 am, virtual, free. AGS presents John Deeben from the National Archives speaking on NM Civil War Military Memorials. Go to website of Albuquerque Genealogical Society.

JUNE 10, 10:30 am, free. Jeff Berg speaks about Films Made in NM with new info and film clips. Special Collections Library, Edith and Central NE. Note parking restrictions around the library. 848-1376.

JUNE 10, 10 am-4 pm, $2. Friends of the ABQ Public Library monthly book sale at the downtown Main branch.

JUNE 10, 1 pm, free. Robert Torrez, former NM State Historian, speaks about various experiences at the State Archives. Sponsored by Casa San Ysidro/CABQ. Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old church Rd.

JUNE 11, 2pm, free. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Chautauqua presented by Dianne Layden. Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NEPreceded by the annual meeting of the NM Jewish Historical Society.

JUNE 11, 2 pm, free. Dawn Foster shows the film Acequias: The Legacy Lives on – then discusses Growing your drip SystemSandoval 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.

JUNE 12, 11:45 am, Deirdre Caparoso, head of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the NM Library Association speaks about issues at public libraries. free but buy your own lunch.  In person at Weck’s Restaurant, 7301 Paseo del Norte NE.  More info from lockettabq@comcast.net.  Sponsored by Albuquerque Press Women and Friends.

JUNE 13, 7 pm, free. See a preview of the PBS program:  Buffalo Soldiers, Fighting on Two fronts. Discusses black soldiers who served in the US Army. Producer Dru Holley will have Q & A following the program. Outdoors in the amphitheater of the NM Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE.

JUNE 13, 6:30 pm, free. Amanda Dobrov, archaeologist for the Cibola National Forest speaks on A Clean Break: A departure from standard typologies through an investigation of pottery temper at Joshua Tree National Park. Location is Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. Call 281-3304. FriendsofTijerasPueblo.org.


JUNE 14 OBSERVANCE OF FLAG DAY (Adoption of US flag by resolution of the 2nd Continental Congress on June 14, 1777). 10 am, ceremony at the NM Veterans memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE

JUNE 15, 5-8 pm, free. Third Thursday at the ABQ Museum. Theme is Salsa and Cumbia performed by Mickey Cruz.Make art projects, tour museum exhibits, food available. Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. cabq.gov or 311 for more info.

JUNE 16/17/18, 11am, 2 pm, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.

JUNE 15/16, 11 am, in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.

JUNE 16, 5-7 pm, free. Opening reception for Aliento a Tequila y el Arte de Agave. Objects and paintings related to the theme of agave. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JUNE 16, 7 pm, free. Artist talk and Book Signing with Joel Salcido “The Spirit of Tequila” the landscape, culture, and traditions that gave birth to tequila.  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JUNE 16-18, Rawhide Days in Tucumcari, NM. Includes parade, dance, 5-10K run, car show, cowboy church and more. Schedule at TucumcariRawhideDays.com.

JUNE 16, 5:30 opens, program from 6-7pm, $5 includes one drink ticket. Nuclear Weapons Testing at the Nevada Test Site, an informal learning Program. Museum of Nuclear Science and Energy, 601 Eubank SE. More info by emailing  swhitman@nuclearmuseum.org.

JUNE 17, 2-4 pm, free. Richard Melzer, Cynthia Shetter and John Taylor discuss and sign their book “Medal of Honor Recipients from NM” This includes Daniel Fernandez from Los Lunas. Location is Teofilo’s Restaurant, 144 Main St. Los Lunas. Sponsored by the Valencia County Historical Society.

JUNE 17, 6-8:30 pm, free. Concert with Side Montero at the Los Poblanos Fields Open Space1701 Montano Rd. NW. Bring your own chair/blanket, picnic meal. Includes face painting, rock climbing wall. Contact Jessica Sapunar Jursich for more info, jessica@cabq.gov, 768-4959.

JUNE 17, 1 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, Part 1 — The Asian Influenza Pandemic of 1957-58 vs. Covid 19, 2020-2021, presented by Angel CervantesPresented 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.

JUNE 17, 2-4 pm, free. Cibola County Historical society in Grants. Ina Jean Barnes speaks on Homesteaders. Cibola County History Museum. 525 High St. Grants.


JUNE 18, 8 am, free but $2 parking. Foothills Wild Guided Hike. Meet at the Cottonwood Springs parking lot of the Elena Gallegos open space, 7100 Tramway NE. Info at 768-4951 or depps@cabq.gov.

JUNE 18, 2 PM, free.  ABQ Historical Society. Tony DellaFlora shows the video about the history of the Kirtland and South Broadway Neighborhoods. Free parking and free admission to the Museum. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society. albuqhistsoc.org.

JUNE 18, 25, Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum. Go to cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum.

JUNE 19 OBSERVANCE OF JUNETEENTH FEDERAL HOLIDAY (commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans)

JUNE 20, 7 pm, free. Dr. Klara Kelley speaks on In the Shadow of the Dragline: a field worker’s 45 years of change in Navojoland cultural Resource management. ABQ Museum. Sponsored by the ABQ Archaeological Society.

JUNE 22, 6 pm, reception, 6:30 pm, Readings from El Arte de la Palabra: Corazon Collective. A collection of writings by female and non- binary writers/Poets / educators from CA & TX.  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JUNE 23, 1-3 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, Mongol Empire and Ogedei Kahn, conquest of eastern Europe, Part 3. 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.


JUNE 24, 1 pm-virtual, $10. Hiroshima and Nagasaki-The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and their Aftermathpresented by Paul Ham. Nuclear Science Museum. nuclearMuseum.org, Eubank SE.

JUNE 24, doors open 7 pm, music at 8 pm, $5 & kids free. West Fest Dance in historic Mountainair, 101 E. Broadway. Music by Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies. Follows the Mountainair FFA Rodeo which is at 2 pm.

JUNE 24, 9-11 am, free but you must register in advance. Family Friendly hike, “Powerful Pollinators”. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NWCall 768-4950 or contact Ellie Althoff at ealthoff@cabq.gov.

JUNE 24, 10 am-1 pm, free. Writing Workshop including lunch. Must register. El Arte de la Palabra: Corazon Collective. A collection of writings by female and non binary writers/poets / educators from CA & TX. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Call 505-724-4771.

JUNE 26-30, by donation, limited to 20 students. Summer Archaeology camp “Want to be a junior archaeologist? Sponsored by Friends of Tijeras Pueblo. Tijeras Ranger Station. More info at FriendsofTijerasPueblo.org.

JUNE 24, 1:30-3 pm, admission ($5/6)  to Casa San Ysidro covers program. Heritage Spinning and Weaving. All supplies provided. 898-3915, Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. Aaron Gardner, agardner@cabq.gov or 898-3915.

JUNE 23/24/25  11 am, 2 pm, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos.Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.

JUNE 25, 2 pm, free. Historian Joe Sabatini speaks on “J.R. Willis, Arts Entrepreneur and Postcard Artist”. Bernalillo Town Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site.

JUNE 27, 9:30 am, free, in person or Zoom. Colcha embroidery group. National Hispanic Cultural center. Contact elenaD.Baca@dca.nm.gov. 505-220-7928.

JUNE 28, 6 pm opens, program from 6:30-7:30pm, $5 includes one drink ticket. Science Fiction Shapes Reality by professor Jason Donev from the U of Calgary, an informal learning Program. Museum of Nuclear Science and Energy, 601 Eubank SE. More info by emailing  swhitman@nuclearmuseum.org.

JUNE 29, 5:15-6pm, program 6-8pm, free but you must register at unmalumni.com. “Takes a Masterpiece to present MasterPiece”. Lobo Living Room presents general manager of NM PBS Franz Joachim discussing “Why Local TV: the Past, present and future of NM PBS”. program at KNME, 1130 University NE. More info at unmalumni.com or 277-5808.

JUNE 29, 7:30 pm, free. Shakespeare Festival outdoors performance of Comedy of Errors. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JUNE 29/30, 11 am, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.

JUNE 30, 10 am-12 noon, free but you must register in advance to reserve a spot. Candelaria Nature Preserve Guided Tour. Go to the end of Arbor Rd. NW. More info from Kyle Faig, 768-4208, or rfaig@cabq.gov.

JULY 1, 10 am – 4 pm, free. Magdalena Frontier Festival. Includes speakers, reenactors, demonstrations and displays.

JULY 1, 1 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Search for mitochondrial DNA and Eve. presented by Angel Cervantes.. 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.

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 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/


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


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.
  • HOLOCAUST MUSEUM and GELLERT EDUCATION CENTER NM, 616 Central SW. Go to the website nmholocaustmuseum.org. Questions call 247-0606.
  • www.albuquerque.oasisnet.org  or 884-4529.


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: