March 2021 On-Line & In-Person New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities



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

THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY (AHS)  Sunday, March 21, 2021, at 2 PM. Roland Penttila presents “Little Beaver Town 1961“. The program will take place by live stream on the AHS Facebook page.

Railroad historian Fred Friedman talks about “Short Line Railroads in New Mexico”.  Sponsored by the Historical Society of New Mexico on its youtube channel.  Go to then programs then events.

Most state Historic Sites and Museums have opened. Check individual web sites for hours, open dates, etc. There are also programs on their You Tube channel. 

BIG READ LAS CRUCES LIBRARY, When the Emperor was Divine. Relates to the Feb. 19 anniversary of FDR’s Executive Order 9066 which authorized the WW II removal and incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent from Washington, Oregon and California.

Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Search, opportunity to hear four candidates on the APS You Tube channel. Go to for more info. Presentations are from 6-7 pm with interviews by Board of Education from7:15-8:30 pm. March 1, Ignacio Ruiz; March 2, Scott Elder; March 4, Dr. Bogen  Vargas; March 5Ushma Shah.

The Wheels Museum, 1100 2nd St. SW has reopened. Times are Monday-Thursday, 9am-12 noon. Call first to confirm, 243-6269 or


MARCH 2, 11am – 12 noon, zoom on line. Confinement in the Land of Enchantment. A presentation about the internment camps in New Mexico of Japanese American citizens during WW II. Part of the Las Cruces Library’s BIG READ program. Go to  for more information or call 575-528-4005.

MARCH 2, all day, Zoom. TOUR TUESDAY: FOUNDATIONAL MATRIARCHS. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH 3, 12 noon, free Zoom. ROYAL PRENTICE PIONEER ARCHAEOLOGIST IN EASTERN NEW MEXICO. Panel  includes Richard Ford, University of Michigan; Allison Colborn, Laboratory of Anthropology, Gary Hein, nuclear scientist, retired. sponsored by the NM Friends of History at the HISTORY MUSEUM in Santa Fe. Go to and select the Facebook icon for access to the program. The Museum also has a YouTube channel where you can watch dozens of past programs & lectures ! Go to their website and click on their YouTube icon on the bottom of the home page. Get more info from the Friends of history website.

MARCH 4, 6:30 pm, Zoom. Happy Art Hour. Art activities for adults. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Go to to register for link.

MARCH 5, 5-8 pm, free, In-person, ! ART WALK DOWNTOWN CENTRAL. Meet the artists in person. Street music and vendors. Most artists will be along Central. Download map and descriptions at

MARCH 6, 10 am. In-person cleanup of Historic Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale SE. Trash bags and water provided. or

MARCH 6, 2-3 pm, Drop In discussion: Explore select art from the exhibition of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism. Zoom – Must register to participate. Albuquerque Museum.

MARCH 6 , 1 pm, $15. The Plague: Survivors, Descendants and the Impact on the Iberian Peninsula, Part 1 presented by Angel Cervantes from the New Mexico DNA Project and the Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. To pay and get a link for the program contact

MARCH 6, 2 pm, zoom. Taos County Historical Society presents. OVER THE SANTA FE TRAIL TO MEXICO: The travel diaries and autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard (1794-1884) presented by Joy Poole, Deputy State Librarian. contact Paul Figueroa at to request link.

MARCH 6, 2pm, Zoom. Belen Harvey House presents Jim Sloan describing “Old Postcards from Belen”. Go to the Belen Harvey House facebook page.

MARCH 6, 1-2:30 pm, Zoom. Querencia Lost and Reclaimed featuring Myrriah Gomez, Moises Gonzales, Patricia Perea, and Levi Romero. Contact Dustin Chavez Davis at 270-2055 or Sponsored by Bernalillo county.

MARCH 7, 3 pm, Zoom. Virtual Book reading and discussion led by Manuel Gonzales, Duende de Burque: “Alburqueque Poems & Musings.” This is a “love letter” to ABQ , its people and surroundings. National Hispanic Cultural Center,

MARCH 9, 2 pm, Pueblo Book Club.   Free but $5 donation encouraged. Engendered Encounters Feminism & Pueblo Cultures 1879-1934 by Margaret Jacobs, the book explores federal Indian policy, genders and and cross cultural encounters. You may purchase book at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center store. Must register by March 8. More information at

MARCH 9, 7 pm, Zoom, free. Schon Levy presents Prohibition in a Remote Place: Otowi (Los Alamos) NM. What was happening with homesteaders before the Manhattan Project. Los Alamos Historical Society.Go to to register and receive Zoom link.

MARCH 11, 1 pm, Zoom. Las Cruces Museum system presents Eric Leifield with Mesilla Valley Preservation describing the historic Armijo House. Contact Kayla Myers for more info.

MARCH 12, 1 pm, Zoom. Colcha Embroidery. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH  13, 1pm, online.  Tradition of the Santero/Bulto Restoration Techniques . Program by conservators Allison Herrera and Keith Baker. Casa San Ysidro. Contact Aaron Gardner, or 898-3915. to watch live.

MARCH 13, 6:30 pm, Zoom. Film Screening: Tsuru Rising and Ft. Sill Protest. Parat of the Las Cruces Library Big Read. Go to  for more information or call 575-528-4005.

MARCH 13, 5:30 pm, Zoom, free. NUCLEAR ENCHANTMENT IN NEW MEXICO AND THE SOUTHWEST: A people’s history. Presented by Lucie Genay. Part of the series from the Center for SW Research, UNM Zimmerman Library. Contact Tomas Jaehn, for Zoom access. You will be sent the link two days in advance.

MARCH 15, 6:30 PM, ZOOM. ABQ Poet Laureate Mary Oishi and other poets sharing about the Japanese American incarceration, NM history and healing from trauma. Part of the Las Cruces Library Big Read program. Go to  for more information or call 575-528-4005.

MARCH 18, 6-8 pm, virtual, free. THIRD THURSDAY AT THE ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM. 7 pm Musical performance by Las Flores del Valle Focus on the new exhibit  about Frida Kahlo.  Go to for more details and  listing of activities. Info fro Jessica Coyle, 764-6517,

MARCH 18-19 APS schools closed for student parent conferences.

MARCH 20, 2 pmZoom, free. Tertulia Historica: From Sea to Sand: Holy Week Traditions of Spain, New Mexico and the Philippines.  Sponsored by the National Hispanic Cultural Center. for more information and registration. You must register in advance.

MARCH 20, 2-3 pm, Zoom – Must register to participate. Drop In discussion: Explore select art from the exhibition of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism. Albuquerque Museum.

MARCH 20 , 1 pm, $15. The Plague: Survivors, Descendants and the Impact on the Iberian Peninsula, Part 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

MARCH 21, 2 pm, free. Roland Penttila presents: Little Beaver Town 1961. Go to the website of the Albuquerque Historical Society, It will direct you to the presentation.

MARCH 21, 2-3 pm, Zoom Frida Kahlo’s Self portrait as a Tehuana: A very Close reading by Jay Oles, lecturer in Art from Wellesley College. Contact Elizabeth Becker, 764-6515,

MARCH 22, 5:30 pm, Zoom, free. Heather McClanahan presents “Stories of women who worked and lived in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project”. Los Alamos Historical Society. Go to to register and receive Zoom link.


MARCH 26, 12 Noon, Zoom, free. New Mexico Historic Sites Director Patrick Moore will speak about how Historic Sites have dealt with Covid over the last year. Request Zoom link by Emailing,

MARCH 30, 6 pm. Facebook Live. Rancho de Las Golondrinas presents: NEW MEXICO’S CHILI KINGS: FABIAN GARCIA AND ROY NAKAYAMA presented by former NM State historian Rick HendricksGo to

MARCH 31, 6-7 pm, Zoom. Documenting Diego Rivera presented by filmmaker Mary Lance. She talks about the process to make the 1985 documentary of Rivera’s life “I paint what I see” Contact Elizabeth Becker, 764-6515,

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. Panelists are Timothy Nelson, Geni Flores, Janice Dunnahoo, Maya Allen. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council. Go to  You tube channel.

HISTORIC SANTA FE FOUNDATION ( offers free two programs to watch: Ron Duncan Hart speaking on the Early Jews in NM; Rob Martinez – The Enduring Hispanic Music of NM.

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.



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

METRO AREA MUSEUMS HAVE REOPENED WITH DIFFERENT REGULATIONS, TICKETING & TIMES.  Albuquerque MuseumBalloon Museum,  National Museum of Nuclear Science & HistoryNew Mexico Holocaust MuseumCheck their websites for more details as to hours of operation, gift shops, etc.

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

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.

Watch Early Jews in New Mexico presented by Ron Duncan Hart. Sponsored by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation. Go to for information.

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,

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

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,
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 VISIT THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY  Library branches have opened on a limited basis. Staff will help you with research or setting up an appointment by contacting

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.


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 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 You may visit the current exhibitions. exhibit Luis Jimenez: Motion and Emotion (drawings and lithographs).
    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 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 (  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.


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.