May 2021 Online & In-Person New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities



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

THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY (AHS)  will not have a May program. Return for the June 20 program “Life of Mrs. Carnis Salisbury: Albuquerque Fair Housing and Civil Rights Pioneer,” by Brian Eagan, Attorney for the Albuquerque Housing Authority on Facebook, 2 pm.

New Mexico Historic Sites and Museums have opened. Check individual websites for hours, open dates, etc. There are also programs on their YouTube channel. 

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

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center back open for Cultural Dance Program on Saturdays / Sundays — 11am and 2pm.

140th Anniversary of the 1881 Escape of Billy the Kid from the Lincoln county Courthouse. Go to the You Tube channel icon and look for Billy the Kid.

Corrales Historical Society celebrates the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Village of Corrales and the 300th anniversary of the Corrales area. Historical displays all year at the Corrales Village Hall and in the windows of the Corrales Library. View more than 1500 photos now at UNM through More info on the website of

MAY 4, 6 pm, zoom. Perspectivas Moderna, Seeking Refuge, the Asylum system: Challenges to Women and the LGBTQ seeking refuge. Presented by Kimberly Gauderman, UNM History Dept. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Register at

MAY 4, 11 and 18 – free beginning genealogy classes sponsored by the ABQ Genealogy Society. Contact

MAY 5, 12 noon, free Zoom. Home on the Range from Ranches to Rockets. Presented by Leah Tookey, History Curator of the NM Farm and Ranch Museum. She describes how long time farmers and ranchers in the Tularosa Basin near Las Cruces were forced from their land because of WW II. Sponsored by the NM Friends of History. 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.

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

MAY 6, 5:30 pm, Zoom, free. Reversing the Negative: Focusing the Narrative of the Carlos Vierra Scrapbooks. Presented by Shawn Evans and Garron Yepa with AOS Architectures from Santa Fe. 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.

MAY 6, 7-8 pm, Zoom, free. Native Plants for Exciting NM Gardens presented by Marisa Thomson, NMSU Horticultural Specialist. Go to to register and receive Zoom link.

MAY 7, 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

NO MAY program Taos County Historical Society. Contact Paul Figueroa at to request link.

MAY 8 & other Saturdays in May – downtown Growers Market at Robinson Park, 8th & Central NW.

MAY 8, 2-4 pm in person. Book signing of The Tale of Two Eloisa’s presented by Patty Guggino. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. 251 Vallejos Ln. at the Water tank. Call 352-7720.

MAY 8, 11 am, zoom. NM Genealogical Soc. presents Lisa Kendrick, ABQ Main Library Genealogy Center, speaking on how to do NM Family Research. Go to for more information.

MAY 8, 3 pm, Zoom. A Place of Thin Veil: Life and Death in Gallup New Mexico / Iconic Stories and Long Hidden Secrets. Presented by Bob Rosebrough. Octavia Fellin Public Library. To get link contact Library.

MAY 8, 7 pm, Annual meeting of the Archaeological Society of NM. Bandelier Lecture at 8pm. Topic is “PaleoIndians of NM by Bruce Huckell, Assoc. Prof. Dept of Anthropology, UNM. Request Zoom link from

MAY 8/9, 11am, 2 pm, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.


MAY 9, Available at Link. Los Luceros Historic Site, Growing Connections to the PastGo to

MAY 9, 10 am-2 pm and other Sundays May 16, 23, 30. Rail Yards Market. Various vendors, 2nd SW.

MAY 10, 12 noon, Zoom. Melanie Majors, Ex. Director of the NM Foundation for Open Government (FOG) speaks about the work of FOG and the recent focus group findings after the close of the 2021 legislative session. Request link from Sponsored by ABQ Press Women and Friends.


MAY 11, 12 noon, Zoom. The Great Locomotive Chase presented by Heather Reed at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum. Contact Garland Courts.

MAY 11, 2 pm, Pueblo Book Club.   Free but $5 donation encouraged. Last Hunters: First Farmers A New Perspective on the Prehistoric transition to Agriculture (the experience of children in Indian Boarding Schools). You may purchase book at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center store. Must register by April 12. More information at

MAY 12, 10:30 am, Zoom. ABQ Genealogical Society sponsors AGS president Philip Spivey speaking on Research Plans. Go to for more information.

MAY 12, 10 am, Zoom. The virtual pottery demonstration series of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture presents Jemez potter Kathleen Wall. Get link from

MAY 13, link available beginning in AM. The History of Agriculture-Nakayama Farm in the Mesilla Valley 1915-1990s presented by the granddaughter Peggy Swoveland. Las Cruces Museum system. or contact

MAY 14, 1 pm, Zoom. Colcha Embroidery. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 15, 1-3 pm, Zoom. Casa San Ysidro and the Corrales Historical Society present the Corrales Heritage Festival. Contact Aaron Gardner for more info, or 898-3915.

MAY 15, 2pm, Zoom. Six Degrees of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Artists of Northern New Mexico. Albuquerque Museum.

MAY 15, 1-5 pm, In person & outdoors. Mountainair PRIMAVERA FESTIVAL with performers of dance / music, food vendors and more. MUSTANG Plaza in Mountainair. Sponsored by the Manzano Mountain Arts Council.Go to their website to get more info.

MAY 15 , 1 pm, $15. , Anthropological Genetic History, The Athabascan (Navajo, Apache) Connection to NM Families. Mt-DNA Haplogroup A & C 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

MAY 15/16, 11am, 2 pm, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

MAY 16, Tentative opening date for the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe. Get more info from

MAY 16, 2 pm, Zoom. Women to the Front: Photography Mentorship in Early ABQ. Five women photographers from ABQ’s early years. Presented by archivist Jill Hartke. ABQ Museum.

MAY 19, 6 pm, Zoom. Bookworks presents Dine Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature. Go to Bookworks website, and request link.

MAY 19, 5-6 pm, free, Zoom. The Counter Narrative-exploring nuclear science and history in NM from the Pueblo perspective. Radon Daughter. Lasting implications for the community because of nuclear Science. Get link from

MAY 20, 6-8 pm, virtual, free. THIRD THURSDAY AT THE ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM. 7 pm Musical performance by Lone Pinon. Focus on recent acquisitions to the permanent collection. Poet Laureate mary Iishi will discuss.  Go to for more details and  listing of activities. Info from Jessica Coyle, 764-6517,

MAY 22, 2 pm, Zoom. Tertulia Historica Albuquerque series, ABQ: Roosevelt’s New Deal in NM. The Works Progress Administration WPA) presented by Jana Gottshalk, Asst. Curator at the NM Museum of Art. More info at National Hispanic Cultural Center, for more info and to get link.

MAY 22/23, 11am, 2 pm, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

MAY 23, 1 pm, Zoom. Richard & Shirley Flint describe their book Overhaul, A Social History of the ABQ Locomotive Repair Shops.  The shops were the driving force of the ABQ economy for some 70 years. More info at National Hispanic Cultural Center,

MAY 25, 6:30 pm, Friends of Tijeras Pueblo Lecture Series. Request link from Kym Campbell,

MAY 28, 12 noon, Zoom. “The Bomb, Rockets, Aliens and UFOs !” presented by Dennis Reinhartz. Sponsored by the Historical Society of New Mexico.Will be recorded for future viewing on its youtube channel. Go to then programs then events. Request Zoom link by emailing,

MAY 29 , 1 pm, $15. , Anthropological Genetic History, The Meso-American Connection to NM Families. Mt-DNA Haplogroup A & C 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

MAY 29, 9am-1pm. In person opening of the Cibola County History Museum, 525 West High St., Grants NMSocial distancing and masks required. Go to for more information.

MAY 29/30, 11 am, 2 pm, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

MAY 31 OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY – VISIT the NM Veterans Memorial 1100 Louisiana SE.

MAY 31, 9 am-2 pm, In honor of Memorial Day, Historic Fairview Cemetery open house, 700 Yale SE. Includes guided tours at 9 am, 10 am, 11am & 12 noon, tickets in advance $20 at or “Where the Past meets the Present.”

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

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. There are programs about the French in New Mexico, Japanese Internment camps during WW II, Women’s Suffrage and the Rio Grande. Go to  You tube channel.

HISTORIC SANTA FE FOUNDATION ( offers two free 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.


INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER  — Thursdays – Sundays !  This includes the restaurant and gift shop.


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

Historic Carizozo, NM, see the winners of the New Mexico Magazine 2020 Photo Contest at the Tularosa Basin Photo Gallery. It is now open on Friday/Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sundays from 12 noon-5pm., 575-937-1489.

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.


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 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.

Holocaust Museum and Gellert Education Center NM, 616 Central SW. Go to the website Questions call 247-0606.  


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.