May 2023 In-Person NM History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:


There is no May meeting of the ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. The next program is June 18 which includes Free parking & Free admission to the ABQ Museum in Old Town.

EVERY SATURDAY, 8am-12 noon, GROWERS MARKET, 8th & Central NW, bicycle valet. EVERY SUNDAY, 8am-12 noon, RAILYARDS MARKET .


HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW MEXICO. New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. Visit – 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.

MANY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES AT THE BRANCHES OF THE ABC LIBRARY SYSTEM, Go to to review listing by location, days and times! Be sure to look for all kinds of family & children’s activities involving Memorial Day, summer and spring.


MAY 1, San Felipe Pueblo Feast Day

MAY 2, 10:30 am, free either virtual or in-person. AGS, WW II Pacific Units and Where they served.

MAY 2, 7 pm, free. Jim Krehbiel from the Torrance County Archaeological Soc. discusses the Ancient Astronomy of SE Utah, Manzano Mountain Art Council, 101 E. Broadway. or 847-5068 for info.

MAY 3, 12 noon, free, virtual. Sponsored by the NM History Museum Friends of History. Cynthia Culbertson presents Hoofbeats through History: The story of the Horse in New Mexico. Go to the website to watch this and the past lectures on their You Tube channel.

MAY 3, begins at 10 am, website has Indigenous Connections and Collections: Telling our Stories, Jemez Pueblo author and teacher Dr. Joe S. Sando. information available at

MAY 4, 11, 18, 25– 1:30-3:30pm, free. New Mexico Folk Dancing for Seniors. Four weeks of traditional NM dances and music. Learn these dances. National Hispanic Cultural Center Rehearsal hall. for more info. Sponsored by the AARP.

MAY 4, 8 am, free. Dancing in the Cave, Enjoy early morning dancing outside in the Maxwell Museum courtyard. Enjoy juice and coffee.  Sponsored by Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM. 500 University 277-4405.

MAY 5, 12 noon, free. UNM Music Dept. horn quartet, “Duke City Horns”, Concerts in the Maxwell Museum courtyard, 500 University NE.

MAY 5, 5-7 pm, free and will reoccur every 1st Friday. NM History Museum History Walk. Use the museum main entrance at 113 Lincoln. Go to for more information.

MAY 4/5, 11 am, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at

MAY 5, 6-8 pm, free. The Wandering Ballad, various music by Scott and Johanna Hongell Darsee. El Moro Arts Council at the Old School Gallery, 4009 Ice Caves Rd., Ramah, NM. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

MAY 5, 5:30 opens, program from 6-7pm, $5 includes one drink ticket. Beyond the Sun: Planets around other Stars-Science on Tap, an informal learning Program. Museum of Nuclear Science and Energy, 601 Eubank SE. More info by emailing

MAY 5, 5-8 pm, free. ARTScrawl 1st Friday. Various galleries open, meet the artists.

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

MAY 5-7, free but donations encouraged. Festival Sefardi, sponsored by Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.Music, Poetry, Middle Eastern lunch May 6 has fee. Entire schedule at

MAY 6, 9am-12 noon. 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. or “Where the Past meets the Present”.

MAY 6, 11-4 pm, free. Locomotive 2926  goes ½ mile from its work area to Tractor Brewing, 1801 4th NW. See it move this long distance for the first time. Fundraiser, Tour the train, learn about volunteer opportunities. website has more info.

MAY 6,  11 am – 7 pm, free. Turkish Festival at the Raindrop Foundation, 7901 Mountain Rd NE just east of Pennsylvania. Food, music, whirling dervish performance, arts and crafts, kids area.

MAY 6, 10 am-2 pm, free. Multi Cultural Art Festival at Singing Arrow Community Center, 13200 Wenonah Ave. SE. Tour archaeological site, Mariachi San Jose, Bao Lion Dance, Celtic Music, Israeli and Greek Dancing.

MAY 6, 10-3pm, fee. Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival: Dancing, acrobatic martial arts, origami, food tasting. Nuclear Science Museum, Eubank SE.

MAY 6, 2-5:30 pm, free. Movie matinee, Wyatt Earp, filmed at various NM locations. Special Collections Library, Edith and Central NE. Note parking restrictions around the library., 848-1376.

MAY 6, 7 pm, $15. Jazz Guitarist James Emery performing at WAREHOUSE I-10 in Magdalena, 110 N. Main. 575-517-0669.

MAY 6, 9-11:30 AM, free but please register. Walks on Mountain Rd. and in the Wells Park Neighborhood. Register at 8:30 am at the Kirwin Studio, 8th & Mountain Rd. Park on the Streeet. 9, 10, 11, am is Art Corridor Walk. 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 am is Walk around Wells Park.

MAY 6, 9am, free. BOGO Book Sale at the Martha Liebert Public Library in Bernalillo, 124, Calle Malinche, 867-1440.

MAY 6/7, 10 am-5 pm, Magdalena, NM annual Art Studio Tour with 50 artists at 16 locations. Go to for map and more info.

MAY 6, 12:30-3:30 pm, free. Ohkay Owingeh basket artist Jilli Oyenque talks about her work, does Q & A, then demonstrates basket weaving outside in the  Maxwell Museum courtyard, 500 University

MAY 6, 2-4 pm, free. Anne Hillerman speaks about her new book “Way of the Bear”. Placitas Community Library, 453 Highway 505-867-3355.

MAY 6, 1 pm, $20. Anthropological Genetic History, The Inquisition, the Cathars and the Holy GrailPresented by the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register.

MAY 6-7, 10 am-5 pm, 25th annual Corrales Art Studio Tour. Get tour map at (Preview Gallery at the Old Church 1-5 pm on May 5-One item for sale by every artist)

MAY 6/7, 9am-5 pm, $15 day/$25, 2 days. Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival at Balloon Fiesta Park. Bagpipers, nine athletic events, dancing, music vendors. More info at or Facebook.

MAY 7, 8am, free. Bosque Wild Guided Hike from the Open Space visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. Call to RSVP.

MAY 7, 2-4 pm, free. Reception and lecture – opening of exhibition and paintings of Willard Page, Belen Harvey House, 104 N. 1st St. Belen.

MAY 7, 2-3:30 pm, free. NM Land Grants: Yesterday and Today presented by Robert Torrez, former NM State Historian and a panel of present day land grant activists.  Canon de Carnue Land Grant Hall, 364, NM-333 in Carnuel. Sponsored by the East Mountain Historical Society and the Historical Society of NM Speakers Bureau.

MAY 7, 12 noon, fee. Dr. Larry Torres speaks at luncheon of Taos County Historical Society. Sagebrush Inn. More info at

MAY 7, 1-5 pm, free. Opening: Focus on Youth at the Albuquerque Museum. Annual exhibit of youth photography and film. In cooperation with the APS Fine Arts Dept.

MAY 6/7,  11am, 2 pm, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info

MAY 7, 14, 21, 28 –  Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum.

MAY 8, 11:45 am, free but buy your own lunch. In person at Weck’s Restaurant, 7301 Paseo del Norte NE Jim O’Neill who spent 20 years as director of Tax Policy for the NM Tax and Revenue Dept. will speak. More info from  Sponsored by Albuquerque Press Women and Friends.

MAY 9, 6:30 PM, free. Paul Secord speaks about The Archaeology of Tijeras Canyon. Secord will use his book to discuss various historic sites in the area.  Sponsored by Friends of Tijeras Pueblo. Tijeras Ranger Station. More info at

MAY 10, 10:30 am, virtual or on-line. AGS presents Philip Spivey, “State Archives have More online Resources than ever Before.” Main Library. or the Facebook page of ABQ Genealogical Society.

MAY 11/12, 11 am, in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at

MAY 12, 6 pm, free. Banda Sinaloense, music traditions of northern Mexico (ballads, boleros, cumbias) Concerts in the Maxwell Museum courtyard, 500 University

MAY 12, 6-9:30 pm, free. ABQ Astrological Society presents Solar Viewing and Star party “Gateway to a Sense of Wonder”. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

MAY 12, 4 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, Part 1 — The Crusades: The Cross and the Crescent. The World’s most infamous conflict of religious zeal, fanaticism and violence comes to life, presented by Angel Cervantes. Includes a short film. Presented by the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register.

MAY 13, 2 pm, free. Anne Hillerman discusses her new book Way of the Bear. Los Lunas Transportation Center (Next to the RailRunner Station). Sponsored by Friends of the Las Lunas Library.

MAY 13, 5-9 pm, free. 5pm, Reception and Book signing; 6 pm, pre-film talk with Jimmy Santiago Baca; 7 pm, Film Bound by Honor (rated R) tells story based on life of Baca. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 13/14, 10am-5pm, free. Placitas Studio Tour, visit studios of dozens of Placitas area artists. Map at or Facebook.

MAY 13, 10 am-4pm, $2. Friends of the ABQ Public Library monthly book sale at the downtown Main branch.

MAY 13, 10 am – 4 pm, Heritage Day Round Up, The History of Horses in Corrales. 1 pm Doug Casteel, long time resident of Corrales shares stories of growing up with horses in Corrales. On going activities for kids, and meet the 1st pet mayor of Corrales. Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old church Rd.

MAY 13, 6-8:30 pm, free. Concert 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,, 768-4959.

MAY 13, Spring Graduation at the University of New Mexico.

MAY 14, OBSERVATION OF MOTHERS DAY- Music at the Old Town Plaza gazebo from 1-5 pm. List of performers at or contact, 768-3556.


MAY 13/14, 11am, 2 pm, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

MAY 14, Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum. Go to

MAY 18, 6-7:30 pm, free. The Santa Fe Internment Camp 1942-196 presented by Nancy Bartlit. Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Ave. in Santa Fe. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.

MAY 18, 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. or 311 for more info.

MAY 18, 5:30-7 pm, free. Social Action Carnival. Amy Biehl HS, 123 4th St. SW.

MAY 18/19, 11 am, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at

MAY 19, 5-7 pm, free. Hecho en Nuevo Mexico, Recent Acquisitions by NM Artists. RSVP. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MAY 20, 3-5 pm, free. “Snail Mail Social”, Special Collections Library, Edith and Central NE. Note parking restrictions around the library, 848-1376.

MAY 20, 10 am-2 pm, free. State of the City celebration and speech by Mayor Tim Keller. Railyards on South 2nd. Park and Ride available from

MAY 20, 10am-1 pm, free. Neighborhood Nature Festival & Block Party at Wilson Park, 6000 Anderson SE @ San Pedro. Face painting, wild bird display, carnival performers, music, bike repair and more. Contact Open Space Division,

MAY 20, 1-3 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Plague: Survivors, Descendants. Presented by the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register.

MAY 21, 2pm, free. Veterans Recognition honoring WW II hero Arturo B. Jaramillo and Purple Heart recipient Jesse Lucero. Learn about these men, hear their stories, meet their families. 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.

MAY 21, 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

MAY 21, 10 am-3:30 pm, free. Classic Car Show “Celebrate Tail Fins” in the parking lot of the Albuquerque Museum.

MAY 21, 2 pm, free. Dona Tules Barcelo, “Gambling Queen of Santa Fe” A musical performance by Van Ann Moore accompanied by Luis Campos. Old church in Corrales. Sponsored by the NM Humanities Council.Capacity 150 so come early, no seat saving.

MAY 21, 2 PM, free.  ABQ Historical Society takes break for May. Free parking and free admission to the Museum. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society.

MAY 21, 2 pm, free. Dan Vallo speaks on “Ancient Flintknapping”. Vallo describes creating unique and functional tools from bone and stone. Bernalillo Town Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. Sponsored by Friends of Coronado Historic Site.

MAY 23, 9:30 am, free, in person or Zoom. Colcha embroidery group. National Hispanic Cultural center. Contact 505-220-7928.

MAY 24, 4-7 pm, free. Installation of Pueblo Matriarch 20′ sculpture at the 12th & Menaul traffic circle near the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. More info at


MAY 25, free. Celebrate Acequias & film Acequias-The Legacy Lives On. 5-7 pm food trucks & cash bar; film screening, 7-8:15 pm; Q & A with filmmaker Aracely (Arcie) Chapa. Learn about acequias from the eyes of farmers, advocates, scholars, lawmakers and journalist. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 4th & Bridge SW.

MAY 25, 6 pm, free. The NM Humanities Council has their book release event at the ABQ Press Club in Highland Park. More info at

MAY 25/26, 11 am, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at

MAY 26, 4 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Mongol empire and Genghis Khan, presented by Angel Cervantes. Includes a short film. By the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register.

MAY 27, 3-5 pm, free. Tour the 1926 constructed Special Collections Library at Edith and Central NE. Be aware of parking restrictions around the area.

MAY 27, 10 am, free but donations appreciated. Roland Pentilla tells how the growth of railroads led to time zones across the country. Limited seating so RSVP to or call 243-6269. Sponsored by the Wheels Museum at 1100 2nd SW. Go to for more info.

MAY 27, 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, or 898-3915.

MAY 27/28  11 am, 2 pm, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

MAY 29 OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY, 9 am-Program at NM Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE. Visit the various outdoor displays at the Memorial any time.

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

EL RANCHO DE LAS GOLONDRINAS, Celebrating 50 years. 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.

HISTORIC SANTA FE FOUNDATION ( 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

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

Cibola County History Museum, 525 West High St., Grants NMGo to for more information.

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.

EAST MOUNTAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY announces the recorded program of Rt. 66 and Historic NM License PlatesGo to  to view.


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. or “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 /user/NM museum . Look up the titles. More info at the NM History Museum website,
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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.
  • 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.
  • HOLOCAUST MUSEUM and GELLERT EDUCATION CENTER NM, 616 Central SW. Go to the website Questions call 247-0606.
  •  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: