May 2024 NM History & Culture Opportunities

The Albuquerque Historical Society & the Historical Society of NM

Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:


THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY doesn’t meet in May. Please attend other historical programs. AHS meets again June 16. Free parking & Free admission to the ABQ Museum in Old Town.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW MEXICO. New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. Read about it, 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.

MUSIC, 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 to review listing by location, days and times! Be sure to look for all kinds of free family & children’s activities.



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 Mon. – Sat., 8am-4pm.

MAY 3, 10:30 am, free. Attend virtual or in-person. DNA Military Research Group,  2nd floor of Main Library, 5th & Copper. Free 2 hour parking across street in City lot. for more info.

MAY program. Diaries of Pioneer Women presented by Norma Libman. Sponsored by the NM History Museum Friends of History. Go to the website to watch this and the past lectures on their YouTube channel.

MAY 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, 30/31, 11 am, $2. National Hispanic Cultural Center, tour of Torreon.

MAY 3, 10am-12 noon, free but you must register at Tijeras BioZone guided hike, one mile. Meet at 15600 Central SESponsored by COA Open Space Div. contact or 768-4959 for more info.

MAY 3, 5-8 pm, free. ALBUQUERQUE ARTS CRAWL, artscrawlabq.orgVarious art galleries around ABQ, meet and visit with artists in person.

MAY 3, 6:30-7:30 pm, free. Guided tour of Downtown murals. “Follow Eric Walking Tours”. Meet in parking lot of Gold & 7th St. SW. (Part of ABQ Art Walk)

MAY 3, 5-9 pm, free. Albuquerque Art Walk downtown Central between 1st & 8th St. Stores & restaurants open, various vendors, food trucks.

MAY 4, 10 am, free. Storyteller Joe Hays creates special stories for kids of all ages. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts, 251 Main St. at the water tower in Los Lunas.

MAY 4, 11AM-4 PM, free. Locomotive 2926 on display at Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St. NW. More info at

MAY 4/5, 10am-4pm, free. Art Magdalena in historic Magdalena, NM. Music tours, workshops, visit artists in their studios, demos. 8pm concert by Dawn Hotel, May 4 @ Warehouse I-10. More info and map at

MAY 4/5, CORRALES STUDIO TOUR, 10 am-5pm, free. Some 100 artists display and sell their work at 28 different locations. Download map at

MAY 4, 1pm, free. Flamencosa performs live dancing. 101 E. Main St. sponsored by the Manzano Mountain Art Council, Mountainair, NM. 505-847-5068.

MAY 4, 8-11 am. 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. or “Where the Past meets the Present”.

MAY 4, 10:30 am, free. The Hispanic Genealogical Research Center presents Jorge Luis Garcia Ruiz speaking on “Presidio Soldados Del Rey”. National Hispanic Cultural Center Domenici Building, Room 122.

MAY 4, 11 am, free. Francisco Uvina speaks on the Rehabilitation of the historic Gutierrez Hubbell House in the early 2000s.  6029 Isleta SW. Learn why this territorial style 1850s house is on both the state and national registers. More info at

MAY 4/5, 10am-3 pm, ticket fee. Celebrate the cultures of Asian American Pacific Islander (dances, demos, martial arts, music and more). Nuclear Science Museum, 601Eubank SE.

MAY 4, 3-5 pm, free. Movie day, Every Which Way but Loose with Clint Eastwood. Special Collections Library 423 Central NE. Watch for parking restrictions.

MAY 3/4/5, Fridays @ 12 noon, Sat/Sun 11 am & 2 pm, fee. Cultural dances, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MAY 4, 6pm, free. Star Party with viewing by the ABQ Astronomical Society. Placitas Library, 453 NM hwy 165. More information at 505-867-3355.

MAY 4, 11am-7 pm, free. Turkish Festival: music, vendors, Turkish food, performance by Whirling Dervish. 7901 Mountain Rd NEMore info at

MAY 4, 11, 18, 25, 8am, free. Farmer’s Market at Robinson Park, 8th & Central opens for the spring/summer.

MAY 4, 10 am-4pm, free. Poet’s Picnic Day: art, music, poetry, calligraphy demos, nature events with live poetry 1-3 pm, 2-4 pm medicinal plant walk,  You may bring food, food trucks available. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, more info from

MAY 4/5, 9am-5pm, Tickets $20/$15. Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival, Balloon Fiesta Park.

MAY 5, 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.

MAY 5, 1-5 pm, free. Focus on Youth APS exhibit of photography and films. Over 100 entries. Awards ceremony 2pm. Albuquerque Museum.

MAY 5, 3pm, Yom Hashoah Remembrance of the Holocaust, Community Service. Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NEMore information and link to attend virtually at

MAY 5, free 1st Sunday admission to the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum. 1701 4th St. SW at Bridge.

MAY 5, 3 pm, free. The Albuquerque Concert Band performs at Eldorado High School’s performing arts center, Montgomery & Juan Tabo NE.

MAY 5, 12, 19, 26, Sunday mornings admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum. Go to

MAY 5, 10am-2pm, free. Railyards Market in historic Barelas opens for the Summer. Every Sunday. 777 1st St. SW-enter parking area at 1st & Hazeldine SW. All are encouraged to walk or bicycle due to limited parking.

MAY 7, 10:30 am, free. The ABQ Gen. Soc. Military Research Group meets at the Main Library, 5th & Copper NW. Topic is WWII US AirForce accidents in NM.

MAY 8, 3:30-5:30 pm, free. Bloom Fiesta for kids & families in the International District, 1314 Madeira Dr. SE— bouncy house, carnival games, library info, game bus. Sponsored by the New Mexico Black Leadership Council. More info at

MAY 9, 4-6:30 pm, free. Open House and Dedication of the New Mexico Black Leadership Council building, 1314 Madeira Dr. SEMore info and parking info at

MAY 9, 1 pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Politics of Genetic Geology and the Impact on Identity. Presented by Angel Cervantes and the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register.

MAY 11, 4-5 pm, free. In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Enchanters sing at Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, Unser & Montano.

MAY 11, 6-8 pm, free. Mothers Day Weekend concert, Chill House Band featuring Hillary Smith. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. You may bring your own food. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

MAY 11, 10 am-5 pm, free. Mountainair Art Studio and Gallery Tour. Visit galleries, private studios and restaurants open.

MAY 11/12 , 10am-5pm, free. Placitas Studio tour of some 50 artists home, free. Get map at

MAY 11, 11am-1pm, $10. Kids & Family Event: Make and decorate a spinner. Wheels Museum, 1100 2nd SW505-243-6269 or

MAY 11, 11 am, free. Author and historian John Taylor speaks on “The Civil War in NM: Valverde and Glorieta Pass: The Impact the War had on the West.  Contact David Ottaviano for more information, 505-350-5117. or 350-5117. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.

MAY 11, 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.

MAY 11, 9AM, UNM graduation at the Pit.

MAY 9/10, 11 am, $2. National Hispanic Cultural Center, tour of Torreon.

MAY 11, 3-4 pm, free. Modern Music on Traditional instruments. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NEWatch for parking restrictions.

MAY 11, 6 pm, free. Anne Hillerman speaks on her 9th Joe Leaphorn novel, Lost Birds. Book Works, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

MAY 12 OBSERVANCE OF MOTHER’S DAY. Various events around the metro area.

MAY 12, MOTHER’S DAY TOUR OF DOWNTOWN HISTORIC HOUSES, 11am-3pm, Tickets in advance $15 & $20 on tour day.  Check in at Lew Wallace School, 513 6th NW.  Info and tickets at

MAY 12, 1-5 pm, free. Mother’s Day in Old Town. Music and activities on Old Town Plaza Gazebo.

MAY 12, Moms get in ½ price. Mothers Day at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. www.IndianPueblo.o

MAY 13, 11:45 am, free. Albuquerque Press Women & Friends. NM Senators Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Bill Tallman both retiring from the legislature share their insight of the NM Legislature. In-person at Weck’s Restaurant, 7301 Paseo del Norte NE.  (You may purchase food/beverage.) More info from Sponsored by Albuquerque Press Women and Friends.

MAY 14, 2-4 pm, free but donation encouraged. Pueblo Book Club, Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

MAY 14, 6:30 pm, free but donations accepted. Archaeology Knows No Bounds. Come learn about the 200 + archaeological sites on KAFB that are managed by Sandia National Labs. Speaker is SNL archaeologist Christina Chavez. Sponsored by the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo at the Sandia Ranger Station, just off I-40 in Tijeras. More information at

MAY 16, 5-8pm, free. 3rd THURSDAY AT ABQ MUSEUM. 6:30 pm Myrriah Gomez speaks about the effects of the nuclear industry on New Mexicans. 6-8 pm outdoor amphitheatre Son Como Son Salsa Cuban Style.

MAY 16/17, 11 am, $2. National Hispanic Cultural Center, tour of Torreon.

MAY 17, all day. “Bike to Wherever Day” – school, work, friends. to register. Free SWAG at various pop-up tables all around ABQ. Sponsored by the City of ABQ.

MAY 18, 2pm, free. The Day the Atomic Bomb was dropped in Albuquerque– presented by Roland Pentilla. Contact 243-6269 or Wheels Museum, 1100 2ndSt. SW.

 MAY 18, 4 pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The New Mexico DNA Project. Presented by Angel Cervantes and the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register.

MAY 18, 10 am-3 pm, free. Corrales Heritage Day, at Casa San Ysidro and the old San Ysidro Church. “Celebrations and Ceremonies”.  Corrales Historical Society archives displays various documents and photographs. Contact Aaron Gardner for more info., 898-3915.

MAY 18,  2-3 pm, free. ABQ Civic Chorus sings at Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Library, 7704 2nd St. NW.

MAY 18, 8:30 am-12:30, free. Bosque Clean Up part of National River Day. Meet in dirt lot west of River and north of Central.

MAY 19, 2pm, free. Peter Stark  speaks on Coronado: The Conflicted Conquistador. Martha Liebert Public Library in Bernalillo, 145 Calle Malinche. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado & Jemez Historic Sites. More info

MAY 19, 2 pm, free. John Taylor speaks about 49 Medal of Honor Winners with connections to New MexicoBelen Harvey House. 104 N. 1st St. in Belen. Sponsored by the Valencia County Historical Society.

MAY 19, 2 pm, free. Between the Stone and the Flower, the Duality of the Conversos: The Journey of Crypto-Jews from the Spanish Inquisition to Modern Times. Intro and Q & A by filmmaker Genie Milgron. Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming

MAY 19, 2 pm, free. Paulette Atencio speaks on Traditional Stories of Northern NM. Corrales Historical Society @ the Old San Ysidro Church.

MAY 19, 2 pm, free.  Songs of the Chicano Movement presented by Chuy Martinez. Sandoval County Historical Society. 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. 505-867-2755.


MAY 23, 4 pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, Cradle of the Gods: Gobekli Tepe-Turkish site dating back to 9600 B.C.E. Presented by Angel Cervantes and the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register.

The ABQ Historical Society will not meet in May. Next program is June 16. Free parking and free admission to the ABQ Museum. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society.

MAY 25, 10 am, followed by complimentary lunch. Only 50 may register. The Chinese Railroad Workers of NM presented by Fred Friedman in honor of Asian American month. Also performance by ABQ Chinese folk dance group. Presented by Fay Yao and Asiatic Research International. Wheels Museum. 1100 2nd SW. Contact 505-243-6269 or

MAY 25, 6-7:30 pm, free. Sunset Hike in the Bosque. Meet at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

MAY 25-27, 10 am-5pm, free. Annual Jemez Red Rocks Art Show with dozens of native artists from around the southwest. Food vendors and more. Info at

MAY 27 OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY – Various ceremonies around the metro area. 10am, New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE. Rio Rancho ceremony at 10 am at Veterans Memorial Park, 950 Pinetree Rd. in Rio Rancho.

MAY 27, 3 pm, free. Memorial Day ceremony and dedication of the Memorial to the Unknown Dead. Historic Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale SE.

MAY 31, 1pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Journey of Man: Genetic Migrations and Origins (the human species move from the continent of Africa) by Angel Cervantes and the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register


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 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 There is a six part podcast available at


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

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


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.


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. 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.


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: