November 2020 On-Line & In-Person New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities



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

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Go to for links to the Smithsonian, National Endowment for Humanities, National Park Service, National Archives, Teacher resources and more. Also the INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER has a full month of free online programs, although a $5 donation is asked for some. Go to

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 8:30-11 AM, CLEAN UP MORNING & HEADSTONE HUNT AT THE FAIRVIEW HISTORIC CEMETERY700 YALE SEAll welcome, bring tools, gloves and wear hard soled shoes (no sandals). Face coverings required. Trash Bags & water provided. Facebook: Historic Fairview Cemetery

NOVEMBER 15, 2 PM, LIVE STREAM ON THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY (AHS) FACEBOOK PAGE, free. The Spanish Flu Pandemic in New Mexico 1918-1920  presented by former state historian and now State Records Administrator Rick Hendricks. Until the Museum of Albuquerque is available for group programs, AHS programs will take place by live stream on the AHS Facebook Page. Read More.

METRO AREA MUSEUMS OPEN AT 25% CAPACITY  Albuquerque MuseumBalloon Museum,  National Museum of Nuclear Science & HistoryNew Mexico Holocaust Museum. Check their websites for more details as to hours of operation, gift shops, etc. All Covid regulations will be followed. The Los Alamos History Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10am-2 pm, $5. 

*** State of New Mexico Museums and Historic Sites are now closed ***   

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.


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

NOVEMBER 1, DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME NOVEMBER 1, 7 PM, free virtual. Dia de los Muertos Concert by Las Flores del Valle of Albuquerque. Facebook page of the Museum of International Folk Art.

NOVEMBER 3, ELECTION DAY, Schools are closed.

NOVEMBER 4, 12 noon, free Zoom. Jesus “Chuy” Martinez performs a musical program, Songs & Stories from Hispanic Culture in New Mexico (corridos/ballads of New Mexico). Presented by the NM HISTORY MUSEUM in Santa Fe. Go to and select the Facebook icon for access to the program.

NOVEMBER 4, 9-10 am, free Zoom but must preregister at Breakfast with O’Keefe: Recasting the Vote (discussion of Nina Otero Warren’s role in helping pass the 19th amendment in NM).

NOVEMBER 4, 10:30 am, free Zoom. History, Myth and Legends of the Mayflower presented by Carl Malone. Albuquerque Genealogical society. check their website for more details and link.

NOVEMBER 4, 3 PM, live stream on the Facebook page of El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Go to and click on the Facebook icon on the right. Tortilla Making by Julia Gomez.

NOVEMBER 6, 5-8 pm, free, In-person ! Art Walk downtown Albuquerque on Central. Meet the artists in person. Street music and vendors. Most artists will be along Central. Download map and descriptions at

NOVEMBER 7, 2pm, free Zoom. UNM Professor A.Gabriel Melendez presents “The Book of Archives, Other Stories from the Mora Valley.” Taos County Historical Society. Email Paul Figueroa at or 575-779-8579 to request link.

NOVEMBER 7, 1 pm, $15. The DaVinci Code, DNA and the Truth. 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

NOVEMBER 7, 10 am-5 pm (and every Saturday in November). The Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography reopens showing the award winning 2020 New Mexico Magazine photos. 401 12th St. in Carrizozo. More info at or 575-937-1489. You may also call 612-963-1499 to confirm it is open.

NOVEMBER 10, 17 AND 24. Virtual Tours of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

NOVEMBER 11, OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY– You can visit the NM Veterans Memorial at 1100 Louisiana SE. There are informative panels describing NM’s involvement in various wars across the centuries. There are also many memorial pieces and statues. Also the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has a presentation of the colors, flutist performance and blessing. Go to

NOVEMBER 12, 6:30 pm, Free Zoom. LOBO LIVING ROOM, Caring for UNM and the CommunityDr. Stephanie McIver, Counseling Director UNM Student Health Center; Dr. Miquela Rivera, Grief Counselor at UNM’s Grief Resource Center. or 277-5808.

NOVEMBER 12, SAN DIEGO FEAST DAY – Tesuque and Jemez Pueblos (various dances)

NOVEMBER 12, 1-2 pm, free Facebook page. History Notes-Significance of the Afro Frontier, Blackdom. On line at the Las Cruces Museum facebook page.  Call 575-541-2154 for more information, Kayla Myers   Branigan Center.

NOVEMBER 13, 3-4:15 pm, free Zoom but must preregister at .The Life of Georgia O’Keefe, A Conversation with author Roxanne Robinson.

NOVEMBER 13, 3 PM, free live stream on the Facebook page of El Rancho de las Golondrinas.Go to and click on the Facebook icon on the right. Horno: Adpbe Oven Bread Baking by Frances Sosa

NOVEMBER 14, 1-2;30 pm, free Zoom. Diaries of Women Pioneers presented by Norma Libman. Sponsored by Casa San Ysidro. Contact Aaron Gardner, or call 311.

NOVEMBER 14, 4-5 pm, Zoom. Velino Shije Herrera (Ma Pe Wi, Zia Pueblo) and His Dept. of the Interior Murals. Presented by Sascha Scott of Syracuse Univeristy, New York. 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.

NOVEMBER 15, 2 pm, free. THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY (AHS) FACEBOOK PAGE. The Spanish Flu Pandemic in New Mexico 1918-1920 presented by former state historian Rick Hendricks. Until the Museum of Albuquerque is available for group programs, AHS programs will take place by live stream on the AHS Facebook Page. Read More

NOVEMBER 15, 12 noon – 12 midnight, free online. Rock your Mocs. More info at

NOVEMBER 17, 6-7 pm, free online Zoom. Alex Wellerstein speaks on “The Best Kept Secret of the War? The Successes and Failures of Manhattan Project Secrets”.  Los Alamos Historical Society. Go to to register and receive Zoom link.

NOVEMBER 18, 6 pm, live on Zoom. The Shoulders We Stand On: A History of Bilingual Education in New Mexico.  Speakers are book editors Rebecca Blum-Martinez and Mary Jean Haberman Lopez. Sponsored by the National Hispanic Cultural Center,

NOVEMBER 18, 6- 7 pm, free Zoom but $5 donation suggested. Counter Narrative: Captured Culture with Fernando Cellicion, Zuni and Ria Thundercloud.

NOVEMBER 19, 6-8 pm, free. 3RD THURSDAY AT THE ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM. Hosted by Cathryn McGill of the NM Black History Month organizing committee. Includes live music  and a virtual tour of the new exhibit “30 Americans” Go to for more details and  listing of activities.

NOVEMBER 19, 4:30-5:30 pm, free on Zoom but must preregister at A Virtual Happy Hour at the O’Keefe Museum-tour the Museum.

NOVEMBER 20, 1 pm, free virtual. COLCHA COMMUNITY STICH-ALONG.  sponsored by the National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info from or call 220-7928. Check

NOVEMBER 21 , 1 pm, $15. Anthropological Genetic History: the Sephardic Jews and their Origins in the Iberian Peninsula  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

NOVEMBER 21, 2 pmZoom free. Tertulia Historica: Masks On ! Pandemics and Epidemics in New Mexico history presented by NM state historian Rob Martinez. Sponsored by the National Hispanic Cultural Center. for more information and registration.

NOVEMBER 21, 7 pm, Generations of Red Power in New Mexico, new exhibit at Albuquerque Museum Opens.

NOVEMBER 22, 3-4 PM, free online on You Tube at the National Hispanic Cultural Center video page. Musica del Corazon Mariachiz y Flamencos followed by a panel discussion led by Enrique Lamadrid, Marisol Encinias, Executive director National Institute of Flameco and NM State Historian Rob Martinez.

NOVEMBER 24, 3 PM, live stream on the Facebook page of El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Go to and click on the Facebook icon on the right. Acequia Culture and the Truchas Mill by Gordon Mark.

NOVEMBER 24, 2-4 pm, free Zoom but $5 donation suggested. Pueblo Book Club featuring An American Sunrise Poems with Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the US.


NOVEMBER 27, RT. 66 SHOP & GLOW for businesses along Central.  sponsored by the City of Albuquerque. Continues through the end of December. More information by contacting 311 or go to

NOVEMBER 29, MUSEUM STORE SUNDAY with special items. Albuquerque Museum.

Commemoration of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote. Various Speakers including elected officials, poets, musicians. City gov 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.

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.

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 aresix 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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SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO VISIT THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY Other library branches have opened on a limited basis but Special Collections remains closed. 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


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 You Tube 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:

  • 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 25 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. This includes an a four minute “walk through” the new exhibit Trinity Reflections on the Bomb. This commemorates the 75th anniversary of the July 16, 1945 detonation of the nuclear bomb. You may also look at thousands of items, paintings and photographs that are part of the collection.
    There are short 5-6 minute pod casts (combo of voice and photographs) by Museum photo archivist Jill Hartke. The six 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.
  • COULD COLUMBUS HAVE BEEN JEWISH AND SHOULD WE CARE ? (you tube) presented by Norma Libman  and the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. Use this link. To contact Norma directly go to her website

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.