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



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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 8:30-11 AM, CLEAN UP MORNING & HEADSTONE HUNT AT THE FAIRVIEW HISTORIC CEMETERY700 YALE SE, All welcome, bring tools, gloves and wear hard soled shoes (no sandals). Wear sun screen & face coverings. Trash Bags & water provided. Facebook:.Historic Fairview Cemetery www.historicFairviewCemeteryABQ.org

OCTOBER 18, 2 PM, LIVE STREAM ON THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY (AHS) FACEBOOK PAGE, free. The Architectural History of the Original Main Library presented by Teri Reynoso . Until the Museum of Albuquerque is available for group programs, AHS programs will take place by live stream on the AHS Facebook Page. Go to www.albuqhistsoc.org.

MUSEUMS OPEN AT 25% CAPACITY   Albuquerque Museum opened Sept. 15; Balloon Museum opened September 16.  National Museum of Nuclear Science & History opened August 31 with daily hours of 9 am-5 pm. The New Mexico Holocaust Museum in downtown ABQ is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am- 4pm. Check their websites for more details as to hours of operation, gift shops, etc. All Covid regulations will be followed.

State of New Mexico Museums and Historic Sites have opened with a variety of operating hours. Some museums require advance purchase of timed tickets and there will be no on-site ticket purchase. The Los Alamos History Museumis open Monday-Friday from 10am-2 pm, $5. TheLos Lunas Museumis open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5 pm.

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.

OASIS LIFELONG LEARNING PRESENTS VARIOUS NM TOPICS INCLUDING: October 12, Western Movies in Fact & Fiction, Don Bullis;October 15, Secret ABQ: Hidden Histories and Little Known Facts, Ashley Biggers; October 19, Unsolved New Mexico Mysteries, Don Bullis.www.albuquerque.oasisnet.org  or 884-4529.

MURALS OF ALBUQUERQUE (www.murosabq.com) 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. https://indianpueblo.org/pueblos-pigments-and-prominence-the-murals-of-ipcc/

OCTOBER 1, 6 PM, Free online live. Stories to Bridge Cultures presented by Mary Ellen Gonzales. Part of the Abiquiu talk series. Registration at https://siabiquiu.org/abiquiu-talks-2020.html

OCTOBER 1, 6pm, free, live on You Tube/NM Humanities Council. Juan Onate & Public Art, a panel discussion featuring. Go to the website, nmHumanities.org and follow directions to their You Tube Channel.

OCTOBER 1-31, 32ND ANNUAL Old Church Arts Fine Arts Show, Sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society. Virtual go to www.corralesOldChurchShowOnline.com to see art.

OCTOBER 2, 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 abqartwalk.com.

OCTOBER 3, 10 am-5 pm (and every Saturday in October). The Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography reopens showing the award winning 2020 New Mexico Magazine photos. 401 12th St. in CarrizozoMore info at photozozo.org or 575-937-1489.

OCTOBER 3, 8 am-12 noon and every Saturday in October, Growers Market Robinson Park downtown, in person. Capacity at 50%. Mask required. More info at www.downtowngrowers.org or 252-2959.

OCTOBER, There will be no program this month for the Taos County Historical Society. A November program is planned. Email Paul Figueroa at paulcfigueroa@gmailcom or 575-779-8579 to request link.

OCTOBER 3, 1 pm, $15. Part 1, Anthropological Genetic History: the  Franks Connection to NM Families, Haplogroup 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 angelrcervantes@gmail.com

OCTOBER 3-4 PUMPKIN PATCH WEEKEND, Adults, $8, $6 seniors/veterans/teens, age 12 and under free. Rancho de las Golondrinas.Must purchase ticket in advance100 tickets per session 10am-12:45 pm or 1:15-4 pm. You may bring food. golondrinas.org.

OCTOBER 7, 4 pm, Zoom free. Making a Corn Husk Doll. Series presented by El Rancho de los Golondrinas. www.golondrinas.org. Contact jackieCamborde@golondrinas.org.

OCTOBER 7, 9AM, ZOOM free. Breakfast with Georgia O/Keefe. Presented by the O’Keeffe Museum. Go to okeefeMuseum.org/event to register.

OCTOBER 7, 3:30-5:30 pm, in person. Learning from the Land: Ojito de San Antonio with WisdomKeeper Moises Gonzales. Directions to Ojito de San Antonio-east on I-40 to exit 175 and go north on NM 14. Go 1.1 mi. and turn left onto San Antonio Dr. Go 450″ to entrance of Ojito. Bring  your own lawn chair. No restrooms.

OCTOBER 8, 1 PM, online, free. Imagining Race & Space in ABQ presented by Dr. Natasha Howard Ph.D. (Africana Studies UNM)go to website of Las Cruces Museum system. las-cruces.org/1523/museum. Branigan Center

OCTOBER 8-9, Fall Break, Albuquerque Public Schools.

OCTOBER 10, 9am-12 noon, free. Keshet & Albertson’s present free Drive Thru Flu Shots. 4121 Cutler NE. KeshetArts.org.

OCTOBER 12, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY. Various events around the metro area. Check website of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

OCTOBER, New Mexico “Daycation, Staycation and StoryTellers” sponsored by the ABQ Hispano Chamber of Commerce.  Go to the website of the Hispano Chamber for more information. www.ahcnm.org.

OCTOBER 13, 4 pm, Zoom free. Adobe Preservation. Series presented by El Rancho de los Golondrinas. www.golondrinas.org. Contact jackieCamborde@golondrinas.org.

OCTOBER 13, 6 pm, online Zoom. Matthew Shindell speaks on “The Life and Science of Harold Urey”.  Urey was a Nobel Prize winning chemist ((1893-1981) who worked on the Manhattan Project and NASA’s Lunar Exploration. Los Alamos Historical Society. Go to losalamoshistory.org/events.html to register and receive Zoom link.

OCTOBER 13, 12 noon, Zoom Lecture – free. Jim Eckles presents Lost Treasures of Victorio Peak. go to website of Las Cruces Museum system. las-cruces.org/1523/museum. Program hosted by the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.

OCTOBER 14, 10:30 am, free. Newspapers, Far More than Obituaries presented by Phillip Spivey. Albuquerque Genealogical society. check their website for more details and link. https://abqgen.org/events.html.

OCTOBER 15, 6-8 pm, free3RD THURSDAY AT THE ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM- Go to cabq.gov/museum for listing of activities.

OCTOBER 16, 4 pm, Zoom free. New Mexico’s Ciboleros and Hide Tanners. Series presented by El Rancho de los Golondrinas. www.golondrinas.org. Contact jackieCamborde@golondrinas.org.

OCTOBER 17, 9am-6:30 pm, $15 workshops; $15 concert. New Mexico 11th Annual Dulcimer Festival. https://nmdulcfest.com/ 

OCTOBER 18, 2 PM, LIVE STREAM ON THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY (AHS) FACEBOOK PAGE, free. The Architectural History of the Original Main Library presented by Teri Reynoso . Until the Museum of Albuquerque is available for group programs, AHS programs will take place by live stream on the AHS Facebook Page. Go to www.albuqhistsoc.org.

OCTOBER 18, 11am-1 pm, free but donations appreciated. Harvesting Time in the Resilience Garden-Blue Corn. Watch traditional drying methods of corn, corn braiding and husking. Chef Ray from IPCC will demo the cooking of corn/beans/squash in a horno oven. Go to www.indianpueblo.org for more info or call 843-7270.

OCTOBER 21, 5:30-6:30, FREE online. An Attempt to kill every Cheyenne Man, Woman & Child: The Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado in 1864 presented by Louis Kraft. Part of the series from the Center for SW Research, UNM. Contact Tomas Jaehn, tjaehn@unm.edu for Zoom access. You will be sent the link two days in advance.

OCTOBER 22. Laura Paskus presenting Part III of NM’s Changing Climate.Go to the Facebook page of the NM Humanities Council. More info at 633-7370, info@nmhumanities.org or www.nmhumanities.org.

OCTOBER 24-25, 2-4:30 pm, free but you must request link. Virtual Conference of the NM Jewish Historical Society. Speakers include: The Spanish Flu Epidemic in NM and the Role of Rabbi Bergman presented by Naomi Sandweiss and Richard Melzer; The Jewish Catskills, A Summer Place. The Making of a Long Journey: The Hidden Jews of the Southwest; NM Jewish Physicians in the Indian Health Service, 1960-1980. Go to the website to register, www.nmjhs.org.

OCTOBER 24, 8:30 am, Live stream. Virtual Tour of the Downtown Main Library, 1975. Presented by Modern Albuquerque. More information including the YouTube link to the live stream will be on their Events page the week of the event. See www.modernabq.org/events

OCTOBER 24 , 1 pm, $15. Part 2, Anthropological Genetic History: the Byzantines Connection to NM Families, Haplogroup 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 angelrcervantes@gmail.com

OCTOBER 24, 2 pm, Zoom free. Tertulia Historica: Famous Suffragists. Presented by the National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org for more information and registration.

OCTOBER 25, 8am-6pm, different registration fees. Day of the Tread bicycling event in the Sawmill/Old Town area. www.DayoftheTread.comMusic, costumes. Fundraiser for the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation and Pegasus Legal Services for Children.

OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 2, various Halloween/Day of the Dead events in metro area.

OCTOBER 27, 4 pm, Zoom free. BruJeria, A History of Witcraft in NM presented by NM State Historian Robert Martinez. Series presented by El Rancho de los Golondrinas. www.golondrinas.org. Contact jackieCamborde@golondrinas.org.

OCTOBER 30, 4 pm, Zoom free. Milling Around El Molino Grnade. Series presented by El Rancho de los Golondrinas. www.golondrinas.org. Contact jackieCamborde@golondrinas.org.

OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 2, Before I Die NM Virtual Festival – panel discussions, films, speakers, interviews, Q & A, Different ticketing levels.  www.BeforeIDieNM.com. 



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.  https://www.facebook.com/OneABQMedia/videos/321398079104075




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 BOTH IN-PERSON PROGRAMS OR ONLINE. Contact 884-4529 or visit albuquerque.oasisnet.org 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. https://www.nuclearmuseum.org/educate/atomic-heritage-foundation  https://www.manhattanprojectvoices.org/

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,  Elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/

DAILY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS & ADULTS AT THE MAXWELL MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY maxwellmuseum.unm.edu 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 https://www.YouTube.com /user/NM museum . Look up the titles. More info at the NM History Museum website, nmhistorymuseum.org.
For Facebook, click on: https://www.facebook.com/events/3051120368304586/
For YouTube, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/user/NMmuseum

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  specialcollections@cabq.gov.

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  https://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=nmu1mss321bc.xml#crit
To access the Rudolfo A. Anaya Digital Archive, please visit https://anaya.unm.edu/


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 (newmexicohistory.org) 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.
  •  Lobo Living room UNM & the CDC. UNM Provost Executive VP for Academic Affairs Dr. James Holloway and UNM Alum Peter Hicks, epidemiologist speak about How UNM and its Alums are addressing the Pandemic.  UNMAlumni.com/events or 277-5808.
  • 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.
  • NEW MEXICO PBS PODCASTS ON WOMEN & THE RIGHT TO VOTE. go to NewMexicoPBS.org/new-mexico-and-the-vote-podcast/
  • ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/albuquerque-museum You may visit the current exhibitions. This includes an 11 minute video of the Jim Henson exhibition and 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) www.modernabq.org. 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 http://www.newmexicoculture.org/virtualconcerts 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 (indianpueblo.org)  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 www.normalibman.com.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4pesp7e8EmbyZJmt4ze9oQ/

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.