October 2022 Online & In-Person NM History & Culture Opportunities



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


HUNDREDS OF ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES AT THE BRANCHES OF THE ABC LIBRARY SYSTEM, Go to abqlibrary.org to review listing by location, days and times! Be sure to look for all kinds of  children’s activities, “Fall Festival” and Day of the Dead activities.

DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS, 10 AM, DOWNTOWN CENTRAL (1ST – 8TH ST.)  Meet at the corner of 1st and Central SW by Tucano’s Restaurant. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society. Parking is not free on Saturdays so be sure to pay meters, parking lots, or parking garages. Tours continue no matter the weather.

OCTOBER 16, ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY in-person. One with the Land: Voices of the Atrisco Land Grant. Here in ABQ, this is the oldest and largest land grant in NM going from the Rio Grande to the Rio Puerco. Learn how the land grant ended up being sold to a development company in 2006. Presented by Tony DellaFlora. followed by Q & A. Free program, Free parking, Free admission to the ABQ Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org.



DO YOU HAVE A FEW HOURS EACH MONTH TO HELP THE WHEELS MUSEUM? Volunteers are needed so the Museum can be open more; run the model railroad trains, also help needed with events, marketing, fund raising. Call Leba Freed at 243-6269.

OCTOBER 2 ,9, 16, 23, 30 –  Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum and the City’s International Balloon Museum (except during Balloon Fiesta).

OCTOBER 2, 8am-12 noon, free. Bosque Wild hike from the Open Space Visitor Center,  768-4950. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. More info from 768-4950. cabq.gov/openspace.Contact depps@cabq.gov for more info.

OCTOBER 3, 7 pm, free, by Zoom. Go to losAlamosHistory.org and events tab to get link. John Earl Hayes and Harvey Klehr present “Codebreaking, Venona, Identifying Soviet spies in the Manhattan Project”. sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

OCTOBER 3-9, 10 am-5 pm, free. Corrales Old Church Fine Arts Show and Sale. 966 Old Church Rd. in Corrales.

OCTOBER 3-8 pm, free. Evenings at Avanyu in Avanyu Plaza, 2510  12th St. NW, just east of 12th Street and  the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Balloon Glow, dances, growers market.www.indianpueblo.org.

OCTOBER 4, 10:30 am, virtual, free. ABQ Genealogical Society Military Research Group. Revisit of Online Military Resources – Are they Better or Worse. abqgen.org.

OCTOBER 4 & 18, 11 am. Online discussion with seven women textile artists. Sponsored by the ABQ Museum.cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum

OCTOBER 5 Observance of Yom Kippur

OCTOBER 5, 9 am-5 pm. Free admission on 1st Wednesday, ABQ Museum. Go to cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum

OCTOBER S,  11 am, free. Historian Richard Melzer presents “Three of the least likely heroes in Valencia County” at the UNM Valencia training building, 1020 Huning Rd. Loop, across from La Vida Felicidad. in Los Lunas. Sponsored by the Valencia County Historical Society.

OCTOBER 5, 12 noon-1 pm, free by Zoom. Adelina “Nina” Otero Warren: Sufragista, Politician, author. Anna M. Nogar, Professor of Hispanic Southwest Studies at UNM. Go to FriendsofHistoryNM.org to get info to log in. Previous programs are on the You Tube channel and website of the New Mexico History Museum, nmhistoryMuseum.org.

OCTOBER 5-9, 11 am-4 pm, Native Arts Under the Portal, demos, Native music and dance groups. Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo. More info at kuaua.org.

OCTOBER 6/7, Fall Break, ABQ Public Schools.

OCTOBER 6/7, 11 am and every Thursday/Fri. in OCTOBER  in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.

OCTOBER 7, 10:30 am, in person or virtual. ABQ Gen. Society DNA Research Group. Main Library downtown, 2nd floor. abqgen.orgFree parking for two hours across from library; bring in parking ticket.

OCTOBER 7, 3 pm, free. Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine. Fall Lecture Series Sponsored by the International Studies Institute at UNM. UNM Mitchell Hall, Room 102. For more info contact Loyola Chastain, 277-1991 or lchast@unm.edu.

OCTOBER 7, 5-9 pm, free. Downtown ABQ Artwalk. Lots of music, vendors, crafts along Central and Gold between 1st and 8th Streets.

OCTOBER 7 – NOV. 12, free. Opening of Ofrendas Comunitarias Muertos y Marigolds. Over one dozen artists, schools and community groups built this altar. More info by calling Gutierrez Hubbell House, 244-0507. 6029 Isleta SW.

OCTOBER 8,  10 am, free. Nasario Garcia Celebration. Come meet author, historian and folklorist Nasario Garcia. Martha Liebert Library, 124 Calle Malinche, Bernalillobernalillolibrary.com.

OCTOBER 8, 10:30 am, in person, free. Cecelia Navarrete tells about “ABQ’s Railyard workers: the men and women who transformed our city (1880-1977). Using census records and other documents, Navarrete tells about these individuals. Special Collections Branch Library, Edith & Central NE. 848-1376. Be aware of parking regulations on surrounding streets.

OCTOBER 8, 11 am – 1 pm, free. Get a personalized Calligraphic Bookmark and demonstration of calligraphy. Cherry Hills Library. 

OCTOBER 8, 3-9 pm, free. New Mexico Chile Taste off in Socorro at the Soccer and Rodeo Complex.. Go to nmchiletasteOff.com for more info or Socorro Chamber of Commerce.

OCTOBER 8, 1 pm, free. Gloria Zamora, describes her book Growing up in Rural New Mexico. a unique glimpse into the daily life of a family and community. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. Contact Aaron Gardner to get  info at 898-3915  or agardner@cabq.gov.      cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum

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

OCTOBER 8, 6 pm, free but donations appreciated. Award winning local western musicians Jim Jones and Syd Masters. Best of the Western. Best Western Hotel on Rio Grande & I-40.

OCTOBER 9 – Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum .Go to cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum

OCTOBER 9, 2 pm, free. Arnold Herrera of Cochiti Pueblo describes “The Way of the Drum: Bernalillo”. Sandoval County Historical Society,. DeLavy House in Bernalillo. Turn off Hy. 550 just west of Coronado Historic Site and before the Santa Ana Star casino.. sandovalhistory.org.

OCTOBER 9, 10am – 10 pm, various ticket prices. Albuquerque Folk Fest. Over 100 events. National Hispanic Cultural Center. nhccnm.org.

OCTOBER 10, 12 Noon, free, Zoom. to get link Email lockettabq@comcast.net. Merilee Dannemann presents “Inside the Voting Machine” her behind-the-scenes look at the operation of voting machines-based on a visit to the Bernalillo County Clerk’s warehouse. Sponsored by Albuquerque Press Women and Friends.


OCTOBER 10, 9am-4 pm, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE DAY PROGRAM, speakers, dances, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. More details at Indianpueblo.org.

OCTOBER 11, 5-7 pm, free for educators but you must register. . Dia de los Muertos Professional Development. Leave with lesson plans and activity projects. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Call 724-4771 for more info.

OCTOBER 11, 9:30 am, free, by Zoom or in person. Colcha Community Stitch Along. National Hispanic Cultural Center. nhccnm.org.

OCTOBER 12, , 11:30am-1pm, free by Zoom. link: https://bit.ly/3BlbZ2K. Former governor of Cochit Pueblo Regis Pecos discusses the 2018 Yazzie-Martinez decision affecting the New Mexico education system. Sponsored by the Public Administration department of UNM. In person School of Public Administration Social Science Bldg, Rom 3030.

OCTOBER 12, 10:30 am, free. virtual. Regular monthly meeting of the ABQ Genealogical Society. Lisa Kendrick speaks on “Discovering your Family History at the Genealogy Center.” More info at abqgen.org.

OCTOBER 13/14, 11 am and every Thursday/Fri. in OCTOBER in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.


OCTOBER 15, 10 am – 4 pm, free for members, $2 others. Friends of the Public Library monthly book sale at downtown Main library, 5th & Copper NW. Free two hour parking in City garage across the street. Bring in your ticket for validation.

OCTOBER 15, 1 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, Amazon Warrior Women and the Sarmatians 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 angelrcervantes@gmail.com for postal address and to register.

OCTOBER 15, 2 pm, free. Elder Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez from San Ildefonso Pueblo speaks on “Respecting and Protecting Native American Sacred Sites”. Placitas Library, 435 Hwy 165. More info at placitasLibrary.com or 867-3355.

OCTOBER 15, 3-5 pm, free. Snail Mail Social. Special Collections Library. Edith and Central NE. Be aware of parking restrictions in neighborhood.

OCTOBER 15, 1 pm, free. Frontero del Futuro: Art in New Mexico and Beyond. Catalog Release Party. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

OCTOBER 16, 8-11 am, free but $2 park entrance per car. Foothills Wild, Moderately strenuous guided hike. Elena Gallegos Open Space, Contact depps@cabq.govfor more info, 768-4951. Meet at the Cottonwood Springs parking lot.

OCTOBER 16 , 2 pm, free.  One with the Land: Voices of the Atrisco Land Grant. This is the oldest and largest land grant in NM going from the Rio Grande to the Rio Puerco. Learn how the land grant ended up being sold to a development company in 2006. Presented by Tony DellaFlora. followed by Q & A. free program, Free parking, Free admission to the ABQ Museum in Old Town. albuqhistsoc.org. Sponsored by the ABQ Historical Society. ABQ Museum small auditorium.

OCTOBER 16, 10 am – 2 pm, Railyards Market – 777 1st St. SW. railyardsmarket.org. Over 150 vendors.

OCTOBER 17-21, Nuclear Science Week. Activities at the Nuclear Museum. Contact info@nuclearmuseum.org for more information.

OCTOBER 18, 5:30-6:30 pm, free. Author Ashley Biggers describes “100 Things to do in ABQ Before You Die”Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge.

OCTOBER 18, 2-4 pm , free but $5 donation suggested. Pueblo Book Club in person or Zoom.  Nee Hemish: A History of Jemez Pueblo  by Joe Sando. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. indianpueblo.org.

OCTOBER 18, 10 am, free. Bilingual story time for toddlers ages 3-5 . “Tia with Tortilla”. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Register at nhccnm.org

OCTOBER 20, 5-8 pm, free, in person. Third Thursday “Live After 5”, highlighting the Galician Culture. Music by local group Da Terra Meiga. Lecture by Museum Director Andrew Connors. make your own craft. More info from Jessica Coyle, 764-6517, jcoyle@cabq.gov ABQ Museum.  cabq.gov/museumGo to cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum. 

OCTOBER 20/21, 11 am, person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center.  nhccnm.org

OCTOBER 21, 4 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, Otzi: the 5,000 year old Iceman of the Alps through DNA. Includes a short film. Presented by the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact angelrcervantes@gmail.com for postal address and to register.

OCTOBER 21, 5-9 pm, free. Noche de Familia “Halloween Fun”. Artmaking, music, movie “Coco” at 7 pm. National Hispanic Cultural Center. nhccnm.org.

OCTOBER 21, 6 pm, virtual, $5 members, $10, non members. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Nuclear Museum Foundation, various speakers. Contact apart@nuclearmuseum.org.

OCTOBER 22,  10 am, free. Lone Pinon plays New Mexico music. Martha Liebert Library, 124 Calle Malinche, Bernalillobernalillolibrary.com.

OCTOBER 22, 9:30am-1:30 pm, Registration fee $125. The Basics of Black Smithing. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales.  Contact Aaron Gardner to get  info at 898-3915 or agardner@cabq.gov.

OCTOBER 22, 2 pm, free. Author Anne Hillerman discusses her latest book, The Sacred Bridge. Placitas Library, 435 Hwy 165. More info at PlacitasLibrary.com or 867-3355.

OCTOBER 22 ,  11 am – 12 NOON, free. Tour of Special Collections Library (constructed in 1925) RSVP at 505-848-1376. 423 Central NE. Please note parking restrictions on streets around library.

OCTOBER 23 –  Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum and the City’s International Balloon Museum. Go to cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-Museum

OCTOBER 23, 2 pm, free. One Year is not like the Other: Climate Variability and Extremes in the Rio Grande Valley. Deidre Kahn, Former Science / Operations officer of the National Weather Service presents. Bernalillo Town Hall Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, BernalilloPresented by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site. More info at kuaua.org.

OCTOBER 23, 10 am – 2 pm, Railyards Market – 777 1st St. SW. railyardsmarket.org. Over 150 vendors.

OCTOBER 27, 7 pm, free. Hector Galan documentary filmmaker presents The Chicano History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. National Hispanic Cultural Center. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. nhccnm.org.

OCTOBER 27/28, 11 am and every Thursday/Fri. in OCTOBER in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.

OCTOBER 28, 3 pm, free. Climate Friendly Agriculture in the Face of Water Supply. Fall Lecture Series Sponsored by the International Studies Institute at UNM. UNM Mitchell Hall, Room 102. For more info contact Loyola Chastain, 277-1991 or lchast@unm.edu.

OCTOBER 28, doors open at 5:30 pm, 6-8 pm, admission $5 gets a beer ticket. “Science on Tap”. Have a lively discussion of current events at the Nuclear Science Museum, 601 Eubank SEnuclearmuseum.org.

OCTOBER 29, 1:30-3 pm, Free with admission.. Heritage Spinning and Weaving. You’ll learn at actual looms. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. Contact Aaron Gardner to get  info at 898-3915 or agardner@cabq.gov.

OCTOBER 29, 10 am-11:30 am, free but limited seating so call 243-6269. Cecelia Navarrete tells about “ABQ’s Railyard workers: the men and women who transformed our city (1880-1977). Using census records and other documents, Navarrete tells about these individuals. Wheels Museum, 1100 2nd St. SW.

OCTOBER 29, SUGAR SKULL FUN, free. 11 am- noon Make Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Masks then from 2-3:30 pm make Sugar Skull Dolls. Both at the Juan Tabo Library.

OCTOBER 29, 12:30-3:30 pm, free. Spooktacular Fall Festival at the Main Library, 5th & Copper NW. Free parking for 2 hours across the street in the City parking garage. Wear your costumes. There will be games and music and bring a bag for “treats”.

OCTOBER 29, 10 am-3 pm, free. Train Collectors Association annual Toy Train ShowNetherwood Christian Church, 5105 Indian School Rd. NE.

OCTOBER 30, 2 pm, free. Brujeria: Witchcraft in New Mexico History, presented by NM State Historian Rob Martinez. Sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society.  ​ CorralesHistory.org, at the Old Church, 966 Old Church Rd.

OCTOBER 30 Taos Pueblo Feast Day.


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

EL RANCHO DE LAS GOLONDRINAS, Celebrating 50 years. Go to Golondrinas.org 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 (historicSantaFe.org) 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 info@wheelsmuseum.org.

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/

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 www.modernabq.org/events

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

OASIS SENIOR LEARNING IS PROVIDING ONLINE PROGRAMS. 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/

EAST MOUNTAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY announces the recorded program of Rt. 66 and Historic NM License PlatesGo to EastMountainHistory.org/recorded.html  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.   www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org or Facebook.com/HistoricFairviewCemetery. “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 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/NMmus

TRIBUTES TO AUTHOR RUDOLFO ANAYA AND LINKS TO HIS ARCHIVES AT THE UNM CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST RESEARCH https://anaya.unm.edu 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/


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. Kuaua.org/presentations. You can also just listen by phone. All info on their website.
  • 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 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) 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.
  • LAS CRUCES MUSEUM SYSTEM has many interesting history programs on their website/Facebook Page/YouTube. On line at the Las Cruces Museum Facebook page. www.facebook.com/LCmuseums/   Call 575-541-2154 for more information, Kayla Myers las-cruces.org/1523/museum. Branigan Center.
  • HOLOCAUST MUSEUM and GELLERT EDUCATION CENTER NM, 616 Central SW. Go to the website nmholocaustmuseum.org. Questions call 247-0606.


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: