September 2023 NM History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:

NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR SEPT. 7-17. More information, schedules and admission fee / parking info at

SEPTEMBER 17, 2 pm, ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Loretta Hall speaks about “ABQ’s Involvement in the American Space Program”. Hall has authored six award winning books about space exploration. Includes Free parking & Free admission to the ABQ Museum in Old Town.

“ENCHANTORAMA: NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE TURNS 100” is the featured exhibit at the NM History Museum in Santa Fe.


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.

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.

MAGIC SHOWS, MUSIC, CONCERTS, CAREER EXPLORATION, COMPUTER TRAINING, GARDENING, 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 family & children’s activities.


SEPTEMBER 6, free. 5:15-6 pm refreshments, 6 pm program. Lobo Living Room. Farris Enginering Center/UNM, room 1000. The Bits & Bytes of Artificial Intelligence. Explore the ethical quandaries that arise as we entrust AI with decision making.More info at

SEPTEMBER 6, 12 noon, free, virtual. Janet Farrell Brodie speaks on The First Atomic Bob Test: The Trinity Test in New Mexico. Her talk includes the little known men & women who built the site, guarded it; ranchers whose land was taken and also downwinders sponsored by the NM History Museum Friends of History. Go to the website to watch this and the past lectures on their You Tube channel.

SEPTEMBER 6, all day. Free admission 1st Wednesday to ABQ Museum.

SEPTEMBER 7, 3 pm, virtual. free for members of Historic Santa Fe Foundation. $10 for non members. “It’s Complicated: A Historical Overview of Pueblo sovereignty and Land Claims in New Mexico” presented by Sandra Matthews. More info and registration at Or call 505-983-2567.

SEPTEMBER 7/8, 11 am, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at

SEPTEMBER 8, 11am-12 noon, free. Learn how to Birdwatch. Presented by the COA Open Space division and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE.

SEPTEMBER 8, 5-9 pm, free. ABQ Art Walk downtown Central Ave. and side streets. Get more info on Facebook and Instagram.

SEPTEMBER 9, 9 am, free. Annual New Mexico State Parade. Begins at San Pedro & Central and goes west to Girard.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1 pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The DNA of Christopher Columbus. Presented by Angel Cervantes. By the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register.

SEPTEMBER 9/10, free. Sandia Heights 20th annual Studio art tour. More info at

SEPTEMBER 9, 12 noon-5 pm, free. TYPE-IN ! Public typewriter gathering. Enjoy this way of communicating. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE at Edith. Be aware of parking restrictions around Library.

SEPTEMBER 9, 10am-12 noon, free. Poetry Workshop with Olivia Romo following by 12:30-1:30 poetry reading. National Hispanic Community Center.

SEPTEMBER 9, 10 am-4 pm, $2. Friends of the ABQ Public Library monthly book sale at the downtown Main branch.

SEPTEMBER 9, 8-11 am. 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.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1-2, entry fee. Birds & Feathers, panel of artists discuss exhibit. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 10, 3:30 pm, free. Coming of Age in the Great Depression: the Civilian Conservation Corps in New Mexico 1933-1942. Presented by historian Richard Melzer. International District Library, 7601 Central NE.

SEPTEMBER 10, 9am-4 pm, $15 in advance, $20 day of event. Placitas Garden Tour. Get more info from

SEPTEMBER 10, 2 pm, free. Native American Remedies with speakers Joy Kincaid Herrera and Dara Seville. Sponsored by the 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.

SEPTEMBER 11  REMEMBRANCE OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TERRORIST ATTACKS ON US. Check media for special programs around the metro area.

SEPTEMBER 11, 11:45 am, free. Albuquerque Press Women & Friends. Barbara Peterson and Josefina Dominguez, current APS Board members will speak about the upcoming November APS Board election. 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.

SEPTEMBER 11, 6:30 pm, free. Richard and Shirley Cushing Flint speak on “Sequels & Echoes of the Coronado Expedition: Lives after Cibola”. Manzano Mountain Art Building, 101 E. Broadway in Mountainair. Sponsored  by the Torrance County Archeology Society.

SEPTEMBER 12, 6:30 pm, Steven Rospopo from NM Highlands University speaks on Caching Behaviors in the Chaco Phenomenon Sphere of Influence. Sponsored by Friends of Tijeras Pueblo. Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. Call 281-3304.

SEPTEMBER 13, 10:30 AM, Free. VIRTUAL OR IN-PERSON. Albuquerque Genealogical Society monthly meeting. Information on the “Genealogical Proof Standard”. Main Library 2nd floor.

SEPTEMBER 13, 9:30- 12 noon, free at the Ranchos de Taos Church. Maria Rosa Villapando, Historias y Memorias de la Cautiva – 1760 Taos to 1830 St. Louis. 9:30 am dance program; 10 am lecture by David Maes and Enrique Lamadrid about the History of Ranchos Church.

SEPTEMBER 14/15. 11 am, in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info

SEPTEMBER 14, 7:30 pm on KNME, ch. 5.1. COLORES Albuquerque’s Historic Railroad Shops. Repeats Sept. 15, 9:30 pm on KNME channel 5.4.

SEPTEMBER 15, 5:30 pm doors open, program begins at 6pm, $10 includes one drink ticket. Dr. Robert Kuske speaks on A Rare Paradigm Shift in Medicine – breast cancer treatment. “Science on Tap “an informal learning Program. Museum of Nuclear Science and Energy, 601 Eubank SE. More info by emailing

SEPTEMBER 15, 4:30 pm, virtual, $20. Anthropological Genetic History, Finding Princess Anastasia Romanov through DNA “Did Princess Anastasia survive a Bolshevik firing squad or perish with her family. 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.




SEPTEMBER 16/17, 10am-5pm, free. North Valley Studio Tour “painters, sculptors, jewelers, woodworkers and more. Get a map from

SEPTEMBER 16, 8 pm, $10. Star Party with telescopes and guides. Jemez Historic Site.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2-4 pm, entry fee. Journeys and Pathways: Community Pueblo Women in Leadership, Oral History Project. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

SEPTEMBER 16, 11 am, free. Festival de la Cultura Hispana: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Main Library. Variety of activities. 

SEPTEMBER 16, 3 pm, free. Come learn about Historic Fairview Cemetery which dates back to the 1880’s presented by Gail Rubin. Erna Fergusson Branch Library, 3700 San Mateo NE.

SEPTEMBER 17 CONSTITUTION DAY (observance of signing by 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention Sept. 17, 1787).

SEPTEMBER 17, 2 pm, free. Omar Villanueva plays classical guitar at the ancient Quarai ruins.(part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions) near Mountainair off Highway 55. Chairs provided; you may bring food and beverage. More info from

SEPTEMBER 17, 8-9:30 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

SEPTEMBER 17, 2 PM, free.  ABQ Historical Society. Loretta Hall speaks on Albuquerque’s Involvement with the American Space Program. Hall is an award winning speaker and author. She is a board member of NM Press Women. Free parking and free admission to the ABQ Museum. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society. Hall is part of the Historical Society of NM Speakers Bureau.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2 pm, free. Corrales Historical Soc. presents NM State historian Rob Martinez “Enduring Northern NM Music: Alabados, Alabanzas, Inditas, Corridos” at the historic San Ysidro Church in Corrales. Go to

SEPTEMBER 17, 24. Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum. Go to

SEPTEMBER 17, 2 pm, admission to Museum. ‘A History of Free and Enslaved Black Cowboys in the Southwest”. Presented by Ronald Davis, curator of American history at the San Antonio Witte Museum. NM History Museum. More info at

SEPTEMBER 16/17, 11am, 2 pm, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.


SEPT. 19, National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating American democracy.

SEPTEMBER 20, 1-3 pm, free. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Placitas Community Library, 453 Highway 165, 867-3355. Welcome new director Lynne Hynes.

SEPTEMBER 21, 6-7:30 pm. Discussion of East Mountain Parks, Recreation and Open Space Facilities. Community meeting at the Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras, just off I-40.

SEPTEMBER 21, 5-8 pm, free. Third Thursday at the ABQ Museum.  Music performed by La Chat LunatiqueMake art projects, tour museum exhibits, food/drinks available. Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. or 311 for more info.

SEPT. 21/22, National Hispanic Cultural Center, tour of Torreon.

SEPTEMBER 23, 11am-12 noon, free. Tour the Historic Special Collections Library. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE. Be aware of parking restrictions around the library.

SEPTEMBER 23, 1 pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Spanish Conquest of the New World 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.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2-3 pm, free. Enjoy various types of guitar music presented by Jeremy Mayne. South Valley Branch Library, 3904 Isleta Blvd. SW.


SEPTEMBER 24, 3-5 pm, $10, Historic Film Festival: Southwest Life & Landscapes: Historic film footage of northern NM & Beyond 1900-1950. The Violet Crown, 1606 Alcaldesa St., Santa Fe. More info from 505-983-2567.

SEPTEMBER 23/24, 11 am, 2 pm, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to for more info.

SSEPTEMBER 26, 9:30 am, free, in person or Zoom. Colcha embroidery group. National Hispanic Cultural center. Contact 505-220-7928.

SEPTEMBER 29, 10 am-12 noon, free but you must register in advance to reserve a spot. Candelaria Nature Preserve Guided Tour. Go to the end of Arbor Rd. NW. More info from Kyle Faig, 768-4208, or

SEPTEMBER 29, free. Showing of Bless Me Ultima. 5 pm reception, 6 pm poet Levi Romero film pretalk. National Hispanic Cultural Center. register please.

SEPTEMBER 29, 4 pm, free. Pleas & Petitions: Hispano Culture and Territorial Conflict in Colorado TerritorySanta Fe Main Library, 145 Washington Ave.

SEPTEMBER 30, 3-5 pm, freeTo prepare for the October solar eclipse come watch the 1985 fantasy movie Ladyhawke which features a solar eclipse. Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE at Edith. Watch for parking restrictions around the library.

SEPTEMBER 29, 4:30 pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, Exploring the Origin Story of Alexander the Great through DNA 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.

SEPTEMBER 30, 10am-4pm, free. Pinto Bean Fiesta at the Moriarty City Park. – includes music, food, vendors, parade. For more information go to Moriarty, NM.


SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 1 Corrales Harvest Festival. Casa San Ysidro participates. Contact Aaron Gardner, or 898-3915.

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 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 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. 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.


The Albuquerque Historical Society provides videos of scheduled program presentations. The videos are linked to from the appropriate AHS Program pages. Presentations captured on videos to date include: