The Albuquerque Historical Society (AHS) sponsors a series of monthly programs or tours and traditionally meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00 PM. Meetings are held at the Albuquerque Museum, located on Mountain Road NW in Old Town Albuquerque, unless otherwise indicated in the monthly program notice. Parking is free in the lot south of the Albuquerque Museum. Admission to the Museum and AHS program is free.
Some program presentations 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 embedded in the appropriate AHS Program pages.To see a list of AHS program videos, visit our AHS Program Videos page.
Periodically, the Society sponsors tours to historic points of interest in the Albuquerque area and/or holds meetings or receptions in locations of special historic interest. Sometimes there is a small charge for visiting that facility.
Programs cover a wide variety of topics related to some aspect of Albuquerque or New Mexico history. Some recent and future topics include:
On Sunday, January 16, 2022, Librarian and Albuquerque history presenter Joe Sabatini discussed the life and legacy of Ernestine Mary “Erna” Fergusson on the occasion of her 134th birthday. An Albuquerque local aristocrat, she was the daughter of Territorial and U.S. Congressman H.B. Fergusson and the granddaughter of Santa Fe Read More
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, Kate Garner, the Culture & Community Event Director at Los Poblanos, gave a talk on the history of this storied land, including the rich cast of characters who have made it into the celebrated agritourism destination it is today. The program was live-streamed on the Read More
October 2021 Albuquerque Historical Society Program On October 17, 2021, compiler and editor, Rosemary McNerney Winkler, presented excerpts from her book, “Stories of Early Albuquerque: As Told in the Albuquerque Genealogical Society Quarterly“. The book shares the history of some of the post-1848 families who helped usher the city into Read More
On Sunday, September 19, 2021, Richard and Shirley Cushing Flint spoke on their book: Overhaul: A Social History of the Albuquerque Locomotive Repair Shops. The AT&SF shops were the city and state’s largest employer from the 1880s-1950s. Its payroll drove the Albuquerque economy. The program was live-streamed on the AHS Facebook Read More
On August 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., Gary B. Fogel will present his research leading to the book “Sky Rider: Park Van Tassel and the Rise of Ballooning in the West“. The virtual presentation will be via Zoom and available only to Albuquerque Historical Society members. AHS membership is only Read More
On Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 2 p.m., Harvey Buchalter presented his research on Jews in Albuquerque from the 1930’s to the 1960’s who have shaped Albuquerque’s culture, economic, and social life. He addressed why they chose to settle in Albuquerque, what risks they took, what innovations they made and Read More
On Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 2 p.m., Brian Eagan, Attorney for the Albuquerque Housing Authority presented “Life of Mrs. Carnis Salisbury: Albuquerque Fair Housing and Civil Rights Pioneer.” The program was live-streamed on the AHS Facebook page. Brian spoke about the remarkable life and lasting legacy of Mrs. Carnis Read More
On Sunday, April 18, 2021, Albuquerque Museum Director Andrew Connors discussed the Albuquerque Museum’s challenges and efforts on presenting history-related topics or events at the Albuquerque Museum. The program was live-streamed on the AHS Facebook page. In general, Albuquerque has never marketed itself as a city rooted in history. When Read More
On Sunday, March 21, 2021, Roland Penttila presented his research on the old-west, theme park in Albuquerque called Little Beaver Town. The program took place by live stream on the AHS Facebook page. The idea for the theme park came from Howard H. Hull who had been a service station Read More
On Sunday, February 21, 2021, Richard Ruddy presented “An Iconic View: A Photographic Study of First and Central, 1880 to 2020” – a visual history of Albuquerque’s First and Central using rarely seen historical photos. There was an emphasis on the view of Central Avenue looking west from the railroad Read More
On Sunday, January 17, 2021 Gail Rubin, President of the Historic Fairview Cemetery Association, spoke on the topic “Historic Fairview Cemetery: Final Resting Place for Notable People in Albuquerque History.” The program took place by live stream on the AHS Facebook page. Historic Fairview Cemetery at 700 Yale Blvd SE in Read More
On Sunday, November 15, 2020 former state historian and now State Records Administrator Rick Hendricks, Ph.D,. presented The Spanish Flu Pandemic in New Mexico 1918-1920. The presentation was live-streamed on the Albuquerque Historical Society’s Facebook Page. The end of World War I in 1918 coincided with the onset of the Spanish Read More
On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Teri Reynoso, Library Para-Professional and Circulation Supervisor, presented an architectural history of the structures at the site on the northwest corner of Edith and Central Avenue NE at 423 Central Avenue NE, “Old Main Library” in Albuquerque, NM. The presentation was live-streamed on the Read More
On Sunday, September 20, 2020, photographer and author Sueki (Susan) Woodward, presented a biography of Eddie Ross Cobb’s life and photographic journey in New Mexico from 1891 to 1940. Eddie Ross Cobb, was the great grandmother, of the program presenter, Sueki Woodward. Her e-book “Eddie Ross Cobb: Unbending Courage Read More
On Sunday, August 23, 2020, Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz, gave a presentation on the campaign for woman suffrage in New Mexico. The presentation was live-streamed on the Albuquerque Historical Society’s Facebook Page. The campaign for woman suffrage in New Mexico is rich and deep. But, as with other aspects of women’s Read More
On Sunday, July 19, 2020, Lisa Goldman gave a presentation on the life of her late father, Herb Goldman, focusing on his sculptural contributions in the Albuquerque area. The presentation was live-streamed on the Albuquerque Historical Society’s Facebook Page. Herb Goldman (1922 – 2012) was born and raised in Detroit, Read More
On Sunday, June 21, 2020, Author Ashley M. Biggers gave a presentation on her new book, Secret Albuquerque: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. The presentation was live-streamed on the Albuquerque Historical Society’s Facebook Page. Where in Albuquerque can you find accidentally dropped nuclear weapons, Microsoft’s first office, Read More