Programs

Albuquerque Historical Society - Edmund Ross
Edmund G. Ross
NM Territorial Governor
1878 to 1881

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 at 2000 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.

Most program presentations are permanently available as embedded videos 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:

Arches and Artistry: A Chronicle of Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel

Presentation Cover Slide On Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 2 pm, Fred Harvey Historian Matt Kluge will present a program on the history of Fred Harvey’s operations in Albuquerque including the landmark Alvarado Hotel. The speaker is presenting live from out-of-state and will take questions from those attending. The program will be held
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Maisel’s Murals

Book cover of The Maisel's Murals, 1939. On Sunday, June 16, 2024, Archaeologist and Historian Paul Secord presented a program on the history of the murals painted at Maisel’s IndianTrading Post on Route 66 in downtown Albuquerque. This talk is based on Secord’s books on Maisel’s Murals and includes slides with accompanying descriptions as a PowerPoint presentation.
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History of Telephones in New Mexico

Photo of Susie Turner at the Telephone Museum of New Mexico. On Sunday, April 21, 2024 Susie Turner, co-founder of the Telephone Museum of New Mexico in downtown Albuquerque, presented a program on the growth and influence of the telephone industry and its employees on New Mexico up to 1984. It was an informative and surprising presentation, with information that is
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North Fourth Street – A Drive Through Time

Photo of 1930's gas station. Store and gas station at 4019 Fourth Street NW, at Cherokee Rd., in the early 1930s. Courtesy Caroline M. Browning Hess On Sunday, March 17, 2024, Historian Joe Sabatini presented the history of North Fourth Street, the main street in Albuquerque’s North Valley. He described the century of Fourth Street’s
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History of the Albuquerque Fire Department

Grant Opera House on fire, 1897, Courtesy Albuquerque Museum, PA1978.50.85 On Sunday, February 18, 2024, Herman Bishop presented the history of Albuquerque Fire Department fire-fighting from bucket brigades to hand-drawn and horse-drawn fire hoses to modern times. Herman is the Historian of the Albuquerque Fire Department Retirees Association. He is a retired Assistant Chief and spent 25 years with the
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The Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tour: For People Who Prefer to Sit

Photo of Central Downtown Albuquerque c1950 On Sunday, January 21, 2024, amateur historian Roland Penttila presented a partial history of Central Avenue (previously Railroad Avenue) and the changes that occurred after the railroad came to town in 1880 up to the present day. This history is supported with vintage photos of the buildings–many of which no
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Movies Made in Albuquerque

Flyer for "The Tourists" (1912) On Sunday, November 19, 2023, Santa Fe-based writer and New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg presented a “Made in New Mexico” film screening featuring a collection of clips from movies that have been at least partially shot in Albuquerque – from a 1912 silent starring Mary Pickford until present-day blockbusters
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What’s in a Name?

Photo of Elaine Briseño On Sunday, October 15, 2023, Journalist Elaine Briseño explored some of most memorable topics covered in the Albuquerque Journal’s “What’s in a Name” column that is published the first Sunday of every month. Learn about the state’s past citizens and why names like Kimo, Huning, Coors, Girard, Manzano and much
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Albuquerque’s Involvement with the American Space Program

Cover of "Out of This World: New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel" On Sunday, September 17, 2023, award-winning author Loretta Hall spoke about the Albuquerque researchers who contributed substantially to America’s space exploration programs since the 1950s. Learn about the amazing record that spans NASA’s first human spaceflights, visits to the Moon, the space shuttle program, and robotic explorations of Mars. Don’t
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The Role of the New Mexico State Historian

Photo of Rob Martinez On Sunday, August 20, 2023, Rob Martinez, state historian of New Mexico since 2019, presented a program about what the state historian does, how it is done, as well as when, where and why. Topics such as public history and academic history was discussed, as well as the broader scope
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Historic Fairview Cemetery: THE Place to be Buried Since 1881

Photo of Historic Fairview Cemetery gates On Sunday, July 16, 2023, Gail Rubin spoke about about the history and current status of Historic Fairview Cemetery. The program was held at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town. In 1880, the railroad came to Albuquerque, prompting an era of growth in New Mexico.
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History of South Broadway and Kirtland Addition Neighborhoods

Photo of South Broadway Neighborhood Association banner   Anthony “Tony” DellaFlora spoke on the rich historic and cultural heritage of South Broadway and the Kirtland Addition In an Albuquerque Historical Society Presentation at the Albuquerque Museum on Sunday, June 18, 2023. He also showed a video on the subject in the latest entry in the “Neighborhoods At
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AHS 2022-2023 Programs
AHS 2021-2022 Programs
AHS 2020-2021 Programs
AHS 2019-2020 Programs
AHS 2018-2019 Programs
AHS 2017-2018 Programs
AHS 2016-2017 Programs
AHS 2015-2016 Programs
AHS 2014-2015 Programs
AHS 2013-2014 Programs