AHS 2016-2017 Programs



Photo of Poepjoy Hall “Popejoy@50” is the story of the 10 year vision of UNM President Tom Popejoy that led to the planning, funding and construction of the now legendary Popejoy Hall which opened in 1966. The video contains many historic photographs of the UNM campus, construction of Popejoy and a much smaller Albuquerque
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Albuquerque’s Little Beaver Town (1961-1963)

Photo of Albuquerque Little Beaver Town - Stagecoach On July 15th, 1961 an old-west themed amusement park opened along Route 66 east of Albuquerque at the mouth of Tijeras canyon. It only survived for 3 years. AHS Member Roland Penttila will explain in words and pictures how it came to be, what it looked like and why it may
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North Valley History: The Matthew Dairy in Albuquerque

Photo of Matthew Dairy On Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm, AHS Member Bob Smith will explain the beginnings of the Albuquerque North Valley Matthew Dairy in the 1890s and its evolution over time. The Matthew Dairy, formed by James Matthew in 1894, was located where Matthew Avenue is now between Rio Grande Blvd and
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Theoretical Texas Boundary in New Mexico

Map of the 1836 Claimed Boundaries of the Republic of Texas On Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm, Roger Zimmerman will present the timeline, details and outcomes of the various claims both the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas made for New Mexico territory. The Republic of Texas claimed a western boundary in 1836 that included land east
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The Vista Larga Residential Historic District: the Post World War II Suburbanization of ABQ’s East Mesa

Photo of custom house in Vista Largo Subdivission On Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 2:00 pm, speaker Bill Dodge will describe how the empty East Mesa became home to thousands of houses. His talk will include the unique Vista Larga neighborhood just south of Indian School Rd. and east of the UNM Golf Course. Post-WWII growth in Albuquerque
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My Life in NM Education, Business & Politics presented by Dr. Lenton Malry

Book Cover of "Let's Roll This Train: My Life in New Mexico Education, Business, and Politics" by Dr. Lenton Malry On October 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm, come learn about Dr. Lenton Malry’s journey from segregated Louisiana to becoming New Mexico’s first African American member of the State Legislature and the first African American elected to the Bernalillo County Commission. The program includes book signing of Malry’s memoirs “Let’s Roll this
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Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health

Picture of book cover "Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health" Thousands of health seekers journeyed to New Mexico from 1880 to 1940, hoping its high and dry climate would heal their diseased lungs. On Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm, anthropologist and author, Dr. Nancy Owen Lewis, will examine the impact and the experience of these “lungers,” many of
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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in NM: A proud legacy that changed our state

Photo of CCC Kiwanis Cabin - Sandia Crest NM On Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm, NM historian and author Dr. Richard Melzer will present how Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) projects impacted New Mexico and in particular Albuquerque during the 1930’s and 40’s. The Civilian Conservation Corps was an early New Deal program begun by FDR in 1933
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The History of Albuquerque’s Municipal Water System

Picture of Albuquerque Waterworks c.1930 On Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm, John Shomaker, Ph.D., will present the history of Albuquerque’s municipal water system, 1880 – 1960. Come learn how our water system grew from a series of individual wells to the huge system it is today! The railroad arrived in Albuquerque in 1880 and
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Past, Present & Future: 50 years of the Sandia Peak Tramway

Picture of Sandia Peak Tram Dedication On Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm, Debi Owen, Sandia Tram Communications Director, will discuss the history, status and future of the Sandia Peak Tramway. The Sandia Tram is one of Albuquerque’s “icons”. Most residents of Albuquerque have ridden the Tram at least once if not numerous times. The image of
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Downtown Neighborhoods Association 2016 Historic Home Tour

Wallace Harrison House There will be no May 2016 presentation by the Albuquerque Historical Society. Instead, enjoy the Downtown Neighborhood Association Mother’s Day Historic Home Tour, Sunday May 8th, 2016, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Downtown Neighborhoods (west of downtown between Central and Mountain Rd) is comprised of several distinct neighborhoods. This
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