The Albuquerque Historical Society (AHS) is a non-profit, membership organization of residents interested in promoting and preserving all matters relating to the history of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the surrounding communities. Founded in 1947 as the Old Town Historical Society, it originally focused on efforts to preserve the historic character of Old Town Albuquerque. Currently, AHS sponsors a series of monthly Programs and provides Educators with teacher resource guides. We also maintain a Speakers Bureau for primary and secondary schools and host a repository of Source Documents for education and research. To learn more about us visit our About page.
Become a Member of the Albuquerque Historical Society
We welcome new members of all ages. It is not necessary to be a historian or have prior knowledge of Albuquerque or New Mexico history. Members receive advance notice via e-mail about forthcoming events sponsored by the AHS, and other societies interested in history, plus opportunities to participate in community and educational outreach activities. To become a member or to renew your current membership, visit our AHS Memebership page.
Joint New Mexico-Arizona History Conference
The annual Historical Society of NM Conference will be held in conjunction with the Arizona Historical Society. Dates are April 20-22, 2017 in Flagstaff, AZ. More information, along with the conference program and registration form is available on the Historical Society of NM website.
AHS Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Albuquerque Historical Society will be on April 9, 2018 at 1:15 PM at the Albuquerque Museum. It will precede the Popejoy@50 program that starts at 2:00 PM. Roger Zimmerman will present the annual report, which will include topics on: Who We Are, highlights of outreach activities, a summary of programs presented, and future plans. Dan Jones will present the Treasurer’s report and Membership status. There will also be nomination and election of AHS Board members.
April AHS Program – Popejoy@50
The April AHS Program will be on April 9th at 2 pm to avoid conflict with Easter and the Historical Society of New Mexico meeting the next week in Flagstaff. The program will be “Popejoy@50“. This is a 30 minute video produced by UNM in 2016 to commemorate the opening of Popejoy in 1966. It has great clips that tell the story of the Civic Auditorium and why that ended up inadequate. Then it describes the UNM campus and the vision of UNM President Tom Popejoy to create a world class performing arts center. It will be introduced by UNM’s film director Aracely Chapa. There will be Q & A after the program.
March History Opportunities
There are many opportunities to participate in local and statewide history and cultural programs this month. View the March 2017 History Opportunities page compiled by Janet Saiers.
AHS Member Participation Opportunity
The Albuquerque Historical Society often receives questions from people about Albuquerque history in general or as it relates to their personal lives. AHS board members reply to these questions with answers or referrals to other individuals and organizations that may have answers. AHS is inviting its members to help reply to such questions if they choose. If you are a member of AHS and would like to volunteer to help respond to AHS website inquiries, see our Member Participation on AHS Website Inquiries page.
Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tours
Free Walking Tours of Downtown Central Avenue are normally on Saturdays, 10 – 11:30 am and meet at the corner of 1st & Central in front of Tucanos Restaurant. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 5 people or if you would like to schedule a weekday tour. You will walk along Central Avenue from 1st Street to 8th Street. Please wear comfortable shoes and allow for one and a half to two hours for the tour. Currently, parking fees are not enforced on Saturdays at parking meters or pay boxes. For more info see our Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tours page.