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. In the near future, we will 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  Who We Are 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, download our membership form, complete and mail it with a check for $25 to AHS, PO Box 20568, Albuquerque, NM 87154-0568.

January 2015 Program – The Downtown Central Avenue Walking Tours

Franciscan Hotel, Albuquerque

Come take an “indoor” Downtown Central walking tour with Roland Penttila on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2 PM. Roland, an AHS Member and Downtown Central Walking Tour Guide will share a variety of early 20th Century photographs of the buildings along Central, many of which are listed on the State and National Register of Historic Buildings. Starting with the coming of the railroad in 1880, Roland will discuss some of the business history of what took place in those buildings from stores like Sears & Roebuck and J.C. Penney to restaurants, saloons, banks, movie theaters and much more. The program will take place at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain RD. NW, in Old Town. All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking in the lot south of the Albuquerque Museum. Read more.

2015 Historical Society of New Mexico Annual Conference

Historical Society of New Mexico LogoThe Historical Society of New Mexico will hold their Annual Conference in Albuquerque, May 7-9, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, I-25 & Lomas Blvd. This conference will provide the opportunity to choose from over 70 different speakers during four concurrent education sessions Friday morning through Saturday lunch. For more information see the HSNM web site.

Only in Albuquerque – Albuquerque Museum’s New 2015 Exhibit

Only in Albuquerque, courtesy of the Albuquerque MuseumIn March of 2015 the Albuquerque Museum (aM) will unveil and open to the public the highly anticipated Only in Albuquerque history gallery. After many years of redesign, construction, story development and fabrication, the Museum will give our community an interactive, engaging, fun-filled presentation of the history and culture of the central Rio Grande Valley. Along with the presentation of our community’s stories, there will be lots to learn and do. Make your own family Coat of Arms; electronically send a Route 66 postcard to a friend; create a personal “quilt” of images from the Museum’s collections; and record your story to share in the Museum and with friends. You will be able to experience vibrant theatres, virtual reality storybooks and use a state of the art App, developed especially for our visitors. For more information, see aM’s Only in Albuquerque page.

Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tours

Free Saturday Morning Walking Tours of Downtown Central Avenue resume January 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Meet at 1st & Central SW by the movie theatre. On street parking is NOT monitored on Saturdays. For more info see our Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tours page.

January 2015 History Opportunities

There are many opportunities to participate in local and statewide history programs this month. View the January 2015 History Opportunities page assembled by Janet Saiers.