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 Membership page.
September AHS Program
For Better and For Worse: A look at the Early Presidents of UNM
On Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm, Portia Vescio, University Archivist at UNM, will provide a lively and entertaining discussion of the early UNM presidents.
The program will be held in the Ventana Room (just North of the main entrance) at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town. Parking is free in the lot south of the Museum. Admission to the Museum and the AHS program is also free. Read More.
September History Opportunities
There are many opportunities to participate in local and statewide history and cultural programs this month. View the September 2018 History & Culture Opportunities page compiled by Janet Saiers.
Albuquerque History Accolades
The Albuquerque Historical Society Accolades Program recognizes the contributions of individuals, businesses, groups, and public or private institutions whose efforts bring awareness to and/or contribute to our knowledge of the broad patterns of Albuquerque’s history; with an emphasis on recently occurring commemorative events. The criteria for receiving an AHS Accolade is broad and includes, but not limited to, recognizing institutions or groups that sponsor events to celebrate or raise awareness of Albuquerque history and individuals who raise awareness of Albuquerque history through talks, lectures, or other actions. To find out how to suggest a History Accolade or to view those awarded, visit our Albuquerque History Accolades page.
James & John Hoffsis – Owners of Treasure House Books & Gifts
James & John Hoffsis provide opportunities for local authors to discuss their history writings. John Hoffsis, the owner of Treasure House Books & Gifts located adjacent to Albuquerque’s Old Town plaza, together with the store’s original owner, his father James Hoffsis, have offered encouragement and opportunities for local history authors. Originally opened as a gift shop in 1974, the store was recently honored as one of the best independent bookstores in the world by Atlas Obscura. They have also been honored with an Albuquerque History Society Accolade. Read More.
Vista Larga Historic District Booklet
The Vista Larga Mid-Century Modern Residential Historic District has recently created a booklet that provides a brief history of the neighborhood from its platting in 1947 to 1967, the year when most of the homes were completed. It describes how the subdivision exemplifies Albuquerque’s post-war housing development and its place in the city’s history. The booklet also describes the architectural movement known as “Mid-Century Modern” which includes house-styles that became extremely popular in the second half of the twentieth century, including Ranch House, Contemporary and International styles. A grant from the City of Albuquerque’s Urban Enhancement Trust Fund was used to produce the booklet. The Albuquerque Historical Society supported the Vista Larga Historic District application for the grant and serves as the fiscal agent for the grant. However, no AHS funds were used in its production. To view this excellent booklet, you can download it here.
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 historic Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tours are available every Saturday at 10:00 am across from the Albuquerque Transportation Center at 1st and Central. For more info see our Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tours page.