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.

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. Conference Highlights include:

  • An opening plenary session Thursday, May 7 followed by a tour of the new “Only in Albuquerque” exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History in Old Town.
  • The fun filled May 8 Friday night book auction along with the “dollar” book table.
  • A silent auction with items ranging from jewelry, pottery, restaurant certificates, art work, unique hand made items and much more.
  • Numerous tour choices Saturday afternoon including some historic neighborhood walking tours.
  • The closing awards banquet at which various books and their authors will be recognized along with individuals providing service to the state history efforts, their communities and HSNM.

Look for more information on 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.

December 2014 History Opportunities

There are many opportunities to participate in local and statewide history programs this month. View the December 2014 History Opportunities page assembled by Janet Saiers.