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.

July AHS Program – Japanese Submarine Visits Albuquerque

Photo of Captured Sub in Downtown Albuquerque

Japanese Midget Submarine HA-19 in Downtown Albuquerque, January 14, 1943

On Sunday, July 15th, Dick Brown, a Navy submarine veteran, will use photographs and news clippings to tell the story of the Japanese mini-sub that was captured the day after Pearl Harbor attack. That submarine toured New Mexico between January 7-18, 1943. The presentation will be at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town. Free parking south of the Museum and free admission to the Museum and the program. Read More.

July History Opportunities

There are many opportunities to participate in local and statewide history and cultural programs this month. View the July 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.

CAF Lobo Wing – Preserving a Piece of Albuquerque History

Photo of Albuquerque Air Base at-11 Trainers

Bombardier cadets in training with AT-11s at Kirtland, 1943

The Lobo Wing of the Commemorative Air Force has been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade for preserving a piece of Albuquerque history. They are in the process of restoring a 1941 Army Air Force AT-11 twin engine trainer that was used to train Bombardiers in Albuquerque during WWII. The plane being restored was the 15th off the Beechcraft assembly line in Wichita, Kan. and was delivered to Albuquerque in January 1942. About 50 of the planes were in operation at the peak of training and an estimated 5,200 trainees went through the program at the Albuquerque Army Air Base, which later became Kirtland Army Air Field. Read More.

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.