Welcome

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, download our membership form, complete and mail it with a check for $25 to AHS, PO Box 20568, Albuquerque, NM 87154-0568.

February AHS Program – Restoration of AT&SF Steam Locomotive 2926

Kistler photo--2926 in San Diego

AT&SF 2926 in San Diego c.1949
(photo courtesy Stan Kistler)

On Sunday, February 21 , at 2 PM, 2926 Volunteer Steve Bradford describes the ongoing effort to restore AT&SF steam locomotive 2926. After sitting in a local park for some 40 years, the restoration effort began in 2000. The program will be held at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. Parking is free in the lot south of the Museum. Admission to the Museum and the AHS program is also free.

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.

February History Opportunities

There are many opportunities to participate in local and statewide history and cultural programs this month. View the February 2016 History Opportunities page compiled by Janet Saiers.