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 Memebership page.

September AHS Program – Chasing the Cure in NM: Tuberculosis & the Quest for Health

Picture of book cover "Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health"Thousands of health seekers journeyed to New Mexico from 1880 to 1940, hoping its high and dry climate would heal their diseased lungs. On Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm, anthropologist and author, Dr. Nancy Owen Lewis, will examine the impact and the experience of these “lungers,” many of whom stayed to make remarkable contributions to their adopted home. Dubbed the “Heart of the Well Country,” Albuquerque soon became a major destination. Some “chased the cure on their feet,” while others checked into one of its many sanatoriums. But not everyone welcomed the “lungers,” for as fear of contagion grew, laws were enacted to prevent the spread of disease and indigent tuberculars were told to stay home. Ultimately, this movement helped transform a territory into a state and a railroad boom town into New Mexico’s largest city. It also laid the foundation for its current health care system—all of which are examined in this illustrated presentation. 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. Read More.

September History Opportunities

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

AHS Membership Renewals

It’s time to renew your membership in the Albuquerque Historical Society for the 2016-2017 season which covers May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.  We now can accept on-line renewals via PayPal or credit/debit card (a PayPal account is not necessary). To renew, visit the AHS Membership page.

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.