Programs

Albuquerque Historical Society - Edmund Ross

Edmund G. Ross – Territorial Governor of NM from 1885-1889

The Albuquerque Historical Society (AHS) sponsors a series of monthly programs or tours and traditionally meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00 PM. Meetings are held at the Albuquerque Museum, located on Mountain Road NW in Old Town, unless otherwise indicated in the monthly program notice. Parking is free in the lot south of the Albuquerque Museum. Admission to the Museum and AHS program is free.

Periodically, the Society sponsors tours to historic points of interest in the Albuquerque area and/or holds meetings or receptions in locations of special historic interest. Sometimes there is a small charge for visiting that facility.

Programs cover a wide variety of topics related to some aspect of Albuquerque or New Mexico history. Some recent and future topics are:

AHS 2016-2017 Programs

Photo of Albuquerque Little Beaver Town - Stagecoach

Albuquerque's Little Beaver Town (1961-1963)

On July 15th, 1961 an old-west themed amusement park opened along Route 66 east of Albuquerque at the mouth of Tijeras canyon. It only survived for 3 years. AHS Member Roland Penttila will explain in words and pictures how it came … Continue reading
Photo of Matthew Dairy

North Valley History: The Matthew Dairy in Albuquerque

On Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm, AHS Member Bob Smith will explain the beginnings of the Albuquerque North Valley Matthew Dairy in the 1890s and its evolution over time. The Matthew Dairy, formed by James Matthew in 1894, was … Continue reading
Map of the 1836 Claimed Boundaries of the Republic of Texas

Theoretical Texas Boundary in New Mexico

On Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm, Roger Zimmerman will present the timeline, details and outcomes of the various claims both the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas made for New Mexico territory. The Republic of Texas … Continue reading
Photo of custom house in Vista Largo Subdivission

The Vista Larga Residential Historic District: the Post World War II Suburbanization of ABQ’s East Mesa

On Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 2:00 pm, speaker Bill Dodge will describe how the empty East Mesa became home to thousands of houses. His talk will include the unique Vista Larga neighborhood just south of Indian School Rd. and … Continue reading
Book Cover of "Let's Roll This Train: My Life in New Mexico Education, Business, and Politics" by Dr. Lenton Malry

My Life in NM Education, Business & Politics presented by Dr. Lenton Malry

On October 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm, come learn about Dr. Lenton Malry’s journey from segregated Louisiana to becoming New Mexico’s first African American member of the State Legislature and the first African American elected to the Bernalillo County Commission. The … Continue reading
Picture of book cover "Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health"

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 … Continue reading
Photo of CCC Kiwanis Cabin - Sandia Crest NM

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in NM: A proud legacy that changed our state

On Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm, NM historian and author Dr. Richard Melzer will present how Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) projects impacted New Mexico and in particular Albuquerque during the 1930’s and 40’s. The Civilian Conservation Corps was … Continue reading
Picture of Albuquerque Waterworks c.1930

The History of Albuquerque’s Municipal Water System

On Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm, John Shomaker, Ph.D., will present the history of Albuquerque’s municipal water system, 1880 – 1960. Come learn how our water system grew from a series of individual wells to the huge system it … Continue reading
Picture of Sandia Peak Tram Dedication

Past, Present & Future: 50 years of the Sandia Peak Tramway

On Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm, Debi Owen, Sandia Tram Communications Director, will discuss the history, status and future of the Sandia Peak Tramway. The Sandia Tram is one of Albuquerque’s “icons”. Most residents of Albuquerque have ridden the Tram … Continue reading
Wallace Harrison House

Downtown Neighborhoods Association 2016 Historic Home Tour

There will be no May 2016 presentation by the Albuquerque Historical Society. Instead, enjoy the Downtown Neighborhood Association Mother’s Day Historic Home Tour, Sunday May 8th, 2016, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Downtown Neighborhoods (west of downtown between Central … Continue reading

AHS 2015-2016 Programs

Historic Fairview Front Entrance (DeTulio built)

Back to Life: Historic Fairview Cemetary

On Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm, Susan Schwartz describes the history of Fairview Cemetery on Yale SE where many famous NM doctors, elected officials, ministers, soldiers and local heroes are buried. Fairview Cemetary, when first established in the … Continue reading

The Huning's Highland Addition Neighborhood: Its Beginning, Decline, Resurgence & Future

On Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2 PM, Ann Carson describes the preservation and changes in the Huning Highlands Addition Neighborhood which is bounded by Broadway, Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, I-25 and Coal SE. It was established in the 1880’s … Continue reading
2926 in San Diego c.1949 (photo courtesy Stan Kistler)

Restoration of AT&SF Steam Locomotive 2926

On Sunday, February 21, at 2 PM, 2926 restoration volunteer Steve Bradford describes the ongoing effort to restore AT&SF steam locomotive 2926. In the mid 1990s a group of train enthusiasts formed NMS&LRHS (New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Rail Road … Continue reading

Today's Photos / Tomorrow's History?

On Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 2 PM, local historian, author and photographer Richard Ruddy presents “Today’s Photos / Tomorrow’s History?”. Richard will talk on the importance of photography as historical documentation and the frequent failure to recognize the potential historic value … Continue reading
Rosenwald Bros Building - Albuquerque Museum (PA1992.5.696)

The Development of Downtown Albuquerque As Seen Through Its Built Environment

On November 15, 2015 at 2 pm, learn about the numerous downtown buildings that were part of Albuquerque history after the coming of the Railroad in 1880. Downtown Albuquerque has a vibrant architectural history of banks, hotels, medical facilities, retail, … Continue reading
Book Cover - Legendary Locals of Albuquerque

Legendary Locals of Albuquerque

On Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Dr. Richard Melzer will speak on his new book “Legendary Locals of Albuquerque“. The book describes 150 people who made contributions to Albuquerque history since its founding in 1706. Artists, educators, sports figures, politicians … Continue reading

The 100 Year History of the Albuquerque NAACP (1915-2015): Events that Changed Albuquerque

On Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Josef Powdrell, who served as 22nd president of the Albuquerque chapter of the NAACP, will present the history of the Albuquerque NAACP and the events that Changed Albuquerque. The local chapter of the NAACP was formally … Continue reading
Albuquerque Indian School in 1885 (NRG-75-AISP-2)

Albuquerque Indian School: Origins, History and Communities

On Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Joe Sabatini, volunteer at the Library/Archives of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, will discuss the origins of the Albuquerque Indian school and changing federal Indian education policies over the century the school was … Continue reading
MRGCD Construction Photo 1930

The Unpredictable River: History of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD)

On Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Adrian Oglesby will describe the flooding events that led to the creation of the MRGCD in the 1920s and the subsequent construction of dams, ditches, and drains along the Rio Grande. The … Continue reading
Historic R66 Sign

Route 66 In New Mexico

Getting your kicks on route 66 was difficult in New Mexico before 1937. Find out why on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm when Bob Smith discusses Route 66 in New Mexico. Learn how Albuquerque got to be on … Continue reading
412 Walter ST SE

Huning Highland 2015 Mother’s Day House Tour

There will be no May 2015 presentation by the Albuquerque Historical Society. Instead, enjoy the Huning Highland Mother’s Day House Tour produced by the Huning Highland Historic District Neighborhood Association. From the contemporary to the historic, the Mother’s Day House Tour offers … Continue reading

AHS 2014-2015 Programs

Dick Knipfing

Dick Knipfing: My 50 years in Albuquerque Television News

Dick Knipfing came to Albuquerque in the early 1960s as a UNM student. He became part of the Channel 13 news team and the …. rest is history! Knipfing has reported on hundreds of events which changed the direction of Albuquerque … Continue reading
UNM School of Medicine Building II

Reflections at 50: The UNM School of Medicine, A History of Service & Innovation 1964-2014

Join us Sunday, March 15, 2 pm at the Albuquerque Museum when Executive Vice Dean Martha Cole McGrew, MD,  presents the history of the UNM School of Medicine. In the late 1950’s, creating a Medical School at UNM was the vision … Continue reading
Coronado Center, 1964

50 Years of Coronado Shopping Center, 1964-2014

On February 15, 2015 at 2 pm, speaker Randy Sanchez, General Manager of Coronado Center, will describe the business, societal changes and planning that brought about the construction of Coronado Mall in 1964. The Program is free and will be held at the Albuquerque Museum in Old … Continue reading
Franciscan Hotel, Albuquerque

The Downtown Central Avenue Walking Tours

Come take an “indoor” Downtown Central walking tour with Roland Penttila at the Albuquerque Museum on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2 PM. Roland, an AHS Member and Downtown Central Walking Tour Guide will share a variety of early 20th Century photographs of the … Continue reading
Only in Albuquerque, courtesy of the Albuquerque Museum

Only in Albuquerque

On Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2 pm, Deb Slaney, the aM’s curator of history, will talk about the content, planning process, and installation of the new history exhibit. Ms. Slaney will describe how building renovation, collections documentation, and public … Continue reading
The Postwar Transformation of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1945-1972

Postwar Transformation of Albuquerque, 1945-1972

Robert Wood, the author of The Postwar Transformation of Albuquerque, New Mexico 1945-1972, will give a presentation On Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2 pm at the Albuquerque Museum. “From the end of World War II to the closing months of … Continue reading
Dr. LM García y Griego

Community Land Grants of the East Mountains: History and Current Challenges

Dr. LM García y Griego speaks on the Community Land Grants of the East Mountains at the September 21, 2014, 2 pm meeting of the Albuquerque Historical Society. His presentation will focus on the recent history and current challenges of … Continue reading
Albuquerque Historical Society - RT66 - Tijeras Canyon - 1937

Rerouting Route 66 Through Tijeras Canyon

Roger Zimmerman’s presentation at 2 pm on August 17, 2014 will review Route 66 folklore and provide personal reminisces of living near Route 66. The establishment of initial Federal highways in New Mexico will be introduced. Background on the creation of … Continue reading
Bezemek Dairy Wagon - Albuquerque Historical Society

History of the Bezemek Dairy in Albuquerque - Who the heck was Bezemek?

Bob Smith speaks on James Bezemek, one of the most successful dairy owners and a prominent five-term county commissioner in the 20th century . He is virtually unknown now. Learn about the career of this fascinating man and his family … Continue reading
Ann Piper - Education in Albuquerque

History of Education in Albuquerque

APS principal Ann Piper, will talk on the Albuquerque community’s evolving journey towards providing education to its youth at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. Parking is free in the lot south of the Albuquerque … Continue reading
Albuquerque Downtown Neighborhoods Association 2014 Tour

Historic Downtown Neighborhood Home Tour

There will be no May 2014 presentation by the Albuquerque Historical Society. Instead, enjoy the Mother’s Day 40th Anniversary Historic Neighborhood Home Tour produced by the Downtown Neighborhoods Association. See American Foursquare, Bungalows -Craftsman, Queen Anne, Territorial, Pueblo Style adobe and more…. … Continue reading

AHS 2013-2014 Programs

INSIDE THE NEW MEXICO SENATE: BOOTS, SUITS & CITIZENS Former State Senator Dede Feldman

Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits & Citizens

On Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2 pm, come learn about the NM Legislature from our speaker, former State Senator Dede Feldman who served from 1996 – 2012. She will sign copies of her recent book. Dede knows about the … Continue reading
Atrisco to Zena Lona

Atrisco to Zena Lona: A Snappy Survey of Selected Albuquerque Street Names

Judy Nickell, former Tribune columnist, will speak Sunday, March 16, 21014 at 2:00 pm about the many unique and unusual street names in Albuquerque based on her recent book “Atrisco to Zena Lona: A Snappy Survey of Selected Albuquerque Street … Continue reading
DUKE CITY DIAMONDS: BASEBALL IN ALBUQUERQUE

Duke City Diamonds: Baseball in Albuquerque

On Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 pm, come learn about the baseball history of Albuquerque which goes back some 100 years. Our speaker Gary Herron is a veteran journalist, along with working in TV and radio. He was the official … Continue reading
EDMUND G. ROSS: A PROFILE IN COURAGE

Edmund G. Ross: A Profile in Courage

On Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 2:00pm, Richard Ruddy will speak on Edmund G. Ross who was the territorial governor of NM from 1885-1889 and lived the last third of his adult life in Albuquerque and NM. He is buried … Continue reading
Albuquerque Historical Society - Clyde Tingley at Tingley Beach

A GOLDEN AGE OF PUBLIC LEADERSHIP 1935-1938: CLYDE TINGLEY, ONE OF MANY

On Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm Lucinda Lucero Sachs will tell fascinating stories of NM Governor Clyde Tingley and the many powerful people who helped bring change to NM including: Clinton P. Anderson, Will Keleher, Nina Otero WarrenCopies of the … Continue reading
Albuquerque Historical Society - Jerry Unser - Courtesy Ford Museum

Lecture and guided tour of Unser Museum

Sunday, October 20, 2 PM, Program: “Lecture and guided tour of Unser Museum,” at 1776 Montano NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107. Free admission for AHS members only. Others pay a reduced admission rate.
Albuquerque Historical Society - Alabama Milner

EARLY WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS FOCUS ON ALBUQUERQUE

On Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm, Mo Palmer, a NM native, brings her style of humor and story telling for this enjoyable program. She taught the history of NM at Sandia Prep, wrote a history column for the Tribune and … Continue reading
Albuquerque Historical Society - $th St Flooding - AMAFCA photo

The History of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA)

On Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm, Albuquerque Museum Small Auditorium, Larry Blair will present: “The History of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA)”. Parking is free in the lot south of the Albuquerque Museum. Admission to the … Continue reading
Albuquerque Historical Society -Franz Huning and the Huning Castle

Franz Huning and others in the Huning Family and their roles in New Mexico History

On July 21, 2013, at 2:00 pm B.G Burr will journey us back to early Albuquerque before and after the coming of the railroad. German merchants played a key role in preparing the NM territory for statehood by introducing Anglo goods … Continue reading
Albuquerque Historical Society - First Methodist Church

Lecture and tour at Historic Old Stone Church, Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church

On Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm Kris Linton will provide a lecture and tour of the Historic Old Stone Church, (Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church) at 3rd St and Lead Ave SW, Albuquerque. On January 8, 1905, this larger stone church, which replaced … Continue reading
Walter SE

Historic Huning Highland Neighborhood Home Tour

Rather than having a May 2013 program, the Albuquerque Historical Society encourages your participation in the the Historic home tour in the Huning Highland neighborhood on May 12, 2013.