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, host a repository of Source Documents for education and research and honor individuals or group with Albuquerque History Accolades. 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 Program – Will Steinsiek Performs as Reverend Thomas Harwood
On Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2 pm, Historian and United Methodist Pastor Reverend Will Steinsiek will perform a “Chautauqua-style” presentation in costume and in character of New Mexico Methodist Missionary, Reverend Thomas Harwood. He will recite the life of Thomas Harwood focusing on his latter years of being assigned to come to New Mexico beginning in 1869 to establish Methodist Episcopal church congregations throughout the Territory and his career beginning in Albuquerque in 1883. He will recite stories about local church congregations, other religious and civic leaders in Albuquerque, the Local Industrial School for Boys, Harwood School for Girls, and his national honor of being named the Chaplain for the Grand Army of the Republic. He will end by mentioning his death and burial in 1911 at Fairview Cemetery.
The program will be held at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW 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
July History and Cultural Opportunities
There are many opportunities to participate in local and statewide history and cultural programs this month. View the July 2019 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.
Ed Boles – Advocate of Historic Preservation
Ed Boles has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society for an Albuquerque History Accolade. Edgar “Ed” Boles began his long career by working with various architectural firms in Kansas and New Mexico after getting his Bachelor’s of Environmental Design from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design. Read More.
Vista Larga Historic District Booklet
The Vista Larga Mid-Century Modern Residential Historic District has recently created a booklet that provides a brief history of the neighborhood from its platting in 1947 to 1967, the year when most of the homes were completed. It describes how the subdivision exemplifies Albuquerque’s post-war housing development and its place in the city’s history. The booklet also describes the architectural movement known as “Mid-Century Modern” which includes house-styles that became extremely popular in the second half of the twentieth century, including Ranch House, Contemporary and International styles. A grant from the City of Albuquerque’s Urban Enhancement Trust Fund was used to produce the booklet. The Albuquerque Historical Society supported the Vista Larga Historic District application for the grant and serves as the fiscal agent for the grant. However, no AHS funds were used in its production. To view this excellent booklet, you can download it here.
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 – February through November
The Albuquerque Historical Society offers free downtown walking tours from the first Saturday in February through the last Saturday in November. During these months, you will meet your guide at 1st and Central at 10 am every Saturday. We also welcome special requests for tours all year round! This interesting tour that covers the coming of the ATSF railroad and the diverse settlers who came with it, can be arranged by calling 289-0586. Wear comfortable shoes, allow 2 hours and bring water. No Pets Please.
For more info see our Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tours page.