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.

Suggestions for an Accolade may be made by anyone with an interest in Albuquerque history. The suggestion will be distributed to the Accolades Program Committee who will review and consider it. To submit a suggestion for an Accolade, complete the AHS Accolade Suggestion Form and submit it. You will be contacted if the suggestion is accepted.

If you are a member of the Albuquerque Historical Society and would like to serve on the Accolades Program Committee, email

AHS Accolades Awarded:

Albuquerque Special Collections Library Staff

Photo of Albuquerque Special Collections Library staff (July 8, 2019) If you are interested in learning about and researching Albuquerque’s history, where should you go? The answer is the library and, more specifically, Special Collections Library at the corner of Edith and Central. This 1925 building at 423 Central NE … Continue reading

Ed Boles – Advocate of Historic Preservation

Photo of Ed Boles (June 25, 2019) 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 … Continue reading

Nancy Tucker – “Postcard Lady”

Photo of AHS Accolade Recipient Nancy Tucker (June 3, 2019) Nancy Tucker has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society for an Albuquerque History Accolade. She is affectionately known by her friends and admirers as the “postcard lady” for her rigorous collecting of Albuquerque-related postcards. But her collecting does not … Continue reading

Deborah C. Slaney – Albuquerque Museum Curator of History

Deb Slaney, Albuquerque Museum (January 30, 2019) Deborah C. Slaney is recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society for an Albuquerque History Accolade for her outstanding service as Curator of History with the Albuquerque Museum as well as her lifelong contributions to the research and better understanding of Albuquerque history. … Continue reading

John L. Deuble Jr. – Albuquerque Author Specializes in Military History

Photo of Kirtland AAF WW II Bombardier Training Crew (January 24, 2019) Albuquerque historian and author, John L. Deuble Jr., has been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade for researching and presenting the history of the early years of Albuquerque airports and the development of the Army air base and the air … Continue reading

James & John Hoffsis – Owners of Treasure House Books & Gifts

Photo of James & John Hofsis (August 17, 2018) James & John Hoffsis Provide Opportunities for Local Authors to Discuss Their History Writings John Hoffsis, the owner of Treasure House Books & Gifts located adjacent to Albuquerque’s Old Town plaza, together with the store’s original owner, his father James Hoffsis, … Continue reading

Alan Carlson – Researching Albuquerque Auto Racing History

Photo of Speedway Park (April 10, 2018) Albuquerque native and historian, Alan Carlson, has been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade for researching the history of local auto racing, creating a collection of documents and photos for presentation and preservation. His love of the sport began as … Continue reading

CAF Lobo Wing – Preserving a Piece of Albuquerque History

Photo of Albuquerque Air Base at-11 Trainers (January 3, 2018) 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 … Continue reading

Jared and Laurie Tarbell Celebrate the Historic Occidental Life Building’s 100th Birthday

Old photo of Occidental Life Building (December 20, 2017) Jared Tarbell, a developer and visual artist who co-founded Etsy, and his wife Laurie Tarbell, an architect focused on ecological design, have been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade. They recently held a birthday party for the 100 year-old historic Occidental … Continue reading

Clayton and Susie Moore – Stewards of the Historic Yott Family Home

Photo of Yott family and house. (November 26, 2017) Clayton and Susie Moore, the current stewards of the Historic Yott Family home in the North Valley, have been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade. They have taken their stewardship seriously. Clayton said he has no intention of selling the family property and … Continue reading

Ann Carson, “Community Treasure”, Honored at the Albuquerque Museum

Ann Carson (November 17, 2017) Ann Carson, a longtime resident of the Huning Highlands Historic District neighborhood has been recognized with an Albuquerque History Accolade. She has spent decades archiving the community’s history. Carson’s relationship with the Albuquerque Museum also goes back decades. She currently is … Continue reading