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    JUNE 2024 NM History & Culture Opportunities

                                   The Albuquerque Historical Society & the Historical Society of NM encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:


                                                                                               As always, there’s a wealth of information that everyone should know about with many interesting programs, events, and things to do, most of which are FREE to all BernCo residents.




AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN – STORYTIME IN THE PARK, MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAYS, JUNE 10-JULY 18, 11:30AM-1PM, AT 26 LOCATIONS AROUND THE CITY/COUNTY. FAMILIES MAY TAKE HOME THE "BOOK OF THE DAY" each day along with an activity sheet. Go to to see the list of the parks and sites. Certified teachers read to children. Lunches also part of the program.

THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY June 16, 2 pm. Paul Secord speaks about the Historic 1939 Native American Murals at Maisel's Indian Jewelry, 510 Central SW in Downtown ABQ. They are a treasure of Native American painting and of national importance.  Free parking & free admission to the ABQ Museum in Old Town.

FREE SUMMER LUNCH, 11:30AM-1PM, FOR ALL YOUTH AGE 18 AND YOUNGER. Many sites open June 3 with community centers opening June 17. Over 100 locations at parks, libraries, churches and buildings throughout the City and unincorporated Bernalillo County. Call 311 for more information.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW MEXICO. New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. Read about it, Visit – to view thousands of entries: photos, videos, podcasts, Timelines for the five periods of NM History & More! The New Mexico State Historian Rob Martinez can be reached at 505-476-7911.

JUNE 1-JULY 27, SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN & TEENS at all library branches. "Adventure Begins at your Library" Includes PRIZES, music activities & concerts, demonstrations, speakers, and more. ART PROJECTS, GAMES, GARDENING, CONCERTS, CAREER EXPLORATION, COMPUTER TRAINING, COOKING, & MORE – ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES AT THE BRANCHES OF THE ABC LIBRARY SYSTEM, Go to to review listing by location, days and times! Be sure to look for all kinds of free family & children’s activities.

Free Guided hikes: at Piedras Marcadas Canyon every Thursday in June at 7 pm; at Rinconada Canyon every Saturday at 9am. Provided by Petroglyph National Monument. Call 899-0205 for information.

Randall Davey Audubon Center and sanctuary, 1800 Upper Canyon Rd. in Santa Fe. Tour the gardens and historic Randall Davey house. Fridays @ 2 pm are docent led house tours, $5. More info at Mon. – Sat., 8am-4pm.


JUNE 4, 10:30 am, free. Attend virtual or in-person. 80th Anniversary of D-Day invasion of Normandy of Europe by Allied Forces. "We remember the sacrifices of these men made for our freedom". DNA Military Research Group,  2nd floor of Main Library, 5th & Copper. Free 2 hour parking across street in City lot. for more info.

JUNE 5 program, 12 noon, virtual. "Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky" eight plants Native Americans gave—corn, beans, squash, chili, tomatoes, potato, vanilla, cacao-- presented by Dr. Lois Elen Frank &  Walter Whitewater. Sponsored by the NM History Museum Friends of History. Go to the website to watch this and the past lectures on their YouTube channel.


JUNE 6/7, 13/14, 20/21, 27/28, 11 am, $2. National Hispanic Cultural Center, tour of Torreon.

JUNE 7,  7 pm, free. Dark Sky night at Abo area of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument near Mountainair. Enjoy a guided tour program from 7:30-8:15 then view the pristine night sky with telescopes. Contact Natalia_SanchezHernandez for more info. Call 505-847-2585, ext. 221.

JUNE 7, 10am-12 noon, free but you must register at Tijeras BioZone guided hike, one mile. Meet at 15600 Central SE. Sponsored by COA Open Space Div. contact or 768-4959 for more info.

JUNE 7, 5-7 pm, free. Opening reception for Convergence X Crossroads, Street Art from the Southwest, the vibrancy of street art from NM, TX, AZ, CA and northern Mexico which uses murals and/or graffiti.  National Hispanic Cultural Center.

JUNE 7, 5-8 pm, free. ALBUQUERQUE ARTS CRAWL, Various art galleries around ABQ, meet and visit with artists in person.

JUNE 7, 5-9 pm, free. Albuquerque Art Walk downtown Central between 1st & 8th St. Stores & restaurants open, various vendors, food trucks.

JUNE 7, 6:30-7:30 pm, $10 includes drink ticket. Science on Tap-Trials, Triumphs Tragedy of Eagle Cam: The quest for a 3rd person view of a lunar landing. Presented by Christopher Hays PhD. Nuclear Science Museum, 601Eubank SE.

JUNE 7, 10:30am, free, virtual or in-person. ABQ Genealogical Society DNA Research Group meets at the Downtown Library.

JUNE 8, 10:30 am, free. Rediscovering the Magic of Words and Rudolpho Anaya presented by Chris Chavez. Special Collections Library 423 Central NE. Watch for parking restrictions. 

JUNE 8, 3-4 pm, free. The Sandia Mountain Dulcimers perform at Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE. Be aware of parking restrictions.

JUNE 8, 1 pm, free. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales presents NM artist Arnold Puentes describing his mural and mixed media which use traditional & cultural myths: Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent) Tonatiuh(Sun god).More information from Aaron Gardner, call or

JUNE 8, 10 am, free. David Ryan speaks about his book "Wandering in the Clear Lights of NM"-hikes around NM. Petroglyph National Monument shaded outdoor patio. 6510 Western Trail NW,

7/8/9, Fridays @ 12 noon, Sat/Sun 11 am & 2 pm, fee. Cultural dances, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

JUNE 8/15/22/29, 8am, free. Farmer’s Market at Robinson Park, 8th & Central and the Los Ranchos Art Market, 6718 Rio Grande Blvd. NW 

JUNE 9/16/23/30, Sunday mornings admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum. Go to

JUNE 8, 1-3 pm, free. Historian Don Bullis speaks on "New Mexico Outlaw Gangs" presented by the Moriarty Historical Society and Museum, Moriarty Civic Center, 202 South Broadway. Cosponsored by the Historical Society of NM Speakers Bureau,

JUNE 8, 10am-8pm, free. Celebrate Juneteenth at the Open Space Visitor Center. Dr. Timothy Nelson speaks on "What Happened to Blackdom?", 1-3 pm, Anthems of Belonging for a new America with Hakim Bellamy, 2 pm Story telling with Brenda Hollingsworth Marley, various entertainers from 3-8 pm. 6500 Coors NW. Contact or768-4951 for more info.

JUNE 8, 9am-9pm, free. Grand opening of the Park at Winrock Town Center, Louisiana & I-40 NE. Music, kids area and family fun, yoga in the park, Farmer's Market, enjoy the lake, food vendors and more.

JUNE 8, 10 am-4pm, free. Regular monthly book sale by the Friends of the ABQ BernCo Public Library. Main branch, 5th & Copper NW. Two hour free parking across the street at the City garage. Bring your ticket in to be stamped.

JUNE 9, 1:30 pm, free. Dr. Ron Duncan Hart presents Intriguing Stories of Jewishness from the Inquisition in Cartegena, Columbia. Jewish Community Center.  Sponsored by the NM Jewish Historical Society, 5520 Wyoming NE.

JUNE 9, 2 pm, free.  Members of the Bibo and Seligman families discuss "Commercial Revolution comes to Bernalillo". Sandoval County Historical Society. Sandoval County Historical Society & Museum, 161 Homestead Lane, located between the Santa Ana Star Casino and Coronado Historic Site, just north of 550, turn at the dirt road by the IHOP. 505-867-2755.

JUNE 10, 11:45 am, free. Albuquerque Press Women & Friends. Long time political blogger Joe Monahan talks about the recent NM Primary election. In-person at Weck’s Restaurant, 7301 Paseo del Norte NE.  (You may purchase food/beverage.) More info from Sponsored by Albuquerque Press Women and Friends.

JUNE 11, 6:30 pm, free but donations accepted. Speaker and Topic to be announced. Sponsored by the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo at the Sandia Ranger Station, just off I-40 in Tijeras. More information at

JUNE 11, 6 PM, free. Program "How Latina Voices Enrich the American Story". Speakers include Cara Lopez Lee and Michelle Otero. Book Works, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

JUNE  12, 7 pm, free. The Albuquerque Concert Band performs outdoors at the International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE.

JUNE 12, 10:30 am, free. Virtual or in-person. ABQ Genealogical Society presents Christine Cohen speaking on Immigration: Ports of Entry. Downtown Library.


JUNE 13, 7 pm. KNME presents Clara Belle Williams: NM Pioneer in Education. Clara Belle Williams became the first African American student to graduate from NM College of Ag and Mechanic Arts, now NMSU. This documentary examines the obstacles and accomplishments of Clara Belle and the Williams family.

JUNE 14 FLAG DAY, commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777 by resolution of the 2nd Continental Congress.

JUNE 14, 6:30-8:30 pm, fee. Premiere of the film Written on the Landscape: Mysteries Beyond Chaco Canyon. Film premiere by Anna Sofaer. she is joined by Petuuche Gilbert from Acoma Pueblo. In 1977, Sofaer rediscovered the "sundagger" in Chaco Canyon. NM Natural History Museum.

JUNE 15,  2pm, free. Former NM state senator Dede Feldman speaks about her time in the NM Senate: Boots, Suits and Citiens at the Cibola County Historical Society & Museum, 525 East High St. Grants, NM. Co-sponsored by the Historical Society of NM Speakers Bureau. More information at

JUNE 15, doors open 7pm, dance 8pm, $10 donation. Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies perform WestFest Dance in historic Mountainair, NM. 101 E. Main St. sponsored by the Manzano Mountain Art Council, Mountainair, NM. 505-847-5068.

JUNE 15, 11am-11pm, free. Juneteenth Celebration "Reclaiming our Roots" performances, music, kids corner, History lessons about Juneteenth, Civic Plaza.

JUNE 15, 5-8pm, free. Summerfest in the NE Heights at North Domingo Baca Park.


JUNE 16, 2 pm, free. Paul Secord speaks on the "Historic 1939 Maisel's Murals in Downtown Albuquerque". Free parking and free admission to the ABQ Museum. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society.

JUNE 17, 6-7 pm, free. Watermelon Jug Band performs at Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE. The Band has entertained for over 45 years and plays bluegrass.

 JUNE 18, 7 pm, free. Showing of the film -- 1st Rainbow Coalition (2019) A discussion of race and class in the US. Disney theater at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW at Cesar Chavez. 

JUNE 19 FEDERAL HOLIDAY JUNETEENTH, commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston, TX to ensure that the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation of Pres. Lincoln was being followed throughout the US.

JUNE 19, 10 am, free.  Roots of Jazz performance followed by 1 pm talk and Book signing by children's author Vaunda Michaux Nelson. Martha Liebert Library in Bernalillo, NM, 124 Calle Malinche, 867-1440.

JUNE 20 SUMMER SOLSTICE, longest day of the year.

JUNE 20 WORLD REFUGEE DAY, established in 2001 by the United Nations to honor refugees from around the World.

JUNE 20, 7pm, local station KNME 5.1. Written on the Landscape: the Mysteries of Chaco Canyon. This striking film illustrates ground-breaking research of the magnificent Chaco Canyon architecture that flourished 1000 years ago. Repeats JUNE 21 at 9 pm.

JUNE 20 , 1 pm, virtual, $20.  Searching Y-DNA Adam, includes a documentary. Presented by Angel Cervantes and the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register.

JUNE 20, 5:30-8 pm, free. Sally's Night celebrating NM women in space science. From 5:30-6pm, two scientists will discuss the science don at the VLA and stories about filming the movie Contact. The movie begins at 6 pm. New Mexico Natural History Museum.

JUNE 20, 5-8pm, free. 3rd THURSDAY AT ABQ MUSEUM. All exhibits open. 6-8 pm outdoor amphitheatre Music by Chill House and High Horns featuring Hilary Smith.

JUNE 20/21, 11 am, $2. National Hispanic Cultural Center, tour of Torreon.

JUNE 21, 5-6:30 pm, free. Opening Reception for the art exhibit Our America: A Tapestry of Cultural Diversity. Placitas Library, 453 NM hwy 165. More information at 505-867-3355.

JUNE 21-29, various ticket fees. Festival Flamenco Alburquerque 37. Internationally known dancers and teachers, Performances, workshops, programs at sites around ABQ. More information at

JUNE 22, 11am-5pm, free. Flamenco Film Festival, Guild Theater. Part of Festival Flamenco Alburquerque 37.

JUNE 22, 11 am, FREE but seating limited to 50. The History of Juan de Onate, conquistador presented by Dianne Layden PhD. This talk will include the status of the three Onate statues (Alcalde, ABQ and El Paso). Contact 505-243-6269 or or Wheels Museum, 1100 2ndSt. SW.

JUNE 22, 10 am-2pm, free. Pollinator Celebration-learn about native bees, what goes on in a honeybee colony, entertainment, music. More information from Dionne Epps,, 768-4951. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

JUNE 22, 1-5, free. Opening of new exhibit- Vivarium: Exploring the Intersection of Art, Story Telling and the Living World. ABQ Museum.

JUNE 26, 11am-12 noon, free. Recycle man Music jam. Kevin Kinane plays "found" instruments at East Mountain Library then from  2-3 pm, North Valley Tune Tanglers plays New Mexico Music.

JUNE 28, 5:30-7 pm, free. "NSRGNTS" mural, opening Reception. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. More info at

JUNE 29, 9am-5pm, free. Historic Magdalena Frontier Festival. Demonstrations, craft vendors, music, talks about regional history, pet parade and more !

 JUNE 29, 11am-12 noon, free. David Ottaviano leads a tour of the historic Gutierrez Hubbell House in the early 2000s.  6029 Isleta SW. Learn why this territorial style 1850s house is on both the state and national registers. More info at

JUNE 29, 2-3 pm, free. Dan Flores speaks about his book "Coyote America" at the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center's shaded outdoor patio. 6510 Western Trail NW, 899-0205, more information at

JUNE 29, 10:30am-12 noon, free. David Ryan speaks about his book "Wandering in the Clear Lights of NM" -featuring hikes around New Mexico. Special Collections Library, Edith and Central NE. Be aware of parking restrictions.

JUNE 29, 10 am-12 noon, free. Old Town Gazebo. Exposicion Flamenco, free family friendly performance by Flamenco students.

JUNE 29, 1pm, virtual, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, The Basque Connection to NM Families presented by Angel Cervantes and the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact for postal address and to register.

JUNE 29, 12:30-2:30, free. Stories in Stone presented by Petroglyph National Monument at the Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE.

JUNE 30, 2pm, free. Matt Barbour speaks on Pedro de Alvarado (1485-1541) conquistador and his legacy. Martha Liebert Public Library in Bernalillo, 145 Calle Malinche. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado & Jemez Historic Sites. More info

JUNE 30, 11am-2pm, fee. International Asteroid Day at the NM Natural History Museum. Special talks and displays.



IN JUNE FREE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY/SATURDAY 7PM & SUNDAYS, 1-3 PM AT Old Town Plaza. Detailed list on City's website Contact 768-3556,


Randall Davey Audubon Center and sanctuary, 1800 Upper Canyon Rd. in Santa Fe. Tour the gardens and historic Randall Davey house. Fridays @ 2 pm are docent led house tours, $5. Saturdays @8:30 am are guided bird walk. More info at Monday – Saturday, 8am-4pm.

The historic court case involving Isleta pueblo member Miguel Trujillo and voting rights for Native Americans. To request traveling exhibit contact There is a six part podcast available at


INDIAN EDUCATION AT UNM, Watch several previously recorded programs about Native American education, the Dine language and more.

HISTORIC SANTA FE FOUNDATION ( offers many free programs to watch: Ron Duncan Hart speaking on the Early Jews in NM; Rob Martinez – The Enduring Hispanic Music of NM.

The Wheels Museum, 1100 2nd St. SW is open. Times are Monday -Thursday, 9 am-12 noon, Sat. 12 noon-2pm. Call first to confirm, 243-6269 or

MURALS OF ALBUQUERQUE ( This shows over 130 murals in the ABQ metro area. You click on each picture and it shows the mural, gives its title and address, describes the image, and the artists.

ONLINE TOUR OF THE 15 HISTORIC MURALS AT THE INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER The tour gives details  of the artist and the dance or ritual illustrated in the mural.

Cibola County History Museum, 525 West High St., Grants NM. Go to the museum’s Facebook page for more information.

NUCLEAR MUSEUM – The Museum has a huge collection of oral history interviews (also transcribed) called Voices of the Manhattan Project. There are some 600 interviews of individuals who were either at the Manhattan Project or a family member who worked there. The  interviews are organized into 39 categories such as: Internment of Japanese Americans, Life in the Secret cities,  Hispanic employees, Native American.


Historic Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale SE. invites anyone to come and hoe tumbleweeds and goat heads. The cemetery is open dawn to dusk and accessible through the gates of Fairview Memorial Park. Wear hard soled shoes & bring your own tools. or “Where the Past meets the Present.


Many of the museums and cultural centers in the ABQ metro area have put programming on their websites, Facebook pages or YouTube links. This includes everything from:

·         concerts, history lectures, video tours of various museum collections,

·         photograph pod casts, curriculum and study guides for children, audio interviews,

All of this is free and even “low tech” individuals can navigate these websites. There are YouTube channels available at no cost to watch to all. You are urged to explore many websites but especially these:

·         CORONADO HISTORIC SITE – Watch numerous programs from the website of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site. All info on their website.

·         NEW MEXICO HISTORY IN TEN MINUTES ( On the home page, go to the bottom and click on Video of the Month. The entire list of episodes will appear by clicking on the corner of the video. NM State Historian Rob Martinez is most engaging and informative and there are more than 40 Episodes. The episodes may be heard in chronological order or by topic which is introduced in the first minute or so of the episode.

·         CIVIC AUDITORIUM HISTORY VIDEO (1957-1986) Go to the Resources Tab, then the drop down to the three Civic Auditorium videos. They tell the story of the structure: why it was built, how it was used and why it was ultimately demolished.

·         HOLOCAUST MUSEUM and GELLERT EDUCATION CENTER NM, 616 Central SW. Go to the website Questions call 247-0606.



The Albuquerque Historical Society provides videos of scheduled program presentations. The videos are linked from the appropriate AHS Program pages. Presentations captured on videos to date include:

·         History of Telephones in New Mexico
Susie Turner, April 21, 2024

·         The Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tour: For People Who Prefer to Sit
Roland Penttila, January 21, 2024

·         Movies Made in Albuquerque
Jeff Berg, November 19, 2023

·         What’s in a Name?
Elaine Briseño, October 15, 2023

·         Albuquerque’s Involvement with the American Space Program
Loretta Hall, September 17, 2023

·         The Role of the New Mexico State Historian
Rob Martinez, August 20, 2023

·         Historic Fairview Cemetery: THE Place to be Buried Since 1881
Gail Rubin, July 16, 2023

·         History of South Broadway and Kirtland Addition Neighborhoods
Anthony “Tony” DellaFlora, June 18, 2023.

·         The Heritage of Historic US Route 66 in Albuquerque
Roger Zimmerman and Melissa Lea Beasley-Lee, April 16, 2023

·         History of Mariachi in Albuquerque
Peter Sanchez, March 19, 2023

·         Biography of Casey Luna
Dr. Richard Melzer, February 19, 2023

·         History of The University of Albuquerque
John Taylor, January 15, 2023

·         History of UNM Press: The Largest Book Publishing Company in New Mexico
Beth Hadas, November 20, 2022

·         One With the Land: Voices of the Atrisco Land Grant
Anthony “Tony” DellaFlora, October 16, 2022

·         One With the Land: Voices of the Atrisco Land Grant
Anthony “Tony” DellaFlora, October 16, 2022

·         Picture This!: Online Storytelling Through Photo Archives
Jill Hartke, September 18, 2022

·         The History of Public Art Urban Enhancement in Albuquerque
Sherri Brueggemann, August 21, 2022

·         Neighborhoods at a Crossroads: Hoffmantown
Anthony DellaFlora, July 17, 2022

·         African American Homesteaders in Albuquerque
Rita Powdrell, June 19, 2022

·         Victory from the Shadows
Elaine Carson, March 20, 2022



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