Valencia County Historical Society 


Presentations & Events

Upcoming Presentations & Events

Past Recorded Presentations

Geologic History of Valencia County by Paul Parmentier Link to a video of the presentation from November 2nd : 

Los Lunas Mystery Stone by John Taylor  Link to a video of the presentation from November 12th: 

Presentations & Events by Other Associations

Tue., April 9th at 6:30 PM, in person event, Friends of Tijeras Pueblo  presents Isobel Coats, a UNM graduate student who will speak on “Hybridity in Colonial New Mexico: Questioning Contact and Community in Comanche Springs”.  At the Sandia Ranger Station, just off I-40 in Tijeras.

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Wed., April 10th at 10:30 AM, virtual and in person event, at the main Albuquerque Library at 5th and Copper Sts. in ABQ, the Albuquerque Genealogical Society (AGS) presents Philip Spivey, who will give a talk on “Practical Tips for Breaking through Brick Walls”.  Description: “Brick walls, we all have them. It is the term we use for those times when we get stuck on a family tree. We simply cannot identify the next ancestor. While this can be frustrating, there are strategies that can help you break through. This program will give you specific approaches you can take to get through them.”

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If planning to attend the meeting via Zoom, register at this link: 


Sat., April 13th at 10:30 AM, in person event, the Special Collections Library at the corner of Central Ave. and Edith in ABQ, as part of its series Ever Changing, Ever Growing, presents Michael Henry Perlin, who will talk about “Albuquerque's Butchers, Bakers & Candle Stick Makers”.  Description: “Albuquerque's Butchers, Bakers & Candle Stick Makers is a collection of forty-three illustrated essays by Michael Perlin. They present the stories of some of the city's pioneers of retailing. Those artisans and merchants played an essential role in the growth of our metropolis from the Civil War Era to the close of the 20th-century. The history of Albuquerque, revealed through its architecture, is the subject of this self-published author-illustrated book.  As a teenager, Michael Henry Perlin attended the Art Students League, in Manhattan, to study with Ethel Katz.  He earned a bachelor's degree at the Stella Elkins Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University, Philadelphia. A master's degree, in Special Education, at the University of New Mexico, completed his formal education. In his presentation, the author will provide a glimpse of what may be forgotten or little known aspects of Albuquerque's past.”

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Sat., April 13th from 9 AM to 3 PM, in person event, the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 1701 4th St., NW in ABQ presents its Annual César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Celebration. Free.  Partial description: “The Recuerda a Cesar Chavez Committee (RCCC) and the Center are excited to announce the return of the annual César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Celebration – the only celebration of its kind in the country that honors both great civil rights leaders. The legendary Dolores Huerta will be our honored guest!”

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Sat., April 13th from 1 PM to 3 PM, in person event, Casa San Ysidro at 973 Old Church Road in Corrales, as part of its Second Saturday program, presents Dr. Nasario Garcia, who will present “Tales of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in New Mexico”.  Free.  Description: “In the mountain villages, at the headwaters of the Pecos River, universal elements of magic, ghosts, devils, witches, curses and enchantment are played out. Northern New Mexico holds a living tradition of folklore and witchcraft that is starting to die out as older generations pass away. At 1 p.m., Dr. Nasario Garcia will present traditional tales on the evil eye, witches, the bogeyman, and balls of fire, and how this history of witchcraft and the supernatural connects Spain to Latin America and Latin America to North America. Garcia, a native New Mexican and leading folklorist in New Mexico, is the author of a multitude of publications on New Mexican literature and folklore. He has compiled 150 firsthand accounts of supernatural experiences and traditional stories from the people of the Pecos Valley.”

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For more info  contact Aaron Gardner at  or call 505-898-3915.


Sat., April 13th at 2 PM, in person event, the Placitas Library at 453 highway 165 in Placitas presents Dr. Rick Hendricks, who will give a presentation on “The Witches of Abiquiu”.  Description: “Dr. Rick Hendricks and Malcom Ebright wrote a book titled, “The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians and the Devil,” based on a little known event that took place in northern New Mexico in the eighteenth century. Between 1756 and 1766 there was an outbreak of witchcraft in Abiquiu, New Mexico which was five decades after the Salem witchcraft trials.”

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For more info call 505-867-3355.


Sat., April 13th at 11 AM, in person event, the Wheels Museum at 1100 2nd St., SW in ABQ presents Ronn Perea, who will give a presentation on “82nd Anniversary of the Bataan Death March: What It Meant for New Mexico”.  Free although donations encouraged.  Description: “Ronn Perea, historian, author and popular speaker at WHEELS will present a riveting picture of the Bataan death march with specific emphasis on what it meant to the families and people of New Mexico.  The Bataan Death March was the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 75,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war from the Philippines’ Bataan Peninsula to Camp O'Donnell via San Fernando.   New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery became a part of the Bataan Death March during World War II. The soldiers were all captured by the Japanese army on April 9, 1942. They joined 75,000 prisoners of war. The soldiers had to walk sixty miles to Camp O’Donnell in central Luzon in the Philippines. The walk claimed the lives of 16,950 American and Filipino soldiers, with 900 from New Mexico.”

For more info or to RSVP call 505-243-6269 or email


Sat., April 13th from 10 AM to 2 PM, in person event, the 2024 Ruidoso Books and Writing Festival will be held at the ENMU Ruidoso campus at 709 Mechen Drive in Ruidoso.  Free.  Description: “Love books and writing? Join us at ENMU-Ruidoso for the 2024 Ruidoso Books & Writing Festival! Published New Mexico authors will read their work, offer fun writing activities, and discuss literature and publishing. Learn about fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, and graphic novels. Meet other creative people and discover local literary communities. Free and open to the public. Lunch provided. RSVP at

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For additional info contact Jeff Frawley at 575-315-1140 or 


Sun.,  April 14th at 2 PM, in person event, the Valencia County Historical Society presents geologist Paul Parmentier, who will speak on “Fossilized Footprints at White Sands”.  At the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts at 251 Main St., SE (under the water tower) in Los Lunas.

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Sun., April 14th at 2 PM, in person event, the Sandoval County Historical Society at 161 Homestead Lane in Bernalillo presents author Betsy James, who will talk on “Breathing Stone: Living Small in a Southwest Village”.  See this web page: 

For more info call (505) 867-2755.


Thu., April 18th at 7 PM in person event, the Los Alamos Historical Society presents Alan Carr & Brye Steeves, who will give a lecture on “Nobel Laureates of Los Alamos: The Manhattan Project Era.  Free.  At the Crossroads Bible Church at 97 E Rd. in Los Alamos.  For possibly more info visit this web page: 


Sat., April 20th at 1:30 PM, virtual event, the Albuquerque Genealogical Society, as part of its continuing program on the ABCs of DNA, presents Susan Goss Johnston, who will give a presentation on “Exploring Small Segment Clusters.  Description: “You’re in an enviable position. Most of your remaining brick walls involve people from the 17th and early 18th centuries, but the paper trail has run dry. The problems don’t lend themselves to Y-DNA or mtDNA analysis, either. What is the intrepid family historian to do? Explore the power of autosomal DNA’s small segment clusters, of course. Learn methods, limitations, and cautions with this presentation of a few successful case studies.”

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Sat., April 20th from noon to 4 PM, Founders Day in Old Town in Albuquerque. Parade at 1 PM.  Ceremony at the gazebo at 1:30 PM;  Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi and Baracutanga from noon to 3 PM.  No additional info.


Sat., April 20th at 2 PM, in person event, the Manzano Mountain Art Council Center at 101 East Broadway in  Mountainair presents Debi Cochise, who will speak on “Words that Endure.”  Free,  Brief description: “Learn about the differences between the Mescalero Apache and Chiricahua Apache and view coming of age ceremonial clothing”.

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Sat., April 20th at 1 PM, in person event, the New Mexico History Museum at 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe presents the third in a series related to the internment of Japanese males who were arrested and incarcerated at Santa Fe, one of New Mexico’s four Department of Justice (DOJ) internment camps during WWII.  Free with museum admission.

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Sun., April 21st at 2 PM,  in person event, the Corrales Historical Society presents Dr. Richard Melzer, who will give a presentation on “Buried Treasures”   Free.  At Casa San Ysidro at 966 Old Church Road in Corrales.  See this web page for more info: 

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Sun., April 21st at 2 PM, in person event, the Albuquerque Historical Society presents Sue Turner, who will talk on “History of Telephones in New Mexico”.  Partial description: “Susie Turner, co-founder of the Telephone Museum of New Mexico in downtown Albuquerque, will present a program on the growth and influence of the telephone industry and its employees on New Mexico up to 1984. It promises to be an informative and surprising presentation, with information that is not readily available on the internet.”

At the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Road, NW in ABQ.  Free parking and free admission to the presentation.

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Sun., April 21st from 10 AM to 5 PM, in person event, the New Mexico History Museum Palace of the Governors at 113 Lincoln Ave. holds a  free “History Homecoming: Past, Present, Palace”.  Partial description: “After five years of rehabilitation work at the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) Palace of the Governors, the Museum presents “History Homecoming: Past, Present, Palace” on Sunday, April 21, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This free community event celebrates the hard work in making this beloved landmark brighter than ever, and will included interactive experiences, cultural art performances, demonstrations and new exhibits inside the Palace.  The celebration offers a renewed appreciation for this National Historic Landmark by sharing with visitors the functional, efficient and majestic preservation of the Palace of the Governors. The Museum tells new stories that connect the past to the present, sharing multiple perspectives and diverse viewpoints and providing memorable experiences to people of all ages and interests.”

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April 25th thru April 27th: in person event, Historical Society of New Mexico annual conference to be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 1000 Woodward Place NE (off Menaul) in ABQ.  Registration is now available on-line.  See this web page for more info and how to register: 

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 Sun., April 28th at 2 PM, in person event,  the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, at the Martha Liebert Public Library at 124 Calle Malinche in Bernalillo, presents Marlon Magdalena, who will give a presentation on “Everything you needed to know about Pueblo Culture & Feast Days (but were afraid to ask)”.  Partial description: “New Mexico’s Native American pueblos’ rich cultural heritage dates back thousands of years and has survived to the present. Their languages, music, oral history, and Feast Days are still practiced and celebrated.  Some Feast Days are open to the public and, if attending, it helps to understand why these events occur and continue to be an important part of Pueblo lives. This talk, using artifacts and replicas, will explain their usage and meaning in Pueblo culture with a particular emphasis on the people of Jemez Pueblo.”

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For more info send a message to or call 867-5351.