The East Mountain Historical Society will display its photographic exhibit depicting East Mountain villages and how they have looked over the last century during an Open House, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the historic church in Tijeras. The event is free and open to the public.

The Open House is scheduled to coincide with the East Mountain Celebration being hosted by the county during those same hours across the street at Los Vecinos Community Center.

The public is invited to come by the church, which is next to the East Mountain Library, to view panels of historic photographs and also to see the group’s popular six-by-six-foot map of disappearing and past East Mountain villages and landmarks, which until this month has been on display at the Main Library in Downtown Albuquerque.

Refreshments will be served as the society also celebrates publication of its new 2019 East Mountains: Then and Now calendar, featuring 12 months of historic photos paired with photos of those landmarks as they appear today. The calendars will be on sale at the Open House, along with personal-size versions of the group’s display map, Mapping Our Vanishing Past, available both as flat poster or folded, with actual vintage advertisements for East Mountain businesses printed on the back.

Members of the historical society will be on hand to talk to visitors about East Mountain history and describe the all-volunteer group’s preservation efforts. Visitors also will be able to buy the group’s Route 66 vintage reproduction postcards, booklets on East Mountain history and turquoise T-shirts featuring the EMHS logo.

Church parking is available at the library and senior center. Across the street, the East Mountain Celebration will offer live music, a car show, local vendors and food trucks. Parking for that event is located at A. Montoya Elementary and Roosevelt Middle schools.

All proceeds from Historical Society sales benefit the society in its mission to collect and preserve East Mountain history, and to share that information via its website, calendars, oral histories and by way of public programs, such as this open house and quarterly public talks featuring knowledgeable speakers, usually hosted in the historic Tijeras church.

For more information about the East Mountain Historical Society, membership and activities, visit the group’s newly revamped and expanded website at eastmountainhistory.org.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

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