2 p.m.  All lectures are presented at the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers.


Note: This is a New Location for our Lectures.


The Bernalillo Town Council Chambers is located on Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo, NM. 

Lectures are not being presented live. Browse below to find links to online recorded programs.

2020 "Year of the Woman"

            Throughout 2020 the FCHS Sunday afternoon lecture program will inspire, entertain and inform attendees about the women of New Mexico or enjoy a lecture presented by notable female scholars.  


Use each link to watch these recorded lectures online.

Presented by Matthew Barbour


An Archaeological Perspective of Hunting

in New Mexico

Hunting has always played a pivotal role in Native American subsistence and culture.

While much is made of the megafauna hunters of the Paleoindian Period, later

agriculturalists created their own specialized hunting practices. This presentation

explores the archaeology and history of hunting in New Mexico from the arrival of

hunters and gatherers to the twenty-first century. 

Link to YouTube program:  


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June 25th  Thursday at 3:30 pm:               

Corn and Cotton: Archaic Life along Mimbres River

In 2011, the Office of Archaeological Studies conducted data recovery on an archaeological site along the Mimbres River, just north of Deming, New Mexico. These efforts resulted in the documentation of 25 features and the collection of 2,091 artifacts and samples. Analytical results suggest that principal occupation of the site occurred during the Late Archaic/Early Agricultural Period with an emphasis on corn and cotton production. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the archaeological investigations while substantiating and improving our knowledge of early human habitation in the Mimbres Basin.


July 9th   Thursday at 3:30 pm:              

History of Jemez Province

Located along the southern flanks of the Jemez Mountains, the Hemish of Jemez Pueblo have always represented a distinct cultural group among the Pueblo peoples of the Rio Grande. Unlike their Keres neighbors who congregated in large farming communities along major rivers and produced distinct polychrome pottery, the Hemish historically lived in much more dispersed settlements high atop forested mesas and away from permanent water sources. They relied heavily on rainfall to sustain their agriculture and continued the manufacture of black on white pottery long after the practice was abandoned by other Puebloan groups. This presentation explores the unique history of the Hemish from their migration into the region in the 1200s to the present day.

July 23rd  Thursday at 3:30 pm:               

Agricultural Ingenuity & Expertise of the Jemez People

The Jemez Mountains with its forested slopes, narrow valleys, and rocky crags appear at first glance unsuitable for cultivation. Yet, some of the earliest evidence of maize (corn) in New Mexico is found there and a Spanish account from 1583 estimates that this rugged terrain may have produced an agricultural yield large enough to support a population of as many as 30,000 people. All Pueblo Peoples were masterful farmers, but the agricultural practices of the Jemez People are nothing short of extraordinary. This presentation will examine agriculture in the Jemez Mountains from its beginnings in the Archaic Period to its collapse in the eighteenth century.


August 6th   Thursday at 3:30 pm:               

Religion and Rebellion in 17th Century New Mexico

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 did not occur in a vacuum. It represents the nexus in a broader century of religious and political conflict between the Spanish and Native Americans in New Mexico. This presentation will discuss the arrival of the Franciscan missionaries and the impacts Catholicism had on Pueblo culture resulting in both conflict and accommodation. Underlying these interactions is a lesson of tolerance, which remains relevant to this day.

The Portugese Empire 1415 – 1668

By Matthew J. Barbour   

To watch the lecture click this link.


Enjoy the following Lectures via YouTube


What Ifs: Santa Fe and Southwestern Archaeology

with Dr. Stephen  Lekson

Individuals and institutions of Santa Fe played decisive roles in the development

of Southwestern archaeology. Steve Lekson argues that, for over a century,

southwestern archaeology got the history of ancient Southwest wrong. Instead,

he advocates an entirely new approach—one that separates the archaeological

thought in the Southwest from its anthropological home and moves to more

historical ways of thinking.

The attached lecture traces the remarkable influences of Santa Fe’s archaeologists,

museums, and world-views on the practice of Southwestern archaeology and on

our perceptions of the ancient past. In this entertaining and thought-provoking talk, archaeologist Stephen Lekson asks some “what ifs?” What if: Instead of Santa Fe, Southwestern archaeology centered in Tucson? Or developed out of Ciudad Chihuahua? Or if Southwestern archaeology identified as History, rather than as a laboratory of Anthropology? Or my personal favorite, “What if Hewett had stayed in Greeley, Co?”

Please enjoy this video generously provided by Dr. Lekson and SAR.

Tech Note: In the webinar supplied in this issue, it will likely start around two to three minutes in. Just re-start the timer by moving the timer slide bar at the bottom of the screen all the way to the left. After the time reset, to remove the busyness of additional YouTube videos on the right side of your screen, just press f (just f) to make it full screen. When finished, press f again to minimize the screen.




In his own words, Dr. Lekson describes himself. “I am an archaeologist, working in the U.S. Southwest. Most of my fieldwork has been in the Mogollon and Anasazi (Ancestral Pueblo) regions, but I’ve also dabbled in Hohokam, Casas Grandes, Jornada, and Rio Grande areas. My principal interests are human geography, built environments, and government; but my current research projects have more to do with migrations (Pinnacle Ruin, in southern New Mexico) and household archaeology (Yellow Jacket, in southwestern Colorado). I am also interested in museums (I am Curator of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History) and archaeology’s role in American and global intellectual life.”

Stephen  Lekson is the curator of archaeology and professor of anthropology at the Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado, Boulder. He has directed more than twenty archaeological projects throughout the Southwest and has published widely. His most recent books include A History of the Ancient Southwest and Chaco Meridian.

"A Social Diagnosis and Prognosis for COVID-19" 

with James A. Trostle

In this online salon, James A. Trostle, the

Scott M. Johnson ’97 Distinguished

Professor of Anthropology, Trinity

College (Hartford, CT) and SAR

Weatherhead Resident Scholar, will

consider the social dimensions of

COVID-19 and their relationship to the pandemic’s epidemiological characteristics. Among the issues he discusses are the pandemic’s likely long-term social effects and changing attitudes toward the risk of infection.


Dr. Trostle offers a handout of useful COVID-19 references and websites. Use this link to access and download the handout.  https://bit.ly/2Cea8SE


“Archaeology of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt”

Webinar by Dr. Matthew Liebmann

Recent archaeological research casts new light on the aftermath and changes wrought

by this transformative event, especially as it affects Jemez Pueblo.

Tech note: When an old dog is trying to learn new technology, it will always have fleas.

In the webinar supplied in this issue, it will likely start around two to three minutes in.

Just re-start the timer by moving the timer slide bar at the bottom of the screen all the

way to the left. After the time reset, to remove the busyness of additional YouTube videos on the right side of your screen, just press f (just f) to make it full screen. When finished, press f again to minimize the screen.

Please enjoy this YouTube link to Dr. Liebmann’s webinar, “Archaeology of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt” generously provided by the UNM-Taos 2016 lecture series.



Matthew Liebmann is a Professor of Archaeology and the Archaeology Program Director in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.  His research interests include the archaeology of the Southwest U.S., historical archaeology and historical anthropology, collaborative archaeology, the archaeology of colonialism, archaeological theory, and postcolonialism.  He has conducted collaborative research with the Pueblo of Jemez since 2001, and formerly served as Tribal Archaeologist and NAGPRA Program Director at the  Jemez Department of Natural Resources.  He is the author of Revolt: An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th Century New Mexico (2012) and the co-editor of Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique (with Uzma Rizvi, 2008) and Enduring Conquests: Rethinking the Archaeology of Resistance to Spanish Colonialism in the Americas (with Melissa S. Murphy, 2011).


Drinking Practice and Politics in Chaco Canyon -

Presented by Dr. Patricia Crown

You may enjoy Dr. Crown's program through a webinar via YouTube. Use the link below to view her webinar, “Drinking Practice and Politics in Chaco Canyon New Mexico” generously provided by the School of Advanced Research (SAR). Dr. Crown was to be our June speaker. Enjoy her talk a little early at your leisure. This starts about 25 minutes in. Just slide the advance bar backward to the start.



Dr. Crown is an archaeologist who works in the American Southwest and has been on faculty at UNM since 1993, where she is the Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. Professional recognition and honors include the A.V. Kidder Award from American Anthropological Association, UNM Presidential Award of Distinction Award and the Society of American Archaeology Award for Excellence in Ceramic Research.


Dr. Crown uncovered the first evidence of chocolate consumption in North America—north of Mexico—in 2009, and her research has received national and international attention. Crown and colleague Jeffery Hurst—at the time a senior chemist for the Hershey Company—have analyzed the identified chemical signature of cacao in three sherds of distinctive cylinder jars from Chaco Canyon, expanding knowledge of trade relationships between Mesoamerica and the US Southwest. 

March 15 -

Chasing the Cure in New Mexico -   Thousands of health seekers

journeyed to New Mexico from 1880 to 1940, hoping its high and

dry climate would heal their diseased lungs.  Dr. Lewis will

examine the impact and the experience of these "lungers," many

of whom stayed to make remarkable contributions to their adopted

home.  Presented by Dr. Nancy Lewis