Friends of CHS


485 Kuaua Road – Bernalillo, NM 87004


Our Mission

The Mission of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site is to support the conservation and restoration of historical assets and museum exhibits, and to promote through community outreach, the historical and cultural significance of the Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites – including the ancestral pueblos of Kuaua and Giusewa, the Coronado Expedition, and the Mission of San Jose de los Jemez.

About the Friends

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing support for the Coronado Historic Site. To do this we raise money through special projects, our members provide volunteer hours to support the Historic Site and we sponsor events to bring visitors to the Site.


The Friends sponsor a monthly lecture series from January through November.  Topics focus on New Mexico and southwestern culture, history, archaeology, geology and related subjects.  Continue reading

Field Trips

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A large variety of workshops have been sponsored throughout the years.  These include gourd decorating , photography, flintknapping, jewelry,  wreath, birdhouse, wind chime, walking stick, horse shoe decorating, colcha, chili ristra stringing, memory stone, pottery, tin craft, and painting workshops.   Continue reading

Special Events

The Friends support a major annual event at Coronado Historic Site.  The Fiesta of Cultures was started as a way to bring people from the community to the then Coronado State Monument and highlight the three cultural backgrounds of New Mexico, Native American, Spanish, and early US settlers.  Demonstrations,  re-enactments, crafts, animals, and children’s activities are included. … Continue reading


The Friends of Coronado Historic Site are expanding their mission to include supporting research. Their volunteers have photographed thousands of artifacts, digitized hundreds of pages of historic documents, and have also contributed to the preservation of artifacts in various curation facilities in New Mexico. Continue reading

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop started as a small cart containing principally tee shirts and jewelry.  When space was made available in the old Children’s Room, the ‘cart’ became the ‘shop’.  This inventory of the shop has grown dramatically over the years.  It now contains an outstanding collection of southwestern jewelry, clothes, art, books, and pottery.  With … Continue reading

8 thoughts on “Friends of CHS

  1. We toured late today and we
    we’re amazed this is so impressive
    and Ethan Ortega shared so much
    information with us and the garden
    with seeds planted from a seed bank was awesome as well only wish we had more time! Thank you. Thank you!!!

  2. Pingback: Mammal Sunday | Coronado Historic Site

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