The Historic Los Luceros Hacienda
Guided by Lea Armstrong and Marie Markenstein
Friday, September 11, 2009, 8:30 am–3:00 pm
Important Note: This trip is filled
The historic 140-acre property is one of the most beautifully restored 19th-century haciendas in northern New Mexico. The ranch is nestled along the Rio Grande and was home to Mary Cabot Wheelwright, founder of the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Ms. Wheelwright lived here from 1923 until 1958 while she recorded Navajo myths and songs with Hostee Khah. The property’s history, however, goes back to prehistoric times, as it was an ancestral San Juan Pueblo site. Later, it was occupied by early Spanish explorers, including the 16th-century Oñate Expedition.
Lea Armstrong, assistant Director at the Wheelwright Museum, will present an illustrated biography of Mary Cabot Wheelwright, who was an active member and trustee of the Indian Arts Fund and a close friend of Amelia Elizabeth White—both intimately tied to the history of SAR. After Ms. Armstrong’s presentation, we will drive to Alcalde for an exclusive tour of the entire Los Luceros property, including the La Placita Visitor Center, Abel Lucero House, Capilla de la Sagrada Familia, Casa Grande, Chabot House, and the River House.
We will enjoy our gourmet picnic lunch among the majestic cottonwoods of the River House. Our knowledgeable guide will be Marie Markenstein, who developed the docent program at the estate for the Los Luceros Foundation.
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate, involves a guided walking tour of the historic property and buildings. This trip is limited to 15 members.
Please call the Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 if you are uncertain about your physical ability to participate.
Trip Activity Levels:
- Easy: Limited walking. Participants must be able to get in and out of vans and walk unassisted short distances from parking areas to museums or art studios.
- Moderate: Participants must be in good health. Activities may require walking on paved or unpaved surfaces with generally firm footing, over distances of up to 2 miles over the course of the day.
- Strenuous: Participants must be in excellent health, extremely mobile, and accustomed to an active lifestyle. Activities may require hiking off-trail, over uneven ground with elevation changes of 500 feet, and walking the equivalent of up to 5 miles over the course of the day.
Cost: $65 per person, includes van transportation from SAR, entrance and guide fees, and a gourmet picnic lunch.
Trip Registration: Participation in SAR field trips is one of the benefits of membership. To make registration equitable, we will begin accepting trip reservations Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 8am to 5pm, for our Fall 2009 field trips. Beginning on that day, please call the SAR Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 to register or to receive additional information about any of these trips. Group size is limited. Reserve your space early.
For more information, visit the Field Trips section.