Historical Change in Downtown Santa Fe

Trip Leader: Dr. Tomas Chávez

Field Trip, (this trip is full and closed to new registration)

Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:30 am–1:30 pm

Wood VendorWood Vendor“Wood vendor with burros in front of the Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, New Mexico” Photograph by Jesse Nusbaum. Negative #016731. Courtesy Palace of the Governors (MNM/DCA)Wood Vendor“Wood vendor with burros in front of the Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, New Mexico” Photograph by Jesse Nusbaum. Negative #016731. Courtesy Palace of the Governors (MNM/DCA)

How has Santa Fe changed in the past 400 years from Spanish Colonial days, the bustle of the Santa Fe Trail, the coming of the US Cavalry, the building of the railroad, and the rise of tourism? The changing faces of Santa Fe’s long and colorful history will be revealed to us by historian Dr. Tomas Chávez on a walking tour of the downtown area.

Dr. Chávez was the director of the Palace of the Governors for twenty-one years and past executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. His research into Santa Fe and New Mexico history has taken him throughout the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Argentina. He has published numerous articles and books about New Mexico’s history.

We will have lunch at the Shed restaurant, where the thick walls of this old hacienda date back to 1692. The Shed’s flavorful and distinctive red chile is enhanced by its staff’s warm New Mexican hospitality.

Activity Level: Moderate, several hours of walking downtown Santa Fe.

Cost (per person): $60, includes guide honorarium and lunch at the Shed restaurant.

Transportation: Carpooling from SAR campus.

Trip Registration: To ensure that field trip registration is equitable, SAR will be using a lottery system. Please send your field trip requests (PDF, 484 KB) by mail—postmarked no later than November 29, 2013. Do not send any trip payment with your lottery registration. A drawing will then be held for each trip, and members will be notified of the results by December 9, 2013. Please note that memberships at or above the Galisteo level receive advance registration prior to lottery.

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