Pageants and Parades: The Battle for Fiesta

Nancy Owen Lewis

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

Fiesta Theater 1926Fiesta Theater 1926Courtesy Palace of the Governors, Negative No. 117969.Fiesta Theater 1926Courtesy Palace of the Governors, Negative No. 117969.

In 1919, the Santa Fe Fiesta began a major transformation under the leadership of Edgar Lee Hewett, director of SAR and the Museum of New Mexico. In reviving the centuries-old celebration, which had lapsed since 1912, he hired professionals to produce pageants and added an Indian fair. Outside attendance increased, but Hispanic participation declined, and the art colony protested. Although Hispanics would later reclaim Fiesta, Hewett’s seven-year involvement would have a lasting impact, as revealed in this illustrated presentation by Nancy Owen Lewis, director of scholar programs at SAR.

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