Pageants and Parades: The Battle for Fiesta
Nancy Owen Lewis
Sparks, SAR Boardroom
Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free
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.