Category: NM History

Day of the Dead = Dia de los Muertos

This fascinating two-day celebration at the first of November is not only the oldest American ritual honoring the dead, but the most popular holiday in all of Mexico. The native peoples that inhabited Mexico before the Spanish conquest in 1521 … Continue reading

Good Growth of Santa Fe

The Inn on the Alameda and Santa Fe Builders Supply Company ( Sanbusco ), an 1882 builders supply company at the northern terminus of the AT&SF Railyard, are two unlikely twins. Certainly not identical twins, but both properties were created from old structures … Continue reading

History of Los Alamos: Cliff Dwellings to the Atomic Bomb

Just 45 minutes away from the Inn on the Alameda is the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Located high on the Pajarito Plateau, Los Alamos is a secluded mountain town named after the Spanish word for cottonwood trees. But before … Continue reading

Hunters + Gatherers

There is a building in downtown Santa Fe that houses a world class collection of contemporary art, a building that is itself an example of the cultural synthesis that defines Santa Fe style and New Mexico culture: The New Mexico … Continue reading

How the West Was Fed: A Tale of Fred Harvey and His Girls

Will Rogers described Fred Harvey as the man that “kept the West in food…and wives.” Fred Harvey pioneered many of the innovative approaches to food service, hospitality, and of the Southwest style in both jewelry and architecture. As a young … Continue reading

Jews of New Mexico

Jewish history in New Mexico goes back, it has been argued, to the founding of the colony.  There is evidence that some contemporary New Mexican Hispanics may be descended from “Crypto-Jews” or Marranos.  These would have been Sephardic Jews during … Continue reading

A City of Superlatives

Santa Feans will gladly tell you the many superlatives that define the city.  The oldest.  The highest.  The best.  While there’s no denying the city’s altitude, the veracity of the best is up to you because when it comes to … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Cities: Boston & Taos

Boston represents many things to American history: from its beginnings as a valuable trading port, to its role as a cradle for the American Revolution. Boston remains an historical conduit to those early years of our nation, with its access … Continue reading

Mike’s Blog: La Conquistadora

In a small Chapel within St. Francis’ Cathedral lies a remarkable figure. A unique piece of devotional art and an amazing witness to history, La Conquistadora, continues to be venerated today within the Catholic Church. Standing only 30 inches tall, … Continue reading

Joe & Mike’s Blog: Up, Up and Away in My Beautiful Balloon

One of New Mexico’s signature sights is hundreds of hot air balloons “flying” over Albuquerque – their many shapes, patterns and colors contrasting against the vast blue canvas of the sky and the rich earthen colors of the ground below. … Continue reading


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