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Marvelous Mary Mooney

Mary Dorothy Mooney is one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Before joining the Inn on the Alameda, Mary worked at Hotel El Dorado where she worked with legendary hoteliers, Paul Margetson and … Continue reading


Remembering Ernest Tapley

Ernest “Tap” Tapley’s death means the loss of a great many things. On a personal level, Tap was a family friend. I knew him when he was in his 60s, but you would never have guessed his age from his vibrant … Continue reading


Santa Fe, Frozen in Time

I arrived in Santa Fe early on May 23, 1971. I remember it like it was yesterday. I drove in from Las Vegas, NM, where I had toured Highlands University for a NM State teacher’s credential. At the time, I … 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’s Blog: Thanksgiving – A Day of Recognition of the Native Americans’ Invaluable Friendship

Thanksgiving is a day usually filled with remembrances of smells of turkey and pumpkin pie, uncles and aunts, cousins, football and fall weather. But a review of the underlying history of Thanksgiving reveals a story that is far from the … Continue reading


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