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Santa Fe History Enrichment Series by Ana Pacheco

Invite Ana Pacheco to your next office retreat or company luncheon! Her series on Santa Fe’s diverse history will enhance your love of Santa Fe. In doing so, your employees will attain a better understanding of doing business in the capital city. 

One-hour PowerPoint Presentation - $250.00

An Historical Overview Santa Fe

Founded in 1610, Santa Fe has been the capital city under Spain, Mexico and most recently, the United States. Designated America’s first United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Creative City in 2005, Santa Fe is home to people from around the world. Surrounded by ancient indigenous communities the story of Santa Fe comes alive through its unique history.   

Pueblos of New Mexico

The Pueblo Indians of New Mexico are believed to be descendants of the Anasazi who populated the Four Corners region of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. During the 13th century the Pueblo Indians began settlements along major rivers, primarily the Rio Grande, which begins in south-central Colorado and flows through to the Gulf of Mexico. The most significant historical event in New Mexico was the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 when the pueblos successfully drove all the Spanish colonists out of the state for twelve years.

An overview of the diverse spirituality in Santa Fe, The City of Holy Faith

Remnants of a Hidden Faith: New Mexico's Sephardic Jews

Just as the Native Americans were forced to convert to Christianity while secretly honoring their own spirituality, many of New Mexico’s early Spanish settlers also practiced a hidden faith. They were the Sephardic Jews who had eluded the Inquisition under the guise of being conversos, Jews who had converted to Catholicism. They became known as crypto-Jews because they practiced their Jewish faith secretly while presenting a different persona to the public. Of the 19 founding families of Santa Fe, 11 our believed to have been Jewish.

Eye on Santa Fe: Santa Fe’s Early Photographers

Photography began in Europe around 1839. The earliest image of the Santa Fe Plaza was taken in 1851, twelve years after the advent of photography. Most of Santa Fe’s first photographers travelled along the Santa Fe Trail with their bulky equipment to get to the Capital City.  Since the mid-19th century, photographers have captured the essence of Santa Fe documenting history one image at a time.

New Mexico’s Route 66

Often referred to as the Mother Road, Route 66 was the path to salvation for many. For all the human suffering found along the Historic Route 66 the Mother Road was a silver lining for the state of New Mexico. The historic route originally passed right through downtown Santa Fe. 

Santa Fe as an Art Mecca

The genesis of Santa Fe as an art mecca begins with Neolithic artifacts, the decorative shards of pottery from the 13th century. Iconic idolatry followed in the 1600s with the arrival of the Spanish colonists. By the mid-19th century, the third wave of artists trickled in, some as military mapmakers who did their part to secure the region for the United States. Finally, it was tuberculosis, the leading cause of death in this country from 1880 through 1940 that solidified the foundation of Santa Fe as a major art center.

You Never Know How You’re Going to Die

A look at the demise of some fascinating people who left on an interesting note.

Only in Santa Fe

A unique overview of historic events that could have only happened in Santa Fe.

History Making Women of New Mexico

A Tribute to the Trailblazers during March’s Women in History Month and throughout the year

Aperture to Stardom

Georgia O’Keeffe is the most widely recognized female artist of the 20th century whose name has become synonymous with the forever changing breathtaking landscapes of New Mexico. The artist’s legacy was propelled early on by her biggest fan, her husband and fellow artist, Alfred Stieglitz.

Spiritual Inroads to the Ancient City

As a result of the Mexican American War, a third of Mexico’s territory was handed over to the Americans as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The floodgates of old European-based religions opened, and Santa Fe was to be transformed.

From the Pajarito Plateau to the Manhattan Project

The Pajarito plateau is a volcanic plateau in central New Mexico. It’s a part of the Jemez Mountains bounded to the west of the Valles Caldera, one of America’s super volcanoes. How this obscure mesa in northern New Mexico becomes the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

Death Rituals of New Mexico

The tradition of subterranean church internment during the 17th & 18th centuries in Spain and Mexico was also followed in New Mexico. Special care was given to ensure that the cadaver’s head was positioned to the east because it was believed that Christ’s resurrection would come from that direction. An historic overview of caring for the dead in New Mexico that still reverberates today. 

Santa Fe: A Small Town with a Big Reputation

Santa Fe continues to attract people from all walks of life. Many are drawn to the physical beauty of its high-mountain desert. The quaint adobe architecture and temperate weather are also enticing, but mostly it’s the muddle of humanity that kept life interesting. Long before Santa Fe was dubbed the “City Different” during the middle of the last century, its small population was already a microcosm of a bigger reality.