FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 06, 2010
SANTA FE (April 6, 2010) –Centuries of history unfolded in Santa Fe’s downtown, and museum guides from the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors are set to resume public walking tours to share those stories with first-time tourists and longtime residents alike. Beginning April 15, every Monday-Saturday at 10:15 a.m., tours begin at the blue gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Ave. Cost is $10; children under 17 are free when accompanied by an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips.
The tours continue through Oct. 15.
Santa Fe, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year, has been home to Native Americans, Spanish explorers, rugged frontiersmen, three major trails of commerce, a bordello or two, and many artists and writers. The downtown area is anchored by the Plaza; the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors, the nation’s oldest continuously occupied public building; and the Cathedral of St. Francis, built under the direction of Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy (of Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop), which was completed in 1886.
Tours last from 1½-2 hours and cover the most renowned sites in the downtown area. Enjoy stories of the people and events that have made Santa Fe a world-class tourist destination. Los Compadres del Palacio, a support group of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors, operates the program. Special group tours can be arranged by calling (505) 476-5200. For more information, log onto www.palaceofthegovernors.org.