New Mexico History Museum

Wanted: History Buffs with Shoes Made for Walkin’

February 04, 2014


The Historical Downtown Walking Tours led by museum-trained guides have grown into a popular pastime among locals and tourists alike. This year’s tours will run from April 14 through Oct. 11. To boost the ranks of volunteer guides, the New Mexico History Museum and Los Compadres del Palacio, a support group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, are inaugurating a special recruitment and training opportunity.

You could be just the person we’re looking for. Do you possess a deep love of Santa Fe and knowledge of New Mexico history? Enjoy spending time outdoors and meeting people from all over the world? This could be your perfect niche.

Learn more at a special event on Tuesday, March 4. At 9:30 am in the museum’s auditorium, noted Santa Fe archaeologist Cordelia (Dedie) Thomas Snow will use historical photographs to present a history of Santa Fe’s storied downtown core. Afterward, Los Compadres will host a coffee in the Meem Community Room where you can ask all the questions you have about the program. The event is free; no reservations are required.

Peter Sinclaire, a longtime tour guide and New Mexico history instructor at Santa Fe Community College, will lead the tour-guide training with combinations of classroom sessions and boots-on-the-sidewalk work:

3–5 pm, March 13 and 20. (A makeup session will be offered 1–5 pm, March 29.)

10 am to noon, March 29.

New guides will pair up with veterans before launching their own tours. Guides are asked to provide at least six tours—or as many more as their “soles” desire.

The tours are offered Monday–Saturday and begin at 10:15 in front of the Blue Gate just south of the New Mexico History Museum’s main entrance at 113 Lincoln Avenue. Each tour lasts about 2 hours and features a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunities to ask questions about the people and events that have made Santa Fe a world-class tourist destination. Tours cost $10; children 16 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips.

Last year’s guides gave 153 tours to 1,350 adults, 50 children, and one dog—and raised a record-high total of $14,000 to benefit museum programs.

Attention: Calendar Editors

Part I, repeating

What: Historical Downtown Walking Tours

When: 10:15 am to noon, Monday–Saturday, April 1 –October 11

Where: Blue Gate, south of the New Mexico History Museum entrance, 113 Lincoln Avenue

Cost: $10; children 16 an under free. Museum guides do not accept tips

Phone: 505-476-5200


Part II, one-time event

What: Call for volunteers, Historical Downtown Walking Tours, featuring an illustrated talk by archaeologist Cordelia Thomas Snow

When: 9:30 am, Tuesday, March 4; refreshments following

Where: New Mexico History Museum auditorium

Cost: Free

Contacts: Peter Sinclaire, 505-983-7744 and Linda Clarke, 505-989-1405






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