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El Rancho de las Golondrinas under consideration for inclusion in State Register of Cultural Properties Oct 14, 2022
El Rancho de las Golondrinas under consideration for inclusion in State Register of Cultural Properties
New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

The New Mexico Historic Preservation Division (NMHPD) is excited to announce that El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum that spans around 230 acres in Santa Fe County, is under consideration to be added to the State Register of Cultural Properties. 

The state’s Cultural Properties Review Committee will meet on Friday, Oct. 14 to vote on the property’s nomination, and decide whether to recommend that it be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places for listing. 

What: As a living history museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas is dedicated to interpreting early Hispano life in Northern New Mexico through historic and reconstructed complexes of buildings and landscapes.  

Homesteads on the site represent building forms and construction methods prevalent in 18th- and 19th-century New Mexico, including a torreón (defensive tower), and a placita (enclosed courtyard), along with houses, chapels, mills, traditional stores, and farm buildings, each built of adobe, log, or frame construction.  

Special festivals and weekend events offer visitors an in-depth look into the celebrations, music, dance and many other aspects of life in the Spanish, Mexican, and Territorial periods of the Southwest. Through architecture and activities, this property provides valuable insight into how early Spanish and Hispanic settlers might have lived. 

Who: The nomination was prepared by Amy Kostine, Savannah Knies, and Carroll Van West from Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

Where: The meeting will be held in-person at the Bataan Memorial Building, located at 400 Don Gaspar Avenue in Santa Fe, and virtually on Zoom. For more information, visit CPRC’s meeting agenda. 

When: The Cultural Properties Review Committee meeting will take place on Friday, Oct. 14 at 1:00 p.m. 

Why: As New Mexico’s State Historic Preservation Office, NMHPD is tasked with nominating properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places may qualify for certain benefits, including state and federal preservation grants for planning and rehabilitation and federal and state investment tax credits. 

For more information, contact Stephen Hamway at 505-412-3758 , stephen.hamway@state.nm.us

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