History Trips and Events

Join Friends of History for special trips and events designed to give you first-hand experiences with people and places that make New Mexico history come alive. 


Each year, Friends of History offers a new series of excursions that explore historic places and connect participants with the people most knowledgeable about those sites.  Friends of History members enjoy discounted rates.  For more information contact Michael Ettema: Michael@ArtAppraisalsofSantaFe.com


“Architectural Tour of Downtown Santa Fe”

September 17 and 26, 2019

David Rasch, an architectural historian and former Historic Preservation Officer for the city of Santa Fe, leads a two-hour tour highlighting the tapestry of Santa Fe’s architectural styles as well as the social, cultural, and economic influences that gave rise to them.


“Chimayo’s Historic Plaza del Cerro”

Coming in October 2019

The little-known Plaza del Cerro is New Mexico’s last surviving example of an enclosed and fortified town plaza.  Chimayo native Don Usner and adobe construction expert Jake Barrow host this rare opportunity to explore the Plaza’s history and culture, and learn about current efforts to preserve them.  After the tour, we’ll enjoy lunch at the popular Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant

followed by a visit to Centinela weaving shop where Irvin and Lisa Trujillo hand-weave exquisite

textiles in the Chimayo tradition.


“New Mexico Treasures”

Coming in November 2019

Friends of History members and guests gather each year for fellowship, refreshments, and the

opportunity to personally experience a fascinating new aspect of Old New Mexico.  The New

Mexico History Museum’s curators and librarians show fascinating and seldom-seen artifacts

from the collections and share the stories behind them.


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