A Blast from the Past - Spanish Colonial Days at the Palace

Date June 11, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Author Carlotta Boettcher

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Family

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On Saturday, July 26, 2008, the courtyard at the Palace of the Governors will be transformed into an eighteenth-century Spanish Colonial village. From 10 AM until 3 PM families can travel back in time to a quieter world-one without cars, televisions, or cell phones. Children will be given a "colonial"€ name and invited to join activities as they witness life at a turning point in New Mexico's history and culture. Spanish Colonial Days is a free event.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Spanish Market and step through the museum's blue gate into the Palace Courtyard where you will time travel back to the 18th century to experience life as a Spanish colonist. Dress up and become a colonist, pick a task or activity and immerse yourself into role-play.

Families of all ages will have fun meeting the re-enactors and learn what life was life on the northern frontier. Hammer silver with a platero, discover the tricks of the trade with the herrerro and metal worker, and discuss the importance of religion with "Fray Díaz"€ in Tesoros de Devoción-a new exhibit in the Palace of the Governors. Find out how water was managed by role-playing as a farmer with our working acequia. Listen to the stories from a Camino Real traveler, and watch how paper was marbled and imported from Spain. Hitch up your horse and explore life on the trail in the Old Spanish Trail exhibit. Come sit on the grass and enjoy the puppet shows performed by the Puppet Playhouse at 11am and 1pm.

Highlights of the day:

Dress up - 10am - 3pm

Puppet Playhouse - shows at 11am and 1pm

Working Acequia - 10am - 3pm

Storyteller - 12pm and 2pm

Paper marbling - 11am - 3pm

Artisans - 10am - 3pm

Free Access through the Blue Gate on Lincoln Avenue.

The Palace of the Governors, built from 1609 to 1610, is the state history museum for New Mexico and is housed in the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. The museum's collection of more than 17,000 historical objects documents the Spanish Colonial, Mexican, American Territorial, and recent eras in New Mexico history. Items date from the time of the earliest Spanish explorations in the 16th century and chronicle 223 years of Spanish administrative control, 25 years as part of Mexico, 66 years as a territory of the United States, and from statehood in 1912 to the present. The Palace also administers the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library and Photo Archives, The Palace Print Shop & Bindery, and the Portal Program.

The Palace of the Governors is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Information for the Public: The Palace of the Governors is located on the Plaza in Santa Fe at 105 W. Palace Avenue. Call 505-476-5100 for more information, or visit www.palaceofthegovernors.org

Summer Hours:

Monday through Sunday, 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Open Free on Fridays, 5:00- 8:00 P.M., with the exception of major exhibition openings.

Admission Prices: School groups free. Children 11 and under free. New Mexico residents with I.D. free on Sundays. New Mexico resident Senior Citizens (age 60+) with I.D. free Wednesdays. Museum Foundation members free. Students with I.D. $1 discount. Single visit to one museum: $8.00 for non-state residents; $6.00 for New Mexico residents.

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