Winter Lecture Series at the St. Francis Auditorium
in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe

Tuesdays, 6:00pm
Free Admission

Paul Hutton

January 31

Paul Hutton
“The Apache Wars and the Head of Mangas Coloradas”

Paul Andrew Hutton is an American cultural historian, author, documentary writer, and television personality. He is also the professor of history at the University of New Mexico and the executive director of Western History Association.

Nancy Bartlit

February 28

Nancy Bartlit
“The Santa Fe Japanese Internment Camp in the Shadow of Los Alamos 1942–1946”

Nancy Bartlit is an author, oral historian, amateur photographer, and a Chautauqua lecturer listed with the N.M. Humanities Council and the Historical Society of New Mexico. A resident of Los Alamos, Nancy was formerly Chairman of the County Council.

Carmen Padilla

March 28

Carmella Padilla
“Eva Scott Fenyes, Leonora Scott Muse Curtin, Leonora Curtin Paloheimo and the Cultural Crafting of Santa Fe”

Santa Fe native Carmella Padilla is an award-winning author and editor who has written extensively about the Hispano art, culture and history of New Mexico.


Welcome! We invite you to take a journey to the past at “The Ranch of the Swallows.” This historic ranch, now a living history museum, dates from the early 1700s and was an important paraje or stopping place along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Experience the life of another time in a location unlike any other in America.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is grateful to have over 300 Volunteers which help make the Museum come alive. If you are interested in joining us, visit the Volunteer page.

Volunteer Training to Begin

We’ll begin our very popular Volunteer Training Program in March. Sessions will be held on Saturdays, March 11th & 18th and April 1st & 8th. Please Contact Us for more details.

Spectacular Events All Season

The 2017 Summer/Fall Season will include some new Festivals & Events.

To apply to be a Vendor at one of our Festivals or Events.


The Paloheimos
Leonora and Yrjö Paloheimo

Our History

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a historic rancho and now a living history museum, was strategically located on the Camino Real, the Royal Road that extended from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The museum opened in 1972 and is dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas grew out of the vision of the Curtin-Paloheimo family. In 1932, Leonora Curtin and her mother purchased the ranch property. Leonora is known for the founding of Santa Fe’s Native Market in an effort to save and reestablish traditional craft forms and techniques, and to provide local artisans with a source of income during the Great Depression. After their marriage in 1946, Leonora and her Finnish husband, Yrjö Alfred (Y.A.) Paloheimo, saw the potential in the old ranch as a site for an outdoor living history museum.

Both Leonora and Y.A. devoted themselves to transforming the property into a place where visitors could physically engage with the rich culture of the region and become immersed in the history of New Mexico. Existing historic buildings were restored, period structures were erected and historic buildings were brought in from other sites around New Mexico. The museum officially opened its doors in the spring of 1972 and over time has grown into New Mexico’s premier living history museum. Today the museum promotes and preserves the Hispano heritage of Northern New Mexico, while at the same time building a better understanding of the lasting influence of Hispanos in the Southwest and the rest of the country.

Weaving & Colcha Embroidery

New Mexican traditional weaving and colcha embroidery are alive and thriving at El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum. Learn More