Volunteering is Fun!

Volunteer Jerry Kerr

This month’s volunteer profile features Jerry Kerr. “Being a volunteer with El Rancho de las Golondrinas has been a rejuvenating experience for me. I majored in American Studies in my undergraduate (UMBC) and graduate (U of Wyoming) programs with a focus on American History and Museums. My first credible job in New Mexico came in…

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Object of the Month

Singer Sewing Machine

by Amanda Mather The sewing machine was invented in 1755 by a German, but was not really a thing that got off the ground until the mid-1850’s in America. The sewing machine has an oddly tumultuous history. It looks like Singer, as in Isaac Merritt Singer, ripped the thing off from a gent named Elias…

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Volunteer Training Dates Set for 2019

Every year, El Rancho de las Golondrinas presents training sessions for all of our new and seasoned volunteers. Staff members as well as noted authorities present the material for these sessions. Topics are wide ranging including an overview of the Ranch and its 34 historic buildings, its founding and history as a stop (paraje) on…

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Volunteers Tom Witson and Julia Gomez

As many of you know, at the beginning of the season, two of our long time volunteers, Tom Witson and Julia Gomez, collaborated on an absolutely gorgeous mirror.  The tin frame was made by our master tinsmith Tom, and the gorgeous colcha embroidered barn swallows were hand done by Julia. The pair decided to hold…

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