Opening the 2017 Season!

We kicked off the summer with a reception for all Los Amigos del Museo members on Friday, June 2, from 5:00 to 7:00pm. We gathered in front of the Paloheimo Education Center to honor Robert Himmerich y Valencia as a Golondrinas Ambassador. Following this ceremony, there were light refreshments, wine and beer catered by our new food service provider, Joe Garcia and Two Sprout Farm.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, our first festival, was both fun and educational.

Rounding out the month of June, our crowd-pleasing Herb and Lavender Festival returns on the 17th and 18th.

It’s going to be another fantastic season. Don’t miss out on any of the fun. Become a member of Los Amigos del Museo today and enjoy free admission to ALL the summer festivities at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

Fire & Hops Fundraiser

Come out mid-week, have a beer and some tasty food and at the same time lend your support to El Rancho de las Golondrinas!

On Wednesday, June 7, from 5:00 to 9:30pm, Fire & Hops Gastropub, 222 North Guadalupe in Santa Fe, will be hosting a fundraising event for us.  Owner and manager, Josh Johns, has agreed to donate 10% of all sales including drinks (after tax and comps) to El Rancho de las Golondrinas!

Fire & Hops Gastropub is a folksy, upscale neighborhood pub with a locally sourced menu of small and large plates plus artisanal ciders.  It serves high quality food and superb beverages at prices typical of a neighborhood eatery.  Fire & Hops is dedicated to the following four guiding principles:  local; sustainable; quality; friendly.

There will be a tap takeover on Wednesday night by Great Divide Brewing out of Denver.  They will be offering four to five specialty brews on tap plus there will be several food specials. This is a great opportunity for you to taste some new beers, mingle with your friends and family, and share some lively conversation.

No reservations necessary.  Bring your family, friends and neighbors for a lovely evening!  Hope to see you there!

Bird Walk Experience!

You asked for it and here it is!  Join us for a FREE bird walk led by Rocky Tucker on May 20th, 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.  The gate will be open to the main large parking lot at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.  Park there and begin your walking excursion.

Bird Walk at Las Golondrinas

Rocky guarantees that you will see over twenty species of birds!  Remember to bring your cameras and wear comfortable walking shoes! Binoculars will be provided.

Las Golondrinas sponsored lecture featured in the Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe Internment Camp

The Santa Fe New Mexican featured an article about the upcoming lecture “The Santa Fe Japanese Internment Camp in the Shadow of Los Alamos, 1942–1946”. Given by author and historian Nancy Bartlit at the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the public is invited.

The lecture starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico. This free lecture is sponsored by El Rancho de las Golondrinas as part of their Winter Lecture Series.

For the full article.

Lecture by Nancy Bartlit to focus on “The Santa Fe Japanese Internment Camp in the shadow of Los Alamos 1942-1946”


Jerry R. West, Japanese Internment Camp 2009
Jerry R. West, Japanese Internment Camp 2009, oil on canvas, 42 x 46 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Meridel Rubenstein, 2011 (2011.5) Photo by Blair Clark © Jerry West


El Rancho de las Golondrinas is pleased to announce our second Winter Lecture will be held on February 28 in the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art and will feature Nancy Bartlit speaking on “The Santa Fe Japanese Internment Camp in the Shadow of Los Alamos 1942–1946.”  This free lecture begins at 6:00 P.M. and is a partnership between El Rancho de las Golondrinas and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Donations to both institutions are always appreciated and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS.

Armed with a vision and the passion to tell the stories we never knew, Nancy Bartlit is an author, oral historian, amateur photographer, and a Chautauqua lecturer listed with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Historical Society of New Mexico. A resident of Los Alamos for 52 years, she formerly was elected to the city/county council, serving as its Chairman (the “Mayor”).

Bartlit is known as an environmental, health, and historic preservation activist. When she was President of the Los Alamos Historical Society, she signed the papers for the Society to own the home in which Robert Oppenheimer lived during WWII.  In May, 2011, Los Alamos dedicated bronze statues of Dr. Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves, a project Nancy championed for seven years.

Nancy Bartlit, far left, with the bronze statues of Dr. Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves.
Nancy Bartlit, far left, with the bronze statues of Dr. Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves.

Bartlit campaigned for Los Alamos, New Mexico, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington, to become the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act was passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, and then signed into law by president Obama in the middle of December.

Bartlit graduated from Smith College, Northampton, MA, as a history major, and afterwards taught in Sendal, Japan, for two years, visiting all four main islands of Japan. She revisited Japan five times, one which was under the University of New Mexico Study of Japanese Business and technology. Following completion of the program, she studied under Everett M. Rogers, a distinguished professor who headed the UNM Journalism and Communication Department and under whom she received her Master’s Degree.

Bartlit has interviewed numerous New Mexico veterans as well as U.S. Army survivors of the Bataan Death March, Navajo Code Talker Marine privates, Manhattan Project civilian and military personnel and survivors of the Santa Fe Internment Camp for Males of Japanese descent.

Through her lecture, “The Santa Fe Japanese Internment Camp in the Shadow of Los Alamos 1942–1946,” you will have the opportunity to learn about the events surrounding WWII, as two powerful nations on opposite sides of the world’s largest ocean were entrenched in battle. Her talks are rich with behind-the-scenes stories that few people have ever heard. You will go away from her presentation with a more complete understanding of the complex issues surrounding WWII, and why that war ended the way it did.

Seating at the St. Francis Auditorium is limited, so please plan on arriving early to secure your spot. You won’t want to miss this dynamic lecture and the opportunity to learn more about the Santa Fe Japanese Internment Camp.

Story courtesy of The New Mexican. Copyright 2016–2017 Bartlit Enterprises.