YouthWorks Culinary Team Providing Meals from El Rancho de las Golondrinas Kitchen

Beginning March 26, the YouthWorks Culinary Team is joining with Santa Fe Public Schools to cook and distribute nutritious, reheatable meals to Santa Fe youth ages 1-18. The team, working out of the commercial kitchen at El Rancho de las Golondrinas Living History Museum, will be preparing take-and-go boxes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Pickup for these meals is Monday through Friday, 10:30am – 12:30pm at Chaparral Elementary, Ramirez Thomas Elementary, Aspen Elementary, and Kearny Elementary. In addition, Santa Fe Public Schools will offer breakfast and lunch pickup at Capital High and Sweeney Elementary 10:30am-12:30pm weekdays.

Founded in 2001, YouthWorks is a cutting-edge, innovative organization offering a continuum of services designed to reconnect “at-risk” and disadvantaged youth with our community through education, employment training, and job placement.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is the Southwest’s Premier Living History Museum dedicated to preserving the history and cultures of New Mexico and providing unique hands-on-history experiences.

Working out of the commercial kitchen at El Rancho de las Golondrinas Living History Museum, YouthWorks is the primary food vendor for all of the museum’s festivals June through October.

Both El Rancho de las Golondrinas and YouthWorks are honored to be working together to help our community in this time of need.

If you would like to help these organizations fulfill their missions and service to our community, please donate and find volunteer opportunities at: 

CONTACT:  Jackie Camborde, 505.501.9238

Las Golondrinas Board Member to Receive Community Award

Allan AffeldtAllan Affeldt, a member of the Board of Directors of El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum, will receive the first Community and Business Partnership Award from the Main Street de Las Vegas organization at a gala at La Castañeda in Las Vegas on September 21. More than 350 are expected to attend this “under the stars” Main Street fundraising event.

According to Main Street director Michael Peranteau, Affeldt demonstrated the best traits of entrepreneurship, creating local jobs and demonstrating care for Las Vegas’ historic architecture and culture through his major renovations at two hotels.

“Allan is the perfect candidate for this award,” said Peranteau. “From the Plaza Hotel to the amazing La Castañeda, no one person in recent memory has been a better example of what a truly great entrepreneur can be.”

At the gala, Las Golondrinas will present to La Castañeda a framed replica of the U.S. Army regimental flag of the “Rough Riders,” the unit that made the famous charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba during the 1898 Spanish-American War. As a result, Rough Riders from the territory helped earn statehood for New Mexico. The first reunion of the famed unit was held at the Castaneda Hotel in 1899, led by their commander, then New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt, before he became president of the United States.

“Our giving the flag not only honors the service and sacrifice of New Mexicans, but also shows our appreciation for the restoration of the historic La Castañeda,” said Daniel Goodman, Las Golondrinas museum director.

Funds for the flag presentation were received in a special grant to Las Golondrinas.

Main Street de Las Vegas is a nonprofit that promotes economic development with an historic preservation ethic.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, The Southwest’s Premier Living History Museum attracts more than 52,000 visitors annually in Santa Fe with its 34 historic buildings and farm fields on 200 scenic acres.

Tickets for the MainStreet Las Vegas September 21 gala, from 6–10 p.m. at the Castaneda Hotel, are available at $75 each from the MainStreet Las Vegas, N.M., Facebook page.

Las Golondrinas Hosts National Secretaries of States

Left to right; Vic Macias, Mayor Alan Webber, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Daniel Goodman, Jackie Camborde, Sean Paloheimo. Photo by Richard Gonzales.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the Southwest’s premier living history museum, was chosen to host secretaries of states and their families from across the U.S. for an evening focused on New Mexico history and authentic New Mexican food.

Las Golondrinas featured a matanza-style food menu, live entertainment, docent-led hands-on demonstrations of tin stamping, weaving and horno bread making, tethered hot air balloons, and appearances by New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber.

According to the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the Las Golondrinas visit was the kick-off event for its 4-day summer conference in Santa Fe. Founded in 1904, NASS is the nation’s oldest, nonpartisan professional organization for public officials and serves as a medium for the exchange of information among states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy.

Dan Goodman, Las Golondrinas’ director, remarked that the visit by the secretaries of states is one of a growing number of prestigious organizations who choose the living history museum as a venue for their activities.

Las Golondrinas Has Roaring Start for its 2019 Season

Volunteers Julia Gomez, Michelle Montaño and Annette Gutierrez Turk working on colcha embroidery. Photo by Richard Gonzales.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the living history museum south of Santa Fe, enjoyed a roaring start to its 2019 season.

Attendance for its Spring Festival last weekend was up 40 percent over last year’s opener. Gift shop sales were up 300 percent, and more than 30 visitors purchased memberships that offer significant discounts.

One couple was so impressed with the museum that they made an on-the-spot donation of $500.

According to Dan Goodman, museum director, Las Golondrinas is on the upswing because of new marketing and development goals. “Armed with a new 3-year strategic plan, great staff, dedicated volunteers, and a very supportive Board of Directors, we’re on a roll to a higher level of excellence.”

Museum volunteers dressed in period attire heard many favorable comments from visitors, many from out-of-state, said Jackie Chamborde, the museum’s new development director.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, “The Ranch of the Swallows” is the Southwest’s Premier Living History Museum with 34 historic buildings, farm fields, and 200 scenic acres. Located in La Cienega, the museum began in 1972 on the site of a stopping place for water and food by travelers on the centuries-old Camino Real from Mexico City to Santa Fe.

The museum receives high ratings on sites such as TripAdvisor, where 96 percent of visitors rated Las Golondrinas “excellent” or “very good.”

Last year, TripExpert, based in New York City and featured in the New York Times, GQ, The Daily Telegraph and other publications, gave Las Golondrinas its Expert Choice Award. Fewer than two percent of attractions worldwide earned this honor.

Las Golondrinas at Sandia National Laboratories’ “Intern Day”

Education and Volunteer Manager Laura Gonzales is greeted by Isotopes mascot Orbit. Photo by Sharla Prather.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the Southwest’s Premier Living History Museum, recently joined with other organizations in Sandia National Laboratories’ “Intern Day” in Albuquerque.

The high impact event was held for over 700 Sandia interns from all over the U.S. to learn how uniquely wonderful the area is, and to create memorable experiences that increase participation, support and commerce.

“Las Golondrinas is receiving a greater number of invitations like this,” said Laura Gonzales, who manages education and volunteers for the museum. “So we’re looking at starting an Outreach Volunteer Team to accept more of the growing number of offsite invitations.”

Sandia has invited Las Golondrinas to return for a follow-up event in September.

With 13,000 employees across four states, Sandia is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory that has major research and development responsibilities in nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technology and economic competitiveness.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a popular tourist destination with more than 50,000 visitors annually, has 34 historic buildings and farm fields on 200 scenic acres. Located south of Santa Fe, the museum began in 1972 on the site of a stopping place for water and food by travelers on the centuries-old Camino Real from Mexico City to Santa Fe.

Gonzales and volunteer Sharla Prather represented Las Golondrinas at the Sandia event.

New Director of Development

Jackie Camborde

We are happy to announce Jackie Camborde as a new member of our team! Jackie has spent the majority of her career in the arts, mostly in development and marketing. She comes to Golondrinas from the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, where she served as Arts Services Coordinator, overseeing grants administration, Public Art installation; executing special events, public relations and marketing. Jackie has worked as Director of Development for the Lensic Performing Arts Center, Director of Development for the Randall Davey Audubon Center, Membership Director for the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and Public Relations Assistant at the Santa Fe Opera.

In between nonprofit assignments she took a ten year break to open Santé Fitness Studio in Eldorado. In her spare time, she enjoys musical theater (attending and performing), writing, traveling and the arts. Jackie lives outside Santa Fe with her husband, two daughters and two cats.

Please join us in welcoming Jackie to Las Golondrinas.

Las Golondrinas Honors Its Volunteers

Pedro Martinez is Volunteer of the Year

Contact: Laura Gonzales-Meredith at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, (505) 271-4461, extension 212

The Santa Fe Hilton Hotel was the site Saturday for the 33rd annual volunteer awards luncheon and ceremony for El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexico’s renowned living history museum.

Over 200 attended, where museum volunteers celebrated the year past, looked forward to the coming season, and museum leadership recognized its volunteers with service awards of pins, turquoise stones, and solid silver medallions.

Volunteer Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez of Santa Fe was named 2018 Volunteer of the Year, the museum’s annual most prestigious award.

Martinez, a living history enthusiast and native New Mexican, coordinates and assists other volunteers on non-festival weekends. He also was interviewed last year on Public Broadcasting System’s Santa Fe Adventure starring Emmy Award-nominated Darley Newman.

Daniel Goodman, museum director, gave the highlights of 2018, which saw increased attendance, more special tours, more revenue, new festivals in their second successful year, and new partnership programs.

Last year Las Golondrinas volunteers donated 31,000 hours, worth more than $765,000 according to the organization Independent Sector.

Laura Gonzales, manager of education and volunteers, shared stories of visitors, including children who didn’t want to leave the Museums Fiesta de Los Niños event because they were having such a wonderful time, and museum supporters and volunteers that helped the museum recover from the 2018 flood.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows) is the nation’s only living history museum focused on the experience of Spanish settlers in what is now the American Southwest.

It was founded in 1972 on the site of an original rancho in La Cienega dating to the early 1700s and features 34 historic structures and agricultural fields on 200 scenic acres.

Update on Historic New Mexico Museum Damaged by Flood


SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO: December 13, 2018 — When record torrential rains hit Santa Fe in July, water roared through El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the living history museum south of Santa Fe in La Cienega that dates back to the early 1700s.

Although no one was injured and no buildings were damaged, the flash flood tore out a foot bridge, fences, trees, and flooded performance areas.

Bridge to school house

Most important, the flood cut off water flowing into the centuries-old, historic acequia that waters crops which provide educational programs and a Harvest Festival experience for visitors — plus fresh food for the Santa Fe Food Bank.

An enormous logjam, further down La Cienega creek on Museum property, had to be removed, since it could cause further flooding.

Staff and heavy equipment contractors quickly replaced the bridge, but more and costly critical repair work remained.  The Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, launched an emergency funding request to pay for this unexpected work.

So many wonderful folks responded almost immediately.  In just three weeks, $18,122 was raised. These funds were used to make the following repairs to the property:

$2,330 contractual services for stream crossing repair providing access for our guests to the back side of the Ranch

$7,386 contractual services for tree trimming and removal

$1,573 equipment and fuel purchases for flood damage debris removal

$5,006 base course, flagstone and railroad ties for repair of roads and stream crossing

Total spent:  $16,295.00

The remaining amount raised, $1,827 has been placed in a special emergency fund which can be used in the event of another natural disaster.

The Board, staff and volunteers of El Rancho de las Golondrinas wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in this emergency fundraising campaign.  Thanks to your contributions, the Ranch is back in tip top shape, with full access to all 200+ acres for our guests!  Below is a photo of the new bridge and stairway that leads to the back side of the Ranch.

We have a great 2019 season planned so please come out and visit us between June 1 and October 26, 2019!

Media Contact
Name: Kathryn Ann Carey
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