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.