It’s Not the Same Old Store!

The Swallows Nest at El Rancho de las GolondrinasHave you been to El Rancho de las Golondrinas’ gift shop, The Swallow’s Nest?  It’s not the same old store anymore!  In fact, that’s the goal of the management and new sales staff — to make the store fresh and new each and every season!

Come in and meet our new sales team: Andrea Zamora and Cairn Cobb.  Both have joined us this year, and they will be happy to assist you. Both of these ladies can help you with information about the goods in our store as well as sharing their expertise concerning the Ranch, its history, background and historic structures. In addition they can provide our visitors, particularly those from out of state or out of country with recommendations on other local attractions, where to eat, places to stay, directions and little known facts about the area. Each possesses a wealth of knowledge about El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe and New Mexico.

With a theme of “Take a piece of the Ranch home with you,” The Swallow’s Nest offers a wide variety of arts and crafts, merchandise hand crafted right here at the Ranch by our own artisans, yarns in a multitude of colors from our own Churro sheep, soaps and lotions, hand made period correct clothing, locally sourced jams, jellies, honey, spices, rubs and even sheep shaped lollipops!  There are beeswax candles, retablos and tinware from Spanish Market artists, jewelry, photographs, matted prints and giclées. For the historian, come and browse our large selection of sometimes hard to find books on Northern New Mexico history.  Children and the young at heart will delight at the large assortment of period correct toys, plush animals, puppets and, of course, our own little Josefina dolls and books.

Each season, and in fact, every month, the merchandise in The Swallow’s Nest changes and varies — so the store you see today will not be the store you see on your next visit. Artist’s works are varied and rotated routinely and new items are added almost every week!

The Swallow’s Nest is open the same hours as the Ranch — Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.  It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Come in and take a piece of the Ranch home with you today!

2016 Volunteers of the Year Announced

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is proud to announce that for 2016, there are two Volunteers of the Year. They are Barbara Rudolf and Richard Gonzales. The announcement was made at this year’s invitation only volunteer luncheon, held at the Hilton Hotel in Santa Fe on Saturday, March 4th.

2016 Volunteers of the Year
Barbara Rudolf and Richard Gonzales, Volunteers of the Year, 2016

Over ten years ago, Barbara Rudolf started coming to visit Las Golondrinas with her mother, Nancy Flint, who is a 20+ year volunteer. Barbara has interpreted the Museum at various buildings, but her true joy is doing crafts with the children and adults who visit the Ranch. She began working with Becky Dickens making corn husk dolls and then introduced the making of Harvest wreaths about four years ago. She also heads up the building of fairy houses at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, enlisting her neighbors to help collect materials for the houses.

Barbara volunteers at Las Golondrinas because she loves the sheer beauty of the place and the esprit de corps of the volunteers. She has met interesting and intelligent people from all walks of life at the Ranch.

Barbara feels that El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a national treasure. It instructs and depicts a lifestyle and culture which few Americans understand. The depth of the roots people have in New Mexico is unique and Las Golondrinas exists to depict that history of the region in so many ways.

One of Barbara’s greatest contributions has been creating and maintaining a new website for Las Golondrinas. Beginning in 2015, Barbara started imagining the site from the ground up, working on color palettes, typefaces, navigation and content. The whole process took about a year and Barbara contributed countless hours to the project. She feels that the website is one of the strongest tools Las Golondrinas has to tell its story and engage the public. The Ranch is such a visual treasure and photographer, Richard Gonzales, provided her with wonderful material.

Barbara is the Creative Director at Griffin & Associates in Albuquerque. This year’s addition of a News Section to the Golondrinas web site greatly enhances the site, as it allows the content generated by the Las Golondrinas staff to be easily added. These additions increase interaction on the site and its standing by web browsers. Barbara’s firm is also adding postings to Facebook and Instagram. Social media provides an interactive way to inform the public, across many demographics, about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and more. It has proven to be an increasingly effective and efficient arm of an overall marketing plan.

Barbara stated: “I am so honored to win Volunteer of the Year in 2016 and I look forward to many more years at the Ranch!”

Thank You Volunteers

Richard Gonzales has been interested in history since he was 11 or 12 years old. He got interested when he read the book Great American Pilots of WWII by Robert Loomis. The book spurred an interest in WWII that he still has to this day. In 2001, he had the great honor of befriending some of the pilots and other veterans he had read about. Richard’s other hobby is building plastic models and he has been able to build models for his veteran friends of the airplanes they flew.

Currently, Richard is the Secretary/Treasurer of the 352nd Fighter Group Association. He has attended reunions of many veteran groups which have taken him from coast to coast across the United States and to several countries in Europe. At all the reunions, he has become the unofficial photographer, putting together videos for the veterans.

Richard’s interest in history led him to become a volunteer at Fort Union National Monument in 2006 and at El Rancho de las Golondrinas in 2011. His volunteer work at these sites allowed him to put his hobbies of photography and videography to good use as he attends special events and documents them with photographs and videos. He feels it is very important to document these events, festivals and lectures so that the history can be passed on to future generations. At Fort Union, Richard has also been digitizing their photo collections and assisting in their Heritage Project. This was a special project where military records for the soldiers who served at Fort Union were downloaded and preserved. When he finished, he had downloaded over 100,000 pages of documentation!

On any given festival weekend at Las Golondrinas, Richard can be found snapping pictures of our wonderful volunteers as well as the activities themselves to help preserve the history of the Ranch. He truly enjoys the whole Ranch and says that it is fun for him to roam around and photograph the volunteers, visitors and re-enactors.

Richard believes that Las Golondrinas provides a great experience for the community as it helps to preserve and teach both locals and visitors the history of northern New Mexico!

Congratulations to both of our 2016 Volunteers of the Year!

Volunteering is Fun!

This month’s “Volunteering is Fun” article comes from Dee Anaya.

Dee Anaya at Las Golondrinas

“My name is Dee Anaya.  I am mother to Pierce (6) and Stellabelle (1).  My family and I have been going to Las Golondrinas for 8 years.  It is one of our sacred spots, where we walk, talk and spend quality time together.

We began volunteering in June of 2016.  We enjoy having access to knowledgeable staff and the history of New Mexico at our fingertips.  The experiences my children are able to have while at the Ranch are priceless.  Whether it is learning about animal tracks and archery from Steve Dixon, or carding and spinning wool from Patricia Tucker, the children are always very engaged and talk about their experiences at home or to anyone who will listen.

We are a homeschooling family as well.  I cannot express the gratitude I have in my heart for the built-in lessons we receive from each volunteer or staff member we encounter.  There is no other place in town that my children feel more safe to roam and learn.

Pierce has made a special Golondrinas song that he sings every time we approach and see the Ranch from the road. ‘Golondrinas is my favorite place EVER!’ he says.

Our lives are more enlivened because of El Rancho de las Golondrinas and we couldn’t be prouder to be a part of something so special.  Our favorite place(s) to volunteer is with the weavers and archery.  We look forward to our next year of volunteering! “

Golondrinas Mentioned in Travel Channel Story

Travel Channel

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Douglas Merriam,

New Mexico: From Pueblos to Bat Dwellings

Need some road trip recommendations?

Taos and Santa Fe have always been top tourist destinations in New Mexico and, with the success of the TV series “Breaking Bad,” Albuquerque also enjoys a steady influx of visitors. But beyond the natural beauty and stunning desert surroundings of these popular locales, New Mexico is surprisingly diverse in its topography and can run the gamut from snow-capped mountains to underground caverns to lush woodlands.

The best way to see everything is by car so here are some recommended highlights that start with Taos in the north central region and take you all the way down to Carlsbad in the southeastern corner. Whether you want to take nature hikes, unwind in a spa resort or immerse yourself in the state’s fascinating history, you’ll understand why they call it the “Land of Enchantment.”


Winter Lecture Series—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.