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Weaving and Colcha Embroidery

  New Mexican traditional weaving is alive and thriving at El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum. Weavers meet at Las Golondrinas almost everyday from 9:30am to 4pm to demonstrate […]

What’s For Dinner? A History of Thanksgiving Foods

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Try a Traditional New Mexican Recipe!

Explore New Mexico from Your Kitchen One of the best ways to experience New Mexico is through our amazing cuisine. With big bold flavors, unique combinations and mouth-watering taste, New […]

The Card Game “Memory”

The Card Game “Memory” is also called Concentration. Among other things, being a good historian means being able to remember all kinds of interesting information about the past. This easy […]

Historical Charades

The game can be played as individuals or in teams. Everyone involved in the fun should write down a historical person’s name, a historic place, history genre book title, or […]

Dice Games for the Whole Family!

Beetle Dice Beetle is a simple but creative dice game of rolling and drawing. Alternate Names: Bug, Cootie Object of the Game: In turn, players roll a die to determine […]

Rollin’ Bones: The History of Dice

“Play is the highest form of research.” —Albert Einstein. When you were kids did you ever play “bones”? Ever wonder why dice (and often dominoes, which are also called “iles”) […]

Pinto Beans

Pinto beans, common as they may be, have some really incredible traits which have kept them popular, and in our company, for a long time.  Learn more about this deliciously […]


The mines of Cerrillos, New Mexico produce a particularly beautiful blue/green variety of turquoise, so stunning in fact that they have been mined for roughly the last 3,000 years! Chemically, […]


Nuts About Piñon? The seeds of New Mexico’s official state tree, the Piñon Pine (adopted in 1949) have long sustained Native peoples and Hispanic settlers; a cultural and economic tradition […]

Buffalo Gourd

This indigenous species from the squash family grows throughout Northern Mexico, Western and Southwestern United States. If you are lucky enough to live in the West then you have surely seen […]

El Bacin: The Chamber Pot

Chamber pots and privies! Were they used by the early Spaniards in the Southwest? To what degree did the colonial settlers imitate the Pueblo Indians in their careful removal of waste?  […]

Yucca Root Soap

Yucca has certainly earned its place among state symbols as it has many prominent uses. The Pueblos used the Yucca plant to make things like mats, shoes, rope, needle and […]

Arbuckle’s Coffee

A display of Arbuckle’s can be found at our General Store, or “Tiendita,”” here at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Arbuckle’s coffee would have been found in many a general […]

The Sunflower

The Helianthus annuus, or Annual Sunflower, loves to grow in disturbed soil, so you often see it in newly dug up land or on the side of the road. If […]


Synonymous with Santa Fe and known for staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter, Adobe was the first construction material used by humans, and to this day […]

La Tiendita/General Store

Out of necessity, general stores like La Tiendita here at Las Golondrinas, got their start during the colonial period for the many pioneers who lived on the fringes of the […]

El Camino Real

During the Spanish Colonial Period (1598-1821), New Mexico’s main artery of connection to the outside world was El Camino Real, also known as the Royal Road or the King’s Highway, […]

The Spanish Barb Horse

The unusual history of this breed began in North Africa, the home of the Berbers. The long occupation of Spain by the invading warrior horsemen from North Africa brought about […]

Churro Sheep

Here at El Rancho de las Golondrinas we have a large animal family. Our biggest group is our flock of Churro Sheep, who are key in our “sheep to blanket” […]