Students from the 7th grade New Mexico History class participated in an historical event at The Palace of the Governors earlier this quarter. As one of Santa Fe’s most treasured, iconic, and recognizable places, this gem has long opened its doors for the community, showcasing its rich history, cultural significance, and unique architectural beauty for locals and visitors. The icon of Santa Fe’s historic plaza is threatened by the lack of budget for capital improvements to address the deterioration and deferred maintenance of the structure. The Palace has been selected as a National Treasure, placing it in the public spotlight in order to bring awareness for supportive actions in the local and national communities.
Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica Gonzales, and National Trust for Historic Preservation Regional Vice President Barbara Pahl, were among the speakers students heard making the announcement and sharing information about the significance of the Palace of the Governor’s. Students also participated in tours of the Palace and making commemorative book marks on the original printing press that was brought here along the Santa Fe Trail. Thomas Wall ’04, who works in Washington, DC for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, video-interviewed people throughout the event, including our own Sydney Manningham ’20. Click here to view the interview.