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Winter scene at Las Golondrinas
Winter settles over the blacksmith shop and chuckwagon at El Rancho el las Golondrinas. Photo: George Paloheimo, Jr.

El Rancho de las Los Golondrinas: Traditional Hispanic Living Museum

A traditional Hispanic living museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas strives to hold, manage, and preserve for the public properties of historic and cultural interest, specifically Rancho de las Golondrinas; to preserve generally the historic and cultural heritage of northern New Mexico; and to make these properties available to the public for enjoyment and study. It works to preserve the typical northern New Mexico landscape with farms and villages and their inhabitants' lifestyle from the early Spanish colonial period to the beginning of the 20th century. Through living history, the Rancho de las Golondrinas Museum hopes to foster understanding of, respect for, and price in the language, culture, traditions and history of Spanish Colonial New Mexico, particularly through its use as an educational facility welcoming teachers and students for tours, workshops, and seminars.

Las Golondrinas celebrated New Mexico's Cuarto Centenario in 1998 and 1999 with the exhibit "Don Juan in the kingdom of New Mexico." The exhibit recalls the coming of the first Spanish colonists to the territory, led by Don Juan de Onate. Other events at Las Golondrinas include an August Summer Festival, an October Harvest Festival, and a bilingual Christmas celebration.

Originally submitted by: Jeff Bingaman, Senator.

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