Hol­i­day home tour set for Satur­day, Dec. 9

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Six Santa Fe houses splen­didly dec­o­rated for the hol­i­days are fea­tured on the 2nd An­nual Hol­i­day Home Tour spon­sored by the Santa FeWo­man’s Club and Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion.

The tour, a fundraiser for theWo­man’s Club Schol­ar­ship Fund for lo­cal col­lege women, is held on Satur­day, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through Dec. 8, tick­ets are $20 fromWo­man’s Club mem­bers, or leave your con­tact in­for­ma­tion at 505-9839455. On tour day, Dec. 9, tick­ets may be pur­chased for $25 at the Club­house, 1616 Old Pe­cos Trail, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Car­pool­ing is sug­gested; cars may be left in the park­ing lot at the Club­house. Maps are pro­vided with tick­ets; do­cents greet you at each home. Dogs are not al­lowed on the tour.

The Santa FeWo­man’s Club & Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion, now cel­e­brat­ing its 125th an­niver­sary, evolved from the Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion andWo­man’s Board of Trade with the pur­pose of mak­ing civic im­prove- ments and es­tab­lish­ing a li­brary. The Public Li­brary and Read­ing Room opened with 400 books in Jan­uary 1896 in the “Old Bar­racks” build­ing at the north­west cor­ner of the Plaza. In 1906-07, An­to­nioWind­sor built theWomen’s Board of Trade Li­brary on aWash­ing­ton Av­enue par­cel of land do­nated by the Ter­ri­to­rial Leg­is­la­ture. By 1915 the li­brary hold­ings num­bered 3,500 books.

In 1931, theWomen’s Board of Trade merged with the Santa FeWomen’s Club, which was or­ga­nized in 1912. The mem- bers’ mis­sion was to pro­mote civic, ed­u­ca­tional, phil­an­thropic, and li­brary work and to main­tain the his­toric Fairview Ceme­tery — that last re­spon­si­bil­ity ended with the club’s 1978 do­na­tion of the ceme­tery to Santa Fe County. Then, in 1962, the City of Santa Fe pur­chased the li­brary.

TheWo­man’s Club is a Santa Fe Liv­ing Trea­sure. All women are wel­come to join. See www.santafe­wom­an­sclub.org for more in­for­ma­tion. — PaulWei­de­man

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