History is alive and well The long-debated story of Doña Tules involves gambling, prostitution, and a surprising amount of charity. In some ways, her case reflects the history of Santa Fe on a large scale — simply because of its complexity. Doña Tules may have established some form of gambling parlor and brothel in Santa Fe after coming here from Sonora, Mexico, but she also contributed money to the construction of what is now the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
The history of New Mexico’s capital city is told through the people, the artists, and the men and women, young and old, who produce the unique heartbeat that is Santa Fe. It was the mission of the Santa Fe New Mexican’s managing editor, Rob Dean, to capture that in compiling a commemorative book of
essays written for Santa Fe’s cuarto centenario. Santa Fe, Its 400th Year: Exploring the Past, Defining
the Future (just published by Sunstone Press) includes chapters that offer a layered and personal look into the history of Santa Fe through a modern lens. Dean notes in his preface: “This book presents Santa Fe’s largerthan-life epic of 400 years on a human scale.”
Part of Santa Fe’s rich history of people is its artists, and Pasatiempo contributed a section covering these Santa Feans. The authors include Pasa staff writers Paul Weideman and Rob DeWalt and freelancers Douglas Fairfield and Michael Abatemarco. The book’s look at art in Santa Fe accompanies depictions of the faith, family, land, rebels, and outlaws that have shaped Santa Fe’s colorful history.