AGE CANNOT WITHER: SANTA FE LIVING TREASURES
Monica Sosaya Halford joined the Navy WAVES after high school, taking to the skies as a flight attendant during the Korean War. She spent her childhood in Santa Fe, growing up in an adobe her father built on Sosaya Lane. Halford, now eighty-six years old and a master colcha embroiderer known as the “grand dame” of Traditional Spanish Market, is the oldest working artist to participate in the venerated local event. On Sunday, May 7, she will be honored as a Santa Fe Living Treasure in a free 2 p.m. ceremony at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe (107 W. Barcelona Road). Living Treasures are Santa Feans over seventy who are nominated by colleagues, friends. and family for their substantial contributions to the community.
Halford, who has taught and volunteered at organizations throughout the city, is joined by two other 2017 Living Treasures honorees, journalist and historian Richard McCord, co-founder of the Santa Fe Reporter, and Nancy Meem Wirth, co-founder of Cornerstones Community Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring historic structures. As a member of the State Cultural Properties Review Committee, she helped get Mount Taylor designated as a Traditional Cultural Property, protecting the site, sacred to Native Americans, from invasive uranium mining. McCord moved to Santa Fe in 1974 after writing for Newsday in New York; he then worked for the Santa Fe New Mexican before creating the weekly alternative news source. During the 14 years he ran the Reporter, he received numerous honors for his editorials and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. — Jennifer Levin
Monica Sosaya Halford
Nancy Meem Wirth