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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

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