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When we were young: Early Santa Fe Although Santa Fe re­tains an old-world feel thanks to its dis­tinct adobe ar­chi­tec­ture in the more his­toric parts of town, even our lit­tle South­west­ern ham­let has changed dra­mat­i­cally over time. City his­to­rian and au­thor Ana Pacheco has put to­gether a col­lec­tion of archival pho­tos of the city’s sto­ried be­gin­nings in Im­ages of America: Early Santa Fe (Ar­ca­dia Pub­lish­ing, 2017). The im­ages, all of which in­clude in­for­ma­tional cap­tions, were cap­tured by both fa­mous and largely forgotten pho­tog­ra­phers, some of whom made Santa Fe their home and oth­ers who were just pass­ing through. Down­town build­ings and streets that look quaint in the con­text of mod­ern America show off the fron­tier rough­ness that char­ac­ter­ized 19th-cen­tury New Mexico. The Palace Ho­tel — later known as the DeVar­gas Ho­tel and to­day called the Ho­tel St. Fran­cis — is seen re­cently con­structed in 1881, and Burro Al­ley ap­pears be­fore and af­ter it be­came a com­mer­cial side street. Artist Ran­dall Davey plays the cello in his stu­dio, which is now a house mu­seum at the Santa Fe Audubon Cen­ter; Charles Lind­bergh mo­tors through to take aerial pic­tures of Chaco Canyon; and nu­mer­ous artists, writ­ers, and or­di­nary towns­folk re­cover from tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, go about their daily er­rands, and take part in re­li­gious cel­e­bra­tions.

Most of the pho­tos come from the archives at the Palace of the Gov­er­nors, though some are from else­where, such as those by Laura Gilpin, a long­time res­i­dent of the City Dif­fer­ent whose body of work is housed at the Amon Carter Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art in Dal­las. Pacheco talks about and signs copies of Im­ages of America: Early Santa Fe at 5 p.m. on Fri­day, June 16, in the au­di­to­rium of the New Mexico His­tory Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave., 505-4765200). There is no charge for ad­mis­sion. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.nmhis­to­ry­mu­seum.org.

— Jen­nifer Levin

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