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