Sub­texts Ray John de Aragón on Haunted Santa Fe

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Houses of the spir­its

If you are un­fa­mil­iar with Santa Fe’s plethora of ghosts, you can fa­mil­iar­ize your­self with the lo­cal lore — or hear a few good yarns again — at “Haunted His­tory,” a pre­sen­ta­tion hosted by the State Ar­chives of New Mex­ico on Hal­loween. Sto­ry­teller Ray John de Aragón, who grew up roam­ing the down­town streets of Santa Fe, hop­ing to bump into witches by the Old­est House, is the au­thor of Haunted Santa Fe (His­tory Press Li­brary Edi­tions). Among the ghost sto­ries he tells is that of Ju­lia Staab, a pos­si­bly be­lea­guered wife and mother who is said to haunt La Posada de Santa Fe, the his­toric ho­tel on Palace Av­enue. She was a Ger­man-Jewish im­mi­grant mar­ried to Abra­ham Staab, a pow­er­ful busi­ness­man with ties to the in­fa­mous Santa Fe Ring.

Aragón also dis­cusses Na­tive Amer­i­can spir­its that sup­pos­edly dwell in the San­gre de Cristo moun­tains, as well as, of course, La Llorona, the wail­ing woman whose shrieks and groans can oc­ca­sion­ally be heard along the Santa Fe River. Aragón’s ap­pear­ance is fol­lowed by “The Dark Side of Santa Fe” with Ste­fanie Ben­i­nato, a his­to­rian and ex­pe­ri­enced Santa Fe tour guide with an abid­ing in­ter­est in lo­cal su­per­nat­u­ral tales. — J.L.

“Haunted His­tory” be­gins at 1:15 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Oct. 31, in the Piñon Room at the State Ar­chives of New Mex­ico (1205 Camino Car­los Rey). Aragón will speak for one hour, fol­lowed by a 30-minute pre­sen­ta­tion by Ben­i­nato. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-476-7956.

Aragón also reads from and dis­cusses Haunted Santa Fe at Op.Cit. Books (157 Paseo de Per­alta in DeVar­gas Cen­ter) at 2 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 27. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-428-0321.

Ray John de Aragón

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