Casa San Ysidro to Present a Look at 19th Century Life in Santa Fe

On Saturday July 9th, well-known historical archaeologist Cordelia Thomas Snow, better known as Dedie Snow, will present "A Dress of Tarlatan...and Two Flint Plates" at Casa San Ysidro in Corrales.

This is a tale of the economic impact of two roads, the Camino Real and the Santa Fe Trail, on residents of Santa Fe, viewed through the 1831 will and inventory of Maria Micaela Baca and the 1836 inventory of her son-in-law, Manuel Sanchez.

Besides multiple pieces of fine clothing, Senora Baca also bequeathed "two ploughshares; seven sickles; 20 plates, 12 glasses; 12 cups; four fine chocolate mugs; one conserve jar; [and} two coffee pots."

Dr. Snow, who is affiliated with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Office, helps us view the reality of daily life of early New Mexico residents through the records they left behind. Dr. Snow is also recognized for her 1974-1975 work excavating much of the west end of the Palace of the Governorsin Santa Fe. These excavations revealed a wide range of both luxurious and utilitarian items used by Palace residents over the centuries.

This free program begins at 1:30pm, and visitors may tour Casa's collection of early New Mexican furnishings and tools until 4pm.


For more information about this program and the historic Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez/Minge House, browse online at cabq.gov/casasanysidro. The public may call 897-8828 or 311, Relay NM or 711.