casa san ysidro

V.26 No.8 | 02/23/2017

Learn About Urban Gardening and Composting

Casa San Ysidro, historic house and farm, is holding a free urban gardening fair on Saturday, March 11 between 1pm and 4pm.

Together with its partner ARCA Organics, Casa San Ysidro will welcome local farming and gardening organizations to encourage the rich cultivation of front lawns and balconies in our urban neighborhoods.

-ARCA Organics will conduct a seedling workshop and speak about their activities in Casa's Heritage Field.
-At 2pm, John Zarola, master composter for Sandoval County, will speak on composting techniques.
-Jericho Nurseries will be on hand to walk you through some important tools to think about when you are fostering your urban garden.
-La Cosecha CSA, a South Valley farming cooperative, will introduce you to their lovely produce and their success farming in New Mexico.

The public is also invited to tour our historic house and view the remarkable collection of historic agricultural implements that kept New Mexicans going for hundreds of years. These are the most valuable objects they owned. Throughout the day, we will help you start or enhance your garden, no matter how small a space you're working with.

Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Rd. in the historic Village of Corrales. For more information call (505) 898-3915. You can also visit
or find Casa on Facebook

V.26 No.5 | 02/02/2017

Founders' Day Celebrates the Legacy of the Minge and Gutiérrez Families

Casa San Ysidro celebrates Founders' Day on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The public is invited and admission is free between 1 and 4pm.

"Today, Casa is one of only four public museums in the state with collections exhibited against a distinctly New Mexican architectural backdrop," said Deb Slaney, curator of history at Albuquerque Museum.

Visitors are invited to this exciting public event and to view the Minge collection of early New Mexican furnishings and tools.

-Celebrate the special people who make Casa San Ysidro special
-Hear about how Casa San Ysidro was built and how it became part of the Historic Heart of Corrales
-View newly remastered movies with images and interviews from our Museum's beginning
-Tour the house and property with experienced docents
-See our remarkable collection of historic New Mexican domestic art and architecture
-Meet our partner organizations, our neighbors, and many people who have contributed to the success of Casa San Ysidro
-Share your experiences with Casa San Ysidro

Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Rd. in the historic Village of Corrales. For more information call (505) 898-3915. You can also visit or find Casa on Facebook (

V.26 No.2 | 01/12/2017

Look to Casa San Ysidro for an Enriching, Flexible Volunteer Experience

Those with a passion for sharing the unique history and culture of local communities and those looking for a flexible volunteer schedule will want to take advantage of Casa San Ysidro's docent training later this month.

Inside the adobe walls at Casa San Ysidro are furnishings, tools and art used when New Mexicans lived on a remote frontier. It is now considered one of the world's most comprehensive collections of New Mexican art and furnishings.

People will love volunteering at Casa San Ysidro because:

Helping at Casa is meaningful: Each month, volunteers help more than 400 APS students explore how ordinary New Mexicans accomplish extraordinary things.

It's also flexible: Casa docents support public tours and large public events throughout the year according to their schedule.

Casa is an enriching environment: regular docent-exclusive enrichment activities are offered with invited speakers and tours to important New Mexican places.

Docent Training (all three sessions required)

Monday, Jan. 23
Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain NW

Friday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan.30
The Old Church
966 Old Church Road in Corrales

Contact Emily Stovel, site manager of Casa San Ysidro, at 897-8828 or to register.

V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016

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 The public may call 897-8828 or 311, Relay NM or 711.

V.25 No.19 | 05/12/2016

Annual Heritage Day Activities Planned at Casa San Ysidro

Created in 1998 by the Corrales Historical Society, the annual Heritage Day returns to Corrales on Saturday May 14, 10am to 4pm. This is a free community event for all ages that celebrates the village's history and agrarian heritage.

Casa San Ysidro: Gutiérrez/Minge House (973 Old Church Road, Corrales, NM 87048) is partnering with the Corrales Historical Association to highlight the history in your backyard. Activities at Casa San Ysidro focus on the tangible aspects of local history and culture such as wool production, blacksmithing, traditional music and art. Families may visit with multi-horned churro sheep and serene pack burros to learn about the importance of these hard working historic breeds to New Mexico's past.

"We are really excited about new performers to Heritage Day," says Emily Stovel, the new site manager of Casa San Ysidro. "An all-female mariachi band will be performing - they are totally awesome! And this will be the first time we've had pueblo dancers. The day really captures the total breadth and depth of our New Mexican communities and arts."

Performances at Casa San Ysidro

11am Mariachi Buenaventura, all female mariachi group

Noon and 2pm Arrieria, the ancient craft of packing and droving, with burros Freighter and Amiga

1pm Haak'u Buffalo Dancers (Acoma)

All day: Churro sheep, blacksmithing, horno bread baking, spinning, hands-on art project.
Art display: Tinwork, colcha, encrusted straw, and retablos
Heritage Day at Casa San Ysidro is supported in part by Wells Fargo.

Casa San Ysidro is a historic building managed by Albuquerque Museum. The c. 1875 home, restored and expanded by Dr. Ward Alan and Shirley Minge, combines traditional building techniques and architectural features that evoke New Mexico's Spanish Colonial past. Located in the farming village of Corrales, just north of Albuquerque, the museum is listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties and El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail.

Summer tour hours run from June through August, Tuesday through Saturday 10:30am, noon, and 1:30pm.
Tour Fees: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors (65+) and students (13+), $2 Children (12 and under), Albuquerque Museum Foundation Members are free. Group and school tours by reservation only. Call (505)898-3915.

V.25 No.12 | 03/24/2016

What Did People in New Mexico Eat 1,000 Year Ago?

What's for dinner? On Saturday, April 9 paleoethnobotanist Dr. William Whitehead will help answer this and other questions in a lively presentation at Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez /Minge House in Corrales.

Paleoethnobotany is the science dealing with the recovery and identification of plant remains from archaeological contexts. It is an important part of modern archaeological technique because it can help us understand past environments, how the landscape was used, how it has changed, and what people living in the past ate. This talk will highlight work in a recent BLM sponsored research project to produce the book "Plant Utilization in Southeast New Mexico: Botany, Ethnography and Archaeology." Agriculture versus hunting and gathering will also be addressed in the talk, as many archaeological groups in New Mexico practiced both types of food procurement strategies at the same time. Dr. Whitehead will be available for a question and answer period after the presentation.

This free, family oriented, program begins at 1:30pm. Visitors may also enjoy self-paced tours of Casa San Ysdiro's adobe rooms until 4pm. The house museum is located at 973 Old Church Rd in the historic Village of Corrales.

For more information about this program and the historic Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez/Minge House, browse online at The public may call (505) 897-8828 or 311

V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016

Sustainable Local Agriculture at Casa San Ysidro

On Saturday, February 13 at 1:30pm the public is invited to a free program,
"Food, Farms, Friends," explaining the new partnership between three valued community organizations—NM Land Conservancy, the ARCA and Casa San Ysidro—designed to promote sustainable local agriculture.

This year, ARCA will commence farming the nearly two acre Heritage Field at Casa San Ysidro, fulfilling the Museum's intent to preserve New Mexican heritage by allowing the Museum to keep the Heritage Field agriculturally productive and expand Casa San Ysidro's educational programming and community involvement to include local agriculture.

The program is co-hosted by the Corrales Historical Society and will be held in the Old Church located across the street from Casa San Ysidro: The Gutierrez/Minge House (973 Old Church, Corrales) From 1pm-4pm. Free open house tours and blacksmithing demonstrations at the historic Casa San Ysidro. The public is invited to learn more about these three organizations and explore the history of agriculture in the Rio Abajo area of New Mexico.

For more information about this program and the historic Casa San Ysidro, visit

V.24 No.40 | 10/01/2015

Event Horizon

History's Overlooked Spaces

Saturday, Oct 10: Outhouses: Underrated Icons of New Mexico History

Learn about how outhouses were introduced to New Mexico, their essential role in communities across the state and their continued presence as historical artifacts.