• Palace Preservation Work Begins

    September 30, 2015

    In an exciting turn of events, $680,000 for the Palace was appropriated by the legislature in the special session that concluded in early June. This opens the door to begin much-needed exterior repairs. Palace of the Governors staff has just completed the bidding process to begin adobe repairs which will be underway soon, and we are delighted that there will be preservation in action at the Palace any day. We will return to the roundhouse in January to continue towards our total goal of securing the $1.5 million needed for repairs to the historic structure that is one of the oldest, in-use public buildings in the United States.

    If you were in Santa Fe over Labor Day, we hope you stopped by to see National Trust staff that were hosting a booth at The Santa Fe Fiesta Council Labor Day Weekend Fine Arts & Crafts Market where we met over 1,000 enthusiastic preservationists.

  • New Mexico Legislative Session Ends Without Approving Funding for Palace

    March 27, 2015

    The 2015 New Mexico Legislative session came to a close last Saturday and we are disappointed to report that that the capital outlay bill, which contained funding for the Palace of the Governors, did not pass. However, we were so gratified to see the broad display of support for the rehabilitation of the Palace in the 2015 legislative session and we thank the numerous legislators who were willing to contribute capital outlay funding for the project. The 2016 session convenes in mid-January, and we look forward to working with the public, elected officials, and state and local leaders in the coming years to continue this effort to protect one of New Mexico’s National Treasures. Once funding is secured for the necessary $1.5 million in needed repairs and those important improvements are made, the people of New Mexico will have a preserved and functional Palace that will continue to tell the story of New Mexico’s diverse past for years to come.

  • Passion for the Palace on Display

    February 4, 2015

    While the northeast was socked in with snow last Wednesday, a spectacular spring-like Santa Fe day offered a lovely backdrop for our announcement of the Palace of the Governors as a National Treasure. Over 400 attendees gathered in the lobby of the New Mexico History Museum for the event. The diverse participants included members of the public, the National Trust and our partner organizations; historians and dignitaries from all across the state; five State Senators; the SHPO; a group of 7th grade students; several Trust donors and Trust Advisors Theresa Pasqual and Ernesto Ortega.

    The Sons of the American Revolution, dressed in 18th-century uniforms, began with a flag presentation. Barb Pahl, NTHP Vice President, delivered remarks, followed by former Museum Director Dr. Jon Hunner, of New Mexico State University; Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe; Veronica Gonzales, the New Mexico Secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs; and Keith Gardner, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, who filled in for Governor Martinez because she was sick.

    Following the remarks, the audience followed the SAR color guard into the courtyard which adjoins the 400- year-old Palace, where they enjoyed costumed interpreters, conversations with Palace experts on the building and its needs, the opportunity to print a commemorative bookmark on a 100-year-old printing press, and snacks and drinks. The highlight was the “feedback booth” where we recorded video of individuals who shared why the Palace mattered to them, shared personal stories, and spoke to its significance nationally.

    There was great media coverage throughout the day and we plan to parlay all this enthusiasm and media attention into success at the legislature where our goal is to succeed in securing the $1.5 million needed to make repairs to the Palace.

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