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Explore Los Luceros, the State’s Newest Historic Site Saturday, May 25

April 25th, 2019

(Alcalde, New Mexico) -- During the 2019, the New Mexico State Legislature passed a bill designating Los Luceros as the state’s newest Historic Site. On Saturday, May 25, visitors are invited to Explore Los Luceros!  in a daylong symposium that concludes with a ‘pre-contact’ Pueblo dinner..

Explore Los Luceros! will feature lectures, tours, demonstrations, and art and craft exhibits introducing visitors to Rancho Los Luceros.  The day concludes with a Pueblo dinner created by artist and food writer Roxanne Swentzell and Chef Ray Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo.

Explore Los Luceros! is a joint program of the New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Historic Sites, New Mexico Humanities Council, and Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

The Historical Symposium is free to the public and begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, ending at 5 p.m.  The symposium is followed by a presentation and public dinner from 4- 7 p.m. by Roxanne Swentzell and Chef Ray Naranjo.  The cost per person for the dinner is $130.

Separate registration is required for the symposium and the dinner. Space is limited.

Link to register for the Historical Symposium:

Link to make reservations and payment for the Dinner:

Los Luceros is open up to the public, admission is free Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Located off State Route 68 approx. 10 miles north of Espanola,  down County Road 48 in Alcalde, New Mexico. Watch for the "Los Luceros Historic Property" sign and other "Los Luceros" signs.


About New Mexico Historic Sites:

New Mexico Historic Sites are a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, through the generous support of donors.

On March 14, 1931, the New Mexico Historic Site system was established by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico, to "declare by public proclamation that historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the State of New Mexico, shall be state monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof such parcels of land as may be necessary to the proper care and management of the objects to be protected." Under the direction of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, six sites are open to the public: Coronado, Fort SeldenFort Stanton, Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, and Lincoln. The Los Luceros Historic Property is open to the public during scheduled events and by appointment (505) 476-1130.

In 2004, the J. Paul Taylor Family bequeathed the Barela-Reynolds House and Property on the Mesilla Plaza to the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Still serving as J. Paul Taylor’s private home, the property will become a Historic Site after his passing. Events, news releases and images about activities at New Mexico Historic Sites, and other Department of Cultural Affairs divisions can be accessed at​


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