El Rancho de las Golondrinas April News
Certainly true in New Mexico! We welcome Spring with open arms and take joy in the rebirth of our native plants as they begin to leaf and flower.
Spring also brings a flurry of activity at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. The last two Volunteer Training sessions will be held on April 1 and 8. Training will be in the Paloheimo Education Center beginning at 9:00 A.M. and will conclude at approximately 3:00 P.M. Please remember to bring a sack lunch. There will be light refreshments available.
April 25 marks the first in a series of Spanish Colonial Days where we welcome literally thousands of children to the Ranch. We need all the volunteers we can get in order to make these days educational, entertaining and enlightening for all our little visitors. If you can help, please contact Laura Gonzales-Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (505) 471-2261, ext. 212.
VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED!
El Rancho de las Golondrinas is proud to announce that for 2016, there are two Volunteers of the Year. They are Barbara Rudolf and Richard Gonzales. The announcement was made at this year's invitation only volunteer luncheon, held at the Hilton Hotel in Santa Fe on Saturday, March 4th.
Volunteers of the Year 2016
Barbara Rudolf and Richard Gonzales, Volunteers of theYear, 2016
Over ten years ago, Barbara Rudolf started coming to visit Las Golondrinas with her mother, Nancy Flint, who is a 20+ year volunteer. Barbara has interpreted the Museum at various buildings, but her true joy is doing crafts with the children and adults who visit the Ranch. She began working with Becky Dickens making corn husk dolls and then introduced the making of Harvest wreaths about four years ago. She also heads up the building of fairy houses at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, enlisting her neighbors to help collect materials for the houses.
Barbara volunteers at Las Golondrinas because she loves the sheer beauty of the place and the esprit de corps of the volunteers. She has met interesting and intelligent people from all walks of life at the Ranch.
Barbara feels that El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a national treasure. It instructs and depicts a lifestyle and culture which few Americans understand. The depth of the roots people have in New Mexico is unique and Las Golondrinas exists to depict that history of the region in so many ways.
One of Barbara's greatest contributions has been creating and maintaining a new website for Las Golondrinas. Beginning in 2015, Barbara started imagining the site from the ground up, working on color palettes, typefaces, navigation and content. The whole process took about a year and Barbara contributed countless hours to the project. She feels that the website is one of the strongest tools Las Golondrinas has to tell its story and engage the public. The Ranch is such a visual treasure and photographer, Richard Gonzales, provided her with wonderful material.
Barbara is the Creative Director at Griffin & Associates in Albuquerque. This year's addition of a News Section to the Golondrinas web site greatly enhances the site, as it allows the content generated by the Las Golondrinas staff to be easily added. These additions increase interaction on the site and its standing by web browsers. Barbara's firm is also adding postings to Facebook and Instagram. Social media provides an interactive way to inform the public, across many demographics, about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and more. It has proven to be an increasingly effective and efficient arm of an overall marketing plan.
Barbara stated: "I am so honored to win Volunteer of the Year in 2016 and I look forward to many more years at the Ranch!"
Richard Gonzales has been interested in history since he was 11 or 12 years old. He got interested when he read the book Great American Pilots of WWII by Robert Loomis. The book spurred an interest in WWII that he still has to this day. In 2001, he had the great honor of befriending some of the pilots and other veterans he had read about. Richard's other hobby is building plastic models and he has been able to build models for his veteran friends of the airplanes they flew.
Currently, Richard is the Secretary/Treasurer of the 352nd Fighter Group Association. He has attended reunions of many veteran groups which have taken him from coast to coast across the United States and to several countries in Europe. At all the reunions, he has become the unofficial photographer, putting together videos for the veterans.
Richard's interest in history led him to become a volunteer at Fort Union National Monument in 2006 and at El Rancho de las Golondrinas in 2011. His volunteer work at these sites allowed him to put his hobbies of photography and videography to good use as he attends special events and documents them with photographs and videos. He feels it is very important to document these events, festivals and lectures so that the history can be passed on to future generations. At Fort Union, Richard has also been digitizing their photo collections and assisting in their Heritage Project. This was a special project where military records for the soldiers who served at Fort Union were downloaded and preserved. When he finished, he had downloaded over 100,000 pages of documentation!
On any given festival weekend at Las Golondrinas, Richard can be found snapping pictures of our wonderful volunteers as well as the activities themselves to help preserve the history of the Ranch. He truly enjoys the whole Ranch and says that it is fun for him to roam around and photograph the volunteers, visitors and re-enactors.
Richard believes that Las Golondrinas provides a great experience for the community as it helps to preserve and teach both locals and visitors the history of northern New Mexico!
Congratulations to both of our 2016 Volunteers of the Year!
BIRD WALK EXPERIENCE!
You asked for it and here it is! Join us for a FREE bird walk led by Rocky Tucker on May 20th, 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. The gate will be open to the main large parking lot at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Park there and begin your walking excursion.
Rocky guarantees that you will see over twenty species of birds! Remember to bring your cameras and wear comfortable walking shoes! Binoculars will be provided.
SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas is proud to announce that we will once again be a Blue Star Museum this season. From Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 through Labor Day, September 4, 2017 active-duty military personnel and their immediate families will be admitted FREE OF CHARGE to the Museum.
This is our way to say "thank you" to all of our active-duty military personnel and their families for their valiant service!
El Rancho de las Golondrinas is pleased to announce that Amy Muñoz-Sotelo has joined our staff as Office Manager and Tour Coordinator. Amy will be the first person you encounter when you visit the Administration Building on the Ranch.
As the Office Manager, Amy will oversee the successful operations of the office in support of all staff members and will coordinate all aspects of Museum tours and tour guides. She will be our direct line of communication between schools and local educational organizations and will help to enhance our visitor's experience.
As a native Santa Fean, Amy comes to Las Golondrinas with extensive customer service experience, knowledge of the area and its cultural heritage. "I am very excited and more than happy to finally be able to be a part of the Las Golondrinas team! I look forward to finally getting to meet and work with each and every one of the volunteers that has helped with the success of the Museum all these years," said Amy.
Amy is fluent in Spanish and is currently attending Santa Fe Community College working to obtain her certification as a Sign Language Interpreter!
Amy is kind, supportive and a joy to work with. We are happy to have her on our team! Please stop by and give her a warm Las Golondrinas welcome.
You can contact Amy at email@example.com with any questions regarding general Museum information, tours and Spanish Colonial Days.
VOLUNTEERING IS FUN!
This month's "Volunteering is Fun" article comes from Bob White.
"When my wife, Marguerite, and I retired, we decided to return to Santa Fe after having lived in Belen for 30 years. Las Golondrinas was a natural draw for us because of a common love for New Mexico history and culture, and because of Marguerite's ancestral connections to the Delgado, Baca and Gonzales families in La Cienega."
"We had also enjoyed coming to Las Golondrinas in the 1970's with original board member, Anita Thomas, Marguerite's aunt."
"I very much enjoy the opportunity to interpret in the Morada. The Penitentes played such a crucial role in the spiritual, cultural, and political history of New Mexico; but are relatively unknown to many of our visitors. I have learned so much from other volunteers, but Dexter Trujillo has been particularly helpful to enhancing my abilities in the Morada."
"The friendships made with staff and other volunteers mean so much to me, and I look forward to many more seasons."