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El Rancho de las Golondrinas: Living History in New Mexico’s La Ciénega Valley

Carmella Padilla
Photographs by Jack Parsons

El Rancho de las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows), a Spanish Colonial living history museum located in La Ciénega, New Mexico, just south of Santa Fe, has enchanted and educated visitors with its natural beauty, annual festivals, and special events since its establishment as a museum in 1972. This book gives an account of the museum, including biographical sketches, histories, and photographs.


Carmella Padilla is an award-winning journalist and author of numerous books including The Chile Chronicles: Tales of a New Mexico Harvest, Conexiones: Connections in Spanish Colonial Art, and Low n Slow: Lowriding in New Mexico (published by Museum of New Mexico Press). Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Albuquerque Journal, Dallas Morning News, and other important publications.

Jack Parsons is a photographer with a long career of documenting the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest. His photographs are included in numerous publications including Low n Slow: Lowriding in New Mexico and Spanish New Mexico: The Spanish Colonial Arts Society Collection (both Museum of New Mexico Press).

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press/Published in association with El Rancho de las Golondrinas Museum

11 x 10 in. 208 pages 200 color and black-and-white photographs