Sep 092015
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Elders in Residence Share Their Stories at Jemez Historic Site

Artists and cultural leaders to spark new conversations with visitors to Jemez Historic Site.

(JEMEZ SPRINGS, NM—Sept. 9, 2015)—Jemez Historic Site’s Elder in Residence Program returns this year between September 30 and October 18. During this time two tribal elders will be on site to offer a Native American voice in the interpretation and preservation of Jemez Historic Site. The tribal elders will provide tours and share stories and personal feelings about the site and their culture with the visiting public. These tours have no fixed schedule and will be held intermittently between the site’s opening at 8.30am and closing at 5pm. The Elders in Residence program is free with site admission.

Salvador Yepa, a musician and performer, will be at the site between September 30 and October 4. Clara Gachupin, a potter, will be there between October 7 and 9, and again on October 17 and 18.

Marlon Magdalena, Instructional Coordinator at Jemez Historic Site said, “There are many ways to tell stories about our past. Historians sift through antiquated texts memorizing obscure dates, while archaeologists analyze pot sherds and flaked stone to address questions as old as time itself. Often lost in both of these approaches is the human element, those personal stories which connect us to those who came before and continue to live among us.”

Year round, Jemez Historic Site offers visitors a chance to experience New Mexico culture and history first-hand. Established to preserve the 14th century ruins of “Gisewa” Pueblo and the 17th century ruins of San José de los Jemez Mission, the site offers a museum and interpretative trail where visitors may walk among the standing architecture and explore vivid displays. Here at Jemez Historic Site visitors learn how the Jemez people once lived and how their lives changed as a result of European contact. As we examine how the Franciscan Missionaries operated and the challenges they faced in the New World we come to understand the importance of Jemez Historic Site in shaping the New Mexico of today.

The New Mexico Museum Historic Sites is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Historic Site programs are supported by donors to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

Jemez Historic Site is located at 18160 Highway 4 in Jemez Springs. It is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Admittance is $3.00 per adult. There is never a charge for children. Jemez Historic Site is free to New Mexico seniors on Wednesday and all New Mexico residents on Sunday. For more information: 575-829-3530 or;

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About Jemez Historic Site

A short drive from Albuquerque, Bernalillo, and Santa Fe, Jemez Historic Site is one of the most beautiful prehistoric and historic sites in the Southwest. It includes the stone vestiges of a 700 year old village and the San José de los Jemez church dating to 1621. The village of Giusewa was built in the narrow San Diego Canyon by the ancestors of the present-day people of Jemez (Walatowa) Pueblo. The name Giusewa refers to the natural springs in the area.

In the 17th century, the Spanish established a Catholic mission at the village. The mission was short-lived, and, in time, the people abandoned the site and moved to the current location of Jemez Pueblo. The massive stone walls were constructed about the same time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The heritage center contains exhibitions that tell the story of the site through the words of the Jemez people. A 1,400-foot interpretive trail winds through the impressive site.

Driving Directions from Albuquerque

From I-25, exit 242 take 550 west to San Ysidro, then right onto Route 4 for 18 miles.

Jemez Historic Site is one of seven state historic sites; among them in addition to Jemez, they are Lincoln, Bosque Redondo Memorial Site, Fort Stanton, Fort Selden, Coronado, and El Camino Real, all comprising the New Mexico State Historic Sites, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information on the Historic Sites check the web site



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