Santa Fe Living Treasures ‚Äď Elder Stories

When he ran out of space in his house to fit all his historical books, Ribera-Ortega started an Hispanic historical center in Truchas. He has also written several bools. Perhaps his best known work is Christmas in Old Santa Fe.

As a teacher for 30 years, Ribera-Ortega taught Spanish, always encouraging Hispanics to learn the language that he considers an essential part of their heritage.

Story by Richard McCord
Photo © 2001 Steve Northup