Heritage Preservation Awards

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Each year the City of Santa Fe, in partnership with the Historic Santa Fe Foundation and the Old Santa Fe Association , presents Heritage Preservation Awards in recognition of outstanding achievements in historic preservation and design and in archaeology within the City of Santa Fe. Nominations for 2020 ran January into late April. Due to the health crisis, the ceremony was not held during Historic Preservation Month, May 2020. However, The City recognizes the importance of recognizing those who have done outstanding work in our Historic Community and have presented awards for this work.


Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Heritage Preservation Awardee: Santa Fe Living Treasures Program

Recipients: Committee members: JB Pena, Ginny Tape, Nancy Dahl, Jody Soper, Margaret Wood, Feicity Broennan, Genevieve Russell, Sara Kennedy, Marty Dobyns, Maria Skolnik, Richard McCord, and John Barker Founded by the late Mary Lou Cook, Santa Fe Living Treasures was a valuable community resource for 35 years, honoring Santa Fe elders who have contributed so much, in so many varied ways, to the fabric of our entire community. Their work has consistently acknowledged the importance of Santa Fe’s culture and the contributions of the aged-70 and older women and men, who, from all walks of life and from all parts of our multi-cultural mix, have, during the course of their inspiring lives, given enormously and contributed generously and creatively to our special city in ways too numerous to mention. Almost everyone in Santa Fe has known a friend or neighbor who has been honored by the Living Treasures group. This award is particularly timely, as 2020 will be the first year that Santa Fe Living Treasures will not be giving awards, since the organization can no longer continue their mission.



Selfless Servants - SF New Mexican

by Ramon Montes, 5/31/2009

The living room in Ramon Montes' house near the Railyard is filled with original pieces by Montes himself. Wooden carvings of La Virgen de Guadalupe and the stations of the cross hang proudly. A few kachinas can be spotted if one looks carefully. Framed Christmas trees made from his late wife's jewelry are displayed on stands on the dining room table.

Read more: Selfless Servants - SF New Mexican

Reclaiming History - The Santa Fean

The Santa Fean

Feb/ March 2008, The Santa Fean. Download the full article as a PDF.

Six local visionaries focused squarely on the past. We gathered some of our most beloved preservationists— from the director of Cornerstones’ rebuilding projects to the founder of Santa Fe’s Living Treasures program—for a  few lessons in local history.



Signs of Hope - Adapted from Hope Magazine

Hope Magazine


Adapted and updated from an article by William MacNeil in Hope Magazine, spring 1999.

The elders honored by a New Mexico program are not your typical founding fathers. They're people like novelist Frank Waters and Apache artist Allan Houser, the creator of contemporary Indian sculpture. They're also people like "Motorcycle Mama" Winnie Beasley, who says "Life begins at sixty," and Gregorita Rodriguez, a traditional healer who raised nineteen children while working as a cleaning woman at a downtown hotel. They are farmers and preservationists, craftspeople and environmentalists, people who have contributed in all kinds of ways to improving their community.

Read more: Signs of Hope - Adapted from Hope Magazine