Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA is a former Roman Catholic church that is now used as a museum and wedding chapel.[1] It is known for its unusual helix shaped spiral staircase (the "Miraculous Stair"), that may have been created by French carpenter Francois-Jean "Frenchy" Rochas, although the Sisters of Loretto credit St. Joseph with its construction.

A little history of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the capital of the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is the fourth-largest city in the state and is the seat of Santa Fe County. Santa Fe (literally 'holy faith' in Spanish) had a population of 67,947 in the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Santa Fe County and is part of the larger Santa Fe-Española Combined Statistical Area. The city's full name when founded was "La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís" ("The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi").

Santa Fe in the Early 20th Century

In 1912 the town had only five thousand people as civic leaders designed and enacted a sophisticated city plan that incorporated elements of the City Beautiful movement, the city planning movement, and the German historic preservation movement. It anticipated limited future growth, considered the scarcity of water, and recognized the future prospects of suburban development on the outskirts. The planners foresaw conflicts between preservationists and scientific planners. They set forth the principle that historic streets and structures be preserved and that new development must be harmonious with the city's character.

Santa Fe Today: Artists and Tourists

New Mexico First Centennial Town Hall

New Mexico First commemorates the state’s 100th birthday with a vision-setting conference that draws on lessons learned from 25 years of New Mexico First town halls while asking state residents to assess key elements of our future.

New Mexico First invites input on four key policy areas: education, health care, economic development, and the environment/natural resources.

El Palacio Magazine, First Ten Years Digitized and Online

El Palacio Magazine, Centennial Gift to New Mexico: First Ten Years Digitized and Online

(Santa Fe, NM January 26, 2012)—El Palacio Magazine, published by the Museum of New Mexico for nearly 100 years, celebrates the digital age just as the state celebrates its centennial, by putting the first ten years of the magazine online, free to all at

With the changing times, the vision of many magazine publishers—including El Palacio's—has had to broaden in order to continue a print product while also developing an online version and full archive for a Web-savvy audience. The New Mexico State Library's State Document Program, which has long collected and cataloged printed copies of El Palacio, shared the magazine's online, digital goals because of the publication's historical content, its focus on New Mexico, and its perfect fit with the library's mission to increase access to state publications.

That marked the beginning of a partnership that others within the Department of Cultural Affairs were quick to join. Gaps in the state library's nearly complete collection were filled in part by the New Mexico Museum of Art's library, which had already scanned and copied to discs decades of early El Palacios; in part through an extensive loan system among libraries within the museum community, the state, and the country; and in part by searches through old issues once saved by the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies.

"We wouldn't be this far along without the willingness of others from sister agencies to help," said Gary Harris, director of the Technical Services Division at the state library, which will host the El Palacio collection.


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