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San Antonio Mission Bell

The San Antonio Mission church bell, which rings out over the
Village on Sunday mornings.

Elementary School at Placitas

This bell stood at the original two-room elementary school next to San Antonio Mission.

Placitas History Project: The Bells of Placitas

—Bob Gajkowski

During the last several months, the Placitas History Project (PHP) has come across many interesting and little-known pieces of our community’s history. Recently while looking into the life of Edna McKinnon, one of Placitas’s earlier movers and shakers, questions arose concerning the San Antonio Mission church bell, which rings out over the Village on Sunday mornings. When did it first ring out? Where did it come from? We’ve found some of the answers but are still looking for more information.

From Arsenio Duran, who with his wife Valentina has been the mayordomo at San Antonio Mission for over 30 years, we learned that there is no documentation available for the bell. Mr. Duran remembers that, as a child attending the elementary school next door to the mission, he would hear the bell rung for masses, weddings, funerals, and many other Village events. He recalls his mother telling him that the bell was brought to the Village from El Paso and that it hung in the church’s then open steeple almost from the day the mission was opened in 1919. When the steeple was enclosed, the sounds of the bell’s tolling were greatly reduced. Mr. Duran suggested that perhaps other members of the community could provide additional information about the bell.

The subject of bells brought us to wonder about the large iron bell that stands among the trees in front of Placitas Elementary School. What’s its story? Again, Mr. Duran was able to provide some information. He recalls that this bell stood at the original two-room elementary school next to San Antonio Mission. It was used to call the Village children to classes every day. When the new elementary school was built along Highway 165 and the old school was demolished, the bell was relocated to the new school site.

Closer examination of the school bell reveals the markings: “C.S. Bell Co. Hillsboro, O” and “No. 20 Yoke.” Thanks to the Internet, we made contact with the Historical Society of Hillsboro, Ohio. Jean Wallis, the society’s historian, stated that documentation regarding specific bells is no longer available. All company records were destroyed when the C.S. Bell Foundry closed in the early 1990s. She did tell us in a later telephone interview that the foundry was established in 1858 and developed a formula for “crystal steel” bells to replace the process for iron bells, which tended to crack easily. C.S. Bell Foundry manufactured many sizes and shapes of bells that found their way all over the U.S. and the world. During World War II, the foundry received a contract from the U.S. government to manufacture bells for the nation’s naval vessels.

Further research about the school bell continues and has led to questions about the bell at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Is it a C.S. bell? When was it hung? If you can fill in some of the answers, please contact Bob Gajkowski at (505) 771-0253 or rgajkowski@gmail.com.

The Placitas History Project will not meet in December. The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Collin Room of the Placitas Community Library. If you are interested in doing some research on the “Bells of Placitas” or other aspects of Placitas history and events, please contact Bob. Please check elsewhere in the Signpost for PHP member Tony Hull’s article, “Call for Photographs, Documents and Memories of Hippie Placitas.” Placitas History Project is planning a program and exhibit about the ‘60s and ‘70s in Placitas in February at the library. Watch for further details in the next issue of the Signpost.


Sharing your blessings with others in need this holiday season

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church “Blessings Day” project is in its ninth year. Blessings Day is a project in which people can share their blessings with those who are in need this year. We provide an outfit and toy for each child, a family gift, and a complete turkey dinner for the holiday.

San Antonio Mission has again partnered with the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, which will enable us to reach more families for the Christmas holiday. Over the past eight years, our project has grown from helping twenty families to helping over one hundred families. Last year with your kind donations, we were able to make Christmas a little happier for over three hundred and fifty children. This year with the economic crisis, we expect to receive many more requests for help. We have only been able to do this because of the generous donations from the community at large, Placitas Realty, La Puerta Realty, Rio Sierra Realty, and many other generous individual donors. We hope that your organization can again help us by providing donations, a gift certificate, or goods to help us meet the needs of our families who live in Bernalillo, Placitas, Rio Rancho, Algodones, and the greater part of the Sandoval County area. T & T Super Mart in Bernalillo is again providing a convenient way to purchase a turkey for our families for Blessings Day.

We again will be working with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department, Jardineras de Placitas, the Rotary Club, Civitan, and others. We hope you or any other organization can help us help our families.

We will be wrapping the gifts on December 11 and 12 at San Antonio Mission between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m., if you wish to volunteer.

If you have any questions, contact Nancy Hawks at (505) 771-4931 or Frances Stephens at (505) 867-3077.


Corrales shopping

Shop Corrales during the holidays and win prizes

Corrales MainStreet (CMS) presents its annual, distinctive holiday shopping and special holiday activities again. This year, the festively decorated Village offers a chance to win fabulous prizes to visitors who shop at participating business. The contest runs from November 26 until December 24. For more details, participating businesses, and a list of prizes, visit www.corrales-mainstreet.org.

Other activities during the holiday season in Corrales include:

  • The 22nd Old Church Fine Crafts Show, December 3, 4, and 5 (Friday through Sunday) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Unique handmade crafts are showcased in this juried show at the Old San Ysidro Church. Free and open to the public, with plenty of free parking. Info:  (505) 301-0042; www.corraleshistory.org.
  • Starlight Parade, December 4 at 5:30 p.m. The parade, which starts at the recreation center, travels along Corrales Road with lighted floats and vehicles. An Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Rec Center follows the parade, with a bonfire, refreshments, and a visit from St. Nicholas.
  • Open House at Casa San Ysidro, December 4 from 5-8 p.m. Free open house in a historic New Mexico home decorated with farolitos and holiday greens, ornament making, and caroling. Located at 973 Old Church Road. Info: (505) 898-3915; www.cabq.gov/museum.
  • Corrales Winter Market, December 5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., featuring winter vegetables, herbs, soaps, breads, holiday decorations, and more. Located on Corrales Rd. by the Rec Center. Info: (505) 898-7927.

Corrales MainStreet is an affiliate of New Mexico MainStreet, a part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. MainStreet organizations are active in more than 1,300 communities across the U.S., where they work to develop sustainable, municipal economies based on local businesses and historic preservation of downtown areas. For more information on Corrales MainStreet, please contact Lisa Kirkpatrick, CMS assistant executive director at (505) 350-3995, or visit www.corrales-mainstreet.org.


The Range pieRange gives part of pie proceeds to American Cancer Society

The Range Cafe hopes to start a new lasting holiday tradition—where part of the joy of the season is shared with others. For every pie purchased between November 1 and December 24, the Range Cafe will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society.

“Basically, a slice of every pie will go to saving lives,” explained Matt DiGregory, the Range Cafe founder and CEO. “My mother died of breast cancer, and we want to help others by donating to the American Cancer Society’s research. We hope everyone will join in our cause.”

The pies are available at all three Range Cafe locations: 925 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo and at 4401 Wyoming Blvd. NE and 2200 Menaul Blvd. NE in Albuquerque. To order pies, call (505) 867-1700.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.rangecafe.com.


Lara Harrison

Harrison's excitement about reading extends far beyond the shelves and stacks of books that fill her cozy bookstore.

Lara Harrison

“If someone is looking for a certain book and I don’t have it, I’ll do my best to get it for them. That’s what I’m here for.” Lara Harrison, owner, Under Charlie’s Covers

Under Charlie’s Covers

—Margaret M. Nava

Lara Harrison leans back in her chair and smiles. “My dad collected all kinds of books… first editions, mysteries, children’s adventure stories, and westerns. We lived in California, so we had access to a lot of authors coming through on book tours. I remember going to see Elmore Leonard… The Bounty Hunters, Last Stand at Saber River, Hombre. My dad had two shopping bags full of his books, and we carried them into the bookstore and got Mr. Leonard to sign them all. Every time Dad found a new author, he had to buy all the books by that author and then get them signed. When he passed away, I inherited his books—more than 18,000 of them. Except for a few books I kept for myself, the majority of those books are here on the shelves.”

Her dad, of course, was Charlie, after whom Lara’s Bernalillo bookstore, Under Charlie’s Covers, is named.

Located in the Las Huertas Plaza across from the Flying Star Café on Camino del Pueblo, Under Charlie’s Covers offers a unique collection of out-of-print and hard-to-find collectible books, hardback and paperback fiction, audio books, cookbooks, New Mexico travel and history, and old-favorite classics. “There’s something comforting about going back to favorite authors, favorite books. I have a lot of people come in here and see books they remember, and they’ll buy them just to have them because they loaned out or misplaced their original copies. Some people bring friends in and recommend books to them. It’s really fun to see people get excited about books and about reading.”

Harrison’s excitement about reading extends far beyond the shelves and stacks of books that fill her cozy bookstore. “Bernalillo has such a rich history, and it’s such a neat place to be. We have a great group of local customers that come in all the time, and we’ve even got a book group that meets once a month to talk about books. There are all kinds of different people in our group with different backgrounds. Sometimes everyone loves the book we’re discussing, sometimes they don’t, but there’s always some neat insight into what makes a book good or bad. The books we read include fiction and nonfiction—we’ve done simple books and some complex books. We try for a variety of titles because that’s the value of a book group—you read books you wouldn’t normally read. It gets you out of your little niche, introduces you to new authors, and helps you become more rounded.”

Lara has also been working with the local schools. “Some of the teachers give me their reading lists ahead of time, and I try to get as many copies of books like Catcher in the Rye, Hamlet, the Epoch of Gilgamesh, or whatever books are on the list to make it more affordable for students and parents to buy them. I’ve also had some teachers from PB&J bring their classes here on field trips, and I donate books for that. A lot of those kids don’t have books in their homes, so this is a great way for them to get some. I love it when they come in and get their books… they’re always so well behaved, and a lot of times, the parents sit down in here and read the books to their kids while they’re waiting for other parents to get done.”

The books Harrison sells or donates are all used or “previously read.” Customers either pay the standard half-off the cover price or bring in their gently used books for trade credit towards books in the store. Credit for traded books can be used by the person bringing the books in, or it can be transferred to other family members or local schools or libraries. “Some of the local librarians come in here with lists of books their patrons are looking for, and they can trade other books for the ones they need or use credits that have been donated to their accounts.”

Life is never dull around Under Charlie’s Covers. If it’s not a group of librarians or preschoolers wandering around the aisles, it’s a local author book signing or art exhibit. “There are so many talented authors and artists in this area. I want to offer them a chance to have some exposure to the community. My customers love it because they get to meet the local talent, and I love it because it brings more people into the store.”

With Christmas just around the corner, Under Charlie’s Covers is an especially busy place. “Aside from all our signed copies and first editions, we’ve been putting aside all our children’s Christmas and holiday books. We’ve got books about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, all the classics like Dickens, Van Allsburg, and O’Henry, and lots of crafts and holiday cookbooks. We’ll also have some featured author specials and gift certificates in any denomination. If someone is looking for a certain book and I don’t have it, I’ll do my best to get it for them. That’s what I’m here for.”

Studies have shown that locally owned, independent businesses return about 80 percent of each dollar spent back to the community in the form of city taxes, employee wages, the purchase of materials and supplies from other local businesses, and contributions to schools and local nonprofit organizations. Chains and franchises contribute as little as 20 percent. That’s good enough reason to support local businesses like Under Charlie’s Covers. But Harrison thinks there are even more reasons. “We have a treasure trove of little shops here in Bernalillo and the surrounding areas that are very important to our local economy. We all offer convenience, great customer service, and a friendly atmosphere. After buying books at Under Charlie’s Covers, you can grab lunch at the Flying Star, buy birdseed at the Wild Bird House, get your hair cut at Chics with Scissors, or look for something special for the house at Interior Concepts without ever moving your car. Farther up the road, there are antique stores, mom and pop supermarkets, several restaurants, churches, a visitor center, even a Rail Runner station. If that isn’t hometown hospitality, what is?”

Under Charlie’s Covers is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Call (505) 404-2097, or log on to www.undercharliescovers.com for information about upcoming events.


Crest of Montezuma c. David Cramer

Photo Credit David Cramer

Crest of Montezuma Legislation

—Laura Robbins, member of Pathways-Wildlife Corridors of New Mexico

On November 6th, interested community members met at the Placitas Community Library to continue the discussion regarding the need for legislation that would transfer the Crest of Montezuma from BLM jurisdiction to that of the Forest Service. Keeping this land open is crucial to maintaining the connectivity for wildlife passage that still exists for this part of the Sandia Mountains, Gallisteo Basin, Jemez and the Sangre de Cristo mountains. It will help prevent Sandia  Mountain from being "ringed" by development and will enable genetic viability for local animals and general environmental health.

The Forest Service has a clear management policy whereas the BLM does not. It is possible that BLM could hold the land until a lucrative sale could be brokered, enabling more development. If managed by the Forest Service, the land will not be designated wilderness but will disallow Off HighwayVehicle use. It will be available for day use by individuals and possibly permits for bow-hunting and firewood gathering will be allowed.

The Crest of Montezuma is the picturesque, north-eastern and horizontally striped ridge that rises above the housing and developments past the village and along the left side of 165 as you go up the mountain. It borders Diamond Tail's southern properties. The legislation will also include approximately 260 acres of adjacent, privately owned acreage, which the owners are willing to put into conservation. If this BLM to Forest Service transfer happens, the Trust for Public Lands will broker the deal for the private land holders.

Please call Representative Heinrich (346-6781) and ask him to represent your interests in the wildlife corridor and open spaces of Placitas. This is the time that more community input regarding this issue must be given to our legislators. Representative Martin Heinrich also has staff members available to the community for questions and comments most fourth Thursdays of each month: Noon to 1:00 at the  Senior Center and 1:00-2:00 at the Library. You can email comments to: maya.hermann@mail.house.gov

It was appreciated that two board members of the San Antonio de las Huertas Land Grant attended the meeting, as this was an important event for community stake holder's dialog on the Crest of Montezuma. There is a larger scope regarding the San Antonio de Las Huertas Land Grant and also Land Grant rights throughout the state and nation. This writer hopes that the Land Grant will continue to inform the larger Placitas community in a very open way regarding their hopes and plans for the Land Grant community with respect to public lands.

Land Grant members, Diamond Tail Ranch residents, representatives from Sandia Pueblo and San Felipe Pueblo, as well as Albuquerque groups who do advocacy work for Sandia mountain and any other interested parties will be invited to future public meetings hosted by Pathways. Joan Fenicle of Las Placitas Association stressed the importance of the Crest legislation and asked that people encourage Heinrich to reintroduce legislation in the lame duck session. It is possible that a Memorandum of Understanding could be used to identify and address issues that could otherwise make the bill cumbersome and problematic. She urged to keep the bill simple.

At the meeting, Pathways members Peter Callen and Mitch Johnson presented a synopsis of management by BLM vs Forest Service as well as the wild animal monitoring and tracking work by community volunteers that is underway along Las Huertas Creek and in the Gallisteo Basin. They currently have two camera traps that are being used at various locations (including the Crest of Montezuma) and are hoping to acquire more through community support. Pathways is happy to lend the cameras to community members, along with some training. The tracking and monitoring program which trains volunteers to collect data of specific transects will be used by UNM and in other scientific studies. Pathways is proud of their recent work during the Travel Management Planning for Sandia Mountain, where they helped to stop OHV use of lands that would decrease animal passageway and habitat.

Concerns regarding local wild animals were addressed. Many problems can be solved in ways other than calling for animal capture or removal. Residents are urged to acquire bear-proof trash cans (available through Davis Hardware on South 14 or through the internet) and to secure dog food in places that will not be tempting. Residents in the village are learning that chicken and turkey pens need to have extra protection. We do not have to make an either/or choice between people and animals.

To put the danger from wild animals into perspective, Patience O'Dowd reminded us that during the past twenty years, 800 people have died in Bernalillo County and over 20,000 have been injured from drunk driving. Statistics regarding harm from wild animals is minimal. She stated that in order to make free-roaming horses good neighbors, WHOA has done over five miles of fencing for Santa Ana, BLM and individuals, including two miles of fencing for the Albuquerque Open Space in Placitas. Many hope that New Mexico becomes a wild horse state, as well as creating a new State Park. In 2007, Governor Richardson passed a bill that made New Mexico  the only state besides Nevada to have a legal definition of "wild horse." Pathways members expressed that there is a very strong case why the horses should be recognized as wildlife. Patience informed that  Santa Ana is restocking wild turkeys and other species (hikers may have noticed flocks on Sandia.) She also reminded us that only continual vigilance ensuring no connection from I25 to North 14 will protect our precious water supply of this area as well as the wildlife corridor. She urges the community to ask Heinrich to work Win Win Win solutions with all known competing interests for Montezuma Crest and the northern BLM lands which together are key to protecting our water supply, our wildlife corridor, and our rural community. She stresses the need to re-submit the Crest bill to the Lame Duck session immediately as a third opportunity will not likely arise in the near term.

Hopefully, different Placitas groups and organizations can continue to communicate and develop creative solutions that cooperatively address the concerns that face us in this time and age. We all benefit so much from this beautiful and bountiful high desert and mountain that we live with. As Peter Callen says, "People can be a benefit to the land."


Casa Rosa gift card

No plastic, no expiration dates; Casa Rosa Food Bank offers holiday cards that (really!) keep on giving

—Betsy Model for the Signpost

As recently as a decade ago, had you heard the words “gift card” used in conjunction with holidays or special celebrations, it meant a pretty card with either a humorous or gooey message on its cover, and you wrote something alternately pithy or sweet inside to let someone know you were thinking of them.

Today, gift cards come with expiration dates and are just as likely to be small, credit-card sized, and... plastic.

Gift cards—whether for restaurants, groceries, Walmart, or Amazon—have become the ubiquitous gift that in theory allows the recipient to purchase whatever their actual need is (versus grandma’s idea of the perfect pair of flannel PJs... with feet), but that also has the leftover “feel” of the very plastic they’re made from.

In some respects, they’re practical, but they’re not emotionally... sustainable.

As Casa Rosa Food Bank, we know that the $20 spent on a plastic gift card to a chain restaurant will buy just that—$20 worth of a hamburger and a drink or maybe two appetizers before the real part of the meal comes—but that $20 donated to the food bank buys $180 of food for hungry families within the community.

How can $20 become $180? While it may sound a bit like Wall Street’s version of monetary hocus pocus, it’s actually because of the food bank’s ability to leverage each purchase. By buying the majority of the food bank’s food items and personal care products through Roadrunner Food Bank—the consolidating warehouse for most of the state’s food banks—and purchasing commodity items (agricultural surplus or bulk food items available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture), Casa Rosa can, literally, multiply the retail value of each food purchase by many times over. That extra effort, in combination with food donations from local farms and grocery stores, can turn, on average, every one dollar donated into nine dollars of food. 

We think that’s a pretty cool trick—and way better than the state legislature has pulled off recently—but we also believe that there’s no better time than the holidays to remember that not all of our friends and neighbors have the wherewithal to fill a table over the winter months. Too often, as the cold weather hits, local residents who are struggling with normal needs plus the seasonal need for wood or propane are forced to make a difficult decision of warmth over food. 

Seed potsHow about helping Casa Rosa provide both this year? In addition to our ongoing and wildly popular fundraiser this year (the wonderfully beautiful and still available Mata Ortiz seed pots), we’re also offering old-fashioned gift cards that carry a special message to those they’re given to and generate a really cool warmth all their own. 

The gift cards are slightly oversized and bear a wonderful quote from Helen Keller on the front that proclaims, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

Inside the actual card, there’s a small insert that reads, “A donation was made in your honor—and in your name—to Casa Rosa Food Bank. You—and those who care about you—have made a difference in the lives of others. Thank you.”

The cards are available for a donation of $10 and are instantly ready to slap a stamp on or hand out to those friends, neighbors, coworkers, clients, aunties, teachers, grandparents, babysitters, or other assorted folks in your life that understand that, perhaps this year in particular, giving of yourself and your own “personal plenty” is the true definition of “gift” during the holiday season. 

Best thing of all? There’s no expiration date on a gift of goodwill, and there’s not a shred of plastic involved.

Want to know how you can purchase seed pots, gift cards, or make a tax-deductible donation of food or money to Casa Rosa Food Bank? Please e-mail casarosaplacitas@gmail.com, and a board member will get right back to you.


3 Artists 1 Show at the Placitas Library

This month in our ongoing artist series at the Placitas Community Library, we have three artists who have joined to create one show.

Patrice Schooley, a native of New Mexico, has been a Placitas resident for 30 years. She has had a profound love of animals and a passion for art and has combined these two loves through her paintings. Patrice donates a percentage of each sale to animal rights causes.

Dana Caruso is also a native of New Mexico and lives in Placitas. Her passion is creating colorful, tranquil paintings in watercolors and acrylics and is inspired by the play of light on Southwestern landscapes and beautiful flowers. 

The third artist is Kathleen Stuart who studied art at UNM and fell under the spell of watercolors. She also works with textures and mixed media.

This show will be on display in the Collin Meeting Room the month of December; be sure and come by.


Rebecca Watson-Boone

Co-Director Rebecca Watson-Boone is retiring from her position at the placitas Community Library

Key Changes at the Placitas Library

As of January 1, 2011, several key figures at the Placitas Community Library (PCL) will leave the Library Board.

Co-Director Rebecca Watson-Boone will be retiring from her volunteer ‘job’ at the Placitas Library as of January 1, 2011. The Board and the volunteers wish to offer an enormous “THANK YOU” to Rebecca for providing guidance and hard work in helping us to get where we are today. Rebecca and her husband, Peter, moved here from Wisconsin in 2005 after his retirement.
After settling in, she innocently wandered into the PCL in 2006 and offered to volunteer. What a ‘boon’  (pun intended) to the Library! We quickly discovered that not only did Rebecca have a PhD in Library, Information Sciences, but she had a wealth of administrative and organizational skills. This was exactly what PCL needed as we continued to grow and as we worked to meet the needs of a rapidly growing group of library patrons. Within a year she became Co-Director. Her organizational skills helped coordinate the Board and Volunteers in working with the Architects, Contractors and Sandoval County to build our beautiful new facility. She masterminded the amazing all volunteer transition into this new building! PCL Board Chair Jim Pilcher had this to say, “While I have only worked with Rebecca for a year it became immediately evident that her skills, knowledge and common sense were needed to help the library succeed. She will be missed by the board and all of the library patrons.”

Rebecca has become so valuable to the Library that the Board has decided it must break with tradition and actually hire a professional librarian as director to replace her - our very first paid staff.  We will miss her and wish her the very best in her future endeavors. Happy Travels, Rebecca!
Also in January Pam Buethe and Nancy Kellum-Rose will end their tenures on the PCL Board, though both will continue to remain involved in the Library. Pam has served as our Friends of the Library Chair since its inception. Her warm, up-beat attitude and organizing skills have developed the fabulous group of Friends who produced three delightful and successful Books on the Bosque Dinner/Auctions and countless other smaller fundraisers. Her willing spirit will be sorely missed on the Board. Pam will continue as a Help Desk volunteer and begin helping with volunteer training. Nancy Kellum-Rose, a retired MLIS Librarian, has served three years on the Board. She will continue her role on the Library’s Management Team as Young Adult Services Coordinator. The PCL Board is most grateful to them both.

The Library Board would also like to convey heartfelt thanks for the community's support of the County General Obligation Bond and the State GO Bond, both of which passed on November 2, 2010. Because of your support, PCL will enjoy much needed collection and technology support for the next 4 years from the County Bond. The SGOB funds will help cover the costs of our new building’s security system for the next two years.

Truly, this Library is a community collaboration.

Upcoming Events at the Library:

  • Dec 6: Monday: 4-5 PCL Book Group 1
  • Dec 9: Thursday; 10-11 Pre-K Story Hour
  • Dec 11: Saturday: 10-4 Holiday Open House
    10-2 Children’s activities
    2-4 Wildlife Rescue with Peggy McCormick
  • Dec 14: Tuesday: 3-4 Bilingual Story Hour
  • Dec 21: Tuesday: 3-4 Kid’s Book Club

Library will be closed Dec 24 and 25 and January 1


Placitas dome home

Call for photographs, documents, and memories about hippie Placitas

—Tony Hull

Placitas of the ‘60s and ‘70s was interesting and dynamic, and the period relates to who we are now as a community. Art, architecture, poetry, music, dreams, experiments in living, and values were all part of this period. Tawapa, Dome Valley (Drop City South), Lower Farm, Sun Farm, Domesa, the Freeforms, and more were here. A special history initiative has started to collect memories, documents, and photographs from those who lived in Placitas then, whether part of the hippie or communal movement or who were looking at the hippie world from the outside. We welcome all information, whether positive or negative, on all aspects of Placitas everyday life during this time. 

We are planning a collection of information and materials associated with this period as part of the Placitas Library History Project initiative. Our ‘60s and ‘70s collection objective is twofold:

  • We would like to capture and hold for the future the intricacies of this period while memories, pictures, and artifacts are still available, and
  • We envision an ongoing series of exhibits at the Placitas library on this period (as well as on other aspects of our town’s heritage). 

Please contact Tony Hull at tony.hull@L-3com.com or (505) 771 8566 if you have stories or materials that may be made available for this project. We also welcome leads to others who may have information and materials. We invite those interested to participate in this project with us. I will be pleased to meet with you and commit to treat material provided according to your wishes. We can create copies from photographs, negatives, documents, newspaper files, and other materials you may have. We also welcome walking with you where the events of the ‘60s and ‘70s happened and photographing them as they are now. This is a project by our town and for our town.

     

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