Santa Fe Public Library

Community Storytellers


Community Storytellers Project  (formerly Neighborhood Historian Project) addresses the imperative need for community-centered story-gathering, where the process is just as important as the content being recorded. Community members are trained to use professional recording equipment, gather oral histories among their friends and family, edit their recordings into fluid storytelling, and archive their creations in a public digital repository hosted by the Santa Fe Public Library. Through community workshops, storybooths, and one-on-one mentorship with professional filmmakers and storytellers, the Community Storytellers Project seeks empowers Santa Feans to become co-creators of a rich living history, encouraging community dialogue, healing, and the collective determination of where our story goes from here.

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This program is made possible thanks to the Santa Fe Public Library, Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, Littleglobe,, National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Fe Arts & Culture Program, Manitos Community Memory Project, Capital High School, and the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

Look for upcoming Community Storytellers workshops to join on the SFPL calendar!


Related Projects

Santa Fe’s fourth City Historian, Valerie Rangel, has gathered thoughts and ideas from the community and created ArcGIS Storymaps, which serve as a tool to enhance learning and build more knowledge of our past. This digital learning tool reflects historical truths and uplifts our shared values. The public is invited to explore the Storymaps and browse online resources that include archival photos, historical essays, videos and maps.

One Storymap, A People’s History of Santa Fe, highlights historically significant places within the city and surrounding area, while another Storymap focuses on Layers of Santa Fe, an assembly of maps starting with environmental data, archival maps, interactive data maps, cultural perspectives, and links to other Storymaps. Place-specific historical essays, written by the historian, are being archived in the upcoming Neighborhood Historians Archive, a digital repository of community history being developed by Santa Fe Public Library. The essays are also accessible via hyperlinks embedded within the Storymaps. A third Storymap is a Teacher’s Guide on how to utilize the Storymaps with added resources such as educational videos, K-12 lesson plans, question prompts for students and lists of resources for further information.

ArcGIS Storymaps:

Layers of Santa Fe

A People’s History of Santa Fe: no me olvides…

Teacher’s Guide (

Ojos Diferentes: A New Way of Exploring the Art and History of Santa Fe

Perspectives on Water

City of Holy Faith

Sombras de Oscuridad

  • Main Library

    145 Washington Avenue
    (505) 955-6781

  • Oliver La Farge Branch

    1730 Llano Street
    (505) 955-4862

  • Southside Branch

    6599 Jaguar Drive
    (505) 955-2820