The Neighborhood Historians Project addresses the imperative need for community-centered history-gathering, where the process is just as important as the content being recorded. Community members will train 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. In addition to documenting community memory, we hope to foster a sense of belonging and cultural ownership among Santa Feans, providing space for Santa Feans to tell their own stories on their own terms. Through community workshops, storybooths, and skills training, the Neighborhood Historians Project seeks to empower 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.
For more information contact:
Dylan Tenorio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.980.6218
Esther Rydzik at email@example.com or 505.955.6791
This program is made possible thanks to the Santa Fe Public Library, Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, Littleglobe, NewMexicoWomen.org, 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.
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.
During the summer of 2022, the City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department will also share a virtual interactive tool for younger generations which offers perspectives on history and place. The content is meant to spark important conversations about the values of our society and the future society we wish to create.