Jim Baca

Jim Baca

Friday, 15 November 2013 19:16

El Santuario de Chimayo?

This is the latest in a series of postings from a collection of slides that were taken in and around Santa Fe in the 1940’s. This particular slide is unique as it is the only black-and-white slide in the collection of almost 100 slides. All of the rest of the slides are in color. Also, the slide is not labeled so it is somewhat of a mystery although it appears to be a photo of El Santuario de Chimayó.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 22:30

Church - Canyoncito

This is the latest posting of a collection of color slides that were taken in and around Santa Fe most likely in the early 1940's.  This particular slide was labeled "Church - Canyoncito."  There are many beautiful pictures that are part of this collection and they will be posted in the near future on this website. 


Wednesday, 16 October 2013 22:06

The Annual Fiesta de Santa Fe Fashion Show

Adelina Ortiz y Hill has identified the person in this picture as Marie Isabela Sena. Adelina, a charter member of Voces de Santa Fe and a Santa Fe Living Treasure, was a personal acquaintance of Marie’s. Marie was the 1933 Fiesta de Santa Fe Queen. She is pictured here modeling fiesta queen attire from her past reign at a merienda, afternoon tea, at Sena Plaza, which was her ancestral home.

The Sociedad Folklorica held fashion shows on Sunday afternoons during the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe. According to Adelina, traditional refreshments served at the fashion shows included chocolate and biscochitos.

The fashion show pictured here occurred in the 1940’s, several years after Marie herself reigned as Fiesta Queen.




Fiesta de Santa Fe 1942 or 1943? Archbishop Byrne or Gerkin? Fiesta Queen Pita Tapia or Navidad Quintana?


Voces de Santa Fe asks for your help in identifying the people in this never before seen photo from a private collection.  The Fiesta de Santa Fe Queen might be the 1943 queen. Could this be Pita Tapia-Gonzales who was the 1943 queen? If this IS the 1943 Fiesta Queen, it will help in identifying the Archbishop. Could this be Archbishop Edwin Vincent Byrne, ordained in June, just a few months before the 1943 Fiesta de Santa Fe? If so, this is likely one of the earliest public photos of Archbishop Byrne in his capacity of Archbishop of Santa Fe. If not, would this be Archbishop Gerkin?


Thank you for any information you may be able to provide.

(In the background, just above the roof of the house, one can see spires of the St. Francis Cathedral.  This may be the Magoffin house were the La Fonda parking lot is located today.)





Sunday, 28 April 2013 00:16

Voces de Santa Fe Social Lunch 4/27/13

We had quite a gathering today!  Many members of Voces de Santa Fe gathered at Maria's Mexican Kitchen in Santa Fe today.  The lunch was attended by members from various states and countries!  Here's a video clip of the lunch at Maria's Mexican Kitchen:


Friday, 29 March 2013 22:30

Grace Schmitt Interview Part 1

This interview with Grace Schmitt was conducted on February 21st, 2013. Grace moved to the Madrid/Cerrillos area in 1968 and worked at the Mine Shaft Tavern as well as the Golden Inn. She ultimately opened the Card House in Cerrillos in 1974. She tells many interesting stories in this interview as she was also very much a part of the hippie micro-culture that existed in the area at the time. The interview is conducted by Jerry Kerr and filmed by Jim Baca. Both are active members of Voces de Santa Fe.
Saturday, 09 March 2013 23:17

Chimayo Bagel Spread


Regular Cream Cheese (not whipped)
Chimayo Red Chile Powder
2% Milk
Parsley or Oregano

Mix cream cheese, Chimayo red chile powder (to taste) and milk in a bowl and blend with a fork until it is the consistency of whipped cream cheese. The milk should be added a small amount at a time as you are blending. Add in a small amount of either parsley or oregano. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. Spread liberally on a warm, toasted bagel. Thin-sliced bagels are the best. Also makes a great dip.
Friday, 08 February 2013 23:49

My Parents Wedding Party

This is a picture of my parent's wedding party taken in August, 1947.  This was taken in the backyard of my grandparents house on Agua Fria.  The property was demolished to make way for St. Francis Drive.

I wanted to say how much I enjoy reading the various postings that appear here.  Thanks to all of the contributors!  May you all have a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year!

Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:05

Rosie's Night Club of Fun, ca. 1960

If the walls in this place could talk I can only imagine the stories we could have heard!

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