The mission of the Old Santa Fe Association is to promote the prosperity and welfare of the City and County of Santa Fe and their inhabitants, to preserve and maintain the ancient landmarks, historical structures and traditions of Old Santa Fe and to guide their growth and development in such a way as to promote that unique charm and distinction: born of age, culture, tradition and environment, which are the priceless assets and heritage of Santa Fe.
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We are Excited to Announce Events of Interest to our Membership and the General Public
Santa Fe Living Treasures Honorees May 7, 2017 Longtime OSFA board member Richard McCord, along with lifetime supporter and member, Nancy Meem Wirth, were honored as Santa Fe Living Treasures this spring. McCord, author of multiple books on Santa Fe and New Mexico, is best known as the co-founder, editor and publisher of The Santa Fe Reporter. A distinguished journalist, his editorials at the weekly took top honors from the both the New Mexico and Albuquerque press associations, along with second place from the Scripps Howard Foundation. He has also been a runner-up for a Pulitzer Prize during his career.
Nancy Meem Wirth, daughter of OSFA founder John Gaw Meem and his wife Faith Bemis Meem, has followed in the footsteps of her parents, co-founding Cornerstones Community Partnerships, in an effort to preserve New Mexico's unique churches and iconic, historic adobe structures. She furthers her outreach in the community as a volunteer in the Dual Language Program of the Camino Real Academy, in Santa Fe, NM. We are immensely pleased at the recognition received by our members, and offer them a sincere congratulations. Photos by Genevieve Russell
An Announcement from The National Geographic Society: World Legacy/"Sense of Place" Awards
March 8, 2017 In case you missed this news in the spring, we are pleased to report that the City of Santa Fe has been recognized with a "World Legacy Award" from the National Geographic Society for our "Sense of Place". This award honors destinations or organizations that are driving positive transformation in sustainable tourism practices, and effectively sharing their history with visitors. We are most gratified by this award, as the Old Santa Fe Association has spearheaded historic preservation efforts for nearly 100 years in the southwestern United States.
Click on this link to view the awards announcement on NGS's webpage. For local coverage of this award, you can access the Santa Fe New Mexican as well.
"The number-one draw for Santa Fe is tourism, and the number-one reason for tourism is the cultural authenticity of this town. If it is not guarded, this pride, this award– if its reason for existing and being given to us is not guarded and not seen as important, it can disappear along with all that attracts people here." John Pen La Farge President, OSFA