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Los Luceros Historic Site Open on the Third Sunday of Month through Fall

May 14th, 2018

For Immediate Release: May 14, 2018 (Alcalde, New Mexico) – From ancient pueblo settlements to Spanish colonial haciendas, Los Luceros Historic Property has provided a bountiful life for people through the centuries. This summer, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ Historic Sites division invites you and your family to enjoy the Los Luceros Historic property.

“New Mexican’s are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the banks of the Río Grande or under the shade of the historic apple orchard,’ said Patrick Moore, Director of New Mexico Historic Sites. “Activities and presentations held on these five summer Sundays will focus on nature and the culture of New Mexico and offer rare access to one of New Mexico’s most enchanting properties.”

Admission to the Cultura y Naturaleza (Culture and Nature) series of events at Los Luceros will be free. The events occur on the third Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Los Luceros in Alcade. Each date will focus on a different aspect of Los Luceros’ storied history and significance in New Mexico.

SUNDAY, MAY 20: Ecology of the Rio Grande

o   11:00am - Gates open

o   11:30am - Tour of Los Luceros

o   1:00pm - Bird walk by area birder Joe Fitzgibbon, and The New Mexico Wildlife Center will present live raptors.

o   2:00pm - Tour of Casa Grande

o   3:00pm - Gates close

 SUNDAY, JUNE 17: Healing on the Rio Grande

o   11:00am - Gates open

o   11:30am - Tour of the Capilla (Chapel)

o   1:00pm – Curanderismo presentation by Dr. Eliseo "Cheo" Torres

o   2:00pm - Tour of Casa Grande

o   3:00pm - Gates close

Bonus Father’s Day Activity: Casey Harthorn of New Mexico Game & Fish will offer a family fishing workshop along the river. Casey brings all the equipment and families can learn how to fish as well as learning about fish biology. Children under age 12 do not need a fishing license.

SUNDAY, JULY 15: Water Brings Life

o   11:00am - Gates open

o   11:30am - Tour of the fields and acequias of Los Luceros

o   1:00pm - New Mexico Acequia Association will offer a family activity about the acequia.

o   2:00pm - Tour of Casa Grande

o   3:00pm - Gates close

 SUNDAY, AUGUST 19: Spanish Colonial Life

o   11:00am - Gates open

o   11:30am - Tour of Los Luceros

o   1:00pm – Spanish puppet show by Cristina Masoliver

o   2:00pm - Tour of Casa Grande

o   3:00pm - Gates close

 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: Apple Harvest

o   Apple Picking

o   Two live concerts

o   Vendors and Food Trucks

o   Tours and demonstrations

o   Evening outdoor movie

Programming is sponsored by New Mexico Historic Sites, the Amigos de Los Luceros, and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.


About Los Luceros Historic Property: In a state blessed with numerous cultural gems, the 148-acre Los Luceros ranch located north of Española along the Rio Grande near the village of Alcalde is special.  The cultural site is surely one of New Mexico’s most scenic and historically significant properties. The centerpiece of the historic Los Luceros ranch complex is a 5,700 square-foot, 18thcentury Territorial-style adobe home which was renovated by the Cabot Foundation in 2004 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The property also includes a visitor’s center, director’s residence and a small gallery.  In addition to the hacienda and the visitor center complex, the property contains three residences, an 18th century chapel, the original village jail, numerous farm buildings, apple orchards, irrigated pasture and bosque on the Rio Grande.

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, which purchased the Los Luceros property from the family of Frank and Ann Cabot in 2008, is the state’s cultural steward and is working to ensure the site’s preservation and integrity in perpetuity.  The department’s intent is to bring together historic preservation, filmmaking education and training, agricultural and environmental interests.  Los Luceros is currently – and will continue to be – used as a cultural destination with interpretative exhibits and public access; as a retreat center for workshops and seminars related to New Mexico’s film industry; crop-growing and environmental studies programs.

About New Mexico Historic Sites  On March 14, 1931, the New Mexico Historic Site system was established by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico, to "declare by public proclamation that historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the State of New Mexico, shall be state monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof such parcels of land as may be necessary to the proper care and management of the objects to be protected." Under the direction of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, six sites are open to the public: Coronado, Fort SeldenFort Stanton, Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, and Lincoln. The Los Luceros Historic Property is open to the public during scheduled events and by appointment (505) 476-1130.

In 2004, the J. Paul Taylor Family bequeathed the Barela-Reynolds House and Property on the Mesilla Plaza to the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Still serving as J. Paul Taylor’s private home, the property will become a Historic Site after his passing. Events, news releases and images about activities at New Mexico Historic Sites, and other Department of Cultural Affairs divisions 

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Los Luceros Historic Property Great Room, 2017. Photo by: Gene Peach; Courtesy: NM Department of Cultural Affairs

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