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Book update offers more context for Santa Fe history

La Capilla de San Ysidro Labrador (Lopez Chapel)
La Capilla de San Ysidro Labrador (Lopez Chapel)

University Showcase 12/16 8a: On this episode, we talk with Audra Bellmore, author of the fifth edition of "Old Santa Fe Today." For decades, the book has been used by tourists, writers and scholars to delve into the history and architecture of the City Different. It was originally published in 1966 and the new edition explores Santa Fe’s architecture, history and important figures through properties designated as worthy of preservation by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation.

The update, published by the Museum of New Mexico Press, includes revised and expanded narratives on the architecture, history and ownership of each property, as well as the social and historical context.

Bellmore is the John Gaw Meem Curator at the University of New Mexico and oversees the John Gaw Meem Archives of Southwest Architecture.

Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.