Announcing Casa San Ysidro's 2021 Season

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, New Mexico presents a variety of public programs in 2021

CORRALES, NM - In the early 1950s, Shirley and Ward Alan Minge took a late 19th century building and turned it into a plazuela-style rancho to house their exuberant collection of New Mexico vernacular art. Today, Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House embodies the collective creativity of generations of artists and craftspeople in its furnishings and architectural features, exemplifying an interesting tension between tradition and change that New Mexicans have lived with for centuries.

Casa San Ysidro opens to the public for the season on February 1, with Covid-safe tours and online public programs. Visit our website – – for further information. Details subject to change.

2021 Docent Training Dates
April 17, April 24, May 1, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Casa San Ysidro is accepting applications from adults who would like to participate in our Spring training. For more information about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, call 505-897-8828 or email [email protected]

2nd Saturdays Online with Casa San Ysidro — 1 to 3 p.m. — Free
Second Saturdays on select months explore themes of community, creativity, tradition, and innovation. Events include lectures and demonstrations. Participation is free.

February 13
The Unique Legacy of Abraham Lincoln in New Mexico
Abraham Lincoln spoke very little about the far western territory of New Mexico. Yet, during his presidency, two different wars were fought here and the territory’s landmass was divided in half. Lincoln signed into law legislation that would eventually aid in the settlement and development of New Mexico. New Mexico has a county, town, range of mountains and national forest named in his honor.

New Mexico State University Professors Christopher Schurtz and Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley describe Lincoln’s connection to the New Mexico Territory.

March 13
Traditions of the Santero: Bulto Restoration Techniques
Bultos are a living tradition within the religious iconography of Spanish folk art. Sculptures of saints and other religious figures were an integral part of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. The tradition of wooden santo carving has been preserved as a folk art in parts of Mexico and Northern New Mexico.

Conservators Allison Herrera and Keith Bakker discuss bultos and bulto restoration techniques while referencing objects from the Museum's collection and other important examples in New Mexico.

April 10
Native American Language Revitalization in New Mexico
In his 1991 revision of Acoma: Pueblo in the Sky, Dr. Ward Alan Minge references some of the early work that initiated a bilingual program at Acoma Pueblo’s local school. Today, Acoma’s bilingual program is directed by Dr. Christine Sims, who is also the State director for the National Indian Bilingual Center and an associate professor at UNM.

Learn about the leading efforts in indigenous language revitalization. Dr. Sims will discuss language maintenance issues and how the American Indian Language Policy Research Center is providing technical assistance to indigenous nations and training for American Indian language teachers.

June 12
Native Dye Plants of New Mexico
Native American and Spanish weavers have traditionally used native plants to dye wool with an array of colors to create one of a kind textiles and clothing. A weaver’s expertise not only required the skill and dexterity to create intricate patterns but the knowledge of where to find plants that yielded desired colors.

Las Arañas weaver Myra Chang Thompson and Rio Grande Return Conservation Director Cameron Weber describe native dye plants, their uses, and the local practices that people have used in New Mexico for generations.

July 10
Bioregional Perspectives with Jack Loeffler
With the ever expanding civic and suburban sprawl of the Southwest, understanding how ecosystems can sustain development in the face of unexpected change is needed now more than ever.
Jack Loeffler is a bioregionalist, aural historian, environmentalist, and author. Over the past fifty years, Loeffler’s work has focused on the vital importance of indigenous-minded environmentalism - citing Native American, Hispano, Anglo, and countercultural excerpts from interviews and folksongs he’s recorded for local history projects.
Jack describes bioregionalism occurring in New Mexico and the Southwest.

August 14
Herreros: The Spanish History of Blacksmiths
Herreros, or Spanish blacksmiths, were highly valued members of Spanish expeditions to New Mexico. Their most common function was to shoe horses and repair armor, horse gear, firearms, and small tools. As more colonists arrived, blacksmiths turned their attention to providing domestic goods like griddles, roasting spits, ladles, and knives.

Dave Sabo, a local blacksmith skilled in the traditional methods of herreros, describes some of the early iron manufacturing and blacksmithing practices that were used in New Mexico.

October 9
From Spain to New Mexico: The Journey to Keep a Secret
Who were the Crypto-Jews and Conversos? Norma Libman has researched Crypto-Jewish history for more than 25 years and has interviewed more than 50 individuals about their family histories and religious practices.
Award-winning journalist and educator Norma Libman describes a history of the Jews in Inquisitional Spain, how Crypto-Jews kept their secrets, and the forces that brought them to the American Southwest. This program is cosponsored by the Historical Society of New Mexico.

November 13
Civil War History in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
Long known as a place of cross-border intrigue, the Rio Grande’s unique role in Civil War has been largely forgotten or overlooked. Few know the complex history of ethnic tensions, international intrigue, and the clash of colorful characters that marked the aftermath of the Civil War in Texas.

Professor of anthropology Russell Skowronek discusses Civil War history in the Southwest through the University’s traveling exhibit. Russ is a professor at the Rio Grande Valley Texas University.


El Camino Real Trade Fair
Virtual through the month of April
This year Casa San Ysidro celebrates with El Camino Real Trade Fair, a virtual experience of 1800s life along El Camino Real filled with living history, music, demonstrations, local artisans, educational sessions, and other family friendly activities. Free.

Heritage Day
May 15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Each year in May, Casa San Ysidro joins the Corrales Historical Society in celebrating local heritage with a free event that exhibits the living traditions of New Mexico. The historical heart of Corrales comes alive with opportunities for people to engage in with local historical activities. Celebrate with Casa and the Albuquerque Museum with a variety of activities that highlight local art and history. Free.

Harvest Festival
September 25 & 26, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Casa San Ysidro Harvest Festival is a two-day event in conjunction with the Village of Corrales. This is the village’s largest festival and events are scattered throughout the town. Family fun includes traditional New Mexico arts demonstrations and vendors. Free.


Timed tickets for Casa San Ysidro will be available for purchase online through Hold My Ticket only. Tickets are not available for purchase at the museum.

Casa San Ysidro
973 Old Church Road
Corrales, NM 87048


Casa San Ysidro is a program of Albuquerque Museum and the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque.

Public Tours
School Year Hours: February – May and September – November
Tuesdays – Fridays: 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.;
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m., noon & 1:30 p.m.

Summer Hours: June – August
Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10:30 a.m., noon & 1:30 p.m.

Closed for the Winter:
December 1 – January 31

Tour Fees
Adults: $6
Seniors (65+): $5
Students (13+): $5
Children (<12): $4
Groups of 5 or more adults: $5

Admission is free for Albuquerque Museum Foundation Members.

Media Contact: Denise Crouse
[email protected]

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