La Nina was born into the families Luna and Otero near Los Lunas. She moved to Santa Fe as a teenager, and was later superintendent of schools in Santa Fe and an advocate for improving education for all New Mexicans. She was also an organizer of Santa Fe Fiesta, Indian Market, and Spanish Colonial Arts. She worked to get New Mexico women the right to vote, then ran for U.S. Congress in 1922--the first Hispanic-American woman to do so! Her image is featured on New Mexico’s American Woman quarter.
Help the Aztec Museum & Pioneer Village kick off their 2023 season by joining them as they celebrate her remarkable life at this FREE public event in the Pioneer Village. Museum volunteers will dress in costume… and they welcome their guests to do so too! Dust off apparel spanning the years from her birth in 1881 to her 1951 birthday. Cookies & lemonade will be available. Parking is by the West gates into the Pioneer Village. The program is from 2:00pm-3:00pm.
La Nina is portrayed by Deborah Blanche, who will reminisce, confide, answer and disclaim -- and even tell some stories from her book, "Old Spain in our Southwest!" This program is made possible by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council.
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