“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)


— Commemorative Walkway Park —

1960 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, April 18, 2014
1. 1960 Marker
Inscription.  Santa Fe celebrated its 350th anniversary. During that year, special guests Maria Teresa Perez-Balsera and Maria Luisa Perez-Balsera arrived from Spain. The two ladies are direct descendants of Captain-General Don Diego de Vargas, the central figure of the resettlement of New Mexico in 1692. On June 26, 1960, His Excellency Egidio Vagnozzi, the Papal Legate, crowned La Conquistadora, reputedly the oldest Marian image in the U.S. La Conquistadora, or Our Lady of the Conquest, arrived in New Mexico in 1625.
Erected 1986 by Century Federal Savings and Loan. (Marker Number 16.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWomen. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1892.
Location. 35° 41.372′ N, 105° 55.985′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Paseo de Peralta near Otero Street. It is in Hillside Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1976 (here, next to this marker); 1945 (here, next to this marker);
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1926 (here, next to this marker); 1982 (here, next to this marker); 1912 (here, next to this marker); 1985 (here, next to this marker); To the Future (here, next to this marker); 1862 (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of all 21 markers on Santa Fe’s Commemorative Walkway at Hillside Park. There is a link on the list to a map of all markers on the walkway.
Also see . . .  La Conquistadora, Our Country's Oldest Madonna. Undated article by Marian Horvat, with photographs. Excerpt: “The majestic delicately featured statue was carved from willow in Spain sometime in the early 1600s and was given her first name, Our Lady of the Assumption. Originally, her wooden garment was painted crimson and covered with gold leaf in arabesque designs, the costume of a Moorish princess. When the statue made her journey to New Spain is not documented. What the records do show is that she arrived with a group of colonists in Santa Fe in 1625 in the
1960 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, April 18, 2014
2. 1960 Marker
This marker is the fourth tablet from the right.
care of a Franciscan missionary, Fray Alonso da Venevides. In the greatest pomp and ceremony he could muster in the primitive colony, he installed the statue in the Church of the Assumption, the first shrine in the U.S. to specifically honor Mary.” (Submitted on August 16, 2014.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo(s) of Maria Teresa Perez-Balsera and Maria Luisa Perez-Balsera in Santa Fe in 1960 • Can you help?

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Sep. 22, 2023