Make the Old Santa Fe Trail Building a National Monument

Between 1937 and 1939, Native American and Latino New Mexicans employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the Old Santa Fe Trail building, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Made of materials drawn from a nearby CCC camp, the site is a testament to local craftsmanship and the region’s “history and multicultural heritage.”

 

Susan Ives, our Communications Director, has written an opinion piece for the Santa Fe New Mexican detailing the building’s history and calling for the its continued preservation amidst budget cuts and staffing shortages. Please take some time to read Susan’s piece—and to celebrate and support this important New Deal (and American) site.

Gabriel Milner is Project Manager for The Living New Deal. He is a trained cultural historian who teaches courses in U.S. History at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.

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