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Thanks so much for reading Madeline's first adventure, and joining me on a time-travel visit to Santa Fe, my hometown.  I had so much fun exploring, and I hope you did, as well.  I found so many differences between 2017 Santa Fe and 1922—fewer dirt roads, more people.  But I also found a lot of similarities, and people who were drawn to this special town for its artistic atmosphere, its weather and beautiful natural surroundings, and the fascinating people who live here.

Madeline and her friends are fictional, of course, yet they meet a few real residents of the area in the 1920s.  Olive Rush (1873-1966) was a Quaker from Indiana who moved permanently to Santa Fe in 1920 (her home and studio on Canyon Road are now a Quaker meeting house, but can be toured with an appointment sometimes).  She was an artist and strong advocate for Native arts of the area, as well as one of the founders of the Art Museum of New Mexico (now the New Mexico Museum of Art).  Frank Springer (1848-1927) was a lawyer, a cattleman, and an artist/archaeologist.  Alice and William Henderson, a poet and an achitect/artist from Chicago, originally came to Santa Fe in 1916 to treat Alice's tuberculosis (as so many people did, since there were nuemrous sanatoriums around to take advantage of the dry, sunny weather) and ended up staying, becoming leaders of local artistic society.  Father Malone is my own creation (Albert Daeger was Archbishop at the time), but the cathedral is a very real and very beautiful place, built by Archbishop Lamy of Death Comes for the Archbishop fame.  The Sisters of Loretto ran a girls' school and maintained the lovely Loretto Chapel, as well as the St. Vincent hospital (now a hotel and well-known haunted house hotspot!)


The tunnels under the main plaza are real (remnants can be seen in some of the shop basements), and Kaune's grocery is still in business, though not in the same location.  The place I had the most fun exploring was La Fonda.  An inn had been there on that spot since 1609, but the building I used would have been brand new when Maddie saw it, opened in 1920 after being rebuilt in the popular Pueblo Revival style in 1920.  The open portal is now a glass-ceilinged restaurant, but it's easy to see how its patrons in the '20s would have seen the place.  And it's a great place to have a margarita and listen to some music on the weekends!

Many thanks to the art tours at La Fonda, the walking tours of Ghost Walks Santa Fe, and the Archives at the History Museum for all the great information.  I highly recommend a visit to any of these when you come to town!

A few books I found useful include:

-Taos and Santa Fe: The Artist's Environment, 1882-1942, Van Deren Coke (1963)

-Frank Springer and New Mexico: From the Colfax County War to the Emergence of Modern Santa Fe, David F. Caffey (2006)

-Turn Left at the Sleeping Dog: Scripting the Santa Fe Legend, 1920-1955 (2006)

-The Inn of History: An Account of La Fonda Since 1610, La Fonda Hotel (1977)

-Olive Rush: Finding her Place in the Santa Fe Art Colony, Jann Haynes Gilmore (2016)

-Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Healthi, Nancy Owen Lewis (2016)

 

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