History and Art Videos
La Fonda offers hour-long complimentary, docent-led art and history tours at 10:30am Wednesday through Saturday ,May through October and on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, November through April.
As part of the education for our docents and anyone else that might be interested, La Fonda holds monthly talks with artists and writers. We record these talks and make them available on YouTube as well as here on our website. We hope you enjoy these videos.
Please check with our concierge at extension 4200 for the specific dates and speaker.
Voices of the Manhattan Project - Atomic Heritage Foundation
Jenny Kimball is the Chairman of the Board of the La Fonda on the Plaza hotel, which the oldest hotel site in the United States. In this interview, Jenny discusses the rich history of La Fonda, from its establishment in the 1600s through its development as part of the famous Harvey hotel chain to its award-winning status today. She describes the role of the Harvey family in branding the hotel, and the important work of Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, who designed La Fonda and other iconic Harvey hotels. She also explains her involvement in the hotel and her efforts to showcase La Fonda’s architectural and cultural history. The process of restoring the interior of La Fonda is described, and the work of artists and others to make the rooms match what they looked like in earlier decades. Jenny concludes by talking about La Fonda’s role as a watering hole for Manhattan Project scientists working in Los Alamos.
Stephen Fried, author of "Appetite for America", discusses the Fred Harvey Company at La Fonda on the Plaza.
Bruce Bernstein, Executive Director at Continuous Pathways Foundation and Executive Director at the Ralph T Coe Foundation for the Arts as well as former director of SWAIA in Santa Fe.
Comanche Artist Nocona Burgess is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and his work can be seen at the Giacobbe Fritz Gallery.
Marla Allison is a member of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. Marla lives and makes art from her home studio where she finds comfort and inspiration by connecting with family, tradition, and being close to her community. Marla is a contemporary Native artist whose primary medium is painting.
Jann Haynes Gilmore, PhD is an art historian, writer, and watercolorist. Here she talks with La Fonda's docents about her new book "Olive Rush: Finding Her Place in the Santa Fe Art Colony". She directed the Museum's Program at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC
Dr. Leona M. Zastrow, or Dr. Z as she is know, is a national and internationally recognized expert on Native American Art, History and Culture.
Barb Arlen is a volunteer docent at La Fonda on the Plaza and also teaches Color Theory at Santa Fe Community College School of Art & Design.
Katherine Promonis worked 20 years at the UNM Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Her talk is "Making Sense of Santa Fe: a chronological history".
Kathy Flynn is the coordinator of the New Mexico Chapter of National New Deal Preservation Association and the Executive Director of the the National New Deal Preservation Association, the private non-profit organization established to promote identification, documentation, preservation, and education of people.
Architect Barbara Felix and La Fonda CEO Jennifer Kimball talk with La Fonda's docents on their involvement and collaboration in renovating La Fonda on the Plaza and their history with the hotel.