2nd Floor of Main Library
501 Copper NW, Albuquerque New Mexico (505-768-5131)
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The New Mexico Genealogical Society,
the State Historian's Office, & the Special Collections Library
“DOÑA de MALA VITA”
The well-known feud involving Lamy’s Vicar General, Machebeuf and Padre Gallegos, the pastor at San Felipe de Neri, is revisited by David Snow from the State Historian’s Office. Much of the controversy surrounded Gallegos’ relation-ship with Dona Maria de Jesus Trujillo who elicited a variety of opinions
• An independent woman from Santa Fe’s upper crust society per Janet LeCompte
• Was called a prostitute by Padre Antonio Martinez
• Thought by Angelico Chavez to be Mexican-born and so her behavior should be excused!
• Referred to as "Dona de mala vita" & "that damned female" by Machebeuf
Emotions have always run high concerning this ménage á trois but Snow gives us a long-overdue, unbiased overview of the genealogy and history of Trujillo as well as a factual account of her involvement with Gallegos, Machebeuf, and San Felipe parish.
David Snow is an historical archaeologist living in Albuquerque who has written numerous articles and books regarding New Mexico historical sites &; personalities. His works include, New Mexico’s First Colonists & History and Archaeology of San Felipe Church.
• Educated at UNM and Brandeis University
• Former staff archaeologist at Museum of NM Laboratory of Anthropology
• Owned Cross-Cultural Resource Systems – a resource management company
• Former history curator at the Palace of the Governors
This program is free and open to the public.
A summary of this presentation is available here.