New Española History Exhibit Opens


New Española History Exhibit Opens At Bond House Museum:
Restoring the History of the Española Valley Event Held At Bond House

ESPAÑOLA — On Saturday the San Gabriel Historical Society, the local volunteer organization that operates the Española Valley historical museum at the Bond House held a “Restoring the History of the Española Valley “ event and grand opening for the newly restored History of the Española Valley exhibit room at the Bond House Museum.

The newly renovated room includes both permanent and rotating exhibits on our Valley’s history. Vintage photographs, donated artifacts, and newly constructed panels present the tri-cultural history of the Española Valley. The chronological history of the Pueblo Indians, Oñate, Santa Cruz, Chimayo, the Chili Line, the Bond family and the growth of Española all present the story of our Valley. An exhibit in the large gallery rooms also is currently displaying many items donated to the San Gabriel Historical Society over the years.

Mary Ann Bond Bunten, the granddaughter of the founder of the Bond Store and original owner of the Bond House also attended the event and spoke about her family’s history in the Española Valley. She described spending time in the house as a child and how her grandfather built the original two rooms in 1887 and completed the additions on 1917. As a child, Mary Ann Bond Bunten would spend several weeks a summer at the house and said her sister described the property as “the most beautiful home we ever stayed in.” During that time the property had stables in the read, a large rose garden in front, and a large green park that stretched from near the house eastward until it reached the Bond Store and Paseo de Oñate.

Mayor Alice Lucero and Mayor Pro Tem Pedro Valdez also attended the event and commended the San Gabriel Society for preserving the history of the Espanola Valley. Mayor Lucero said “There is Santa Fe and Taos where the tourists like to go but we have here, where the history really happened.”

The San Gabriel Historical Society, which is in its 50th year of preserving and sharing the history of the Valley also announced their intentions to reach out to local schools and other entities to open the museum to interactive educational tours for students of all ages.

See below for some more images of the event and of the newly opened exhibit.

Images from new exhibit at the Bond House Museum. VDP photo