By Camilla Trujillo
Images of America Series – Arcadia Publishing (ISBN: 9780738579672)
After retiring from 25 years as artist-in-residence at northern New Mexico schools, Camilla Trujillo spent a year interviewing families, collecting historical photos and writing a series of essays. The result is a 128-page photographic journal of the Española Valley.
“Española,” Trujillo says, “had been a complex community of about 20 villages, three Indian pueblos and a small city.” The scope of her book ranges from “El Encuentro,” the first meeting between the Spanish colonists and the Pueblo inhabitants of the upper Río Grande—to the establishment of the first capital of New Mexico, San Gabriel del Yungue, with its river cobble foundations—to the American invasion in the mid-19th century—to the Manhattan Project and its economic interdependence with the Española Valley one hundred years later. The book’s final chapter, “La Cosecha” (The Harvest), focuses on historic local food production including molinos (flour mills) that were built over acequias or creeks, and apple and chile production, which was aided by the Chili Line railroad that served Española from 1880 to 1941.
The book is available at Hastings in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market and the Palace of the Governors museum bookstore. In the Española area, it may be found at the Chimayó Trading Post, Cook’s Hardware and the Galería Santa Cruz. It may also be ordered online: http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738579672/Espanola