Santa Fe–Commemorating its 400th year

The city of Santa Fe will commemorate its 400th anniversary beginning on Labor Day weekend, September 5-7, 2009, continuing through the end of 2009, and culminating with a final year full of events during 2010. The Labor Day kickoff will be filled with music, dance, and fireworks as the city begins 15 months of 400th anniversary events.

As part of the fun honoring the amazing story of America's oldest capital city, the 400th Anniversary Committee sought submissions from the world for an iconic symbol that captures four centuries of history in this most intriguing place. The public then voted to choose the best design. Derek LaDuke, a graphic designer in Albuquerque, won the contest with his design depicting a Zia symbol over pueblo-style buildings.

Telling Santa Fe's long and diverse story in one small image is a challenge. Before Santa Fe was named, Native Americans made this peaceful spot along a river next to the mountains their home. Santa Fe then became a crossroads after the city's founding by the Spanish in 1610. More recently, Santa Fe has become known as one of the country's most historically interesting cities, a center for Native American, Hispanic, and western culture, the second largest art market in the U.S., and a city of fine food, extraordinary entertainment, and natural beauty.

The 400th anniversary commemoration will celebrate all these diverse elements, honor the city's founding, and be a festival of Santa Fe life, lore, and legacy.

The brand new New Mexico History Museum opened Memorial Day weekend 2009 as part of the celebration of Santa Fe's 400th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the museum system in New Mexico. Learn more by visiting the New Mexico History Museum web site.