Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 1 mile; varied terrain with inclines. Standing for up to 2 hours at a time during field trips.
In the hotel’s dining room, we’ll have a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of options such as scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, waffles, biscuits and gravy, bagels, cereals, pastries, and fresh fruit, plus a beverage choice of coffee, tea, milk, juice, water.
In the hotel meeting room, our Group Leader will provide us with an overview of New Mexico’s fascinating and unique history. Next, our Group Leader will take us on a walking field trip in the Santa Fe Plaza. This has been the vibrant heart of the city for almost four centuries. There are numerous events throughout the year such as community gatherings, concerts, and Indian and Spanish Markets. Regardless of the season, there is always a lot to explore in this city. As the week goes on, we'll observe a transformation of the area; the relative calm we’ll see today will become a sea of white tents and a swarm of activity as vendors set up for the Indian Market.
At a popular restaurant in the Santa Fe Plaza, we’ll have a plated meal from a select menu with a choice of entrée and a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
We'll travel via motorcoach to the School for Advanced Research (SAR). The SAR was established in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. The scope of its activities has grown to embrace a global perspective, advancing scholarship in anthropology and related disciplines and facilitating the work of Native American scholars and artists. While there, a docent will lead us through the vaults in the Indian Arts Research Center. Not generally open to the public, the IARC's collection (more than 12,000 items) is considered one of the most remarkable assemblages of Southwestern Native art in the world. We are very pleased to have permission to take our Road Scholar group into this incredible treasure trove. We'll see many rare items such as pottery, basketry, textiles, jewelry, and more as we learn about their provenance and significance.
Buffet at the hotel
In the hotel meeting room, we will be joined by a local expert who will give a presentation on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990). It was passed in order to protect the cultural and biological remains of Native Americans. For example, it prevents people from going on to tribal lands and removing biological or cultural remains.