Twice a year, I get to sit down with the Living Treasures committee to read personal, heart-felt letters, rich articles, extensive resumes and sort through archival photos from an amazing pool of Santa Fe Living Treasure nominees. Typically, by secret ballot, the three honorees are voted into the Living Treasures community almost unanimously – they just rise to the surface, and leave us all glowing with a renewed belief in humanity. A life devoted to the public good is such an amazing thing to celebrate and come together for in gratitude.
This summer we honored Consuelo Hernandez, Dave Warren and Judge Patricio M. Serna. And, with another selection meeting on the calendar today, there with more Treasures honored in the Fall. Join us October 27th, at the next public event.
Consuelo “Connie” Hernandez
If you’ve ever been to Santa Fe, you’ve surely passed by and hopefully gone in, the Old Santa Fe Trail Gift Shop. It is filled with religious folk art, and something, undoubtedly, just for you. Connie will find that perfect something for you and also share story after story of miracles, answered prayers, healings, and transformations that she has experienced and witnessed. She is a believer and that energy pulsates and uplifts generation after generation. She keeps the faith and stories alive by caring for and teaching traditions.
Dave Warren is a historian, professor and community history organizer. Personally, I love that last title, a community history organizer. Dave has worked tirelessly with his own Native American communities to record oral traditions so that they might write their own tribal histories, instead of having others do it for them.
Patricio M. Serna went from “poor little country boy to Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. What some people just shrug off as words and folly, Serna took to heart, “With positive focus, determination and self-confidence, you can be anything you want”. And, what grace and kindness he showed as I received a personal tour of the NM Supreme Court chambers.
How am I contributing to my community, committing to my hearts’ path? How am I honoring those who are? Well, the Santa Fe Living Treasures is a great model, one that is a joy to be a part of.
Please visit the Santa Fe Living Treasures website for more information.