Exploring San Miguel’s Historical Treasures
By Kathleen Bennett
On Tuesdays, November 22 and 29, at 3pm, take part in a virtual walking tour through San Miguel de Allende with history guide Kathleen Bennett.
Virtual Walking Tour
By Kathleen Bennett
Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca
Reloj 50 A
Because this is a “virtual” tour, participants will be able to visit more than 20 churches and chapels, learning their origins and historical importance. Famous figures from San Miguel’s past will be explored. Their tales of intrigue and even witchcraft will illuminate San Miguel’s adventurous history.
Attendees can purchase individual tickets for specific dates. All proceeds will benefit San Miguel’s Biblioteca.
November 22: Who were the most important historical characters contributing to San Miguel’s history? Become acquainted with prominent members of the wealthy De La Canal family. Discover Father Felipe Neri de Alfaro’s impact on many San Miguel churches, including the UNESCO World Heritage Sanctuary in Atotonilco. Stories of witchcraft and intrigue spice San Miguel’s rich history.
Expect to encounter counts and countesses, priests who led not completely “pure” lives, daring insurgents, such as San Miguel’s own Aldama brothers,and the fearless woman known as “La Corregidora.”
November 29: The final program explores San Miguel’s original water-works and the plethora of artistic fountains that emanated from the “chorro” above Park Juarez. Via a virtual walking tour, we’ll visit twenty of San Miguel’s fountains: large fountains easily remembered that dominate the Biblioteca courtyard and Civil Plaza; small fountains that are easily overlooked, such as the Count’s fountain with its mysterious door on calle Sollano. Nearly all streets in San Miguel have names that reflect a historical person, place, or event. Finally, our virtual walking tour allows us to view San Miguel’s most beautiful doors, and unique architectural features including San Miguel’s very own “zoo.”
The facilitator of “Exploring San Miguel’s Historical Treasures” is Kathleen Bennett, a year-round San Miguel resident. She began her professional career teaching English and writing at the University of Colorado. Later, she owned a real estate business in Boulder, Colorado. By 1988, Bennett became a full-time volunteer, teaching English in Kenya, China, Ghana, Mexico, and for the US Peace Corps in Poland. As a licensed commercial pilot, Bennett often flew adventurers to remote fishing villages on the Baja Peninsula. Currently, she volunteers as a Historical Walking Tour Guide for Patronato Pro Niños, whose tours take place all Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the Jardín.
The virtual walking tour programs will take place from 3–4pm in the Sala Quetzal of San Miguel’s Biblioteca. Tickets for 150 pesos are sold on a space-available basis. Please see Irineo at the Biblioteca. All proceeds benefit the Biblioteca and your support is greatly appreciated.