San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed

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By Karla Ortiz

Like every year, La Biblioteca is offering six virtual tours to get to know in-depth details about San Miguel de Allende and to generate resources for education programs.

By “tours,” we mean a series of short lectures about some old and newer corners of the city. There is no need to walk, as the tours are given in the Sala Quetzal of the Library. In other words, you can get to know San Miguel from the comfort of your chair by simply listening to speakers and gazing at some old photos.

“This year’s agenda is very exciting,” says Kathleen Bennett, the Biblioteca’s volunteer organizer of virtual tours.

The first session will deal with the history of San Miguel, its beginnings in 1542, and its inclusion as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008. The second session will be about the history of the beautiful churches in the center as well as some nearby neighborhoods—who built them, when, and why. In the third session, the focus will be on some famous people who have made a big impact on the city.

The fourth session is a special program. This time, the speakers will be resident characters of the city, whose families have been established in San Miguel for hundreds of years. You will be able to listen to stories, legends, and anecdotes from the mouths of San Miguel’s own.

The fifth session will discuss the most representative historical sources of the city center. You will also see a little bit of the “zoo” of San Miguel, a surprise for all those who believe that San Miguel does not have a zoo.

The sixth and final session will be a talk on the meanings and histories of street names. Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the most unique places in San Miguel’s center.

The virtual tours will take place every Tuesday starting January 16, but you can buy your ticket from January 2 on at the Teatro Santa Ana. Each program will cost 150 pesos, but those who buy tickets for the six sessions will receive a discount. Don’t wait any longer to buy your tickets!

In addition to this year’s virtual tours, Bennett is proud to announce the new historic tours called “Beyond the Center,” which will be held outside to take people to seminal places beyond the historic downtown—neighborhoods where San Miguel first developed. There will be more information on these tours in our next edition.

 

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