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San Miguel’s Famous Historical Characters “San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed”

By Kathleen Bennett


Who were the men and women impacting San Miguel’s development? Textile mill owners, military men, priests, even a magistrate’s wife, all made significant contributions. Historical Walking Tour Guide Kathleen Bennett will present Program 3 of “San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed!” in the Library’s Sala Quetzal on Tuesday, January 30. A Pass for the remaining four programs (550 pesos) with guaranteed seating can be purchased at the library desk staffed by Irineo Muñoz. Individual programs are 150 pesos. All proceeds benefit San Miguel de Allende’s Biblioteca.

Numerous distant and recent famous characters played significant roles in shaping San Miguel’s history. For example, local insurgents Juan and Ignacio Aldama were brothers who bravely fought with Ignacio Allende for Mexico’s independence; “La Corregidora,” a strong independent woman, risked her life in planning to overthrow Spanish rule; Father Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro invested his fortune in building multiple religious buildings in San Miguel and the Sanctuary in nearby Atotonilco. What was he hoping to create? The story of Balthasar de Sautto y Villachica, a wealthy political leader, his textile mill, and wife, Juana, is filled with intrigue and witchcraft. Twenty-two historical characters, their lives and contributions to San Miguel, will be explored during this program.

On February 6, unique oral histories will be presented by descendants of San Miguel’s oldest families. This new virtual walking tour will provide a true insider’s view into the history of the earliest Spanish settlers.

On February 13, the virtual tour encompasses more than 20 of San Miguel’s fountainswhy, when, and by whom they were built. Why does the Count’s Fountain on Calle Sollano have a small door? The history of San Miguel’s water sources, including the ancient Chorro used by Chichimecas, will be explored.

On February 20, the final program reveals the secrets of San Miguel’s street names, most unusual sites, beautiful doorways, and, curiously, visits the local zoo.

Please join “San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed!” in the Library’s Sala Quetzal Tuesday, January 30, 3–4pm and the following three Tuesdays to enrich your understanding of San Miguel’s history. These virtual tours require absolutely no walking. Your support of San Miguel’s Biblioteca is greatly appreciated.



“San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed”

Tue, Jan 30, 34pm

Sala Quetzal

Reloj 25A

550 pesos pass for the remaining 4 programs

150 pesos individual programs

All proceeds benefit San Miguel de Allende’s Biblioteca


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