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San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed: First Virtual Tour: January 15


By Kathleen Bennett

The first of six virtual walking tours exploring San Miguel de Allende’s adventurous past will be presented January 15, in the Library’s Sala Quetzal.

Initially, many who arrive to this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city are dazzled by its glorious architecture, traditional fiestas, abundant music, and cultural events. Eventually, most want to investigate more deeply the background of specific buildings and important historical characters and learn why multiple churches, chapels, fountains, and parks were developed. With absolutely no walking, these six virtual tours will explore San Miguel’s cultural, religious, and political past. Unique stories, shared by descendants of San Miguel’s earliest Spanish families, will contribute to a richer understanding of this 500-year-old colonial city.

Program One will focus on techniques for becoming a more astute observer of San Miguel’s historical treasures. Do you generally take the same routes during your daily errands? Do you walk on the same side of streets? Are you often walking while talking to others? How often do you stop and shift your eyes upward to the niches, statues, crosses, shields, and writings containing many clues about the city’s historical past? Do you wonder why a fountain has a door, what person a historical plaque refers to, why one church was built so near to another? What should every interested observer carry when exploring San Miguel? Become better prepared to observe and understand more deeply San Miguel’s plethora of historical riches.

Program One also explores San Miguel de Allende’s origins from the time of the Chichimecas, the Indians often called the “Dog People”. Many fiercely resisted Spanish settlement of this area and the new Catholic religion brought by early missionaries. Where was the first mission of San Miguel, known as San Miguel de las Chichimecas? Why was the mission moved to the present location of San Miguel’s Centro? What was the relationship between Spanish settlers, their offspring born in México (known as “Criollos”), and the indigenous people? Which events most influenced Ignacio Allende, Father Hidalgo, and other insurgents to start the War of Independence in 1810?

Following the first virtual walking tour, please join us for five more:

January 22: San Miguel’s churches and chapels: why, when, and where they were built

January 29: San Miguel’s most important historical figures: stories of intrigue and witchcraft

February 5: Oral history by descendants of San Miguel’s oldest families

February 12: Beautiful fountains and the history of water in San Miguel

February 19: San Miguel’s street names, most unusual sites, and its “zoo”

“San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed” is held in the Library’s colorful Sala Quetzal on Tuesdays, 3-4 pm, with history guide Kathleen Bennett as facilitator. One hundred percent of all ticket sales benefit San Miguel’s Library.

Among the Library’s numerous missions is providing free art, music, and English classes for San Miguel’s children. You can be a significant contributor to these classes and student scholarships by purchasing a “Super Supporter Pass,” insuring your seat at all six Virtual Tours. Super Supporter Passes cost 1000 pesos. Individual tickets are 200 pesos.

To purchase advance tickets, see Irineo Munoz at the ticket desk near the Library’s east entrance door. Thank you for your support of our wonderful Biblioteca!


Six Virtual Tours Explore San Miguel’s Past

“San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed”

Kathleen Bennett

First Tour:

Tue, Jan 15, 3-4pm

Sala Quetzal

La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A

1,000 pesos for a Super Supporter Pass (includes six Virtual Tours)

200 pesos for an individual program

All proceeds benefit San Miguel’s Biblioteca


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