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San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed: Virtual Tour Four

Javier Zavala

Eduardo Sautto

Mercedes Arteaga

“Oral History by Descendants of San Miguel’s Oldest Families”

By Kathleen Bennett

A true insider’s view into San Miguel’s colonial past is featured in virtual walking tour 4 of “San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed.”. On Tuesday, February 5, 3-4pm in the library’s Sala Quetzal, descendants of some of San Miguel’s oldest families will present stories and anecdotes about their ancestors. What made San Miguel el Grande a successful commercial hub in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries largely was due to the creativity, business prowess, religious beliefs, and hard work of the earliest Spanish settlers to arrive in Nueva Espana.

Four Sanmiguelenses will share their family memories and photographs: Javier Zavala is a popular radio announcer in San Miguel whose program can be heard every weekday morning; Eduardo Sautto is an attorney working for the city resolving problems for the Mexican community and expats; Patricia Merrill is an architect, businesswoman, and author of Buen Provecho. Cesar Aria de la Canal is President of the Board of Directors of El Charco, San Miguel’s botanical gardens and learning center.

“San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed” is a series of six virtual walking tours exploring San Miguel’s historical characters, architecture, churches, street names, fountains, water sources, and most unique sites. No walking is required!

Tickets can be purchased at the Library’s east entrance desk. Hours for ticket sales are 10:30am to 7pm. Mondays through Fridays, 10am until 2pm Saturdays, and closed Sundays. Cash only. Individual virtual tours are 200 pesos. A Super Supporter of San Miguel’s Library Pass for the remaining 3 virtual tours is 500 pesos. All monies are donated to San Miguel’s Library and the free classes and scholarships provided to San Miguel’s children. Thank you for your support!

February 12: The fifth virtual tour encompasses more than twenty beautiful fountains in San Miguel’s historic center. Why and when were these fountains built? Where was the fresh water source that supplied the city’s needs until the 1950s?

February 19: The sixth and final virtual tour explores the significance of San Miguel’s street names Nearly all street names reference historical events or persons. Streets with names like Hidalgo, Juarez, or Aldama have well-known counterparts, but who were “La Corregidora”, Hernandez Macias, Pepe Llanos? Finally, San Miguel’s most unusual sites will be revealed after a visit to the local zoo.

Please join us for the final three programs of “San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed”. You will enrich your understanding of this beautiful city’s development, become a more astute observer of its treasures, and learn techniques for resolving its secrets. Ymgrour attendance supports the continuation of the many programs offered by San Miguel’s Library.


Virtual Tour

“San Miguel’s Secrets Revealed!”

Tue, Feb 5, 3–4pm,

Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca

Reloj 50A

200 pesos individual ticket

500 pesos Super Supporter Pass (3 Tours)

All proceeds Benefit San Miguel’s Library

No walking!



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