Looking Back

The spark that touched off the fusion of different individuals and groups in Santa Fe interested in foreign visitors was the visit of Mary Thompson to Santa Fe in December, 1964. Miss Thompson was the Assistant Director of the International Student Service in New York which had sent 80 students to Santa Fe the summer before, and hoped to place more here on a regular basis. In connection with this visit, the Church Women United issued a call to all local internationally-minded organizations to send representatives to a meeting at Plaza de Monte to hear Miss Thompson. These representatives liked what they heard and became the nucleus of a group that started meeting in the first few months of 1965, with the idea of forming an organization to make it easier to handle foreign visitors coming to Santa Fe. Below are a few clippings from our Global Santa Fe scrapbook. You are welcome to review these articles and clippings when you visit our office sometime.