The Taos County Historical Society’s annual meeting on Saturday, February 3, will host a special guest this year–longtime Questa Village Councilor Louise Gallegos.
The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at the Kit Carson Electric Coop boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta in Taos, with a State of the Society speech by the group’s president, Ernestina Córdova. Election of officers and new board members follows, along with a short financial report and brief comments by committee chairs on last year’s activities and plans for 2024.
Then the always-popular “Growing Up in Taos” segment of the annual meeting begins, except that this year attendees will hear about growing up in Questa as well.
Gallegos will join lifelong Taos residents Telesfor Gonzales and John Miera for a panel discussion moderated by the much-loved and respected Carmen Martinez Lieurance. All three panelists, as well as Lieurance, have deep family roots in Taos County. They plan on regaling us with stories and memories both serious and funny about the Taos and Questa of their youth and early adulthood.
Gallegos describes herself as a proud Questeña. The fourth of nine children born to Adonario and Petronila Gallegos, she grew up in Questa and graduated from Questa junior and senior high school. She attended Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (now Central New Mexico Community College), earning a certificate in bookkeeping.
Gallegos is currently serving her fifth term on the Questa Village Council, with time off from 2012 to 2018 to focus on the restoration of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. She also currently serves as a commissioner for the Questa Citizens Ditch Association and is a member of the fundraising committee to build St. Anthony’s Parish Rectory. Louise has also proudly served her community as a member of Taos Feeds Taos for the past 20 years. She is devoted to her two children and granddaughter and their families.
Please come on Saturday, Feb. 3, to help support your Taos County Historical Society and to take a trip down memory lane with these four delightful Taos County ancianos.