The Palace of the Governors is New Mexico’s most famous public building. It is a surviving artifact that has stood as a silent witness of our Spanish, Mexican, Territorial, and Statehood periods of our history. Learn the history of the building, concentrating on stories of the people who lived and worked there and events that unfolded within its walls and in the adjacent public plaza.

Robert Tórrez is a native New Mexican who served as the state historian from 1987-2000. He is the author of several books and has contributed chapters to nearly two dozen anthologies and textbooks. His monthly column, “Voices From the Past,” is published in Round the Roundhouse, the state government employee newspaper.