In Her Own Voice: Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche Takes on the Spanish Inquisition

Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents Frances Levine speaking on a fascinating topic of  colonial New Mexico’s history. In this New Mexico Centennial year, Dr. Levine will touch briefly on the one hundred years of New Mexico’s statehood and then explore Governor’s wife Doña Teresa’s role in the state’s colonial past. New Mexicans and visitors alike will be sure to find the topic engaging and intriguing. The Authors Speak is on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.
About Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche:
Among the many events lived in New Mexico’s Palace of the Governors, the administration of Governor Bernardo López de Mendizábal captures a time when intrigue and danger swirled through the building and the town.  The dramatic events of his term in office, from 1659 when he arrived in Santa Fe, to the summer of 1662 when he and his wife, Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche, were arrested by the Holy Office of the Inquisition, punctuate this period of Santa Fe’s history.  Through the analysis of records from the Spanish Inquisition archives, Dr. Levine will share the story of Doña Teresa’s  fortitude in facing her accusers–the Santa Fe elites and Inquisition officials in Mexico City who tried her for the crime of being Jewish in 17th century New Mexico.  
Dr. Frances Levine has been Director of the New Mexico History Museum since 2002, and oversaw the development and construction of the newest museum in the Museum of New Mexico system. The New Mexico History Museum campus now includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest museum in the Museum of New Mexico system, the Fray Angélico Chavéz History Library and Photo Archives, The Palace Print Shop, and the Native American Portal Artisans Program.

The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event, supported by the Friends of the Library,  featuring New Mexican authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, New Mexico fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry, and more.  The talks are free, at 7:00 PM so come by and relax, listen to and meet each one in the fascinating lineup of authors. Most of the talks are scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month and are held in the Upstairs Rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

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