The Weekly Bulletin – Arielle Ziontes –
Say the name Patagonia to most Americans and they might think of the sportswear brand or the sparsely populated, mountainous region at the southern end of South America it’s named for. But in and around Santa Cruz County, the name Patagonia represents the small town and the mountain range that overlooks it.
So how did the town and mountains get their name? Was it from some connection to the Patagonia of South America? According to Gilbert Quiroga, president of the Patagonia Museum, that’s one of two theories behind the origin of the name.
Built before 1905 of adobe and used as a schoolhouse through the 1970’s, the property which is owned by the Patagonia School District, became a site for vandals and litterbugs. In 2010 The Patagonia Museum leased the schoolhouse property from the Patagonia School District for the purpose of preserving this historic site as a historic and educational facility for our students and community.
The Weekly Bulletin – January 26, 2016
The sleepy school grounds of Old Main came alive once again when the Patagonia Museum held a grand opening at the historic hilltop building on Saturday, Jan. 23.
“We hope this facility will be our permanent home,” museum president German Quiroga told those in attendance. He thanked those who helped facilitate the Patagonia Museum’s mission to preserve and collect the history and culture of southern Santa Cruz County.
The Weekly Bulletin – October 21, 2015
The Patagonia Museum signed a contract with the Patagonia Public Schools on Monday to promote awareness and appreciation of the history and culture of eastern Santa Cruz County by providing displays, exhibits and demonstrations at the 1914 Patagonia Grammar School.
The Patagonia Museum will also maintain the historic building for current use and future generations.
The Weekly Bulletin – JB Miller – September 16, 2015
From picking up trash on the outskirts of town to working on the Lochiel Schoolhouse, the Patagonia Museum is rolling up its sleeves this week.
In addition, the museum is preparing to host a presentation on Fort Buchanan as well as planning its annual bus tour of historic Mexico.
The Weekly Bulletin – January 8, 2014
Even if you didn’t get to experience the teens and roaring 20s in Patagonia, you can still relive it on line thanks to the efforts of The Patagonia Museum, the Patagonia Public Library and the Friends of the Patagonia Museum, who recently partnered to purchase and reformat 693 editions of the Santa Cruz Patagonian.
The Weekly Bulletin – May 17, 2011
Students from Patagonia Elementary School learned about local history and helped clean up a historic schoolhouse site during a recent field trip to Lochiel.
The visit by Kate Musick’s first- and second-grade students to the Lochiel School was the culminating event of a partnership between Patagonia Elementary School, The Patagonia Museum, and The Patagonia Creative Arts Center, Musick said.
The Weekly Bulletin – December 6, 2010
For years, the Lochiel Schoolhouse has been a target for vandals and a dumping ground for everything from old batteries to old automobile tires. But now it’s getting a thorough cleaning by volunteers who do not want to see the historic building fall apart.
The Weekly Bulletin – Marion Vendituoli – November 9, 2009
German Quiroga is a good son. He promised his mother that someday he would try to save the one-room schoolhouse she attended from 1939-1948 in Lochiel along the border in the San Rafael Valley.
That is just what he is trying to accomplish. Elena Quiroga would see the old building by the side of the road each time she went to visit her family’s cemetery, and was saddened by the disrepair and neglect of the old building.
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