Acequia Madre House™—”House of the Three Wise Women”

The house was built by Eva Scott Fényes, her daughter, Leonora S. M. Curtin, and granddaughter, Leonora F. Curtin, who later became Mrs. Yrjö Paloheimo.


In 1927, the noted historian, Indian activist, poet and journalist Charles Fletcher Lummis pronounced the new Santa Fe home of his friends, “The House of the Three Wise Women” demonstrating his respect for the three remarkable women of Acequia Madre House™.


The house was designed by the women after rejecting proposals by such notables as California architect Wallace Neff and artist-builder William Henderson. They found an architect in Albuquerque, Charles Rossiter, who listened to their thoughts and drew the plan. Contractor Charles Campbell was engaged and the cornerstone laid by visiting count, Lattanzio Firmian. Both Leonoras contributed design ideas and kept tabs on the expenses. Eva, an experienced house builder, required daily reports on its progress when she was in California and so participated in every element of its construction. The primary designer, she chose the furniture for the living room and many of the decorative objects still in place today. Adobe bricks were made on site. The house was completed in 1926.


Large public rooms and comfortable private rooms are filled with the original Spanish Colonial, Native American and Finnish furnishings, as well as items collected during the family’s travels. Pieces in the collection have been featured in academic publications, and museum exhibitions. Most important are the furniture, tin work, and textiles made during The Depression for The Native Market, a cooperative for local artisans, that was created and subsidized by Leonora Curtin Paloheimo. The house, which sits on a three-acre parcel of land, is an example of the Santa Fe territorial revival style. It is unique, in that it has retained its original appearance and estate setting. Over the years, internationally known artists, writers, and musicians have been family friends and guests.


In addition to the 5,400 square foot main house, there are several other structures on the property including an Archive building. On adjacent San Antonio Street, two homes which adjoin the property will be used as Scholars’ Residences.


In July, 2012, the house and property received the designation of “museum” from the Santa Fe Board of Adjustments in a Special Use Permit, enabling the Women’s International Study Center to conduct its programs onsite into the future.

Women’s International Study Center: Friends & Benefactors

The Women’s International Study Center (WISC) would like to thank our generous Friends & Benefactors for their membership and support:




Sallie Bingham, Caryn Glickman, Elizabeth Sackler, Helena Ribe.




Eleanor Bingham Miller; Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe; First National Bank, Santa Fe; Peacock Myers, P.C.




  1. Revell Carr, Linda Donnels & Lawrence Logan, Dolly Gray-Bussard, Lynne & Joe Horning, Ann Rather Livingston, McCune Charitable Foundation, Janet McKay, The Santa Fe Opera, Eve & Fred Simon, Gloria Zamora.




Academy for the Love of Learning, JoAnn Balzer, Sarah Brown, Trish Byrd, Patricia Marcus Curtis, Amy McCombs.




Joan Affleck, Tom Applequist & Charlie Newman, Jeri Berger Hertzman, Dorothy & William Curry, Barbara Dobkin, Anne Gallagher, Pamela McCorduck, Beverly Sheftall.




Barbara Briggs; Gloria Cordova, Ph.D.; Geraldine Craig & Nelson Smith; Sheila Doran-Benyon; Patricia Farr; Anna Farrier; Helen Kornblum; Judith Mikkelsen; Cora Morris; Jeanne Patrick.






WISC welcomes the interest and support of those who understand our mission and goals and who wish to show that support by becoming Friends or Benefactors of WISC. The categories and benefits for Friends and Benefactors are listed below.


FRIENDS – are listed on the WISC website and in the annual publication alphabetically by last name in the categories of their giving. An individual is a Friend, while in the dual classification, both are Friends.


Friend/s – Individual $50, Dual $90: Listing on WISC website and receive “Friends and Benefactors Newsletter.”


Contributing Friend/s – Individual $150, Dual $200: All of the above, plus invitation to Fellows Evenings.


Supporting Friend/s – Individual $250; Dual $350: All of the above, plus invitations to Annual Lawn Party and to receptions for Symposium speakers or Fellows.


Sustaining Friend/s – Individual $500, Dual $750: All of the above, plus invitations to quarterly Salon Evenings and to a Holiday Tea.




BENEFACTORS – are listed on the WISC website and in any publications alphabetically by last name in the categories of their giving. Donation amounts may be applied to individual or dual memberships. An individual is a Benefactor, while in the dual classification, both are Benefactors.


Benefactor/s – $1,000+: All of the above, plus priority (advance) invitation to Salon Evenings, listing in events programs, and reserved seating and acknowledgement at presentations.


Supporting Benefactor/s – $5,000+: All of the above, plus a named sponsorship of the Archive for the year of the gift, with acknowledgement in the Archive and with a recognition citation.


Sustaining Benefactor/s – $10,000+: All of the above, plus naming of one of that year’s Fellowships.


Patron Benefactor/s – $25,000+: All of the above, plus a named sponsorship of WISC’s year with special acknowledgement online, in print and in a framed citation in the Women’s International Study Center at Acequia Madre House.


Individual and dual members may join by selecting the appropriate level below. All payments may be made online using PayPal or credit/debit card. For anyone wishing to become a member at the Patron Benefactor Level of $25,000 and above, please contact Karen Dugas, Director of WISC, at to discuss member benefits and payment details in person or by phone.


Thank you for your generous support!

Join WISC for a concert and conversation by Fellows-in-Residence Rachel Beetz, Jennifer Bewerse and Celeste Oram as Autoduplicity debuting their new original work

WHO:  WISC Fellows-in-Residence Rachel Beetz, Jennifer Bewerse and Celeste Oram


WHAT: performance and conversation with musicians and composer as they share original new work


WHEN:  Tuesday September 27, 2016 5:30PM


WHERE: Acequia Madre House: 614 Acequia Madre, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Additional parking at Acequia Madre Elementary


HOW: Register here; this event is free.



Performance and Conversation




Rachel Beetz and Jennifer Bewerse are Autoduplicity, an exploration of music for bodies and speech, our shared instruments. Their concerts investigate how these ordinary sounds can be transformed into powerful musical ideas reflective of the human experience. They began the Autoduplicity project to explore what would happen when the performer was separated from traditional instruments. From this separation, fundamental relationships between the performer, audience, body, and voice are revealed.


At the WISC residency this September, New Zealand composer Celeste Oram joins Autoduplicity. Over the course of their residency, they have collaborated on a new musical work for the duo exploring themes of multiplicity, identity of bodies with regard to musical instruments, sounds of centuries past, and alter egos. This new work will serve as the center of a full length concert reflecting on identity alongside pieces by Beetz, Bewerse, Bengt af Klintberg, and Taka Iimura.




Rachel, Jennifer, and Celeste will present their work at the Acequia Madre House Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 5:30pm. Register here or via email to





Flutist and sound artist Rachel Beetz performs music of the last century, creating a dialogue between avant-garde music and modern life. Rachel has been a featured artist in the XI Festival Internacional de Músiva Nueva in Monterrey, Mexico, the American Music Festival at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Ojai Music Festival in California, Los Angeles’ Monday Evening Concert Series, New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice in Boston, MA, the SoundSCAPE Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy, and a guest artist/lecturer at Santa Clara University. She is also an affiliated artist of San Diego New Music.


She graduated with a Bachelor in Music with distinction from Indiana University in 2009, in the studio of Kathryn Lukas. Rachel holds Master of Arts in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California San Diego, where she is currently pursuing a Doctorate in the studio of John Fonville.


You can find more information about her at and listen to her recent recording projects at


Jennifer Bewerse is an award-winning cellist and devoted champion of the music of our time. As a result, she has premiered over 50 works including Caroline Miller’s Vessel (2014), Monte Weber’s Weather Music (2015) for solo cello, and Peter Ablinger’s WEISS / WEISSLICH 17k: Violoncello und Rauschen (2015). Other composers she has had the privilege to work with include Augusta Read Thomas, Christian Wolff, Anthony Davis, Chinary Ung, Lei Liang, Michael Sydney Timpson, Patricia Alessandrini, Stephen Goss, Chaya Czernowin, Kenji Bunch, Gunther Schuller, Jonathan Harvey, and David Del Tredici.


To learn more, visit


Celeste Oram is a New Zealand composer who was born in Manhattan, learned to walk and talk in London, and grew up in Auckland. Her works have been performed, recorded, and broadcast by ensembles including the Callithumpian Consort (Boston), wasteLAnd (Los Angeles), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Song Company (Sydney), and the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta. She was the Auckland Philharmonia’s ‘Rising Star’ young composer-in-residence for 2013-14; her commissioned orchestral work was selected as a finalist in the 2014 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for excellence in New Zealand contemporary composition.


Celeste is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of California San Diego.

Video is live for How Women Artists Shape the Arts and Contribute to Social Change


If you missed the dynamic lecture with Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the engaging panel discussion with Kymberly Pinder, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico and artists Harmony Hammond, Rose B. Simpson, and Meridel Rubenstein that followed or if you just want to listen again here is the video.


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Save the Date: WISC Inaugural Symposium featuring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

**Note: for more information about WISC’s 2014 Symposium, please visit our Symposium page.


The Women’s International Study Center will hold its Inaugural Symposium, Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World, on August 15th and 16th 2014, with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg giving the keynote presentation.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an American lawyer and he served as an associate justice in the supreme court of U.S. She was appointed by the Bill Clinton and she is the second female justice on the Supreme Court. Before this position she encountered a lot of difficulties in finding the employment. She has been rejected by the Supreme Court justice for the position of clerk due to her gender. Despite of having the recommendation from the professor of Harvard school, she was rejected.

Between 1961 and 1963, she worked as a research associate and interested to learn the Swedish language. Then she is involved as a co author to write about the civil procedures along with Anders Bruzelius. Then she became the longest serving justice and she was rated as a well qualified justice. She was honored for her contribution toward the human civilization and as an outstanding daughter of Jewish.

She is considered as the source of inspiration for all the people. She was selected for the lifetime achievement award. Ginsburg remained as a Supreme Court justice till 1993 and she dedicated her life for the legal career to achieve the rights for women. She became the old justice at her age of 77 and due to her poor health and death of her husband, she got the retirement. The inaugural symposium was conducted by the women’s international study center and Ginsburg gave a keynote. Bitcoin Loophole provides different payment method especially the card payment is the popular one.

Justice Ginsburg, in a conversation with the distinguished attorney Roberta Cooper Ramo on Friday afternoon, August 15th, will share her perspectives on women’s struggles, achievements and goals as inspiration for the future. The following day, on August 16th in a full day of panel discussions, leaders in the fields of the arts, sciences, cultural preservation and business will explore the significant roles and accomplishments of women in these areas and how to advance those accomplishments in the future. Symposium program and registration details will be posted in the near future.



Revell Carr


  1. Revell Carr
  2. Revell Carr received degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania, and served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy, aboard the destroyer USS DeHaven in the Pacific and as a naval history instructor at Officer Candidate School. He also studied Strategic Management of Non-profit Organizations at the Harvard University Business School.

Revell Carr got his graduation from the naval officer candidate school in Newport. Then he worked as an officer in that school and relieved from that post in 1967.Heserved as a curator in the seaport for 30 years and after that he served as a president and director. He got the retirement in 2000.Later he worked in the museum as an advisor and in the museum Bitcoin Code is used for purchasing the tickets. In addition he worked as an advisor to government of Great Britain and France.

In a 31-year career at Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, Revell was Chief Curator for eight years and the museum’s Director and President for 23 years. During his tenure at Mystic Seaport, he served as President of both the Council of American Maritime Museums and the International Congress of Maritime Museum. Revell has served on numerous national committees and boards including the American Association of Museums Accreditation Commission and is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He Chaired the National Maritime Heritage Task Force and has advised numerous maritime museums in the United States and abroad including advising the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and the governments of Great Britain and France.


He is the author of numerous articles and two non-fiction books. “All Brave Sailors” was published by Simon & Schuster and by a number of publishers abroad. Walter Cronkite, in commenting on “All Brave Sailors” said, “Revell Carr is one of the world’s outstanding maritime historians. It turns out he writes like a prize-winning novelist.” His book, “Seeds of Discontent”, was published by Walker & Co. in 2008. He is at work on a new book.


In 2000, he was named “Nathanielzz Bowditch Maritime Historian of the Year” by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He lives in Santa Fe where he has helped establish the Women’s International Study Center at Acequia Madre House™. He serves as a trustee of Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Veterans Helping Homeless Veterans. In addition, he spends approximately three months at sea each year serving as a lecturer for Elderhostel/Road Scholar and Holland America Lines.

Helena Ribe

Helena Ribe is an international development economist, recently retired from the World Bank. She has worked with policy-makers, academics and civil society organizations all over the world.

Helena ribe is a founder of Women’s international study center and also acts as a mentor to the artists. You can look at more info in the website about social service done by Helena.

Her recent book (coauthored): “From Right to Reality: Incentives, Labor Markets and the Challenge of Universal Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean” has been widely quoted including in The Economist and in the World Development Reports published by the World Bank. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Economics from Yale University.


She had a number of senior managerial positions in the World Bank. Her last assignment was as manager of the Social Protection program in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her program’s objective was to improve social protection systems to extend coverage of health services and pensions; to improve employment, training and information services; to foster awareness of the causes and solutions to malnutrition; and to improve safety nets to protect the most vulnerable from economic shocks and natural disasters. Previously, she managed the World Bank’s programs of studies, technical assistance and financing in Human Development in Southern and West Africa.


Helena has appeared frequently in the media. She was profiled by CNN as a successful Latin American working in the United States. She appeared in a BBC documentary, on the PBS News Hour with Ray Suarez, in the New York Times by Tina Rosenberg, on CNN with Gabriela Frias, on NPR’s Marketplace with Jeff Tyler, and in the Latin American TV, press and radio. She is a frequent speaker in Conferences and academia (most recently at Columbia and Harvard Universities).


She is now a non-profit Director and economic development consultant, and is involved in community and cultural activities in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Pro-Mujer International, of the Northern New Mexico Radio Foundation, of the Women’s International Study Center and of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. She also serves on the organizing committee of the Mentor to Market program of the Folk Art Market in Santa Fe and mentors Cuban artists.


Helena was born in Colombia and is a US citizen. She is the mother of Matthew and Isabel, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in Bethesda, Maryland.