SANTA FE, N.M. — Oh, those White sisters were a hoot.
If they weren’t posing as sacrificial virgins to inaugurate Santa Fe’s first-and-only aboveground swimming pool in a mock Mayan ceremony, they were hosting costume parties for artists, socialites and their fellow Bryn Mawrters – graduates of Bryn Mawr College who had developed “a taste for pageantry.”
But it wasn’t all fun and games – Amelia Elizabeth White worked in Belgian and French hospitals during World War I with the Red Cross, and became regional director with Dogs for Defense during World War II. She and sister Martha White also pursued interests in archaeology and Native American arts, supporting a number of ventures with their inheritance that helped make Santa Fe what it is today.
Members of the public will be able to get a glimpse into their lifestyle – they had a separate building to house the billiard table and their Afghan hounds and Irish wolfhounds were kenneled not in cages, but in their own rooms – with a tour 1-4 p.m. Sunday of the grounds of their home, now the headquarters of the School for Advanced Research and its many visiting scholars at 660 Garcia St.