GALLEGOS HOUSE PROGRAM
These problems need to be solved before a working program can begin:
v") Staffing: The interpreter for Gallegos cannot be called
away to do school tours.
2) Interpreter: We must have someone there who is both able
and willing to do the work of a Spanish soldier's wife,
which is going to be part drudgery. She must get down on -
her knees on a straw mat and scrub clothes with genuine
homemade soap. She must pull weeds and hoe in the garden.
She must see well enough to mend. She must be willing to
do without Joy and Clorox in the kitchen. She must give up
her favorite recipes using unauthentic ingredients or techniques.
3) Legality: The job description for a guide says "other related
work as required." We must be sure we are able to require
the work I have described without losing a round with the
4) Sanitation: What is the effect on the well water of the
mosquito pellets? Can it be used for watering the garden,
for washing clothes? The interpreter is afraid of it. She
I also says no one will want his clothes washed in water that
dark. Is it possible to get the well water potable at all? -A/O
5) Cold Weather Activities: Is someone going o be at the Gallegos
House in winter, or do we go to a reduced tour?
6) Equipment: Before we can do laundry we need a bucket, a thick
straw mat, a barrel that has been cut in two, clean well water,
and handmade soap. For mending we need scissors. For cooking
we need earthenware jars and a whetstone. For firebuilding
we need a hatchet. These are the minimums for getting started.
7) Coordination: Who is responsible for what? The historian is
supposed to do the research, help with the plans, and provide
The following should be removed:
a) outdoor tripod
b) rail fence
d) chunks of concrete
e) large firewood pieces
The well should be in working order, without filling with a hose.