"Josefa; The Lifetime of Maria Josefa Jaramillo Carson," has arrived in the Museum's book store. The Kit Carson Home and Museum book project to chronicle the life of Josefa Carson, Kit Carson's wife, has become [...]
The Museum acquired an important hand-written speech from Heritage Auctions last year. This original speech was written by Kit Carson's friend and comrade, Pedro Mondragon. In his will, Kit asked that his and Josefa's bodies be disinterred when the weather was cooler and brought to Taos for reburial. On November 30, 1868, Pedro Mondragon read this speech at Kit's grave.
A fantastic resource to supplement your visit, the Museum Guide has been updated and revised for 2016. Always located in the bottom section menu, the Guide is designed to be printed, double sided, on a piece [...]
COMPLEMENT YOUR VISIT
Our trained staff can recommend shopping, dining, lodging and other cultural sites to see during your visit to Taos – feel free to ask them! There are excellent galleries, shops, lodging and dining within walking minutes of the Museum.
We highly recommend seeing the Kit Carson Cemetery where you will see the graves of Taos’ famed citizens like Mabel Dodge Luhan and of course Kit and Josefa Carson.
We also highly recommend visiting the Martinez Hacienda, which is a few miles out of town on Ranchitos Road. This historic site has been painstakingly restored to its original form. Seeing this prime example of New Mexico architecture and example of early New Mexican life is very worth the trip. Again, our staff can provide with details of visiting the site.
The Kit Carson Home and Museum is a registered National Historic Landmark, one of 46 in the State of New Mexico.
GUIDELINES FOR YOUR VISIT
The Kit Carson Home and Museum interior spaces are very old and historically important. We ask that you take care when viewing the Museum’s rooms.
Photographs inside the Museum are allowed, with consideration of other visitors. Photographs of the outside courtyard are encouraged!
We also ask that you take care when walking on the property and in the Museum.
The Museum is handicap accessible.
We will ask you to leave your large backpacks with our reliable gift shop staff during your visit.
We also ask that all food and drink be enjoyed outside the Museum in the historic courtyard.
The Kit Carson Home and Museum Publishing Fund
The Kit Carson Home and Museum Publishing Fund for Josefa: The Life of Josefa Jaramillo Carson.
Josefa Jaramillo Carson was born into the proud and respected Jaramillo family of Taos, New Mexico. Early in her life she was admired by one of America’s most celebrated and accomplished pioneers of the west. Josefa was Kit Carson’s third wife and together they made their home in Taos for twenty-five years. Josefa is the story of this young girl. Author Barbara Schultz tells the story of the Jaramillo family and Josefa while deftly portraying life in New Mexico in the mid-1800s. When published, Josefa will be sold in the Kit Carson Home and Museum bookstore with all profits going to the Museum.
Contribute to the Josefa publishing fund now. Help us to record history and the lives of important historic women! Don’t let history be lost! The names of all donors to our publishing fund will be printed in the book Josefa, unless specifically requested otherwise. Thank you for your support!
The Kit Carson Home and Museum is in desperate need of funds to repair the exterior walls of the enclosed historic courtyard, which stand in exactly the same footprint as during the life of Kit Carson. The scope of work will be:
Removal of the cement stucco on the exterior courtyard walls
Subsurface adobe masonry restoration of the original adobe bricks after stucco removal
Remudding of exterior adobe walls with traditional adobe mud plaster
Waterproof foundation of the south and west courtyard walls
We expect total funds required for these urgently needed repairs and restoration work will be $50,000.
The mission of the The Kit Carson Home and Museum is to inform the public about the life, accomplishments and experiences of Christopher “Kit” Carson and to preserve the Carson family home and artifacts for future generations. The Museum welcomes 20,000 visitors a year to the Kit Carson home from all over the world.
Much of the rich history of the American Southwest is here in Taos, and the original home of Kit Carson is part of that richness. The Kit Carson home was designated a National Landmark in 1963. The Museum is a partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
THANK YOU for your contribution to this important historic preservation project. All donors of $100.00 or more will receive a two-year free membership to the Museum. Help us preserve American history – it is our duty to protect our history and ensure the continuation of America’s stories for future generations.