Come See Gustave Baumann’s marionettes performing live! Sunday December 18th 1-4pm. Free event open to the public.107 West Palace Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87501-2014
Born in Germany in 1881, Baumann emigrated to the United States at the age of 10, returning to Munich in his 20s to study at the Royal School of Arts and Crafts. In 1918, Baumann moved to Santa Fe, married the singer/actress Jane Henderson and together they raised their daughter, Ann. During this time, he and Jane were also developing the marionette theater that would eventually become a part of Santa Fe legend. Though initially intended as a form of entertainment for family and friends, the Christmas performances grew so popular they were eventually moved from their living room to such venues as St. Francis Auditorium. Upon his passing in 1971, Jane and Ann donated Baumann’s work to the New Mexico Museum of Art.