Jim Mery - Interim Director
An old timer who says his father related the story to him, tells a story of the history of Spanish America as written in the symbols carved on the front door of the Spanish Governor's Palace . . . (Reading from the top right side of the door down):
The seashells represent la Nina, la Pinta, and la Santa Maria as they voyaged from the mother country over the sea. The dragons represent the dangers encountered by the first settlers and the baby face represents the new country, America. The settlers brought with them their arms for protection and they came into the great land of flowers and plenty (resources, gold, silver) where they found the indian.
(Continuing on the left hand door reading from the bottom up). The medallion showing the head of the Spanish Conquistador represents the Spaniards who came into this land of flowers and plenty (flower symbols) and by reason of their arms (the shields) conquered all the dangers (the dragons) including the indians (mask of Indian Medicine Man) and so these first settlers won this land for the mother country across the sea.