El Valle Foundation

When he first began documenting them, several of the adobe churches and moradas that Harold Joe Waldrum used as subject matter for his art works were in a state of collapse.

Some dated back to the 17th century and were desperately in need of renovation. Waldrum founded the El Valle Foundation (named for “la iglesia de San Miguel” in El Valle New Mexico) to raise consciousness of, and funds for, the most endangered structures.

The video below was made by Heese/Waldrum Studios to be shown at fund raisers for the endangered historical buildings. Despite the efforts of Waldrum and the El Valle Foundation, la iglesia de San Miguel was razed in September of 1985.