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Small Town Big Dreams: The Life of Nancy Zeckendorf

Small Town Big Dreams: The Life of Nancy Zeckendorf
by Nancy King Zeckendorf and Jane Scovell

Publication Date: October 2022
Format: Hardcover with jacket
340 pages
Publishers: Goff Books
Size: 7″ × 9″
ISBN: 978-1954081895
Typeset in Sabon
Book design by Pablo Mandel

This is a story of a young girl from a small town with a big dream that took her to Juilliard, Broadway, summer stock, the stage of the Metropolitan Opera and the Santa Fe Opera, and introduced her to her husband William Zeckendorf Jr. Her memoir overflows with the glamour of a life lived among the famous figures of mid-century New York society and the grit necessary to succeed in the professional world of dance.

Fascinated by art and architecture, the vivacious ballerina Nancy Zeckendorf became a formidable development partner with her husband and a philanthropic leader in the performing arts–her fundraising ability is an art form unto itself.

“I love hardware stores and tools,” she said of her common-sense approach to construction projects. Indeed, Nancy was a guiding force in the expansion of the Santa Fe Opera, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, and the premier community of Los Miradores where she lives now in Santa Fe, New Mexico.