Experienced Educators & Historians


Ellen Bradbury Reid - Founder and co-owner of Royal Road Tours

Ellen Bradbury Reid grew up in Los Alamos, where her father worked on the Manhattan Project. She became an art historian, and worked on Mabel Dodge Lujan’s papers at the Beinecke Library, Yale University. She served as Curator of Primitive Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and also as the Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe (now the NM Museum of Art). She has published several books, including From the Far Away Nearby (on Georgia O’Keeffe); Contemporary Mexican Art and Design; and I Wear the Morning Star, a catalog of material culture related to the Native American Ghost Dance of the 1890s. More recently she has been working on the history and legacy of the Manhattan Project, serving as a consultant for Race for the World’s First Atomic Bomb: A Thousand Days of Fear (PBS/BBC, 2015). She has published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, and recently organized the conference, “Legacies of the Manhattan Project,” held in 2015 at the Santa Fe Institute. She is currently consulting for the Santa Fe Opera, for a new production of John Adams’s Dr. Atomic, to be presented in 2017.

Tari Carlson - Co-owner of Royal Road Tours

Tari Carlson grew up in the Philadelphia area but has traveled and lived all over the place. She studied languages and art history at university and spent a year living and studying in Munich, Germany. Having married a landscape architect, and growing up the daughter of an avid gardener and blue ribbon winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show, naturally she developed an interest in floral and landscape design. She started a floral and design business and has been running that as well as working with Royal Road Tours for the past twenty years. Tari has designed botanical tours for the company and hopes to share her love of the flowers and landscapes around the world with travelers.