NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley). The season's last potluck, followed by general meeting, then our Featured Speaker: Human Systems Research Associate Director and archaeologist Karl Laumbach discusses his experiences in "The Elk Ridge Story."

NEXT FIELD TRIP = SPECIAL! Friday, October 4, 2019, join the Amerind Museum Curator's Tour at 1 PM in Dragoon AZ! $8/person. Tour is limited to 30 people maximum so sign up ASAP. Go to our Events page & scroll down for sign-up info & trip details.

The Nancy Coinman Grant Awards - Second Call
Registration Soon Opens for 2019 Rock Art Academy in El Paso, Texas

Do You Know SHPO?

Among the many layers of our federal government is the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). It functions under the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act and is a subagency of the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.

The Wood House needs a roofThe National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places deemed worthy of preservation. It coordinates public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archaeological resources. SHPO performs the essential duties of surveying, evaluating, and proposing for inclusion in the National Register significant historic buildings, and historic and archaeological sites, structures, districts, and objects.
New Mexico's SHPO is managed by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and its New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. Have you ever stopped to read one of New Mexico's many Historic Markers? Thank SHPO for them.
SHPO has added over 1,985 prehistoric and historic sites to New Mexico's State Register. Included among the 11 such sites in Mimbres alone, are at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site: the Mattocks Site (added to the State Register on May 7, 1977 and the National Register on December 9, 1980); and the Dr. Granville Wood House (added to the State Register on March 4, 1988 and the National Register on May 16, 1988, and shown in that photo up on the left). Check to see if there's a valued site near you!
IMG_9854Among many other worthy projects, SHPO also oversees the state's volunteer SiteWatch/Site Steward Program. Several GCAS members act as SHPO site stewards in the Southwest Chapter, and would welcome new participants into the fold.
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