NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 5:00PM Mountain Daylight Saving Time (4:00PM Arizona Time): GCAS's regular monthly meeting becomes a special hybrid in-person and online Zoom charity event to be held in Silver City at the Western New Mexico University Museum at Fleming Hall on W. 10th St. next to the Aldo Leopold Charter School, to support the WNMU Museum's curation of their historic documents and photo archives. Featured Speaker: historian and award-winning author, Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, will discuss Hopi Quilts and Textiles as Cultural Artforms. We begin at 5:00 PM with a minimum $5 donation payable to the Museum at their front desk. Online participants also register with a $5 minimum donation to the Museum payable via the GCAS's secure Paypal portal. The Museum welcomes and appreciates additional donations in any other amounts to support their curation project. All such proceeds go to the WNMU Museum. A classic quilter's trunk show immediately follows Carolyn's presentation, offering original 25" x 30" quilted wall hangings designed and created by Hopi artist Bonnie Nampeyo Chapella for $150 each. The proceeds from one quilt will also be donated to the WNMU Museum. Register and donate online here, or Email the GCAS for registration info and other details.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: Sunday, March 3, 2024, Third time's a charm for the GCAS monthly field trip! At 10:00 AM sharp, meet our trip leader, Marilyn Gendron, at the intersection of Hwy 180 and Hwy 61 (City of Rocks turnoff). From there we will caravan 1/2 hour more, turn left onto the Hatch highway (26), and drive 5 miles to turn left again onto Green Leaf Mine Road (a good dirt road, fine for a street car). Here is a video of the road. Drive 10 more miles passing one check dam (at the 9:34 mark on the video), crossing a yellow cattle guard (11:07) and at the second check dam turn left and park (11:44). It is rocky and uphill to the ridge (1/4 mile?) but there is a trail. There are four petroglyph areas with wonderful images. It is exposed on the ridge with no toilet facilities. Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers, and bring a lunch. As always, carpooling is encouraged. See you there!

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Congratulations, Marilyn Gendron!

Meem 70 bday in Durango copyOn May 9, 2020, the Archaeological Society of New Mexico (ASNM) will formally present five individuals, including the GCAS's favorite Speakers Coordinator, Marilyn (Meem) Gendron, with the Richard A. Bice Achievement Award. This annual award recognizes individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to advance the purpose of their local archaeological society/organization and the ASNM's goals of documenting, preserving and protecting the archaeological heritage of New Mexico. Nominees do not have to be professional archaeologists, but their achievements and dedication certainly stand out.

Meem with SF petrosIn Meem's case, she has spent many years in the GCAS as an active member, officer, and Board member. She's easy to spot on field trips when the weather is cool enough for her to wear her trademark coral-pink windbreaker. She currently plans our monthly speakers' lineup, which involves locating speakers from throughout the Southwest and cheerfully coordinating their professional schedules with our own meeting agenda. If you have enjoyed the quality talks that Meem puts together for our monthly meetings, please take time to thank her for all her hard work the next time you see her.

Meem joins at least TEN other GCAS members who are past Bice Award recipients. We are proud of you, Meem. Thank you for everything you do for us!

/s/ webmaster [photos courtesy of Meem herself.]

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Kathy Hill, President of the Imogen Wilson Education Fnd.

So happy you are recognized for all you do, Meem. We certainly appreciate all the time you put in helping the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site volunteers when we have groups of children on field trips to the site. Thank you and congratulations!

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