NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, June 21, 2023: The GCAS monthly in-person general meeting returns to the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley) near the junction of Highways 152 and 35. Members and general public invited. Our customary summertime potluck starts at 5PM with your own plates/utensils/beverage & a dish for yourself or to share. Brief business meeting at 5:45PM followed immediately by our Featured Speaker, the GCAS's own archaeologist Marilyn Markel who will describe Ridge Ruin: an Extraordinary Sinagua Site and a Story of Repatriation. Join us for a unique presentation! In order to offer our members a safe and comfortable experience the GCAS follows CDC and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for indoor gatherings including masking, distancing, and vaccinations. We recommend all attendees follow the same.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: Sunday, June 4, 2023: Meet at 10:00AM sharp at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site to carpool to the Mitchell, Montezuma, and possibly also the Beauregard sites on the the Nature Conservancy's Upper Mimbres Preserve about 5 miles north. To get an accurate head count for carpooling in hi-clearance vehicles, GCAS members please email [email protected] or telephone Marilyn Markel at 575-536-9337 ahead of time to let us know to expect you.

Our MAREC Donors Are Sharing the Love
Old Pueblo Zoom Program of Special Interest

MAREC Progress Report - Phase II

A few spots of bad weather have periodically slowed down work in the two rooms the GCAS is rehabbing in the historic Wood House, but during the past several weeks one GCAS volunteer, working solo, has completed the floor repairs. Floor-leveling and plywood sheathing are done and the floor in both rooms awaits finishing with engineered hardwood flooring. The below-ground-level work is back-breaking.

4 - Lab demo  Josh and KyleKudos go to Josh Reeves and our GCAS President, Kyle Meredith, for having demolished the ceilings in both rooms and cleaned up all the debris. They worked quickly and efficiently and their results were first rate. The photo on the right shows them in full demolition action in the lab, preparing the rooms for the next step in the project: upgraded electrical wiring.

The GCAS volunteer who repaired the floor joists began the electrical installation as soon as Josh and Kyle had finished their job. With a view to supporting the field schools who will return to our area post-pandemic, two floor-mounted electrical outlets have been installed for use at the future library's work table; as well as two handy bookshelf-mounted charging stations for small electronics like phones and tablets. Also installed are the supports for a ceiling fan and 6 LED ceiling lights in each room.

It has been good to have volunteers who own pickup trucks and step up time and again to haul debris to the landfill. Thank you again, Josh and Kyle; with a special tip o' the hat to Kathy Hill, President of the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation, who has hauled away debris several times - not just driving her pickup, but with a trailer attached. In these early stages of the project we need as many volunteers as possible to help haul away debris, whether one time only, or on repeated trips. Please contact President Kyle Meredith or email the GCAS if you can help with this or any other task that comes to mind. You can make this project move along in many different ways, large or small.

Stay tuned for our next update in late March/early April, which might include news of more wiring adventures, the arrival of the two exterior doors that are on order, or perhaps demonstrate a protective encapsulation of a defunct fireplace...

Thank you, everyone, for making this project possible.

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