NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 6PM: 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. Start at 6PM with your own plates/utensils/beverage & a dish for yourself or to share. Brief general meeting at 6:45 PM before introducing the evening's feature presentation by the GCAS's friend Dr. Bob Stokes, chair of ENMU's Archaeology Department, who will present his team's Preliminary Results from ENMU's 2021 Summer Field School at the Mares Rockshelter, a Jornada Mogollon Site along the Lower Rio Grande near Radium Springs. Watch this space and follow our blog for any adjustments of times, potluck procedures, etc. 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: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10:00AM-12:00PM noon, is the GCAS's traditional "July" field trip! Visit the 2022 Archaeology Fair hosted by Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona's Preservation Archaeology Field School at Gila River Farm in Cliff, New Mexico. The public is welcome and it's free of charge, so join GCAS members in learning about the project team's current archaeological investigations. Eye-catching informational exhibits will be on display, and the project team will offer hands-on activities to visitors of all ages. From the junction of Highways 180 and 211 in Cliff, drive 1 mile north, keep left (north) on Highway 293 and drive to Mile Marker 4. Just past MM 4, turn right into a driveway with a small sign that says, "Gila River Farm." Please use the parking area next to the large building down the driveway. Contact Archaeology Southwest with further questions. Safety measures will be in place, so please be prepared to wear a mask and keep a safe distance. See you at the Fair!

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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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