NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, April 19, 2023: the GCAS meets at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. Light refreshments provided; OK to bring your own light snacks or handy meal (burrito, etc.) & beverage if desired. Doors open at 5 PM for socializing. Meeting starts at 5:30 PM sharp with a short business meeting followed at 5:45 PM by featured speaker and GCAS member Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, who will discuss Bert and Hattie Cosgrove, avocational archaeologists who were instrumental in documenting and preserving a number of local sites including Arenas Valley's Treasure Hill. Meeting to adjourn about 7:00 PM. 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, April 2, 2023, beginning 9:00 AM: Regular GCAS field trip to City of Rocks State Park - view remnants of Apache shelters along the Cienega Trail, plus features in other easy-access locations like a rock shelter, Apache petroglyph, kiva, and multiple mortar holes. City of Rocks is about a 1-hour drive one-way from Silver City. At 9:00 AM meet at the Cienega Trail trailhead parking (a few hundred yards from the Highway 61 turnoff to the City of Rocks - look on the left side of the road for a parking area with a Port-o-Let). Walk the 1-mile easy Cienega Trail loop to inspect some off-trail features. About 11:00 AM, non-hikers can join the rest of the group to learn about the kiva site a few yards from the Visitor Center. About 11:15 AM, drive round the park’s perimeter road to the north side to view the rock shelter, Apache petroglyph, and mortar holes (short but moderately steep walk uphill from area near campsite #35). Picnic lunch follows at any convenient unoccupied campsite.

Online Via Zoom: Our May 19, 2021, Featured Speaker, John Stocke, PhD
Mimbreños y Paquiméños: Current Research by Thatcher Rogers

MAREC Progress Report - Phase IV

Man glitterWe are excited to announce that our GCAS supporters have now contributed a total of over $7000 toward our project goal of $10,000. Such generosity has allowed us to continue through the typical fits and starts every rehabilitation project faces, and for that we thank all of our donors. We and IFWEF continue to coordinate the work of our two groups' volunteers with IFWEF's two professional contractors, while each group navigates the challenges of timing the purchase of construction materials subject to - shall we say - today's opportunity pricing.

Josh reparing base of N wallDuring the weeks since our last update, our second wave of GCAS volunteers - the ever-reliable Josh Reeves and our President Kyle Meredith - repaired the spalling along the walls at floor level in both the library and lab/workroom. While working throughout the rest of the Wood House, IFWEF's electrical contractor performed some of the final wiring jobs in both library and lab. His and his assistant's work in the lab included installing a multi-outlet power strip and the ceiling's last two recessed lights. IFWEF's general contractor followed with completing the sheetrock installation in both rooms' ceilings, and taping and mudding the sheetrock of the ceilings and the fireplace encapsulation. As of this writing the contractor's crew is sanding and texturing the ceilings, fireplace encapsulation, and portions of the library and lab walls to match. Meanwhile, IFWEF's crew is extending their work beyond the GCAS library and lab into the Wood House's other rooms that IFWEF will manage. Ceiling taping-05-06-2021 WH

Soon coming: exterior doors and interior door and wood trim. Availability of wood permitting, we might also look forward to the construction of the library's built-in bookcase. Stay tuned!

/s/ webmaster [Photos of wall repair & sheetrock work, via W.Hudson]


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