NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, online via Zoom, it's the GCAS special holiday meeting starting at the very special time of 6:00 PM. It may not be a “party” in our group's traditional sense, but we anticipate having a slideshow of archaeological images of solstice markers, followed by a slideshow of the AMAZING progress on our new Library and Workspace/Lab in the Wood House at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, and a reading of Marilyn Markel's annual poem wrapping up the year behind us. If any member has anything they wish to contribute to the fun, be it slideshows, games, announcements, or any etc., please contact Kyle ASAP at kyyote@msn.com . The more the merrier!

NEXT FIELD TRIP = TBA - watch this space for details as they develop.

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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