NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6PM: the GCAS is thrilled to announce this year's first general meeting IN PERSON at 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. Skip social time if you like but our Featured Speaker, the WNMU Museum's new Director and archaeologist, Danielle Romero, makes her presentation on Elk Ridge Ceramics at 7PM sharp. Danielle, a ceramics specialist with years of investigating Mimbres and other sites, will make her topic most engaging. Read more about Danielle here. 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 5, 2022 - Park Service-guided visit to TJ Ruin at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Meet at the Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center parking lot no later than 10:50 am, tour to begin at 11:00 am. Drive north on Highway 15/Pinos Altos Rd for about 45 miles from US 180 in Silver City. Drive can take as much as 2 hours! Site is reached via a short hike to the top of a 100 ft bluff. Site is not shaded! Dogs are not allowed on the site and cannot be left in vehicles or tied up in the parking lot. NOTE: the area is currently experiencing heavy smoke impacts from the Black Fire. Check this website and the Park Service website at https://www.nps.gov/gicl/index.htm (Alerts) the day before/morning of the field trip to see current status of the field trip and area conditions. Remember, to protect vulnerable resources we offer our field trips to members only. Members’ invited guests are welcome, as long as they ride in that member’s vehicle.

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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