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.

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June 16, 2021: A Momentous Occasion

In Search Of: Past GCAS Newsletters

View to W GCAS LibraryThe GCAS began in 1928 but we never had a reliable location to shelve our growing Library and Archives. Instead, our group's materials remained in assorted boxes and bins and traveled amongst various GCAS members who stored them at their homes. Thanks to the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation (IFWEF), the GCAS Library and Archives finally found a stable home of their own at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site in 2016. Now in 2021, IFWEF and the GCAS are rehabilitating two ground floor rooms of the Heritage Site's Wood House; once the rehab is complete the GCAS will box and bin their materials once again and relocate into those two rooms. There, our Library and Archives will become more accessible and our educational programs will have space for our annual research and experiential workshops.

Excel-logoMeanwhile, we have been better organizing our Library and Archives. As of this writing we have fully inventoried our library materials, cross-referenced our library's "Specific Sites" section with our collections of potsherds, completed a comprehensive list of all known GCAS field trips dating back to 1969, and similarly cross-referenced our known field trips with our "Specific Sites" section and our potsherd collections.

Bonus: library inventory, field trip list, and potsherd inventories are on separate Excel spreadsheets so they are now searchable! Thanks, Excel!

Research-library-booksDifficulty: monthly newsletters are our best source of information about our past field trips, but many of them are still missing from our files. We need to fill in the gaps. That's where our GCAS members come in: we are asking all GCAS members - especially those who volunteered to store GCAS materials in the past - to please comb through your bookshelves, file cabinets, closets, sheds, garages, car trunks, and pockets for any old or duplicate GCAS newsletters from any month, any year, that you are willing to give to the GCAS to make our Library more complete.

Got newsletters? Please email us, or telephone Marianne the Librarianne at 772-529-2627 to arrange an E-Z retrieval at your convenience. Thank you for helping!

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