NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 21, 2022, starting at 5PM: The GCAS monthly IN-PERSON general meeting returns to 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. about a block or two south of the intersection of Memory Lane and Hwy 180. This holiday get-together starts a bit earlier this month at 5PM with a holiday potluck - so bring your most festive dish, along with your own plates/utensils/beverage. A short business meeting will begin at 6:00PM followed by a program of videos and photo albums of past GCAS field trips, and a small display of samples from recently donated artifacts. Watch this space for more details as they develop but plan now to join us! 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, December 4, 2022, at 10:00AM: The GCAS meets for this month's field trip at WNMU's Museum at Fleming Hall for a guided tour by museum director Danielle Romero. Come to view the new and innovative exhibits that Danni and her staff have already put on display, and hear about the museum's work in curating their vast collections. Ask about the museum's plans for future displays and how you can become involved in the process! For those unfamiliar, the entrance to the museum is across a small parking lot adjacent to the Aldo Leopold Charter School. From downtown Silver City, drive westbound along W 10th Street until it curves uphill and becomes N Louisiana Street right where the school and the museum are located, on the north side of the street. For more details, visit the museum's web page.) We'll see you there!

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BREAKING: Danielle Romero Tapped as New Director of WNMU Museum

Dir photo DRomeroHere is some news we've all been waiting for! We are thrilled to report that Danielle Romero - our longtime friend, Mimbres scholar, and the GCAS's 2020 Coinman Grant Award recipient - is the new Director of the WNMU Museum in Silver City, New Mexico.

The WNMU Museum is home to the NAN Ranch Collection: the largest and most complete collection of Mimbres materials in existence from a single prehistoric Mimbres site, and the largest and most comprehensive permanent interpretative exhibition of Mimbres pottery and artifacts in the world. Not only will Danielle bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to these and the museum's other collections, she hopes to work closely with the GCAS - providing all us avocational archaeologists remarkable learning and volunteering opportunities!

Following are the University's announcement to their staff/faculty, and a few words from Danni herself:

Please welcome Danielle Romero to WNMU as the new Director of our museum. Born and raised in Southern California, Danielle has spent the last 11 years in Nevada managing archaeological collections and working for the State Historic Preservation Office. A PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, focusing on Mimbres pottery and how it informs prehistoric interaction, she has spent most of her summers for the past 9 years in the Mimbres Valley/Silver City working on various field projects. We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Danni's education, experience, expertise, and interests that align so strategically with the focus and future of the Museum. She says, "I am excited to be a part of the WNMU community and looking forward to continuing the success of the WNMU Museum."

Danni, on behalf of faculty, staff, and administration, I can say we are happy you have joined us. Please stop by the Museum to visit Danni, or send a warm welcome and best wishes.

And Danni says:

Hello GCAS! I am so excited to step into this role and be in Silver City full-time. I'm ready to talk Mimbres and ceramics 24/7/365 instead of that little 6-week field window every summer. Can't wait to see everyone! Stop by anytime!

Congratulations and welcome home, Danni. We will see you soon!

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