Here 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!