NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 6:00PM: members and non-members are welcome to the GCAS monthly meeting at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley). We start at 6PM with a potluck - bring your own plates & utensils, and a dish for yourself or to share with with what we expect to be a larger than usual number of guests, including the starving students of the Preservation Archaeology Museum Curation and Survey Field School. Let's feed these folks well, people! At about 6:30PM we will have a brief business meeting followed immediately by our featured speaker, Archaeology Southwest's Karen Schollmeyer PhD, who will share updates on her and her field school team's work at the WNMU Museum which includes curating the artifacts comprising the NAN Ranch collection. Come meet the next generation of archaeologists and learn about the latest activity at our own WNMU Museum. In order to offer our members a safe and comfortable experience at our in-person meetings the GCAS follows CDC and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for indoor gatherings including masking, distancing, and vaccinations. We recommend each attendee take the precautions they feel are appropriate for themselves.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: we defer a July field trip due to conflict with the July 4 holiday weekend. Watch this space for our next field trip scheduled for Sunday, August 4, 2024, destination TBA.

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In Memoriam: Raymon E. McGee

Mcgee cynWe are saddened to report that longtime GCAS member, Raymon McGee, passed away at age 91 on July 26, 2022, in his home town of Deming, New Mexico.

Ray was very active in our group, especially during the 1970s through 1990s, concentrating his explorations of archaeological and historic sites in southwestern New Mexico including the Bootheel. He became so knowledgeable of the area that he led many GCAS field trips to areas unknown to most other people, including to a petroglyph site in an unnamed canyon on BLM land near Deming. So significant was this petroglyph site to our group, that the GCAS nicknamed its location as "McGee Canyon" in Ray's honor.

We learned from two of his children that among his many interests, Ray had video-recorded and photographed several of the monthly GCAS field trips he led, later reformatting the videos to DVDs. His family generously included 42 such DVDs and numerous photographs in their donation to the GCAS of Ray's archaeological and historical materials. We are thrilled to receive Ray's collection because the information the items contain will add much greater research value to the information on the same sites that our GCAS library and archives has already catalogued.

Ray's family will have a celebration of his life on the weekend of August 27, 2022, in Deming. (More details to follow.) Read more about Ray in his obituary and consider sharing a fond memory of him there, on his Tribute Wall. Please send written condolences to the care of Ray's daughter: Sharron Talbot, 814 Pine St, Kewanee IL 61443, email [email protected] - Sharron will pass along any messages to the rest of Ray's family. Please also consider planting a tree or making a contribution to the charity of your choice in Ray's name.

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