NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 5:00PM Mountain Daylight Saving Time (4:00PM Arizona Time): GCAS's regular monthly meeting becomes a special hybrid in-person and online Zoom charity event to be held in Silver City at the Western New Mexico University Museum at Fleming Hall on W. 10th St. next to the Aldo Leopold Charter School, to support the WNMU Museum's curation of their historic documents and photo archives. Featured Speaker: historian and award-winning author, Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, will discuss Hopi Quilts and Textiles as Cultural Artforms. We begin at 5:00 PM with a minimum $5 donation payable to the Museum at their front desk. Online participants also register with a $5 minimum donation to the Museum payable via the GCAS's secure Paypal portal. The Museum welcomes and appreciates additional donations in any other amounts to support their curation project. All such proceeds go to the WNMU Museum. A classic quilter's trunk show immediately follows Carolyn's presentation, offering original 25" x 30" quilted wall hangings designed and created by Hopi artist Bonnie Nampeyo Chapella for $150 each. The proceeds from one quilt will also be donated to the WNMU Museum. Register and donate online here, or Email the GCAS for registration info and other details.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: Sunday, March 3, 2024, Third time's a charm for the GCAS monthly field trip! At 10:00 AM sharp, meet our trip leader, Marilyn Gendron, at the intersection of Hwy 180 and Hwy 61 (City of Rocks turnoff). From there we will caravan 1/2 hour more, turn left onto the Hatch highway (26), and drive 5 miles to turn left again onto Green Leaf Mine Road (a good dirt road, fine for a street car). Here is a video of the road. Drive 10 more miles passing one check dam (at the 9:34 mark on the video), crossing a yellow cattle guard (11:07) and at the second check dam turn left and park (11:44). It is rocky and uphill to the ridge (1/4 mile?) but there is a trail. There are four petroglyph areas with wonderful images. It is exposed on the ridge with no toilet facilities. Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers, and bring a lunch. As always, carpooling is encouraged. See you there!

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April 2023

Now at WNMU Museum: Thursdays Are "Archaeologist in Action" Days

55 - R on W bowl  view 2 full figure 56 - R on W bowl  view 3 face detailThursdays, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM, from March 23, 2023, and continuing each following Thursday at WNMU's Museum in Fleming Hall: the public is invited to see the Archaeologist in Action in the museum's second floor exhibit room, currently featuring the Elk Ridge Open House. Visit WNMU Museum director Danni Romero and a group of the museum's volunteer explainers as they process and prepare a new museum collection for future exhibit. Repeat visitors welcome!

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Field Trip Ideas, Please!

Indian Wells pit house vista 1The GCAS always looks for new places to visit or old places to revisit. Day trips and overnight adventures are in the mix. We welcome every one of our members, from brand-new to our Grizzled Old Timers, to give our group your own ideas - where would YOU like to go for our next field trip? Archaeological sites and historic sites like forts, missions, & mines are all cool by us.

Ft bowie ruin - photo by G.ConlinWe've traveled as far afield as Paquime, Mexico; and as close to home as Gomez Peak. We've visited Three Rivers, and have recorded the rock art at the Dragonfly Petroglyph. Anything goes, near or far! Some of our members are willing to lead any field trips up their way -- but new leaders are welcome too! What do you know? What areas do you like the best? Please share with us - we want to keep exploring!

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IFWEF Seeking Volunteers!

Kathy Hill, President of the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation (IFWEF), notified the GCAS that they are hosting a second group of middle school students from Aldo Leopold Charter School on Friday, April 21, 2023. Kathy describes:

"This...Friday the 21st, Aldo middle school students will be coming to the heritage site on [a] field trip.  Marilyn [Markel] plans to have them pin flagging, visiting the museum and doctor's office.  I believe a trip to the river also.  Then at the end of their day they plan to do some work around the grounds for us.  We can use volunteers to help with supervision. They plan to arrive about 10 am and we are not sure when they will be leaving...."

Kathy further advises, "Bring a lunch and hope to see you Friday."

Contact either Marilyn Markel at 575-536-9337 or Kathy Hill at 307-640-3012 to volunteer or for further details!

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Final Repost: Gila Earth Day is April 22 - Please Help Run Our GCAS Booth

EarthDay 2023Saturday, April 22, 2023, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: The annual Earth Day/Continental Divide Trail Days celebration in Gough Park, Silver City, brought to you by the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), happens next Saturday! The GCAS has typically had a booth at this event, with educational materials of all kinds and a variety of fundraising/sales items; please email Marianne or telephone her at 772-529-2627 to volunteer some time to help us set up, run, and break down our booth on Saturday.

For further information on the additional events are happening all weekend including a Talks of the Trail speaker series, a community celebration, and CDT hikes, contact GRIP directly.

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Seeking Volunteers!

Kathy Hill, President of the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation (IFWEF), notified the GCAS on April 11 that they are hosting two groups of middle school students from Aldo Leopold Charter School tomorrow (Friday, April 14, 2023) and on the following Friday, April 21, 2023. IFWEF is seeking volunteers on both dates:

"This Friday the 14th and Friday the 21st, Aldo middle school students will be coming to the heritage site on field trips.  Marilyn [Markel] plans to have them pin flagging, visiting the museum and doctor's office.  I believe a trip to the river also.  Then at the end of their day they plan to do some work around the grounds for us.  We can use volunteers to help with supervision. They plan to arrive about 10 am and we are not sure when they will be leaving...."

Kathy further advises, "Bring a lunch and hope to see you Friday."

Contact either Marilyn Markel at 575-536-9337 or Kathy Hill at 307-640-3012 to volunteer for either or both dates, or for further details!

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Our Next Monthly Meeting Features Carolyn O'Bagy Davis

Carolyn O. Davis Cosgrove Camp at Swarts  1927Wednesday, April 19, 2023: the GCAS meets at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. Light refreshments provided; OK to bring your own light snacks or handy meal (burrito, etc.) and beverage if desired. Doors open at 5:00 PM for socializing. Meeting starts at 5:30PM sharp with a super-short business meeting followed at 5:45PM by this month's Featured Speaker: historian, award-winning author, and GCAS member Carolyn O’Bagy Davis. Carolyn is a fourth-generation descendant of Utah pioneers who has written 16 books on the history of archaeology, quilting, and Southwestern history. So far. When taking breaks from writing, she has curated numerous traveling museum exhibits. Please join us as Carolyn reintroduces our group to Bert and Hattie Cosgrove, avocational archaeologists who were very active in our area during the 20th Century and who were instrumental in documenting and preserving a number of local sites, including Treasure Hill in the Arenas Valley. As Carolyn describes in Hattie Cosgrove: Pioneer Mimbres Archaeologist:

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Repost: Archaeological Society of New Mexico's Annual Meeting Is Next Month

Plan now for the Archaeological Society of New Mexico (ASNM)'s annual meeting at the Ruidoso Convention Center from Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7, 2023. The Jornada Research Institute, one of ASNM's affiliate organizations, is planning and organizing this year's meeting. Tentative theme is “By Leaps and Bounds: Recent Advances in Archaeological Inquiry across Southeastern New Mexico,” which explores a number of contributing discoveries that have expanded archaeological interpretations across this vast region of the State.

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Attend the Next Community Conversation on April 15

LecturingSet aside Saturday, April 15, 2023, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM to attend the next FREE installment of the Community Conversation Series in downtown Silver City's Silco Theater, sponsored by the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) and the Silver City Museum. From 11:10 to 11:40, headline speaker Susan Berry, author of Built To Last: An Architectural History of Silver City, New Mexico will discuss Silver City's varied historic organizations and associations. Following her presentation, representatives of three local organizations - including the Grant County Archaeological Society - will give the audience brief overviews of their respective groups' mission, projects, and accomplishments. Please join us to meet members of some of the other organizations in our community and to learn more about what the GCAS has been doing in its 95-year existence!

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