Mark your calendars for 6:30 PM on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, to attend the GCAS's first post-pandemic in-person general meeting! Meet at the Roundup Lodge at 91 Acklin Hill Road in Mimbres, New Mexico. Due to ongoing renovations at the Roundup we must defer our traditional summertime potluck dinner in favor of FINGER FOOD SNACKS ONLY for yourself or to share. Your beverages must be in recyclable containers and there is no cleanup available except for what you can take home yourself or put in the trash.
Our monthly GCAS general meeting happens on Zoom on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7 PM: As is our Zoom custom, our brief-if-any business meeting will be immediately followed by our Featured Speaker, John Stocke, Colorado University-Boulder professor of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (1985-2017), who returns to discuss Ethnic Astronomy with us. If you recall any of his past presentations such as the significance of The Pleiades, or aspects of Polynesian celestial navigation, you know to join us online at 6:45 to get situated before Dr. Stocke begins at 7:00 PM sharp. A Q&A session will follow the talk. Check your email inbox for your Zoom invitation about one week before the presentation, and learn more about Dr. Stocke's ongoing projects here.
The GCAS doesn't want anyone to be burdened by a donation, or feel bad that they can't donate the amount they'd like. However, even the smallest gift goes a long way toward our goal. Click on this image over there on the right, for another list of examples of microdonations that keep us moving forward with our MAREC project, and the specific items your contribution buys.
In lieu of a money donation, please consider volunteering some of your time as the interior rehab of the Wood House begins in earnest. We'd appreciate your help with all kinds of projects, from packing-up boxes to cleaning walls and floors, and more! We are grateful for your generosity, whatever form it takes.
Donate here, either online or by standard mail.
Contact us by email or telephone Marianne Smith at 772-529-2627 if questions or for arranging to volunteer your time.
As we move into April our project partner, the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation (IFWEF), is trading places with us to start work on some of their portions of the Wood House rehabilitation. This will allow the GCAS to rest and regroup for our next phase.
One of the GCAS's jobs during February and early March involved the Wood House's adobe fireplace. It had originally served the two downstairs rooms we are working on now, and the two rooms directly upstairs. This fireplace presented a dilemma for our volunteers: its chimney had disappeared decades ago, rendering it useless; but we determined that the surviving, out-of-plumb hearth and mantel downstairs were the central support for this four-room section of the Wood House. Removal was contraindicated.
Please set aside time on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 7:00 PM to meet our Featured Speaker, Chris Euler, South Zone Archaeologist for the USFS in the Gila National Forest. Chris will discuss how LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging, a remote sensing method using a pulsed laser) is applied to archaeological surveys and will describe how he has used it to identify archaeological features during several years of investigations in Ohio and New Mexico.
Chris worked for the Wayne National Forest in Ohio for 13 years before moving to the Gila National Forest in 2019. During his time in Ohio, and now on the Gila, Chris worked with LiDAR technology to assess cultural resource concerns in the Forest. Chris applied and tested several techniques and methods for analyzing the landscape for potential cultural resources, as well as using LiDAR for site definition, project impacts to resources, and various Fire needs related to cultural resources. Please join us for his presentation!
As of this writing our GCAS members and friends have contributed a total of $5352.12 toward our MAREC project. The repairs to the rotted flooring and floor joists in 2 rooms are almost complete, and wiring upgrades are also underway. Up next: installing ceiling lights and encapsulating the unusable fireplace in the future library room. Follow along as we post progress photos here and on our GCAS Facebook page - and please help if you can by donating here or by emailing us to volunteer some of your time - there's a job suitable for every skill set.
Thank you, everyone!
Our current slate of officers:
- President: Kyle Meredith
- Vice President: Marilyn Gendron
- Treasurer: Lee Brown
- Secretary/Newsletter: William Hudson
- Program Chair: Marilyn Gendron
- Field Trip Coordinator: OPEN
Our current Board of Trustees:
- Gary Barnett
- Lee Brown
- Peter Crum
- Bill Dixon
- Marilyn Gendron
- William Hudson
- Marilyn Markel
- Kyle Meredith
- Marianne Smith
- Alternates: Kevin Humble, Kathryn McCarroll, and Lee Perry
- Our Honorary Board Member: Mary Margaret Soulé
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 7:00 PM via Zoom: 2021's first GCAS general meeting features speaker David Greenwald of the nonprofit Jornada Research Institute. Dave describes that he:
"...will be discussing the high points of the archaeological resources in Tularosa Canyon that date to the Mesilla phase (specifically between AD 600 and 900) focusing on Creekside Village, but also bringing the Twin Kivas Site and the Great, Great Kiva Site into the discussion. His presentation is titled EARLY JORNADA MOGOLLON SUBSISTENCE, SOCIO-POLITICAL, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION IN TULAROSA CANYON, OTERO COUNTY, NEW MEXICO. Thus far, the Jornada Research Institute has published the first volume on the research at Creekside Village, a preliminary report, research design and plan for expanded investigations. Ongoing studies include a focus on the reservoir and irrigation systems, terraced agricultural features, and pit houses at Creekside Village, and the great kivas, canals, and field systems in Tularosa Canyon."
Watch your email for our Zoom invite. There will be no business meeting so join us at about 6:45 PM to get settled, and enjoy Dave's presentation when it begins at 7:00 PM sharp!
Learn more about Dave's extensive background in his own words:
Our partner nonprofit, the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation (IFWEF), owns and maintains the historic buildings at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, including the two rooms on the ground floor of the Wood House that is the focus of our GCAS rehabilitation project. In Phase I, our GCAS volunteers have joined forces with IFWEF volunteers to safely relocate the large number of educational and field school materials that had been stored throughout the Wood House. We have taken final measurements of the interior spaces allotted to each of our groups for rehab, and are prioritizing each group's rehab activities in project schedules.
For all those new and returning members, our annual dues are now $20 (individual) and $30 (household). Payable at the start of the calendar year. Which would be about now. Thank you!