We are excited to announce that our GCAS supporters have now contributed a total of over $7000 toward our project goal of $10,000. Such generosity has allowed us to continue through the typical fits and starts every rehabilitation project faces, and for that we thank all of our donors. We and IFWEF continue to coordinate the work of our two groups' volunteers with IFWEF's two professional contractors, while each group navigates the challenges of timing the purchase of construction materials subject to - shall we say - today's opportunity pricing.
Mattocks Ruin - MCHS
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.
We of the GCAS are thrilled to announce that the support from our members and friends continues as we forge ahead with our big rehabilitation project. We are deeply grateful to the following individuals and organizations, who our GCAS Treasurer reports have contributed a combined total of $6122.86 toward our goal of $10,000. They and a few anonymous donors have enabled our GCAS volunteers to keep pushing ahead, spending our donors' money on structural repairs, electrical upgrades including charging stations for small electronics, and more. The rooms are becoming visibly more functional and we are excited to be past the halfway point in construction. Please consider joining our friends in helping the GCAS move even closer toward our finish line:
A few spots of bad weather have periodically slowed down work in the two rooms the GCAS is rehabbing in the historic Wood House, but during the past several weeks one GCAS volunteer, working solo, has completed the floor repairs. Floor-leveling and plywood sheathing are done and the floor in both rooms awaits finishing with engineered hardwood flooring. The below-ground-level work is back-breaking.
The GCAS members and friends listed below are our very special Valentines. As of this writing, they have contributed a combined total of $5452.12 toward our goal of $10,000 to rehabilitate and upgrade the historic Wood House at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. Thanks to them and a few anonymous donors our GCAS volunteers are hard at work making structural repairs in two ground-floor rooms that will become the Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center. We are excited about what more we can accomplish in the coming months, so please join these generous folks in helping the GCAS move ahead:
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 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.
We of the GCAS want to thank the following individuals, who have already given us a good start toward our goal of developing the historic Wood House at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site into the Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center. As of this writing our friends have donated a total of $3800 toward our goal of raising $10,000:
Gary Barnett & Marianne Smith
Patricia Gilman & Paul Minnis
Ben Nelson, PhD and Peggy Nelson, PhD
We feel very fortunate to be in your thoughts and have your support for this project. Thank you, every one!
Pursuant to Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham's most recent public health advisory, the limited reopening of the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site on June 5, 2020, HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Check for further updates and to confirm tours and museum access by telephoning the MCHS directly at 575.536.3092 or 307.640.3012.
When permitted, the MCHS still plans to reopen their Museum beginning three days per week: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Certain exhibits have been refurbished, so as soon as conditions allow everyone is invited to visit and inspect the changes. However, please be mindful that masks and social distancing will be required at all times. The number of individuals allowed in the Museum at any one time will be limited. Outdoor tours of the Mattocks Ruin will be offered to limited numbers of visitors on the first and third Saturdays of each month, again in accordance with our Governor's advisory as it is updated.