Marc, current presient of the Albuquerque Archaeological Society (AAS), has offered to advise our exhibit planning group as we proeed to plan interionr exhibits for the Interpretive Center. He has a B.A. in anthropology from University of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.A. in anthropology form the Universidad de las Americas, Mexico. His thesis documented the discovery and analysis of a stone ax manufacturing cottage industry at the Classic Maya site of Becan, Campeche, Mexico. He was awarded a Ph.D from the Department of Archaeology, the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His dissertation, Mimbres Iconology: analysis and Interpretation of Figurative Motifs, was a study of imagery in Mimbres Black-on-white bowls and comparative icons in other PreColumbian media. Marc has conducted field work and directed projects in Mexico, Belize, Canada, as well as New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, Montana and California. He has taught graduate, undergraduate and continuing education coureses in Mexico, Canada and the United States.
After more that a decade, Marc retired as director of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, and adjunct professor of anthropology, the University of Texas at El Paso. He is currently a research affiliate with the Maxwell Museum of Anthorpology, University of New Mexico.
We are pleased to have him working with our exhibit committee.
Meet Bruce, FOTP Board of Directors and
member of the Exhibit Committee.
We asked Bruce to provide us with a few facts--and only the facts, so that you might get to know him a little better.
Bruce was born in Denver, CO (an Air Force Brat, he says). His family soon moved to Ohio where most of the family lived. He graduated from Mt Union College with a BA in Business and then spent eleven years with both active and reserve duty with the Army. He worked in the steel industry and related businesses until 2008 when the economy "provided further opportunities."
In the meanwhile, he was active with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and it's summer Archaeology in Action program. This took him to many different sites in Ohio. In 1998 he and his wife Anne vacationed in NM and the Southwest and found themselves coming back again and again. They decided to "Retire" to Edgewood, New Mexico in 2009--because of the "available" archaeology. Bruce and Anne's daughter, Jennifer, is a professional archaeologist working on her masters in Forensic Archaeology, by the way.
One day, while exploring the Sandias, they spied the sign for theTijeras Pueblo; stopped, took the tour and visited with Dotty Bender, FOTP President. Bruce has been a volunteer ever since.
Bruce enjoys teaching others what we know about "our ancestors" who lived at Tijeras Pueblo. His excitement with the site and his enjoyment of people are most evident. Come on up and meet Bruce--you will learn a lot!
Kay sits at a recent volunteer meeting.
KAY McCASH is our master gardner at the Interpretive Center.
Kay has been a master gardener for nearly 10 years. Kay "dug" right into Tijeras Pueblo activities by contributing her expertise to meetings on landscaping for the then new interpretive center. Before she came to our assistance she was the Garden Coordinator for six years at Martha's Garden, a South Valley neighborhood project affiliated with the Eugene Field Elementary after-school and summer programs. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) was also involved with this project. As part of her Martha's Garden work, Kay gave classes on gardening and lectured on water conservation.
Kay is a retired nursem having taught medical-surgical nursing for 38 years. She is a very resourceful person of indomitable spirit AND built her own adobe house in Tijeras in 1982 with the help of her (then) five-year-old son.
Kay hopes to meet more volunteers who are interested in working on our landscaping and garden projects. There are always tasks that need to be done; watering and weeding and weeding and...
Why don't you come and get your hands dirty...come and have fun. There is always work for one more....