Message #261 Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 05:10:12 Subject: Arizona Historical Markers Project ! [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Brian Kenny email@example.com Now for even better news! Combine the friction of the real world with a little virtual reality and you get our next big project The Arizona Historical Markers Project ! Southwestern Archaeology (SWA) will team with the Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) to record Arizona's historical markers and present their locations and historical texts via the World-Wide Web. SWA has gathered from several government agencies paper files containing historical marker data from across Arizona. Some of these data are current, and some are out of data due to the fact that historial markers have been destroyed, relocated, or revised. In the first phase of the project, the AAS will organize volunteers to word process the known archival data. SWA will construct a web site for Arizona historical markers. The web site will contain the archival data including historical texts derived from highway markers, locational maps, and photos. A Beta site will go up as soon as the electronic data are available and formatted. In addition to formatting web page data for the Internet and donating the server space to make the data available to the public, SWA will expend cash up to $500.00 to pay for the incidental costs associated with the organization and administration of the volunteer effort. During phase two of the project, the AAS will direct a state-wide effort to field check existing data and gather new data. During this grand road trip, AAS volunteers will depart from hometowns around Arizona to field check markers along our highways and in our urban areas. New data will be gathered as we discover recent additions and changes to our historical markers. Volunteers from other organizations, and the public-at-large, are welcomed to participate in the volunteer effort. Within the next two weeks, the AAS and SWA will set the project and time limits for the two phases. The volunteer project has a finite life, and we expect to complete it quickly so that everyone can enjoy the resource. Once the web site is built, we expect it will grow over time as public historians and archaeologists interact with SWA. Please pass along this information to local government leaders, civic groups, and interested regional historians. The Coordinator for the AAS-SWA Arizona Historical Markers Project, Ms. Vicki Erhart, can be reached at 2783 W.Ironwood Dr., Chandler AZ 85224; H (602) 821-9523, H Fax (602)963-1747; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.