MUSEUM SUPPORTERS TRY TO SAVE IT FROM AUCTIONEER 01/11/99 It will be a busy winter for supporters of the Homestead House Museum in this historic gold mining town. They are trying to raise $250,000 to save the museum building from the auction block. The parent company for the adjacent Jubilee Casino, which owns the museum, planned to auction off the 1890s-era furnishings, but agreed to sell the building and furnishings outright to the museum supporters. Supporters need to raise the money by May. The Cripple Creek City Council donated $50,000 to the project last week. Homestead House was built by Pearl DeVere in 1896 as a high-class brothel in the red-light district on Myers Avenue. When DeVere died, she had the biggest funeral in Colorado, said Charlotte Bumgarner, who has been giving tours at the museum for three years. ``We've just got to save Pearl's house.'' Today, the house is furnished as it was in 1896. It is open for tours, filled with anecdotes about historic Cripple Creek, from May through October. Groups of 10 or more can schedule visits year-round. Bumgarner said the Greatest Gold Camp Historical Association is helping with the fund raising until a separate nonprofit organization can be formed for the museum. Supporters are soliciting individual donations which may be sent to Homestead House Museum, P.O. Box 268, Cripple Creek, CO 80813. (719) 689-2485. The first synagogue built in Arizona Territory will undergo renovation and restoration as it is prepared for a new role as a community center and office space. Built in 1910, it was said to be the only synagogue between San Francisco and Las Vegas, N.M. Milton Bluehouse said Monday that he would order the small tribal zoo closed "after the first thunder" in the spring, in accordance with the advice of a group of medicine men. Only the zoo's two Mexican gray wolves would be not be released because they are a protected species and under federal control. The rest of the some 30 indigenous animals would be released somewhere within the 26,000 square miles of the Navajo reservation. Adair said Popè "is just not worthy" to represent the state in the collection. "Popè didn't do enough, and what he did do was of questionable value," Adair said. Little is known about the Indian leader, who is first mentioned in written history in 1675, when he was indicted by the Spanish for "sorcery." Popè became the leader of several Tewa-speaking pueblos after the 1680 revolt but was removed in 1688 - four years before the Spanish returned to re-conquer Northern New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Tourism has been awarded a $210,000 grant from the National Historic Scenic Byways Program to produce a CD-ROM on the state's historic trade routes. The funds will be used to produce a CD-ROM titled "Centuries of Scenic Byways," according to incoming Tourism Department Secretary Janet Green. The project will chronicle the storied past of three of New Mexico's historic trade routes and highways including El Camino Real of the 1500s, the Old Santa Fe Trail of the 1800s, and Route 66 of the 1900s. The foundation restored O'Keeffe's adobe house and studio in Abiquiu, making the site available to 5,000 visitors a year. The skeleton of a traditional sweat lodge is dressed with blankets, polyurethane and duct tape. Technically, the defenders of the Alamo were not fighting for Texas independence. They were fighting as part of a struggle to re-establish Mexico's 1824 Constitution that had been repudiated by Santa Anna. They flew a red-white-and-green Mexican flag over the Alamo with "1824" on it. After the Alamo battle, the struggle shifted to one of Texas independence. These are just a few of the treasures awaiting students of history wishing to extricate themselves from the various swamps of cultural theory. What sets these books apart is this: Their method is narrative, and their subject matter is real people and real historical events. Doing theory is easy; it is the capacity for storytelling that distinguishes the truly great historians, and we should all be grateful for their talents. Wall Street Journal section (Monday 1/11/99) examines last 1,000 years in a two-part special section of the business newspaper. Striving for historical accuracy, more than 50 reporters and editors from Journal bureaus around the world contributed to the project. The Journal spotlighted great economic thinkers of the millennium, among them St. Thomas Aquinas, Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Milton Friedman. The newspaper also examined how the rich got rich, how the poor have been treated, the greatest technological innovations, how eyeglasses changed the world, and the evolution of mass-production techniques. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Scientists Monday said they had found fossilized remains of what appeared to be a 5-million-year-old ape-man, the oldest specimen yet discovered anywhere in the world. "The discovery quite clearly demonstrates Africa is the true origin of modern humans," said Tim White, a University of California in Berkeley paleontologist and leader of the research team. White said the discovery was made last year at Aldya, in the Awash valley of Ethiopia's northeastern Afar region. The previous oldest entire skeleton was the 3.2-million-year-old "Lucy," found in the same region of Ethiopia in 1974.