CALIFORNIA The Los Angeles Conservancy is the largest member-based local historic preservation organization in the country. Born out of the struggle to save downtown's Central Library more than 20 years ago, the conservancy has become the principal advocate for the preservation and revitalization of the architectural heritage of greater Los Angeles.

ARIZONA Duquesne had its beginnings in the early 1860s. The area drew prospectors in the 1860s, but they soon left because of recurring Apache attacks. Early newspaper clippings indicate Duquesne's post office closed in 1920. Abel Lincoln started a ferry across the Colorado and made over $60,000 in three months in 1850. Glanton and his men had earlier been killing Indians and Mexicans alike in Chihuahua for the bounty the Mexican state paid for Apaches' scalps. Fleeing from arrest in Mexico, they declared themselves partners with ferryman Lincoln. He had no choice but to agree. Then Quechans descended on the outlaw gang at the river ferry, and dispatched all but three to their just reward.

NEW MEXICO A rich dinosaur quarry is rare, said Robert Sullivan, a paleontologist with the State Museum of New Mexico. Presented by Interpretive Guide Reina Mueller, the program addressed the basis of making material to paint pictographs using natural methods and tools of those who came before.

COLORADO To protect Colorado's vast archaeological treasures, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will restrict mining in the Yellow Jacket Canyon area of Montezuma and Dolores counties. The lands withdrawn hold 20,000 known sites of Ancestral Puebloan settlement. Much of the Yellow Jacket area boasts of 100 Ancestral Puebloan sites per square mile, BLM archaeologists estimate.

CYBERIA Elderhostel volunteers work on Virginia City/Nevada City restoration. It's painstakingly slow work, but vitally important to the treasure of artifacts stored inside the historic building on Nevada City's back street. Up and down the roadway, the bang of hammers mixes with the murmur of conversation as retirees toil to save history. Across the Midwest, preserving and restoring prairies has become an urgent theme. He decided to go for the historic-preservation angle. "Remember I dug a hole at the old house, and if I hadn't, I wouldn't have found those river rocks and learned about our house's past." As I struggled with the thorny equation--thwarting my son's development vs. big, dirty holes in the yard--I came across a missive from Colonial Williamsburg that just might solve both our problems: From June 28 to Aug. 6, the Virginia historic site is sponsoring a field clinic in archaeology for children. is the home of armchair globetrotters seeking engagement and interaction with the world's people, places, ideas and culture. Graham Cannon, the company's Vice President, has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Manchester in Ancient History and Archaeology.

TWO HUNDRED YEAR OLD SKELETAL REMAINS FOUND IN CITY HALL PARK 06/11/99 NEW YORK (AP) The skeletal remains of some 30 people from a colonial-era poorhouse have been dug up near City Hall in recent weeks, revealing secrets from a nascent city of 25,000 that was plagued by some of the same problems as today's colossus. City officials said Friday that since June 5 archaeologists and construction crews working in City Hall Park have discovered the remains of 11 people _ nine adults and two children. Several weeks ago, workers discovered the bones of at least 20 others in another area of the park, which is undergoing a massive refurbishment. It is unclear when the burial ground was abandoned. The construction at the 8.8-acre park is intended to evoke New York circa 1870. The $28 million restoration project calls for Victorian-era street lamps and benches, granite sidewalks and bluestone paths through the park. Plans also include measures for additional security, which has been tightened at City Hall in recent years.