TEXAS The Presidential Museum will relocate from its downtown Odessa location to UTPB early next year. The museum, founded in 1965, is the only one of its kind in the United States specializing in presidential campaigns. A building once frequented by California Gold Rush hopefuls is celebrating its sesquicentennial. The Landmark Inn, now a property of Texas Parks & Wildlife, is observing the milestone with a Living History Weekend on Sept. 18-19. The facility was a welcome rest stop for travelers on the east-west route to the Texas frontier. An expedition in 1850 counted the first con man in that area among its participants, and some people headed for the West Coast gold rush were stranded in the dust of West Texas after being bilked of all their funds. The award saluted Celina for meeting the "high standards for performance set by the Texas Main Street Center and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center." Criteria considered for selection included "broad-based public support, historic preservation ethic, an active board of directors, adequate funding, a paid professional manager, and reporting of economic progress by providing statistical information," according to the Celina Trio newsletter. Celina and other towns similarly honored "represent some of the finest community initiatives and some of the most successful revitalization efforts that exist in this country."


New NM job announcement posted at jobs99.html Currently featured at the museum are "Return of the Packrats! Personal Collections of Interesting Stuff," and a new exhibit, "With the Army at Fort Bayard: Photographs from the 1870s Through the Turn of the Century." Continuing exhibits include "Settling Southwest New Mexico," a history time line; an 1880s parlor arrangement; "Two Centuries of Mining in Southwest New Mexico"; "I'm Goin' Into Town: Early Commerce in Silver City"; and a replica office with objects from the early 20th century model mining town of Tyrone. The Museum Store and local history research library are available to visitors during the museum's regular hours. For more information, contact the museum at 538-5921. The Woman's Improvement Association was founded in 1894 to improve life in Las Cruces. The last 10 years of effort went to keeping the building going as a National Historical building. The city of Las Cruces plans to renovate the Woman's Improvement Association Building on Reymond Street.

ARIZONA,1249,115007622,00.html? On the edge of the Utah Territory, the ferry was opened as a passage for Mormon expansion to Arizona and was considered an escape route to Mexico if U.S. authorities pushed the Mormon theocracy too far. Webb says he was so impressed by this new account of Hamblin that "for superstitious reasons" he visited his gravesite in Alpine, Ariz. "He had the biggest headstone in the whole cemetery," Webb says. "That's what you'd expect." It is unlikely that commissioners will recommend designating the former mill as historic, Tempe's Historic preservation Officer Mark Vinson said. Built near the banks of the Salt River in the 1870s, the mill burned to the ground around 1890. Another building was constructed, which in 1917 also burned down, Vinson said. Once again, it was rebuilt. The goal of "Friends of Tovrea Castle" will be to protect one of the last surviving symbols of old Phoenix. The castle, built by hand in the 1920s, is surrounded by 43 acres of cactus and creosote.

MEXICO Government officials said Tuesday they plan to complete the reconstruction of the historic buildings and monuments damaged by last June's earthquake by August 2000. Archaeological theft remains a major problem in Mexico. Mexican authorities have neither the money nor the manpower to protect or explore all the ancient sites scattered around the country. The National Institute of Anthropology and History has catalogued 28,000 locations--just over 10 percent of the 200,000 sites archaeologists believe exist in Mexico. The quest for tourist dollars, coupled with a newfound interest in keeping antiquities closer to their home temples, has fostered a revamping of Mexico's museum system. Until recently, most important relics were shipped off to the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology in the nation's capital. Now local authorities have joined the political and financial movement to decentralize the Mexican government and have begun building museums adjacent to ancient city sites and demanding that the best artifacts be housed there.

VANDALIA Telling a professional archaeologist what you have found is not nearly as risky as telling your coworkers or the guys at the bar. It is far better to keep your mouth shut. The Mystery of the Stolen Artifacts. The case is for you to decide. Review the evidence and then click on the gavel to let us know if you think Mr. Anderson is guilty or not guilty. 4 Culture Without Context - Newsletter of the Illicit Antiquities Research Centre A Historical Perspective on Relic Collecting

CYBERIA Hoping to prove that white people lived in North America 9,000 years ago, a small California religious group asked a U.S. federal court Tuesday to force the government to allow DNA testing of a prehistoric human skeleton found in Washington state in 1996. The group filed suit claiming the skeleton of the so-called Kennewick Man might be of European descent. Of Thailand's 168 known sites of rock art, 140 are located in the Northeast, 15 in the South, eight in the Central region and five in the North. The following two sites are a few hours drive from Bangkok. At the Roughan Hill site archaeologists have uncovered a megalithic tomb over 5,500 years old. According to Dr Carlton Jones, an archaeologist, the excavation of the system, which includes five settlements, could be hugely important in revealing the prehistoric rural lifestyle of Ireland's first farmers. A fossil skull, presumably of a Homo erectus believed up to 1 million years old, has been found in a Manhattan shop. Paleoanthropologists have concluded that the skull is a genuine specimen from Indonesia that could be critical in determining the place on the human family tree of the East Asia branch of Homo erectus. The new network used vignettes detailing heroes from aboriginal history between programming. This is the underlying theme of the much of the programming -- the need for all Canadians to acknowledge both the struggles and contributions aboriginal people. If state biologist Chris Mammoliti succeeds, public school students will get something new in their curriculum next year -- "intelligent design."