Wednesday September 29, 1999

CALIFORNIA In Antelope Valley, a wide-ranging program will take people from the area's prehistory into modern times.

NEVADA Four members have been reappointed to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. The board is part of the Nevada Department of Museums, Library and Arts. More information can be found at A celebration to honor Wovoka The Ghost Dance Prophet, one of the most important Native American figures in Nevada history, will take place in Reno, Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999. Wovoka, also known as Jack Wilson, was a Northern Paiute Indian born near Yerington, Nev. about 1856. It was Wovoka's spiritual vision and leadership that inspired the 1890 Ghost Dance in Nevada. In a short time this new Ghost Dance religion spread across the nation sparking a spiritual and cultural revival in many Native American Tribes.

UTAH Daughters of Utah Pioneers celebrated recently when the group dedicated a new monument in Eureka. The monument, located in City Park, marks the Tintic Valley's rich mining history. At the ceremony, Joan Morris, captain of the Sunbeam Camp of the DUP, noted the importance of preserving the area's heritage and Coleen McNulty, president of the Tintic Historical Society, discussed how mining molded the community.

COLORADO The art deco tower is all that remains. The city typically will not allow developers to retain building facades as a form of historic preservation. "For a while there in the '70s and early '80s, some people thought this was a good solution to preservation," Moulton said. "We don't subscribe to that. But this particular case seemed to justify it. We really wanted to keep remnants so we would have memory of what was there before." Enjoying his National Geographic magazine as he does every month, Dale McFarland discovered Mesa Verde National Park was listed as a world wonder. McFarland credits the 6 percent increase in visitors to Mesa Verde National Park and the anticipated 650,000 visitors for 1999 to recognition in global magazines.

NEW MEXICO Private land in the Cerrillos Hills and near ancient petroglyphs close to La Cieneguilla may soon be protected as public open space. The Santa Fe County Commission on Tuesday told county staff to begin negotiations to purchase 151 acres along the Santa Fe River near well-known Native American petroglyphs dating to about A.D. 800. A Kachina doll maker has no use for Santa Fe's plan to commemorate with a proposed historical marker the forgotten site of the Santa Fe Internment Camp.

From: Neal Ackerly Dos Rios Consultants, Inc., is pleased to provide a Web version of an annotated bibliography of New Mexico archaeological reports. Although the project was completed in late 1991, many of the larger survey and excavation projects are included in this report. It is a bit out of date, but may yet be of some utility. Those wishing to download a copy can go to and click on the "annotated bibliography" link.

TEXAS Old churches are repositories of all kinds of records, from the usual birth and marriage lists to census and tax data, for Catholics and Crypto-Jews alike.

MUSEUMS The Museum of Northern Arizona welcomes the public to its Annual Open House on Saturday, October 2, 1999 from 1-5 PM. Admission is free. Receive 10% off any level of Museum Membership Saturday only. The Museum Open House offers children's activities, free lectures and guided tours, demonstrations of artifact technologies, and updates on special Museum projects. During this event, which is part of the 1999 Flagstaff Festival of Science, visitors can not only tour the exhibits building, but also the Colton Research Center, with collections and research areas not usually open to the public. Guided collection tours will explore biology collections, which include animals, birds, fish, reptiles, insects, and the Herbarium, where information about collecting and pressing plants will be available. The geology area will feature tours, exhibits of collections, and a children's activity where they can make their own dinosaur tracks. In anthropology, visitors can view artifacts including prehistoric pottery, sandals, katsina dolls, and textiles. This year some rarely seen historic Hopi textiles will be displayed, and a database to view others will be available. Visitors can see demonstrations of flint knapping and cordage making. Progress on the Hopi Mural Project, a collaborative project with the Hopi Tribe and the Peabody Museum, will be presented in the Library. For this project, researchers are studying beautiful, complex painted murals dating from the 14th and 16th centuries discovered on the walls of kivas at the prehistoric community of Awatovi. Learn about Arizona's Abert squirrels from Docent Jane Holden from 1-3 PM at a booth located near the Nature Trail trailhead. A guided nature trail walk identifying native plants is planned for 2 PM. MNA Senior Curator of Anthropology Dr. David Wilcox will discuss "Prehistoric Warfare in Central Arizona" at 3 PM in Pearson Hall. The Museum of Northern Arizona is located three miles north of Flagstaff on U.S. Highway 180. What I see out there right now," Gover added, is the legacy of "a great deal of fear." "This is the very greatest enemy the tribes have at this point," he said in celebrating the "survival culture" that the new museum is to explain to the nation at large. Tribal leaders emphasized their long struggle "to get our dead relatives out of museums" of the past that had confiscated sacred relics and celebrated only the supposed "end-of-the-trail" defeat of the tribes, as one of them put it.,1249,115012440,00.html? Ever since 1861, when the first nearly complete archaeopteryx fossil was discovered in a German limestone quarry, scientists and the public have puzzled over the relationship of dinosaurs to birds. A stunning discovery by the new curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Utah Museum of Natural History apparently resolves the debate.,1249,115012362,00.html? Important new dinosaur fossils from Madagascar and their discoverer, Scott D. Sampson, will be on hand at the Utah Museum of Natural History during the annual museum open house on Saturday. An Edinburg museum dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Rio Grande borderland soon will undergo a $5.5 million overhaul that will enlarge its exhibit space four-fold. "La Familia" Opens September 11, 1999 The first families to settle in Tempe came from the barrios of Tucson and the ranches of northern Mexico. Hispanic residents have always had an important role in the development of Tempe's agriculture, business, and social life. Their story will be presented in a new exhibit at the Tempe Historical Museum. "La Familia" will feature family photo albums, oral histories, and personal mementos to provide a glimpse into the experiences of many of the Mexican American families that have settled in Tempe since 1870. Exhibit closes October 31, 1999 The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum traces the history of illegal drugs in America. Recovery groups are now making the pilgrimage here, and dozens of tourists a day (by appointment only) are incorporating it into their Washington-area visit right along with the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. The museum is threatened with extinction after becoming bogged down in bitter infighting among members of the board of trustees. Much of the collection has been put in storage or lent to other museums.

CYBERIA An inventory of 239 buildings has generated concerns among some landowners that a historic designation could prevent them from selling or redeveloping their properties. Other property owners seeking inclusion on the list have spent thousands of dollars to preserve the historic character of their homes. Artifacts found with an iceman frozen in a Canadian glacier are about 550 years old. An earthenware pot confirms that gold was being refined in Japan as long ago as the fifth century. The prefectural government began excavating the ruins in 1991 and uncovered a dugout canoe dating to the latter half of the Jomon period (ca 10,000 B.C - ca 300 B.C). The Victorian image of a linen-suited scientist pursuing lost worlds with a whisk broom has been zapped into oblivion by lasers and particle accelerators. The search for ancient cultures now is an expensive, high-tech enterprise that borrows from space exploration, medical research and nuclear physics. Modern world may spell death to ancient tribe THE ancient Jarawa people of India's Andaman islands face the threat of extinction because of the spread of disease caused by their growing links with the outside world, say anthropologists.