• Local History Talk: Cruising North Avene From First Street to Fruitval

    Mesa County Libraries Central Library

    Do you remember cruising North Avenue? Join Priscilla Mangnall on a cruise down North Avenue and revisit popular landmarks and buildings through historical photographs and learn about the history and development of buildings and places along North Avenue! About the presenter: Priscilla Mangnall is the President of the Mesa County Historical Society and a 5th-generation Grand Junction resident. She is a member of a number of local groups and organizations including the City of Grand Junction's Historic Preservation Board, the Legends of the Grand Valley Sculpture Committee, the Art on the Corner Committee, and the Grand Junction Senior Theatre. In addition, she is a writer of local history and teaches a local history class at Western Colorado Community College.

  • CAS-GJ monthly meeting- Dennis Devore on 'Curious Case of the Invisible Panel'

    The Curious Case of the Invisible Panel - A New Barrier Canyon Style Rock Art Panel in Southeast Utah. Grand Junction resident and CAS-GJ member Dennis DeVore will share his story of discovering a previously-unknown rock art panel in the Robbers Roost area of eastern Utah. The Barrier Canyon Style pictograph is billboard sized — 70 feet long x 15 feet high in places — but has gone undetected by modern visitors because the images are barely visible to the human eye. His presentation will demonstrate how the panel has been given a new lease on life -- recovered and analyzed using modern photo-editing software. Dennis is a native of Colorado who explores the Four Corners area for rock art as a post-retirement hobby. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1976 with a BS in Economics, followed by a career in real estate appraisal and right-of-way acquisition. He is a longtime member of the Chipeta Chapter of CAS, and a current board member of URARA, the Utah Rock Art Research Association. Dennis and his wife Judi have lived in Grand Junction since 2000. **************************************** Our meetings are open to the general public with any level of interest in archaeology, anthropology and related fields. Please bring a few dollars 'donation' to help cover cost of the meeting room and speaker-related expenses. We often have light refreshments. Doors open at 6:30 for a 1/2 hour of social time then the lecture will begin after a few business announcements at 7PM. ***************************************** This year we are trying a new way of putting information out to our members about upcoming field trips. If you are current on your CAS dues you are asked to sign onto our new 'members' meetup page. It was decided we would only let dues paying members see the calendar details for upcoming trips. More than 95 of our ~140 members have signed up as of late March. If you have signed up, great. If you have not signed up, please go through the few simple steps at https://www.meetup.com/CAS-GJ-Chapter-Members/ If you need to look to see if you are current on your dues you can find that information at www.cas-gj.org. We need to have each person on a family or household membership sign up on the Members page individually if they want to participate in ANY CAS-GJ field trips. BLM and other land managers have become very strict about allowing only 12 participants on field trips. In order for us to comply with that use-requirement and stay in the good graces of the land managers, our field trip leaders (most often they are our fellow CAS-GJ members) need to be able to count the number of RSVPs for a trip on its calendar page and know that is the number who will show up in the parking lot or at the trailhead. This applies to ALL members. We need to do all we can to abide by the land manager rules as well as make the field trip leading process as easy and enjoyable for the trip leaders as for all other participants. Field trips are beginning to appear on the CAS-GJ calendar. If you have field trip ideas &/or are willing to organize, or help organize, a field trip please let a board member or Jim Liewer know of your interest.

  • CAS-GJ Board Meeting - board members, volunteers & general membership invited

    CAS-GJ Board meetings are open to anyone interested in archaeology in western Colorado and the adjacent states. Our 'board' is made up of volunteers who have agreed to take on various tasks to help the chapter run smoothly. You are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings and find an active role for yourself in the success of our chapter. Please give a little of your time to help our chapter to continue to be such a rousing success. If you have questions about how you can be involved/help or want to chat about what you have to add, feel welcome to attend a board meeting or contact any of the board members. • Doug Van Etten - President[masked] • Geoff Peterson - Vice President & PAAC coordinator[masked] • Gayle Smith - Secretary[masked] • Janice Shepherd - Treasurer & BLM-GJ Liaison[masked] • Ed VanderTook - Director-at-large & CAS Representative • Lorna Reed - Director-at-large & Librarian, Show & Tell Coordinator ***%********#********?***********+*******@*** Meanwhile ... if you want something discussed by the Board please let Doug know. Among other topics we want to discuss: ** How the March 11th meeting went. Audio system? ** Update on 'new' meetup website -- www.CAS-GJ Members -- How many sign-ups? ** Field trip discussion on specific trips. Liability waiver &/or other docs ** BLM site steward training follow-up &/or refresher from last fall ** Update on speakers for April and beyond ** PAAC classes update from Asst State Archaeologist ** More, more and maybe . . . more

  • Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

    462 Ute Ave

    Join Erin Schmitz and Phil Born as they lead a behind the scenes tour of the Archaeology and History collections at the Museum of the West.

  • CAS-GJ Book Club: The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

    Meet with the CAS-GJ Book Club to discuss The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. It will be a great chance to read about archaeology, anthropology, history - and then have a chance to discuss what we learned. The owner of Out West Books typically orders copies of the books we read and it may also available through Mesa County Libraries. This will be a great chance to read about our local area, discuss what we read, and get to know each other better. Below is a review of the book. ************** NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A SALON.COM BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR TRUE WEST MAGAZINE'S BEST BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR “A ripping yarn . . . A quintessentially Western tale of bold exploits, tough characters, brutal conditions and a lost way of life, this sounds like the sort of story that practically tells itself. Yet you only realize how little justice most popular histories do to their source material when you come across a book, like this one, that does everything right. It’s customary to say of certain nonfiction books — gussied up with plenty of 'color' and psychological speculation — that they 'read like a novel,' but truth be told, most of the time we’d have to be talking about a pretty mediocre novel. The Heart of Everything That Is, on the other hand, resembles the good ones. There were times, turning its pages, when I could almost smell the pines of the Black Hills, feel the icy wind tearing down from Canada across the prairie and hear the hooves of the buffalo pounding the earth.” (Laura Miller Salon) *************** If you're thinking to yourself, "I'd like to attend but I'm not sure if I can read the book by the time we meet", don't worry. Everyone is welcome regardless of how much you have read. At the book club meeting we will also discuss future books for the reading list. You need not be a paid member of CAS-GJ to attend the Book Club. It is chapter policy that to participate in field trips you do need to be a paid member. If you want to go see some of our area's awesome archaeology and history CAS-GJ field trips are a great way to do that. If you are not a member and want to learn about membership go to www.cas-gj.org then click a link for 'Join'. **** Please be aware that since we are using the bookstore after regular closing time, it would be very nice if each of us would buy something in the store; even if it just a window decal.****

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  • Words for Change-Empower Your Voice to Make Your Words Count

    Colorado Mesa University

    Doors open 8:30: keynote from 9-9:45 followed by an interactive workshop led by Stephen Trimble, Charlie Quimby, Jim Spehar and Linda Skinner. Each workshop works with a different perspective on how to put words to what we value. Nuts and Bolts - Letter to the Editor, Op-eds and similar communications - Stephen Trimble From Protest to Advocacy to Art- Charlie Quimby What Message to Which Target? -Jim Spehar Defining Essences - What drives Your Desire to Communicate? Linda Skinner Must register through the writers forum email. To register: [masked] with name(s) of attendees and first and second choice for workshops. Questions, call Mary Hertert [masked] or email [masked] $10 for keynote only, $15 for both keynote and interactive workshop. Students free with ID, must register. Pay the day of the event. Event is sponsored by the Western Colorado Writers' Forum and the Grand Junction Broadband for the Great Old Broads for Wilderness

  • Sonny Shelton on: "The Recurve Rockshelter"

    Redlands United Methodist Church

    The Colorado Archaeological Society- Grand Junction chapter speaker for the monthly meeting this evening will be local archaeologist, Sonny Shelton, talking about her field work and research on the topic: The Recurve Rockshelter Originally recorded in 1980 by Archaeological Services for Utah Int’l. of Laramie, Wyoming, site 5MF948, was originally described as “red and yellow ocher pictographs and a few petroglyphs of shields, spears, bison, mounted horsemen, and standing warriors.” A revisit of the site by Grand River Institute in 2013 was a true adventure and when finally re-discovered the rockshelter revealed unexpected discoveries on a grand scale and a few unsolved mysteries. This presentation will provide the attendee a singular opportunity to view these remarkable rock art images as the site is on private property and not open to the public. Learn how the Recurve Rockshelter earned its name! In addition, a brief update of the Western Colorado Bison Project, funded by the History Colorado State Historical Fund, will be given. An interactive display of bison related artifacts will also be available. *************************** *********************** Holly “Sonny” Shelton is an archaeologist, faunal analysis specialist, and field crew member for Grand River Institute and is a Dominguez Archaeological Research Group (DARG) associate. Presently she is engaged in the Western Colorado Bison Project Phase II, a DARG project funded by a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant. The project is focused on the prehistoric and historic occurrence and procurement of bison in western Colorado. **************************************** Our meetings are open to the general public with any level of interest in archaeology, anthropology and related fields. Please bring a few dollars 'donation' to help cover cost of the meeting room and speaker-related expenses. We often have light refreshments. ***************************************** This year we are trying a new way of putting information out to our members about upcoming field trips. If you are current on your CAS dues you are asked to sign onto our new 'members' meetup page. It was decided we would only let dues paying members see the calendar details for upcoming trips. More than 90 of our ~140 members have signed up as of mid-February. If you have signed up, great. If you have not signed up, please go through the few simple steps at https://www.meetup.com/CAS-GJ-Chapter-Members/ We need to have each person on a family or household membership sign up on the Members page individually if they want to participate in ANY CAS-GJ field trips. BLM and other land managers have become very strict about allowing only 12 participants on field trips. In order for us to comply with that use-requirement and stay in the good graces of the land managers, our field trip leaders (most often they are our fellow CAS-GJ members) need to be able to count the number of RSVPs for a trip on its calendar page and know that is the number who will show up in the parking lot or at the trailhead. This applies to ALL members. We need to do all we can to abide by the land manager rules as well as make the field trip leading process as easy and enjoyable for the trip leaders as for all other participants.

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  • CAS-GJ Board Meeting - board members, volunteers & general membership invited

    CAS-GJ Board meetings are open to anyone interested in archaeology in western Colorado and the adjacent states. Our 'board' is made up of volunteers who have agreed to take on various tasks to help the chapter run smoothly. You are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings and find an active role for yourself in the success of our chapter. Please give a little of your time to help our chapter to continue to be such a rousing success. If you have questions about how you can be involved/help or want to chat about what you have to add, feel welcome to attend a board meeting or contact any of the board members. • Doug Van Etten - President[masked] • Geoff Peterson - Vice President & PAAC coordinator[masked] • Gayle Smith - Secretary[masked] • Janice Shepherd - Treasurer & BLM-GJ Liaison[masked] • Ed VanderTook - Director-at-large & CAS Representative • Lorna Reed - Director-at-large & Librarian, Show & Tell Coordinator ***%********#********?***********+*******@*** Meanwhile ... if you want something discussed by the Board please let Doug know. Among other topics we want to discuss: ** How the Feb 11 meeting with Dr. Doug Scott went ** Update on 'new' meetup website -- www.CAS-GJ Members Only -- How many sign-ups? ** Field trip discussion on any variations; field trip leader's meeting ** Progress on recent audio-visual purchases; Hart Music meeting? ** Update on speakers for April and beyond ** PAAC classes update from Asst State Archaeologist ** More, more and maybe . . . more

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  • CAS-GJ Book Club: Both Sides of the Bullpen by Robert McPherson

    Meet with the CAS-GJ Book Club to discuss Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford. It will be a great chance to read about archaeology, anthropology, history - and then have a chance to discuss what we learned. The owner of Out West Books typically orders copies of the books we read and it may also available through Mesa County Libraries. This will be a great chance to read about our local area, discuss what we read, and get to know each other better. ************** Between 1880 and 1940, Navajo and Ute families and westward-trending Anglos met in the “bullpens” of southwestern trading posts to barter for material goods. As the products of the livestock economy of Navajo culture were exchanged for the merchandise of an industrialized nation, a wealth of cultural knowledge also changed hands. In Both Sides of the Bullpen, Robert S. McPherson reveals the ways that Navajo tradition fundamentally reshaped and defined trading practices in the Four Corners area of southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado. In detail and depth, the many voices woven throughout Both Sides of the Bullpen restore an underappreciated era to the history of the American Southwest. They show us that for American Indians and white traders alike in the Four Corners region during the late 1800s and early 1900s, barter was as much a cultural expression as it was an economic necessity. *************** If you're thinking to yourself, "I'd like to attend but I'm not sure if I can read the book by the time we meet", don't worry. Everyone is welcome regardless of how much you have read. At the book club meeting we will also discuss future books for the reading list. You need not be a paid member of CAS-GJ to attend the Book Club. It is chapter policy that to participate in field trips you do need to be a paid member. If you want to go see some of our area's awesome archaeology and history CAS-GJ field trips are a great way to do that. If you are not a member and want to learn about membership go to www.cas-gj.org then click a link for 'Join'. **** Please be aware that since we are using the bookstore after regular closing time, it would be very nice if each of us would buy something in the store; even if it just a window decal.****

  • Dr. Douglas Scott's talk will be "The Battle of Glorieta Pass: March 26-28 1862"

    The talk's title is: The Battle of Glorieta Pass: March[masked]; An Archaeological Perspective or Colorado's Rivalry with Texas Begins. Dr. Scott will discuss recent archaeological investigations of the 1862 Battle of Glorieta Pass near Pecos, New Mexico. The artifacts and their patterns of discovery are yielding new insight into the role of the First Colorado Infantry in the defeat of Texas forces. Bullets, artillery shell fragments, and a variety of other military and personal artifacts provide a new way of looking at the battle and show how the Coloradans were successful in saving New Mexico and Colorado from the Texas invaders. *************************** *********************** Douglas D. Scott retired in 2006 from the National Park Service after more than 30 years of with the Department of the Interior. He was the BLM Montrose District Archeologist from 1975 to 1983 when he transferred to the National Park Service. His last position was as Great Plains Team Leader, Park Programs, Midwest Archeological Center Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Scott is currently Adjunct Research Faculty at Colorado Mesa University. He received his Ph.D. in 1977 in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has worked throughout the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West on a variety of archeological projects. Scott specializes in nineteenth century military sites archeology and forensic archeology. He is particularly noted for his expertise in battlefield archeology and firearms identification having worked on more than 40 battlefield sites, including Palo Alto, Sand Creek, Big Hole, Bear Paw, Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, Centralia, and Santiago de Cuba. He was awarded the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award in 2002 for his innovative research in battlefield archeology that started with his work at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. His 2013 book Uncovering History, on the archaeology of the Little Bighorn battle, has received several book of the year awards. In 2015 he was presented with the J. C. Harrington Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology for lifetime achievements in the field of Historical Archaeology Dr. Scott has also been involved with human rights and forensic investigations since the early 1990s. He has worked with the United Nations and various human rights organizations in El Salvador, Croatia, Rwanda, Cyprus, Iraq, and on an animal welfare case in Canada.