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January 22-24, 2015

Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide III: Saving Nature in a Humanized World

Presidio Trust

San Francisco, CA

The Presidio will be the location and focus of a Cultural Landscape Foundation conference that examines how stewardship decisions balance natural, cultural, and scenic values. Leading thinkers from around the country will provoke discussion, push boundaries, and inspire solutions. Speakers include leaders from the Presidio Trust, the NPS, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

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February 6, 2015, 10:00am- 4:00pm

Free First Fridays Program

San Mateo County History Museum

Redwood City, CA

Not only is admission free the entire day, but two programs are planned for the public without any fees.  At 11:00 a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn about cars.  They will make cardboard autos for taking home. Then Museum staff will conduct a special program in its Journey to Work transportation gallery.  Here the youngsters will hear the story, Cool Cars.  At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead tours of the Museum for adults. 

 The San Mateo County History Museum is located at 2200 Broadway within the 105-year-old “Old Courthouse” in Redwood City.  It features exhibits related to the use of natural resources, suburban development, ethnic experience and entrepreneurial achievement on the Peninsula from the times of the Ohlone Indian through today.  The Museum is open every day except Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The “Free First Fridays” program is sponsored by the Edmund and Jeannik Littlefield Foundation and the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.  For more information


February 7, 2015

Museum Day at the Ag History Center

Heidrick Agricultural History Center

Woodland, CA

Family fun guaranteed on in Woodland, as monster tractors, antique agricultural equipment demonstrations and even some food trucks roll in for their annual open house event. As part of the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) 17th annual Museum Day on Saturday, the Heidrick Ag History museum and event center will host admission free entry to a variety of exciting activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spectators can cruise through Yolo County’s premier museum, with knowledgeable docents onsite to bring life to the center’s collection of rare tractors and farm equipment. See the evolution from horse-drawn power to horsepower steam engines, and experience hands-on, life on the farm techniques.

Early Day Tractor and Gas Engine Association Branch 158 will have a special display of antique tractors and be will be demonstrating how gas engines work, as well as, give kids the opportunity to hand pump water. Valley Truck and Tractor and Wilkinson International will be revving up their ‘monster tractors’ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a show no one will want to miss, while a variety of special exhibits will showcase the value of agriculture in a museum setting.

This hugely populous event has become a cultural tradition in the region, designed to introduce the community to experience the area’s wealth of California heritage. It is also a fantastic opportunity to discover the importance of volunteers at the museum; there will be a volunteer information and sign-up table available all day.

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February 7, 2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Understanding Traditional Native American Land Stewardship

University of California, Santa Cruz

Multipurpose Room, College 9 & 10

Join us for a discussion with two scholars, M. Kat Anderson, PhD and Rick Flores.

Sponsored by the UCSC American Indian Resource Center and College 9.


February 10, 2015, 7:00pm

Ed Kinney Speaker Series “An Evening with Ken MacLennan”

Museum on Main

Pleasanton, CA

Pleasanton historian and author of a new local history book, Pleasanton, California: A Brief History (History Press, 2014) and curator for Museum on Main, promises a new look at an old story in an insightful review of local history from the eve of the Spanish invasion of California to the turn of the 21st century including rarely seen photographs. Books will be available for purchase at the event and MacLennan will sign copies following the talk.

“My research for the book was based on both primary and secondary source materials,” says MacLennan. “By using original Sanborn Fire Insurance maps from the late 1880s to the mid-20th Century we are able to infer various changes in the landscape of our community, such as the response to prohibition. They were pretty creative.”

MacLennan will also discuss water use in the valley over time. “Before the mid-1890s, Pleasanton’s water needs were handily served by sinking artesian wells at strategic points around town; the local water table was high enough that these did not need to be particularly deep.”

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February 12, 2015, 7:30pm

Evidence for the Younger Dryas Boundary (YDB) Cosmic Impact 12,800 Years Ago and Its Environmental, Biotic, and Human Consequences

Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

IRWD Community Room
15500 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine

involved a complex and linked array of abrupt and enigmatic changes in the Earth’s  environmental and biotic systems. Especially intriguing is the close and collective association of North American continental-scale ecological reorganization, megafaunal extinctions, and human adaptive shifts and population decline.
Various hypotheses have been proposed to account for these changes,including the Younger Dryas Boundary (YDB) Cosmic Impact Hypothesis. Dr. Kennett will review and provide an  update on the status of this hypothesis, summarizing evidence consistent with the impact of a comet cloud with Planet Earth resulting in widely distributed, multiple aerial bursts in the atmosphere. This cataclysmic event resulted in the deposition of a thin YDB layer containing peak abundances in a variable assemblage of cosmic impact-related material found at more than 30 sites. These materials include nanodiamonds, high temperature impact spherules, meltglass and minerals and a peak in platinum. Radiocarbon analysis including the use of bayesian statistics demonstrates that this layer of 12,000 plus or minus 150 yrs ago is synchronous within dating uncertainties across four continents, consistent with a single major cosmic event.
Dr. Kennett will also review other YDB evidence consistent with the impact hypothesis including widespread biomass burning, continental hydrographic reorganization (plumbing change and outburst floods), the late Pleistocene North American Megafauna extinctions (mammoths, ground-sloths, sabertooth cats, horses, camels, etc.), and human cultural
change (disappearance of Clovis Culture) and major human population decline across North America.

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February 14, 2015, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Channel Islands Maritime Museum 24th Anniversary Party
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – Where Art Comes Alive

Oxnard, CA

Cocktails 6:00pm – Fabulous Food Stations

$50 members -$60 non-members

Please RSVP by February 9 805-984-6260


February 18, 2015, Dinner is at 7pm, lecture to follow

History of Water in the Valley

The Westeners

University Suites Hotel, Fresno, CA

Christopher Campbell is the scheduled speaker.

You must rsvp for dinner. 559-323-8282


February 19, 6:30pm

Forbidding Fruit:  How America Got Turned on to the  Coachella Valley Date Industry History                                                                                            

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA

Sarah McCormick – Historian 

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February 2015-May 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Symposium: “Challenges to Joshua Tree National Park”

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Bell Center, Copper Mountain College

February 20, 2015 San Bernardino County Renewable Energy, Development Codes Updates

Panelists: James Ramos, Supervisor, San Bernardino County, David Lamfrom,

National Parks Conservation Assoc. and panelist to be determined.

March 20, 2015 Engaging a New Generation of Park Stewards

Panelists: Mike Chedester, The Living Desert, Caroline Conway, The Wildlands Conservancy, and Cindy Zacks, Educator, Yucca Valley High School

April 17, 2015 Climate Change Response

Panelists: Cameron Barrows, Research Scientsist, UC Riverside, Ian James, Investiga­tive Reporter, The Desert Sun and JTNP Resource Staff

May 15, 2015 Putting It All Together – Achievable Action Items

Panelists: David Smith, Superintendent, JTNP, April Sall, The Wildlands Conservancy

Each event is Free, but pre-registration is required.

Register at www.joshuatree.org


February 21, 2015, 10:00am 

Walking Tour of Old Town Temecula

City of Temecula

Temecula, CA

Join us for a historical guided tour of Old Town Temecula and feel the early 1900’s come to life. The tour begins at the Temecula Valley Museum in Sam Hicks Monument Park and winds through Old Town for stories and historical facts about some of our oldest landmarks and most colorful characters. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Tours are monthly on Saturdays. Fee:  $2.00


February 22, 2015, 2:00pm

Village Ecodynamics in the American Southwest

Archaeological Institute of America-Orange County Chapter

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall, Concordia University

Irvine, CA

Tim Kohler, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Senior Principal Investigator for the Village Ecodynamics Project.

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February 24, 2015, 7:00pm

Touching the Taíno Underworld: Archaeological Explorations of Submerged Caverns in the Dominican Republic

Cal Poly SLO Social Sciences Department

Cal Poly Business Building (No. 3), Room 112

San Luis Obispo, CA

Speaker: John W. Foster, California State Underwater Archaeologist (ret.)

The Taíno greeted Christopher Columbus when he arrived in the Caribbean at the dawn of the 16th century. Under pressure from conquest, slavery and disease, their language and culture were shattered within a few decades, and only a few details of it are known. From brief Spanish accounts we know a little about Taíno spiritual beliefs. Caverns and caves played an important role as part of a spiritual landscape. Elaborate rock art in deep limestone caves seems to record central elements of Taíno ideology, world renewal and origins. This presentation will touch on archaeological caves in the Dominican Republic and what they imply about the sacred and mundane. Archaeological exploration of submerged caverns with extraordinary preservation of organic artifacts has revealed a pattern of Taíno votive behavior where offerings were made to sustain a world of spirit beings and ancestors.

For more information call: 805-756-2752


Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm and Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Native American Style Pottery

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Instructor: Tony Soares

$160 / $150 for ABF members

Tony Soares learned pottery-making techniques from his grandmother, and has refined his skills over the years to yield beautiful ollas. Soares will demonstrate his skills and guide participants in the process of creating their own olla using hand-dug clay from the area. The first day of this two-day workshop is devoted to learning how the clay is made, how paints are made and used to decorate pottery, and building your own pot. After the pots have had a week to dry, participants return to paint their piece before the pots are fired using traditional pit firing (weather permitting).  Participants will see traditional designs used on prehistoric ollas from the Anza-Borrego region and paint designs on their pots with authentic pigments. The class will also offer the opportunity to make a supportive ring from palm fronds to stabilize your pot when on display.

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February 28, 2015, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Archaeology of Asian diasporic settlements in California colloquium

Riverside & Inland Southern California Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

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Riverside, CA

Presentations by

Laura Ng, National Park Service: Archaeology of Manzanar

Linda Bentz, SDSU: Chinese abalone harvesting sites in the Channel Islands

Beth Padon, Discovery Works, Inc.: Redlands Chinatown excavations

John Foster, Greenwood Associates: LA Chinatown excavations

Kholood Abdo-Hintzman, Applied Earthworks: San Bernardino and San Louis Obispo Chinatown excavations

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March 6-7, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Balboa Park: 1915 and Beyond

Annual Two Day History Conference

Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Recital Hall, Balboa Park

San Diego, CA

In honor of the year-long Centennial Celebration of the first Balboa Park Ex­position, held in 1915, the theme for the two-day conference is: Balboa Park: 1915 & Beyond. Interesting videos and presentations about the history of the park have already been accepted by the Conference Planning Committee, led by President Dianne Cowen.

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March 7, 2015, 11:00am-4:00pm

Arizona Archaeology Expo

Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

Yuma, AZ

Celebrate Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Month. The Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places; what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs; and the prehistory and history of Arizona. Archaeology- and/or history-related, hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events will be featured.

In addition, Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badge requirements can be fulfilled at the Expo. Special displays and booths by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others will allow you to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts and tools that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest.

Demonstrations and interactive activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, information on archaeological sites, museums, and historical period parks in and around the local area will be highlighted.

The Expo will give visitors new insights into Arizona’s many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures, and will help instill a sense of stewardship for our state’s fragile and nonrenewable heritage resources.


March 13-14, 2015

Second Annual UCSC Climate Conference

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

The Divisions of Physical & Biological Sciences and Social Sciences are proud to announce the dates of the conference.

Our overarching theme this year is “No Prospect of an End”: Living with an Ever Changing Climate. The quote from James Hutton’s Theory of the Earth is not meant to be depressing. Rather, we want to remind (or enlighten) audience members that if we do not dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we may trigger a rapid shift in climate that might not slow for a millennium, and that those new hot conditions might last many tens of millennia. From a societal perspective, climate change would seem never ending, and predicting environmental conditions in that future “hot house” world will be very difficult.

At the conference, we want to explore how societies can plan for and reach a future where humans and the natural systems on which they depend are flourishing, not just a century from now, but far into the future. Obviously, we must harness every ounce of political will and technological and social ingenuity to slow and then halt fossil fuel use, but success is not guaranteed. We do not expect the entire conversation at the conference to revolve around a perspective on climate change that considers conditions far beyond 2100. Yet, we do want to consider whether (or not) there are key insights that can inform decisions on mitigation, adaptation, and conservation over the next few decades that flow from the recognition that climate and environments may be changing for thousands of years.

The Friday night lecture to kick off the event will feature eminent geologist Richard Alley (Penn State).  Alley is renown for his work on glaciers, abrupt climate change, and sea level.

Following Friday’s lecture, on Saturday will be a day-long 2-part panel discussion, the core of the conference. Panelists include climate scientists, civil servants, economists, and educators from across the country.


March 19, 2015, 6:30pm  

Life On The Cabazon Reservation                                         

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA                                                    

Judy Stapp – Director of Cultural Affairs at Cabazon Cultural Museum

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April 12, 2015, 2:00 PM

Recent  Work on the Peruvian Coast

Archaeological Institute of America-Orange County Chapter

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall, Concordia University

Charles Stanish, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology and Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.

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April 16, 2015, 6:30pm                                

Losing Ground: History of the land struggles of the Cahuilla Indians; their challenges and hurdles in proving land rights to water resources; and the Displacement of San Gorgonio Pass Cahuilla People in the 19th Century.                             

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA

Betty Meltzer – Author, Teacher, Historian

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May 21, 2015, 6:30pm                                

Project Archaeology                                                            

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA 

Anne Marie Cox – Archaeologist, Educator

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May 23 & 24 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Wildflower & Art Festival

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


June 14-July 4, 2015

Gems of Turkey Tour 2015

Julie Roller & John O’Neill – Tour Leaders

Western and Central Turkey

Cities in Cappadoccia, Silk Road Caravansaries – just some of ancient sites that we offer on our tour to Turkey, the historical crossroads where Europe and Asia meet. We’ll explore the historical sights of this great country while enjoying the “good life” that travel in a Mediterranean based country provides.

Hello. Our names are John O’Neill and Julie Roller. We are a husband/wife team from California offering a 21-day tour to Turkey, June 14 – July 4, 2015. We would like to make this tour available to your members for the affordable price of $3,590, excluding airfare. We offer our tour as a way for your members to visit ones of the most archeologically-rich countries of the world at a fair price. We, along with our Turkish partners, unisonturkey.com, operated our Gems of Turkey tour in 2013. On that trip, one professional and two amateur archeologists joined us, and they were both surprised and enthralled by the large number of well-preserved ruin sites and our ability to get them to there at the best times to visit. “We had an incredible tour of Western and Central Turkey and visited amazing archaeological sites from Neolithic to Roman. Our small group tour was able to visit sites during times when the tour buses were gone, and we often had the place to ourselves, just wandering through
beautiful ancient places. Our very knowledgeable Turkish guide enriched our experience of these diverse early cultures. Julie and John were so much fun to travel with, and gave us their unique perspectives and experience of Turkey. It is an incredible country for anyone
interested in archaeology, and the food and the people are wonderful too! We highly recommend this tour.” Ron and Glo Auler, Flagstaff, AZ

In appreciation of your willingness to announce our Gems of Turkey tour to your membership, we will donate $200.00 to your organization for each member or other person who travels with us through your referral. We have a tradition of working with non-profits through our small Turkish import company, Bluestone Imports, having donated several thousand dollars in fund raisers to various non-profits since 2010. We feel our tour would be especially attractive to your members as one of our main foci is to visit archeological sites and key museums that contain the best from the numerous ancient cultures of this land. Turkey is home to a large number of excellent Greco/Roman sites, and you can get up close and personal with the ruins. We have been to Turkey every year since 2005 and have made extensive and repeated visits to many sites. We know the best times of day to visit the more famous sites to avoid large crowds, and we know stunning ruin sites that most people never visit and that are never crowded.

We have a limit of 16 persons and travel in a comfortable mid-sized bus following an itinerary that has been developed for the independent traveler type who enjoys a slower pace and the opportunity for some exploring on one’s own. Overall, the tour is designed to be a fun, leisurely, yet active exploration of this interesting, beautiful, and increasingly important country. In addition to visiting historical places, we will spend time in beautiful natural settings along the Mediterranean and in the Cappadoccia region of central Turkey, and soak up the culture with the food/drink, people, and music of this magnificent country. With the personal friendships that we have developed over many extended trips to Turkey, we are able to offer a unique journey for only $3,590 for twenty one days. This price includes the services of a professionally-trained, English-speaking Turkish tour guide, all hotels (generally smaller family-run places) with breakfast, all travel costs in Turkey, entrance fees to the historical sites, 3 boat trips, some dinners, a cooking class in an Istanbul home, a whirling-dervish performance in an 800-year-old caravansaray with an opportunity to meet the dervishes, and an insider tour of the very important ongoing archeological dig at Catal Hoyuk (7600-5800BC) through our contacts with Dr. Ian Hodder, the leader of the dig. We offer the ease of mind of having Americans running the tour. With our small group size of16 people, and due to our deep knowledge of Turkey’s archeological sites, its culture and its natural beauty, we hope that you find our tour suitable for the members of your organization to join us in exploring this important and fascinating country. Attached is our flyer that presents the details of the tour. Please share this letter and flyer describing this special opportunity with your membership. Thank you very much.

Sincerely, John O’Neill and Julie Roller Santa Cruz, Ca. USA 831-515-8022 ude.mvwnull@llieno.nhoj

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www.unisonturkey.com


July 11 & 12, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Lemon Lily Festival

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


August 8, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Butterfly Daze

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


September 5 & 6, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm

Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


September 17, 2015, 6:30pm

Cave Paintings of Baja, California

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA

Speakers: Maria Puente and Britt Wilson

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