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January 1, 2014, 9:00am

“First Day” Hike to Celebrate the New Year! New Year’s Day Resolution Hike: Hike Alcoholic Pass!

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Join Volunteer Naturalists Ron & Peg Poitras to experience and discover the prehistory, history, and present-day journey of those who have used this trail for food, water, work, and fun. This is a 4 hour excursion into the pass. Meet at the north end of DiGiorgio Road. This is a strenuous but relatively short hike, bring water, snacks and wear hiking boots.

January 2, 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 

January 13, 2015, 7:00pm

“VEN 632/Chumash Museum Project”

Ventura County Archaeological Society

Chumash Indian Museum

Thousand Oaks, CA

Deb Roman on: re-examining the evidence using archaeometric methods on artifacts collected in the 1980’s.

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January 16, 2015, 6:00pm–8:00pm; January 17, 2015, 8:00am–5:00pm

An Introduction to the Kumeyaay

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

The Cultural Landscape of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park — Past and Present

Dr. Joan Schneider

$85 / $75 for ABF Members

This class will give students an appreciation of how the Native Peoples of the Colorado Desert and the bordering mountain ranges viewed, and still view, the lands in which they lived and live. This is a holistic look at how people who consider themselves part of the natural world use and care for that world.

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January 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

January 16, 2015 “Water In a Decade of Drought”

Panelists: Dr. William Patzert, California Institute of Technology, Marina West, Big­horn Desert Water District, and Kirby Brill, Mojave Water Agency

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.

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January 21, 2015, Dinner is at 7pm, lecture to follow

History of Fresno’s Water Tower

The Westeners

University Suites Hotel, Fresno, CA

Roger Taylor is the scheduled speaker.

You must rsvp for dinner. 559-323-8282

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 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 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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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


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.

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.

For more information

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,, 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