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October through December 2014

Old Sacramento Underground Tour

Historic Old Sacramento Foundation

Sacramento History Museum

Sacramento, CA

Days & times are for October. Check back for Winter days and times.

Thursday-Friday 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm

Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm, Departing every half hour

Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s
underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Today, you
can join thousands of residents and visitors in uncovering the facts
behind the legends that lie below our buildings and sidewalks. Explore
excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while your tour guide
recounts the tales of devastation, perseverance, and determination that
led to California’s only successful street-raising project.

These hour-long guided walking tours check in at the Sacramento
History Museum before heading out into Old Sacramento and
descending below historic buildings. Be prepared to walk in areas with
uneven surfaces and low ceilings and get ready to learn and have fun all
along the way! During the summer months, please plan for very warm
temperatures, as a portion of the tour is conducted outdoors and the
underground spaces are not temperature controlled. Tours run rain or
shine. Adults $15 Youth $10

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October is California Archaeology Month!

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October 16, 2014, 6:30pm

“Our Neighbor Nevada”

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

45480 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA

Our next door neighbor is celebrating its 150th year of Statehood in 2014 and it’s a great time to come to our CVAS gathering to learn a little about the geology, history, 
archaeology, flora, fauna and people that have made Nevada the State that it is. From Elvis to lizards, this promises to be a fun evening that will spark your interest in learning more about your neighbor.  

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October 2014-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

October 17, 2014 “Joshua Tree National Park – State of the Park”

Panelists: David Smith, Superintendent, Andrea Compton, Chief of Resources and

Jennie Albrinck, Chief of Interpretation.

November 21, 2014 “Renewable Energy Development”

Panelists: Chris Clarke, KCET Environmental Writer, James Andre, Director, Granite

Mountains Desert Research Center and April Sall, California Desert Coalition

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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November 1, 2014

San Diego’s 39th Annual Rock Art Symposium

Mingei Museum auditorium, Balboa Park

San Diego, CA

The San Diego Rock Art Association (SDRAA) announces Rock Art 2014, San Diego’s 39th Annual Rock Art Symposium, to be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014. After the San Diego Museum of Man announced it would discontinue its sponsorship of the meeting, SDRAA has taken over as host with a new lower price for registration. The Call for Papers on any aspect of rock art research has been issued and papers may be submitted for publication. Send Abstracts by October 26 to gro.trakcorogeidnasnull@muisopmys. Full information and online registration is at

November 9-16, 2014

Mission, Art, Architecture and Cultural Heritage of Southern Baja California Sur, México

Corredor Historico Carem, A.C.

CAREM is pleased to announce a tour of southern Baja California Sur! The Tour will be led by the noted historian of art and architecture and specialist in mission history, Dr. Pamela J. Huckins. The Tour will include –  Misión Santa Rosa de las Palmas (Todos Santos), Misión San José del Cabo Añuiti, Misión Santiago El Apostol Aiñiní, and Misión Nuestra Señora del Pilar de la Paz Arapí as well as museums and other cultural sites. Join us as we savor delicious regional foods and enjoy the cultural and social history of the region.  Additionally, tour guests will view beautiful architecture in every city, the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History in La Paz, other local museums, cultural centers, art galleries, an historical mining town and gardens, and beautiful beach community of Los Barriles.

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November 14, 2014, 7:00pm

Glimpses of the Gobi Desert as seen from Ikh Nart Nature Reserve at the northern margin of the Gobi in Eastern Mongolia: Archaeology and Wildlife Conservation

The 29 Palms Historical Society 

Old Schoolhouse Museum
Twentynine Palms, CA

Joan Schneider, Ph.D. Archaeology Team Leader, Earthwatch Institute

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December 7, 2014, 9:00am-4:00pm

Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Cottonwood Visitor Center, Joshua Tree National Park
Cottonwood Exit off of Highway 10

Stretch your legs and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Cottonwood Mountains with Ted Reeves in this all-day field class.  Reeves will discuss the rocks and minerals of Cottonwood Mountains and tell stories of the people who eked out a living in the Cottonwood Spring area during the late 1800s.  Participants will walk six miles through the rolling hills of the Colorado Desert.

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December 12, 2014, 6:00pm–8:00pm; December 13, 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm

An Introduction to the Cahuilla

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

$160 / $140 for both classes

These classes 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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December 12, 2014, 7:00pm

Mining in the Region of Joshua Tree National Park

The 29 Palms Historical Society 

Old Schoolhouse Museum
Twentynine Palms, CA

D.D Trent, Ph.D. Geology, Professor Emeritus, Citrus College

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December 13, 2014, 9:30am-12:00pm

Day at the Ranch: Chumash

William S. Hart Park and Museum

Newhall, CA

Come visit and experience life in an historic Chumash village. Learn how the Chumash lived 500 years ago, including how they gathered and prepared food, how they built their homes, what they did for fun and so much more.

Free admission, donations accepted.

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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.