On October 15th, Casa Grande Ruins hosted a collaborative preservation event. Members of the Friends of Casa Grande Ruins and Arizona Site Stewards joined NPS staff and volunteers at the monument for a day of archeological preservation education and information exchange.
In the morning, Casa Grande Ruins staff led backcountry tours to Compound B and the Clan House. Following the tours, everyone had an opportunity to explore Compound A and the museum.
While enjoying a lunch provided by the Arizona Site Steward program, Friends of Casa Grande Ruins president Doug Craig provided information on the friends group and the support they provide to the park. The friends group assists the park during special events, such as the annual Native American Music Festival held in February.
Arizona Site Steward program coordinator Kristen McLean provided information about the that program and the valuable role site stewards serve in protecting sites in Arizona. Site Stewards are volunteers who are trained in monitoring the archeological sites assigned to them for incidents of vandalism and other impacts.
After lunch, the group traveled to Adamsville, an archeological site managed by the state of Arizona and actively stewarded by several members of the group. Doug Craig, who is a senior archeologist with 30 years’ experience in the region, lent his knowledge about Adamsville and other sites in the Casa Grande area.
The partners involved with this event, look forward to working together to preserve these and other important archeological sites in the Middle Gila River Valley.