Angela Frances, mud-plastering the exterior of San Agustin Church
San Agustin Los Valles de San Agustin, NM.
Mud-plastering got underway on San Agustin church on Wednesday, September 3rd. Project lead, Don Sena, worked up a good design mix. The community provided the dirt for plaster from a local source. The team set scaffolding on the façade and began work. Severe deterioration required two coats on the stone and mud walls. Angela Frances, Stephen Calles (Alexandra Ward Fellowship interns) and intern Isaac Logsdon joined Don on the job. Peter Bergent, of the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch, joined the team for 4 days to learn about adobe plastering including materials, methods, tools and quantities and techniques of mud plastering. He also picked up skills for making adobes and wall construction. A close bond was formed between Peter and the team. Volunteers Rebecca Montoya, Jeff Hargis and Margaret Gorman helped one day. Rebecca has provided many hours in planning the project which was funded by New Mexico Profundo with a grant from the Thaw Family Trust. Many thanks to Peter, Rebecca, Margaret, Jeff and New Mexico Profundo. Work is expected to extend into the week of Sept. 16.
Stephen Calles mixing, Isaac Logsdon mudding, Interns and a volunteer
Join us for Cornerstones' Solar Fundraiser, Fiesta del Sol Fundraiser at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market Pavilion, October 25, 2019. For details and tickets visit: http://www.cstones.org/events
Adobera expert, Angela Francis, restores a traditional earthen floor
Mud Floor Workshop
Sponsored by Cornerstones Community Partnerships
Learn and participate in the restoration of a traditional earthen floor.
The Casita Martina within the historic Plaza del Cerro in Chimayo, New Mexico is undergoing restoration. A three-day workshop is planned during October 22 - 24, 2019 to complete the earthen floor. This workshop is occurring just prior to the Earth USA Conference being held in Santa Fe on Oct. 24-26, 2019 and is being planned as a “hands on” exercise for conference participants as well as other interested parties. Space is limited so reserve soon. A post conference tour includes this site.
The Workshop fee is $150 for all three days. Hours planned are 9-3:30 daily.
Adobera expert, Angela Francis, will lead the workshop for Cornerstones.
Plaza del Cerro is the only remaining completely enclosed fortified plaza left in New Mexico and likely the only one of its kind in the United States. These plazas, dating from the 18th century, were built entirely of earth and used defensively against Native American resistance to settlement by the Spaniards. Approximately 80% of the plaza remains intact.
Contact Cornerstones Community Partnerships for further information at 505-982-8251.
Feast Day at Santa Teresita Church
Santa Teresita Church, October 5, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets: $25
Featuring Music by El Trio Latino and a Talk/Tour of the Interior of the Church Restoration by Mayordoma Rebecca Montoya. This Nuevo Mexico Profundo event supports ongoing maintenance of the church. Music by El Trio. Burritos, tamales, snacks, water and soft drinks provided. A talk/tour will start at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend Catholic mass at 5:30 and to participate in the procession afterward. Directions will be provided for the most-direct routes and for a scenic route past other historic churches and through spectacular landscapes in fall colors.
Santa Teresita Church, north of Mora on Route 434, Mile 8.3
Santuario de Chimayo
The Altura Ensemble
Santuario de Chimayo, October 19, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets: $35
Take a drive through fall colors to hear this versatile sextet perform interrelating classical, contemporary, pop, jazz, and folk compositions. The unique program was designed by Santa Fe Symphony and ProMusica musicians Kimberly Fredenburgh and Kevin Vigneau, and includes Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel's Oboe” from The Mission, traditional and pilgrimage songs, and an amazing arrangement of Freddie Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This Nuevo Mexico Profundo event benefits the historic churches in Córdova, Truchas, and Las Trampas.
NUEVO MEXICO PROFUNDO is a multi-organization collaboration to benefit New Mexico historic churches. Cornerstones Community Partnerships is pleased to be one of the collaborating organizations.
A note to our Cornerstones’ friends who have recently received our 2018 Annual Report- We have just discovered that some names were omitted from the listing of Donors. Each and every one of you is vital to the success of Cornerstones mission. Please accept our deepest apology and know that we are in the process of correcting this error!
Cornerstones is happy to share news about three upcoming events with our readers.
San Agustin Mission
Remudding Workshop at the San Agustin Mission
The 5-day mud-plastering project at San Agustin Mission in the village of San Agustin will begin on September 3, 2019. Volunteers are welcome. The workshop is being supported by a grant from the Thaw Trust, which was applied for by Nuevo Mexico Profundo. (www.nuevo-méxico-profundo.com) Please call Cornerstones (505-982-9521) for information regarding this opportunity.
San Agustín is the northernmost of what were once a string of village churches in the Gallinas River Valley, some of which have deteriorated beyond repair. The church was first a fortress in the early 1800's and converted to a church in the 1830's and has recently fallen into disrepair. It is built of local sandstone with adobe mortar and plastered with adobe mud. The church has been closed for a period of years and without intervention will deteriorate rapidly. Cornerstones, in partnership with the community and Nuevo Mexico Profundo, plans to remediate a bat infestation and mud-plaster the mission.
San Agustin is 8 miles from Romeroville on C24. in San Miguel County.
San Rafael Church
Concert at Historic Church in La Cueva, Mora County
Lone Piñon, a leading band in New Mexican traditional music, will be performing at San Rafael mission church in La Cueva at 7:30 pm on August 17, 2019. The concert is sponsored by Nuevo Mexico Profundo and the proceeds support the maintenance and restoration of San Rafael.
The event is a unique opportunity to experience authentic northern New Mexican culture in a historic setting. The program includes opening prayers in song (alabados) offered by Hermanos de la Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, a brief introduction on the recent history of San Rafael by Frank Graziano, the Lone Piñon Trio performance, and an encore during which Mora musicians Alex Montoya, Nazario Montoya, and Jeannie Mondragon accompany the band.
Information and tickets:contact: email@example.com
NUEVO MEXICO PROFUNDO is a collaboration of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, New Mexico Office of the State Historian, New Mexico State Historic Preservation Officer, Cornerstones Community Partnerships, New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance, Spanish Colonial Arts Society, and participating parishes, mayordomos, and communities. The program is staffed by volunteers and raises funds for the preservation of New Mexico’s historic churches.
Cornerstones' Solar Initiative
Fall Fundraiser Logo designed by Robert Tenorio, Kewa Pueblo
Save the Date
On October 25, 2019, Cornerstones’ Solar Initiative will host the
Fiesta del Sol Benefit Dinner Featuring 2 Cuisines by 2 New Mexico Chefs, Using 3 Common, Local Ingredients, to Create 1 Unique Dining Experience
Benefit helps fund 21st century solar power projects to preserve ancient cultures on Pueblo lands and northern New Mexico villages.
Cornerstones Community Partnerships lost a very special friend and colleague, Alexandra Ward, after a brief illness in 2018. Over a 20-year period, Alexandra was an important and integral part of Cornerstones’ community. Her talent and dedication allowed her to assume a wide range of roles in the organization. She championed our mission to preserve the unique heritage of New Mexico through its historic churches, buildings and communities. To honor her memory, we have established the Alexandra Ward Community Fellowship.
Cornerstones is pleased to announce that Angela Francis and Stephen Calles, pictured below, have been chosen as recipients.The fellowship supports the candidates to advance their skills in traditional building technologies, gain leadership experience, become involved in community and achieve personal professional goals. The fellows will take on projects that can fulfill these criteria and meet their individual benchmarks within a two-year period. The two candidates will serve under the mentorship of the Director and present their accomplishments when milestones have been achieved. Stephen is educated in and skilled in architectural design and woodworking. Angela has 8 years of experience learning the art of plastering using natural materials. She has also led various earthen construction projects. Both share a passion for the work and a desire to broaden their skills.
The Solar Initiative
The Pueblo of Cochiti
The Solar Initiative, in partnership with New Energy Economy, has provided funding for a second project, the solarization of the Keres Children’s Learning Center of the Pueblo of Cochiti. Children of the Pueblo receive 50% of their instruction in their native language (Keres) and 50% in English. By teaching the language, the Pueblo is passing on its history, values, beliefs and a worldview. Incorporated in the second program are two scholarships for Pueblo members to learn and train in solar installation.
The Pueblo of Nambe
A grant was made in partnership with Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative to install PV-on-a-Pole at two homes on the Pueblo, serviced and selected by the Coop .Cost savings and the opportunity to promote the benefits of solar energy on the Pueblo were the incentives for the project.
Zuni Veterinary Clinic
Funds were awarded to solarize the newly constructed, self-sustainable Zuni Veterinary Clinic.This will be a year-round fully functional clinic to take care of and reduce the number of stray animals and eliminate diseases through vaccines.This Earthship will drastically reduce utility bills, provide natural heating, cooling, water and electricity and act as a showcase for off-the-grid buildings. The grant was made in partnership with Biotecture Planet Earth, Inc.
Robbie Kelly and Santiago Vigil at San Rafael Church in La Cueva
Mud plastering at San Rafael was completed on Friday July 12. Robbie Kelly and Santiago Vigil (pictured) were on hand throughout with many other volunteers participating. Members of the Grants office of the Catholic Foundation joined us for a great day of mudding on July 21. A special thank you to Florence Gurule, Gwen Moore, Gina Pacheco (and her daughter) for the delicious food they provided for the workers on this project. Thanks to Joe Gurule for getting the material for us and mowing around the church. Hats off to Don for leading an excellent workshop ending with a beautiful job well done. On Saturday July 20 the window repair project will start. Stephen Calles will lead the training with Robbie and Santiago learning that side of preservation maintenance. The ongoing work schedule will be set on July 20. Please check our website (www.cstones.org) or contact Cornerstones (505-982-8521) if you are interested in helping.
Volunteers at San Rafael Church, La Cueva
Volunteers making adobe bricks at the Greer Garson stable in Pecos National Historical Park.
Our project to restore a portion of Greer Garson’s stable at Pecos National Historical Park through our partnership with the Park Service mobilized on June 7. Our schedule is 2 days a week, Thursdays and Fridays. Volunteers who made bricks in Santa Fe during National Historic Preservation (May 2019) followed some of those bricks to the Pecos job and have joined the effort. Once the foundation work is completed, we will start rebuilding the deteriorated adobe walls. The work project days at Pecos will continue until the work is completed. Volunteers are welcome. Please check our website (www.cstones.org) or contact Cornerstones (505-982-8521) if you are interested in helping.
Stable at the Greer Garson Ranch in Pecos National Historical Park
Robbie and Santiago at Santo Niño de Atocha, Buena Vista
Cornerstones’ summer work projects have begun! Don Sena, Cornerstones Project Manager, along with Cornerstones interns Robbie Kelly and Santiago Vigil, completed the scheduled work on the Santo Niño de Atocha Church, Buena Vista, NM. Preservation maintenance work accomplished consisted of opening up an exterior crack to evaluate the structure, applying mud plaster to the crack and wall repairs to interior surfaces. Cornerstones Director, Jake Barrow met with Mayordoma Veronica Serna to discuss windows and long-term church restoration goals. Thank you, Don, Robbie, Santiago, Jake and Veronica!
Don, Robbie and Santiago head to San Rafael in La Cueva (Mora valley) next for a major exterior re-plastering workshop. Mayordoma Gwen Moore is gathering together all materials needed for the job. Staff from the Catholic Foundation will join the effort on June 21. Volunteer opportunities are available here and at the Forked Lightening Ranch Stable Workshop in Pecos described below.
San Rafael Church, La Cueva
Forked Lightening Ranch Stable, Pecos
Volunteer Opportunities - June 2019
San Rafael Church in La Cueva – 9AM until 3PM on Fridays and Saturdays, mud-plastering.
Pecos National Historical Park at the Forked Lightening Ranch Stable - 9AM until 3PM Thursdays and Fridays, brick making and adobe wall building.
If you are interested in volunteering for one or both projects, please call Jake Barrow, Director, Cornerstones for specifics as soon as possible. Our phone number is 505-982-9521. All are welcome and no experience is necessary!
Heritage and Evolution- Earthen Architecture in New Mexico and Beyond
Preservationist,Professor Francisco Uvina Contreras, will present his lecture - “Heritage and Evolution- Earthen Architecture in New Mexico and Beyond”, including images, on May 22 at 5PM at San Miguel Chapel. The lecture will focus on the development of earthen architecture in the Americas, and how adobe became the material of choice during the colonization. A brief description of the use of adobe in Peru, Mexico and the Southwest United States will be presented with a focus on the evolution of the technology to its present use, and application, as well as its transformation, and modern additives detrimental to its traditional use. Suggested donation, $10.00.
Francisco Uviña Contreras is the Director for the Historic Preservation and Regionalism Graduate Certificate Program at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico. He received his Master of Architecture and a master’s Certificate in Preservation and Regionalism in 2009 from the University of New Mexico, graduating with distinction. Francisco was an Architectural/Technical Manager at Cornerstones from 1994 to 2008, working in communities throughout New Mexico, the Southwest and northern Mexico. He is the co-author and illustrator of Cornerstones’ Adobe Conservation, A Preservation Handbook.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
The lecture is sponsored by Cornerstones Community Partnerships and coincides with Historic Preservation Month and the Adobe Brick-Making events at the Chapel.
This event has been organized with the cooperation of St. Michael’s High School and the De la Salle Christian Brothers, owners and custodians of San Miguel Chapel since 1881.
For additional information, please contact Karen Kuranz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-982-9521.
Adobe Brick-Making Event
On Saturday, May 4, Cornerstones’ staff and volunteers gathered at the Drury Plaza Hotel, east end of Cathedral Park, to make adobe bricks for future preservation projects. Folks from many areas as well as local Santa Feans got their hands muddy and enjoyed getting to know one another. The event continues at the Drury Plaza on May 11 and at San Miguel Chapel on May 18 and 25 from 9:30am until 1pm. All are welcome and no experience is necessary. For more information contact email@example.com or call 505-982-9521.
Rael Acequia Restoration
The Wellesley Village Church Youth Group from Wellesley, MA. volunteered on several Cornerstones’ projects in April 2019. They returned to Santa Fe for their 7th volunteer experience! Below are pictures of the group cleaning the Rael acequia and a comment from partiantes, Carol Cooper and Keir Carreccio, about their hard work.
“Many thanks, Jake, for your leadership on the ditch cleaning project. The ‘kids’ and their leaders are great people and incredible workers. And they are part of history…the 301st year of the Alonzo Rael el Canon’s acequia. He would be so happy!”
Please consider volunteering your time or donating to help support our goal of preserving historic structures, encouraging traditional building practices and affirming cultural values.http://www.cstones.org. Thank you!
Cornerstones invites you to join JAKE BARROW, Director, Cornerstones Community Partnerships on Saturday, April 6 at 4PM for a talk on:
A Solar Option for San Miguel Chapel—Next Step in a 15-Year Partnership?
(Jake received his B.F.A., University of North Carolina and Architectural Preservation certificates from the International Center for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome and Venice, Italy. He spent three decades with the National Park Service, from the National Capitol to the Southwest. Jake was Program Director of Cornerstones Community Partnerships from 2009 and has been the Executive Director since 2016. He was awarded the New Mexico Lifetime Achievement Heritage Preservation Award in 2015.)
Jake’s talk is the last in a series sponsored by St. Michael’s High School and the De la Salle Christian Brothers, owners and custodians of San Miguel Chapel since 1881. The series is called Spring Dialogues 2019 and the goal is to deepen understanding of El Barrio de Analco National Historic District, and its historically significant structures, by inviting leading authorities to share their discoveries and insights. The El Barrio de Analco National Historic District is a National Historic Landmark District centered at the junction of East De Vargas Street and Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, NM. It is made up of seven buildings, including San Miguel Chapel, and is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods of European origin in the United States.
All talks will be held at the San Miguel Chapel on five consecutive Saturdays; March 9 through April 6, from 4pm-5:15pm. The suggested donation is $10.
Presenters include two historians, a folklore specialist, an art conservator, and an architectural preservation expert.
• The relationship between Santa Fe and Analco: the Villa and the Barrio
• Tlaxcalans and Genízaros: Analco residents as defenders and food-producers
• Imported decorations and in-kind wages: a closer look at the 1710 Chapel reconstruction report
• What multispectral imaging technology has revealed about 300-year old Segesser hide paintings
• Solar panels for the 400-year old Chapel?
Questions? Contact programmer Julianne Burton-Carvajal: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Solar Initiative Funding Recipient
Cornerstones, in partnership with Remy’s Good Day Fund, has just awarded its 10th grant since the inception of our Solar Initiative in the last quarter of 2017.
The most recent recipient is the Energy Sovereignty Institute which will use the funds to hold a Stakeholder Summit Convening. The Institute is a social innovation initiative designed to promote the benefits of decentralized energy systems and technologies for Native American communities, and to advance their availability and use. A key function will be to provide a nationally recognized clearinghouse for related information, resources and initiatives.
As the days get longer, bit by bit, we at Cornerstones are looking forward to the upcoming 2019 projects that reflect our mission.
In January we welcomed our new intern, Issac Logsdon (pictured above). Issac received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History and Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO. in 2018. He has many interests and he will be helping us with multiple projects, including Social Media, marketing and PR, grant writing and adobe brick making. He is a valuable addition to our family.
The Wellesley Village Church Youth group from Wellesley, Massachusetts (pictured above in 2018) will return in April to spend a week working on a variety of projects in the Plaza del Cerro in Chimayo. This will be the second year in a row that the group has made the Plaza del Cerro one of their Service Projects. The Youth Group has been volunteering with Cornerstones almost every year since 2011 and has provided funding for three of their projects during that time! We are so grateful for their support.
Church projects in Mora, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties will start in May and will be listed on our web site for those interested in volunteering for adobe repair and mud-plastering. In addition, we will celebrate the Historic Preservation Month of May with four Saturdays devoted to adobe brick-making in Santa Fe. Volunteers – young and old - are encouraged to join us! Locations and times will be listed on our website on the “Engage” page under “workshops”. Information regarding church projects and adobe brick-making will also be included in future MudBlasts.
Our Solar Initiative continues to grow, and as we follow-up on past projects(Ribera Cultural Community Center pictured above) we are sinking our teeth into new, exciting endeavors during the coming year. Decisions on the first grant round in 2019 will be made at the end of February and we will share the news in our next MudBlast.
As always, we deeply appreciate your interest in and support of our efforts to partner with communities for a sustainable heritage.
We thought the following might be of interest to you and are happy to share the information:
On February 14, 2019, the Historic Santa Fe Foundation will sponsor a lecture by Tonia Sing Chi on Building Reciprocity: Participation in Native American Housing and Perpetuation of Earthen Architectural Traditions at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Ms. Chi researched material in Cornerstones’ files on our work at the Acoma Pueblo as the basis for one of the 4 topics she is presenting. If you are interested in attending the lecture, please contact HSFF at https://www.historicsantafe.org/salon for more information.
2018 Death Valley Tribal Participants
On the left: Eli Aquino, Eric Calvert and Dwayne Calvert
On the right: Robert Mariano, then Aubrey Lujan, Isiah Chavez, Elijah Lujan, then Amber Chapo
New Mexico Natives Experience Death Valley
Cow Creek Compound was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps in south central Death Valley National Park. Currently used as a maintenance facility, it was constructed entirely of adobe with a surrounding compound wall hundreds of feet long. For several years, Cornerstones has been conducting adobe “hands on” training workshops to rebuild the severely deteriorated wall. Local soils are very rocky, and the adobe bricks contain a large percentage of gravely stone. The adobe surfaces of Cow Creek structures were never plastered, but were left to weather naturally, revealing lots of colorful stone. No straw was used, yielding a different kind of adobe, unfamiliar to those of us familiar with traditional building materials in New Mexico.
At the beginning of this year’s workshop in late October, a 5-person team from the Ancestral Lands Southwest Conservation Corps office in Albuquerque joined our 3 Okay Owingeh team members, who were starting the season’s work. Adobe making is always first on the agenda and the eight Native Americans representing Isleta Pueblo, the Navajo Nation and our Cornerstones’ team joined in a tribal collaboration to learn about materials, new techniques and to make over 1000 bricks for the wall work. Three diverse cultures with three different languages making bricks far from home in the lowest, hottest and driest place in the US made for a unique, rewarding shared experience. Our newest and youngest volunteer was on hand, picking up a trowel to help. Plans are underway to repeat the work project in 2019.
On the left - making adobe bricks. On the right - our youngest volunteer from the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Braylon!
Cornerstones’ new intern, Isaac Logsdon, participated in his first work project with Cornerstones at the Cow Creek Compound from November 4th through December 14th. He helped restore several sections of a perimeter wall, which included rebuilding parts from the foundation, to repairing the original. He spent a day in the ghost town of Rhyolite, NV (a Bureau of Land Management site), repairing a 1906 bottle house. The house was built with earthen mortar and an estimated 50,000 glass bottles! We are delighted to welcome Isaac into the Cornerstones family. A recent graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History and Ceramics degree from Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO., he is extremely talented and has much to offer!
The Glass Bottle House
We hope that you will think generously about donating to Cornerstones during this celebratory season!
During this holiday season, Cornerstones Community Partnerships is counting its blessings! You are at the top of our list!
Your continued commitment to our goal of working in partnership with communities to restore historic structures, encourage traditional building practices and affirm cultural values indicates that you share the importance Cornerstones places on New Mexico’s unique cultural landscape! Thank you!
Ongoing projects at Plaza del Cerro, Chimayo, reputed to be the only extant fortified plaza in North America, and at San Miguel Chapel, the oldest church in the United States, are always a part of our agenda.
But in order to remain relevant in today’s world and to fully impact the communities we serve, we also seek new directions. Our most recent new project is The Solar Initiative. A generous donor has stepped forward to grant monies for solar installation and maintenance on Tribal lands and in New Mexico villages. Since its inception at the end of 2017, we have made eight grants ranging from a training and installation program for members of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Zuni who live off the grid in the Gallup area to, most recently, UNM-Taos for the Integrated Education and Solar Certification Training program, designed specifically for the non-traditional student.
As we review proposals from potential grantees, we are focused on funding projects that give opportunity to the unemployed, underemployed and youth, who, in turn, give back to the community.
And, exciting news: Cornerstones has received funding to initiate solarization of San Miguel Chapel! We’ll keep you informed of our progress!
We hope that you will think generously about donating to Cornerstones during this celebratory season!
Centro de Amistad Senior Center in Santa Clara Goes Solar
On Friday, October 12, 2018 the Centro de Amistad Senior Center in Santa Clara switched to an all-solar system. Cornerstones, in partnership with Remy’s Good Day Fund, granted New Energy Economy funds to assist in the installation. The revenue saved will be re-invested in the senior center and its programs, which include the only meal of the day for many of the 100 seniors served and the only opportunity for socialization.
Dozens of local elders and area leaders turned out for a green ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a 19 kW solar array that will virtually eliminate the center’s electrical costs and reduce yearly electricity bills by $8-$10,000 for the Village of Santa Clara, helping to redirect funds back into community. It will also reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 900,000 lbs. - the equivalent of Not Burning 368,000 lbs. of coal!
Poster Presentation at the Ribera Cultural Community Center
In 1998, the Los Pueblos Community Council envisioned The Ribera Community Cultural Center in Ribera, NM. They re-purposed the old Ribera School the Old Ribera School into a much-needed community center for gatherings, art exhibits and classes and other community-focused activities with the intent of enriching the lives of those living in San Miguel county.
Gloria Luz Gonzales, Director, Los Pueblos Community Council, has been instrumental in the entire 10-year project. When funding for solar panels was offered by Cornerstones during the reconstruction process, she realized the potential of it to save money that could be used to support projects at the center. She also saw it as a teaching moment. In February 2018, Cornerstones, in partnership with Remy’s Good Day Fund, granted the Cultural Center funds to install 14 solar panels to provide the hot water supply for radiant heat throughout the building. The installation was completed on September 10, 2018. On October 24, 2018 at 10AM, Cornerstones presented the Community Cultural Center with a poster explaining the new solar thermal system.
Partnering with Remy’s Good Day Fund, we at Cornerstones have created a Solar Initiative directed toward job training, and the installation and maintenance of solar systems on Tribal lands and in economically challenged northern New Mexico villages. We support job training for youth, the unemployed and underemployed which enhances economic opportunity for both the individual as well as their community. Solar power also offers health benefits and cost savings. We are delighted to be part of the solarization of the Santa Clara and Ribera centers and look forward to helping other communities in New Mexico strengthen ties and improve economies.
New Mexico ranks second in the nation for solar potential. but has been slow to act on this fact. Cornerstones and Remy’s Good Day Fund intend to change this!
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Rainsville, NM has been repaired. Mora County interns, Robby Kelly and Santiago Vigil worked diligently on Friday, September 29 to complete this mission. Their lime plaster repair work was very successful and blends in well with the rest of the structure. After the repair, they lime washed the structure with one coat and water colored(brown) it with rollers on extension poles. This gave the normally white colored, lime washed walls a mud plaster look. Thank you, Robbie and Santiago, for the beautiful job!
TICAL (Taller Internacional de Cal)
The Historic Doña Ana Village, NM
The International Workshop on Lime Plaster and Lime Wash (TICAL) at Doña Ana Village October 9-13, 2018 was a great success.Community members, Pat Taylor (Pat Taylor, Inc), representatives of the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, University of New Mexico and Cornerstones Community Partnerships jointly lead the workshop. The workshop addressed traditional adobe repairs, lime plaster and lime wash of historic structures in Doña Ana, a historic district in Las Cruces, listed on the State and National Register. The focus was on the church, the De La O house and the Montoya House. Approximately 40 participants from the US and Mexico, including 5 students from UNM, enjoyed both the classroom and hands-on training, as well as several lectures. Those attending the workshop praised the quality of the overall experience, commenting on the well -organized lessons and the knowledgeable and welcoming nature of the attending experts. Many are looking forward to an invitation to the next TICAL! The workshop was sponsored by the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, the National Park Service, Doña Ana Historic Preservation Committee, Cornerstones Community Partnerships, University of New Mexico, Pat Taylor, Inc., and INAH. Congratulations to all who ensured the success of this workshop!
Partnering with communities toward sustainable heritage
Cornerstones Project Manager, Don Sena, has been busy recently sealing the area above the new flashing on the new roof of the San Miguel gift shop and sacristy. After storms washed out many areas between the exterior wall and the new roof, repairs were needed so flashing could be installed. After repairs and flashing installation, wire mesh was installed to hold the scratch coat (base coat) in place on the upper portion of the flashing. Because of Don’s successful efforts, all areas above the flashing, around windows, behind rundown pipes, and on the parapet above the gift shop have been plastered and sealed. Another coat of mud will be placed on the parapet area above the gift shop to better seal the roof and cover the exposed geo-reinforcing mesh. Many thanks to Don for his commitment to historic preservation!
Barb Odell, Volunteer Photographer
Cornerstones is so appreciative of the many miles Barb travels to capture the magic of work projects. We asked her to share a few of her thoughts and favorite photos. She says, “I want to give you images from the work sites as it’s been incredible to see these developments. One is the transfer of knowledge from old to young. As we know, handing down these work techniques is invaluable to the preservation of these buildings. And Cornerstones can make those connections - such as the late Felipe Ortega, who is showing Leanne Fulfer how to build the Horno at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe."
The second photo is from the Plaza del Cerro at Chimayo, showing some of the items found during the excavation of the walls as community members and volunteers got ready to restore them. Many of these found objects were underneath the street side window where there was a space between the boards in the wall section below the sill. “I find it fascinating when we find these items and wonder on their history", Barb says.
Many thanks to Barb for capturing and sharing community spirit!
Both photos by Barb Odell.
TICAL - October 9 -13, 2018
The correct room rate for attendees is $79.00 per night.
Google Group Spends Day at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Making Adobe Bricks
After many years in decline, the focus of the Ohkay Owingeh today is on rehabilitating the historic core of the pueblo, which was entirely built of adobe by the Ohkay Owingeh people. This commitment to rebuild serves as an excellent model for other communities.
On August 2, 2018, a group of Google employees spent the day making adobe bricks at the Ohkay Owingeh pueblo. Cornerstones Community Partnerships, who has been conducting adobe making workshops like this for many years, involving volunteers from all over the country, coordinated the project. “We do it whenever we can structure the opportunity” says Jake Barrow, Cornerstones’ Director. “The Google event at the Pueblo was very special because of the vital importance of native culture to the heritage of New Mexico. Earthen architectural traditions are deeply imbedded in our state and represent a tactile connection of a unique place and people. This work links our present to our past, which is so well-embodied by the current Okay Owingeh project.”
We, at Cornerstones, are delighted that Google had the opportunity to work in collaboration with the pueblo and had a chance to experience the Governor’s and War Chief’s prayers with its message of unity, respect, thankfulness and appreciation.
Saturday Concerts at San Miguel Chapel - Exceptional Chamber Music performances support the restoration of this historic structure. The last two performances are at 4PM in the Chapel on August 18th and August 25th.
Cornerstones' work projects have been rescheduled due to weather. We look forward to beginning again in early September. During that month, Mora Youth interns will be workring on weekends at various locations in the county. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Cornerstones for information.
A group from Historic Preservation at Boston Architectural College, led by Director Eleni Glekas and comprised of 10 graduate students and faculty from BAC and the National College of Arts in Pakistan, recently visited Santa Fe. The trip was organized through an educational partnership the college has with the U.S. Dept. of State. The group visited Santa Fe several years ago and attended a lecture given by Cornerstones' Director Jake Barrow, who instructed them in the art of adobe construction and Cornerstones’ preservation projects
Mud adobe was of prime interest to the group on this trip and they contacted Jake again, who gave a presentation to them on adobe and the history of San Miguel Mission. At Cornerstones’ suggestion, the group then travelled to Chimayo where they toured the Plaza del Cerro and spoke with several Chimayosos about the its restoration. The Plaza del Cerro is considered the oldest, intact, enclosed plaza in New Mexico, built in the late 18th century and designed defensively to protect the community. Cornerstones, along with Chimayo community members and other volunteers, is engaged in the restoration of this important site.
Cornerstones is delighted to have had the opportunity to educate and assist this group during their visit to northern New Mexico.
The Taller International de Conservacion y Restauracion de Arquitectura de Tierra (TICRAT) is a binational initiative that started approximately 25 years ago to bring much needed information to communities and professionals in the preservation of historic and earthen structures in our region. These earthen technologies and building typologies in Mexico and the U.S. are a common cultural thread between both nations. Cornerstones, along with important institutions such as the National Park Service (NPS), University of Arizona, UNM and the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia (INAH in Mexico) collaborated this year to bring the program to Santa Fe and the Pecos National Historical Park in New Mexico, June 12-15. The NPS provided a long list of experts in earthen architecture, including our own Jake Barrow. The workshop was complemented by academic institution lecturers as well as local conservationists. Morning presentations were held at Site Santa Fe, a unique contemporary art space, and afternoon workshops were conducted at the Pecos National Historical Park. Participants enjoyed a hands-on morning lime plaster and washing project at the historic Nuestra Senora de Luz church in Canoncito. Cornerstones is delighted, after a ten year hiatus, to again be an integral part of this important international conference.
Check out the first official season of Chamber Music at San Miguel Chapel every Sunday at 4:00 PM from July 28th through August 25th. These concerts are to raise funds for the preservation of San Miguel. See the calendar page of their website for more information:http://sanmiguelchapel.org/