COLORADO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

PUBLIC EDUCATION MATCHING GRANT

 

Each Chapter of CAS is eligible annually to receive an Educational Grant from CAS.  The purpose of the Grant is to encourage each CAS Chapter to sponsor or hold public education events in support of archaeological activities or anti-vandalism education in their area.

 
 

Previous Grant Projects

 

The Grand Junction Chapter, in 2018, received a grant to help support an educational and cleanup effort with 8th grade students from Mt. Garfield Middle School.  Thirty-six students were chosen from about 100 applications to help clean up graffiti marring a local prehistoric rock art site.  Along with support from the BLM, the Northern Ute tribe, the Great Old Broads for Wilderness, the CAS Education Grant helped to provide both educational and clean up opportunities.  First, students visited five education stations that provided the perspectives of members of the Ute tribe on landscape and rock art, the history of mining in the area, interpreting rock art, impact of souvenir collecting, and the principles of Leave No Trace.  They then helped in removing graffiti from several areas near the rock art sites.  In 2019, the event won a State Archaeologist’s Award from History Colorado.  See related video

 

In 2017, the Chipeta Chapter received a grant to help support replacement of an historical sign marking the site of Fort

Crawford.  The Colorado Department of Transportation was

working on Highway 550 just south of Montrose; the project

required that an historical sign about 19th century Fort

Crawford would have to be moved.  Since the Chipeta Chapter

had installed the original sign back in the 1960s, the chapter

sought to acquire the funding with several local agencies.  

Rocky Mountain Aggregate and the Montrose County

Historical Society partnered with Chipeta and CAS to replace

the old wooden sign with a modern one that more fully

explains the importance of the site of old Fort Crawford

and its importance in Western Colorado history. 

 

In 2019, the Pikes Peak Chapter received an education grant

to make 150 clay pots for their educational outreach

activities with fourth grade classes at local elementary

schools.  Jerry Rhodes, a Pikes Peak chapter member, hand

throws each of these pots; the previous year he made and

donated 70 pots at his own expense.  The pots are used in

the chapter Ceramics class, given by Pat Williams to 4th

graders in local Colorado Springs Elementary Schools as

part of the chapter’s Education /Outreach program.  The

Pikes Peak chapter also includes presentations of Lithics

and rock art.  Last year the Pots were used at Venetucci

Elementary. When actual pots were not available, the

students studied a variety of pottery images; they were

able to replicate designs on paper outlines of various

pottery shapes.  

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