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ACRA 14th Annual Conference

Doing Business in Changing Times


Thursday, September 25, 2008

[8:45-5:00]Board Meeting
[8:45-5:00]Business of CRM Workshop
[3:00-5:00]Behind-the-Scenes at Arizona State Museum

Friday, September 26, 2008

[8:45-10:15]Past, Present, and Future of Section 106
Moderated by Terry Klein, Executive Director of SRI Foundation

Tom King, Cultural Resource Management Instructor, SWCA Environmental Consultants
Lynne Sebastian, Director of Historic Preservation Programs, SRI Foundation
Jim Garrison, Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer
[10:30-12:00]Local Governments: Compliance, Economics, and Preservation
Moderated by Linda L. Mayro, Cultural Resources Manager, Pima County
[12:00-1:30]Awards Lunch
[1:30-3:00]Working with Tribes
Moderated by T. J. Ferguson, Owner of Anthropological Research, L.L.C
[3:30-5:00]Architectural Assessment and Preservation
Moderated by R. Brooks Jeffery, Director of the University of Arizona Preservation Studies Program
Reception at the Arizona Historical Society

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Tour to Tumamoc Hill

A prominent local landmark with a panoramic view of the Tucson Basin, Tumamoc Hill is one of the most extensive trincheras sites (prehispanic hilltop settlements with masonry architecture) in southern Arizona. Massive encircling walls and terraces, numerous smaller terraces, more than 150 structures, and an extensive array of petroglyphs are served by an elaborate trail system. During both of two occupations in the Cienega phase (500 to 300 B.C.) of the Early Agricultural period and again in the Tortolita phase (A.D. 400 to 550) of the Early Ceramic period, the hilltop location of the Tumamoc village is unique among contemporary settlements. Since Spanish colonial times, trincheras sites such as Tumamoc Hill have spurred public and scholarly interest. Many have favored a defensive motivation for the massive terraces and walls, while others have posited a combination of residential, agricultural, ceremonial, and signaling functions for this populous village.

The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill has a 105-yr legacy in ecological research in deserts. The Desert Lab and Tumamoc Hill hold official status as a National Environmental Study Site, a National Historic Landmark, and an Arizona Natural Area, as well as being on the National Register of Historic Places. Research at the Desert Lab was critical to the early development of American ecology. In one of the longest ecological studies conducted anywhere in the world, scientists have use this protected environment to study the long term effects of climatic variability, invasions by introduced species, and urbanization on the Sonoran Desert ecosystem.

Session A

Session B

[8:45-10:15]Transition Planning for the Baby Boomer
Moderated by Tom Euler, Vice President of SWCA Environmental Consultants
Setting Goals for Company Growth: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Moderated by Teresita Majewski, Chief Operating Officer of Statistical Research
[10:30-12:00]Transition Planning for the Baby Boomer
Moderated by Tom Euler, Vice President of SWCA Environmental Consultants
Small Business Policies and Procedures
Moderated by William Self, President of William Self Associates

Companies with as few as one employee need to set policies - all employees deserve a set of well-written and appropriate policies to guide their employment. Many firms have such policies in place, does yours? Is the thought of preparing one daunting (like a GSA application)? Bill Self will discuss the kinds of topics that need to be covered in a Policy Manual, some are legally-mandated, others common sense, but all need to be tailored to your particular business and approach to employment. A panel of small-business owners will discuss policies, procedures, and small business concepts and shortcuts following the Policy aspects. A CD containing a generic Policy Manual will be distributed to attendees for their use.
[12:00-1:30]Lunch on your own
[1:30-3:00]Business Meeting
Moderated by Mike Polk, ACRA President and Owner of Sagebrush Consultants
[3:00-9:00]Desert Museum Visit and Dinner
Founded in 1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack, the Desert Museum is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the Sonoran Desert. Our Saturday night dinner will be at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum . The museum is a world-famous zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden. Food will be provided by the on-site Ocotillo Café.

*included with your registration fee

Sunday, September 28, 2008

[9:00-10:00]Board Meeting with the new Board

Tour of San Xavier del Bac Mission

After Sunday mass ends at San Xavier Mission, take advantage of this rare opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the "White Dove of the Desert," one of Tucson’s best-loved landmarks and a must-see destination. Retired University of Arizona ethnologist and historical archaeologist Dr. Bernard L. "Bunny” Fontana will lead you through this remarkable church and mission complex, which is widely regarded as the premier example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the American Southwest. Completed in 1797, it is the only church of its kind in the United States that is largely intact in its original form. The church has recently undergone over a decade of restoration of its interior, transforming smoke and age-darkened art and iconography into brilliant colors once again.

Courtesy Patronato San Xavier

Mission San Xavier del Bac was founded in 1692 by Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Francisco Kino. He was the first non-Native American to visit the village of Wa:k, or "Bac,” as he wrote it. Kino died in 1711, and it was 1756 before construction of the first church, a flat-roofed, rectangular adobe building, began. It still survives today as part of the east wing of the mission.

After the Jesuits were expelled from New Spain (Mexico) in 1767, Franciscans took up the mission posts in the northern Sonoran Desert that the Jesuits had been forced to abandon. Construction of the present church at San Xavier was begun by Father Juan Bautista Velderrain in 1783, but it was not until 1797 that the as-yet-unfinished church opened its doors for services. The church and school continue to serve descendents of the Native peoples for whom the mission was founded, and the mission complex remains a focal point in the spiritual, educational, and social life of the community of Walk in the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

During the more than 200-year history of the mission, noncompatible materials were often used to repair buildings in the complex. By the late twentieth century, time was taking a serious toll on the buildings, statues, and wall paintings of this beautiful parish church, and the necessary on-going maintenance was becoming increasingly complex. The nonprofit Patronato San Xavier was founded in 1978 to preserve the mission and in 1989 began raising money for restoration. The interior alone took six years to restore! Exterior work continues under the watchful eye of Tucson architect Bob Vint, who has been involved with preserving this National Historic Landmark since 1988. All repairs are carefully executed with appropriate materials and are fully documented, and as part of the restoration, community residents have received intensive training so that the appropriate methods for preserving the complex will be passed on to succeeding generations.

Our tour guide, Dr. Fontana, is one of the founders of the Patronato and is the author of numerous books on the history and ethnology of the area, including Of Earth and Little Rain: The Papago Indians, Entrada: The Legacy of Spain and Mexico in the United States, and Papago Indian Pottery.

Leave a little early for the tour so you can experience the Indian Fry Bread served any way you like it by the local residents on Sundays. There is also an excellent gift shop at the mission (for those of you who made it until Sunday and still didn’t remember to pick up that special gift for a loved one at home).


Thanks to all our Sponsors!

Conference Hosts & Dinner at the Museum:

Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Also Sponsoring the President's Lunch

William Self Associates, Inc.

Conference Sponsors:

Archaeological Consultants, Inc.

Coffee Break:

Continental Breakfast:



Desert Experience:

William Self Associates, Inc.




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