Our meeting place is in the East Torrance Soil and Water Conservation District’s education building located a block north of Hwy 55 at 700 S. 10th Street.


Our Tuesday, April 3rd Meeting will be a joint effort of the Manzano Mountain Arts Council, the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Park, and the Torrance County Archaeological Society

Our speaker will be David Halpern.  David’s presentation is entitled:

INTERSECTIONS:   Archeology,  Art  and  National Parks

The meeting will be held at the Manzano Mountain Arts facility at 101 East Broadway in Mountainair (see map below)

David Halpern is a photographer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An experienced teacher of photography, in the classroom and in workshops, a prolific writer and a consultant on photographic issues, he has served twelve times as a National Park artist-in-residence—four times at Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado), twice each at Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah), Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Colorado) and Glacier National Park (Montana), once at Acadia National Park (Maine), and once at Bandelier National Monument (New Mexico). Since 1973, his photographs have been exhibited annually in museums and galleries across America, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. A major exhibition of his photographs of the southwest, entitled "The Essence of Place, Celebrating the Photography of David Halpern" is currently on display at the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art (Gilcrease Museum) in Tulsa, Oklahoma where it will remain throughout 2017. An avid traveler, he has photographed a variety of subjects throughout the United States, and in Canada, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, China, South America, England, Italy, Africa and Greece. David's recent projects include the publication of Bandelier National Monument, documenting his last residency at Bandelier, Pilgrim Eve, a revealing presentation of a lifelong journey of self-discovery through landscape photography, and "By a Clearer Light"—an exhibition of his work as a National Park artist-in-residence that traveled for five years throughout the contiguous states. His business and marketing background include twenty-seven years as a commercial photographer and, prior to that, seventeen years in advertising, market research and public relations. He is a life member of the American Society of Media Photographers. David is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, a 1958 graduate of Vanderbilt University, a former member of the Visual Communications faculty of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT)

David Halpern, Photographer

Salinas Pueblo Missions’ first Artist-in-Residence, constantly finds himself at the  intersection of art, science, history, land policy and a host of other subjects which contribute to his perspective, inform his images and ultimately define who he is.   Neither an archeologist, anthropologist, biologist, paleontologist or meteorologist, he  describes himself as a life-long student of all these things that he finds essential to  the visual interpretation of the subjects he photographs.

TCAS 2018

Our Tuesday, May 1st Meeting will be held at our usual meeting place in Estancia.

Our speaker will be Mike, Bilbo from Ft. Stanton, New Mexico.  Mike’s presentation is entitled:

Remembering the 200th Coast Artillery - New Mexico National Guard

On a lark, an invitation from a fellow caver in 2008, we decided to participate in the Bataan Memorial Death March.  At that time we didn't really know much about what it was all about, but thanks to education activities by the New Mexico State University ROTC Department, U. S. Army, New Mexico National Guard and meeting Battan men who attend the annual event, we quickly learned that our annual event was a significant remembrance of one of the most horrendous episodes of WWII, involving the 200th Coast Artillery - New Mexico National Guard and their participation in the Bataan Death March.  The presentation looks at the Guard deployed January 1940 to Fort Bliss for 8 months of intensive training, their actions on Bataan, the Death March and their survival, and a look at my pards and I walking with 8,400 other pards March 25, 2018, which will be my 11th time doing 26.2 miles of quality suffering.  My two pards and I have taken our remembrance a step further by doing the annual march in the April 9, 1941 uniforms of the 200th CA and Marine Corps for that date - surrender day.

Since 2009 resident of Lincoln County, live and volunteer at Fort Stanton Historic Site.  Retired from 28 years with the BLM-Roswell Field Office (outdoor recreation planner/cave specialist) and 30 years U.S. Army (mostly combat arms of which 20 was Army Reserve).  BS degree from Texas Tech 1987 in Park Administration.  Member of the El Paso Archaeological Society since 1967; Life Member and Fellow, National Speleological Society, 1974; American Rock Art Research Association 1974.  Hobbies are rock art research, caving, military living history from colonial Spanish to mid-20th Century and always interested in trying to periodically bring all those hobbies together, such as a paper on the 1855 First Dragoon exploration of Fort Stanton Cave based on in-cave historical names and then doing living history to recreate such event (except not actually writing names on cave formations!).