2012 Tularosa Basin Conference
The Tularosa Basin Conference is designed to bring together scholars, researchers, Native Americans, agency representatives, and the interested public to advance our understanding of the history, prehistory, and natural sciences within and adjacent to the Tularosa Basin. The 2012 conference will be held at the Tularosa Community Center where secure space is provided for displays, poster sessions, and vending, and video equipment is available.
The 2012 Tularosa Basin Conference coincides with Historic Preservation Month in New Mexico, and promotes interaction among scholars, researchers, and the general public. One-on-one interaction is encouraged.
The Tularosa Basin possesses a deeply rich culture history that extends from the early Paleoindian period, nearly 12,000 years ago, to include the Archaic period and Jornada Mogollon occupation of scattered camps, rock art, pit house settlements, and pueblo villages. The historic period is often represented by colorful, yet tragic events, including settlement of the basin, founding of villages and towns, conflict of ethnic groups, dispute resolution (old-West style), resource exploitation, and military development. Much of the Basin’s history is linked to its unique and complex natural resources that include the white gypsum deposits that form White Sands National Monument, the geology of the Sacramento and San Andres mountains, and the Valley of Fires volcanic flow. The Basin’s diverse vegetation ranges from Desert Chihuahaun to Sub-Alpine, transcending eight zones.
The Tularosa Basin Conference has been organized to disseminate information from recent archaeological and historic studies, engage and involve the public in our heritage resources, advance research, support and celebrate historic preservation, and document cultural change and continuity. Join us, as experts gather from various fields, and ethnographic discussions are presented from local residents who have lived the history of the Tularosa Basin. The Tularosa Basin Conference promises to be a fulfilling and rewarding experience to all who join us and wish to learn about our heritage and natural resources.
Learn it, live it; get engaged in your heritage resources
Tularosa Village Historical Society
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
Tularosa Basin Historic Society
Redbrick Building Restoration Foundation
Four Corners Research, Inc.