Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7pm at Santa Rita Cantina's central location, 1206 W 38th St (26 Doors shopping center). Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, except June and December. They are free and open to the public. For those who wish to come early, we gather around 5:45 PM for dinner, drinks, and fellowship. The short business meeting starts at 7:00 PM, followed by the guest speaker's presentation.

The January program will feature Neal Stilley, primitive skills technician and educator, speaking on

The Shumla Notch, a Lower Pecos Friction Fire Board.

Neal's dedication to studying primitive living skills and helping to show them as educational tools is well known in many circles. As National Park Service Archeologist Jack Johnson attests, "He is not only a deft practitioner of traditional skills and an able teacher, he carries a first-hand knowledge of the archeological record and a joyful enthusiasm for learning, practicing, and sharing with others . . . . At the Shumla School Key 4 Program he used friction fire-starting lessons to illustrate science concepts and vocabulary (such as conduction, light, heat, friction, etc.) that reinforced lessons that the students were learning in the classroom. The fourth grades quickly dubbed him the 'Awesome Fire Dude.'"

Wondering what our programs are like? View the list of speakers and topics we've had since 2006.


January 21: Regular meeting. Neal Stilley on fire-making.

February 9: Special tour of Blair Woods with Richard Denney and Bob Ward (Travis County Historical Commission) and Mark Wilson (Travis Audubon), 9-11am.

February 18: Regular meeting. Heather Leonard on DNA and Viking Burials.