Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, November 19, 2019 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 November program will feature Mark Denton, Coordinator of State and Federal Reviews, Archeology Division, Texas Historical Commission (retired), speaking on

A Discussion of Water Cisterns in Texas.

After 37 years of examining underground brick and stone water cisterns in Texas, I have discovered that it is possible to classify and date cisterns based on the manufacturing style, materials, structural shape, mortar, and plaster linings. In some cases, it is even possible to discern their cultural affiliation based on these attributes. The presentation will review the standardized elements of cisterns that allow for classification and the evolution of attributes that assist in assigning temporal ranges for cisterns.

Mark Denton is a professional archeologist with over 37 years of experience in federal and state cultural resource management. He has supervised archeological reviews for the Archeology Division of the Texas Historical Commission (THC) under the jurisdiction of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Code of Texas from 1995 until retirement in 2017. In this capacity, he authored or co-authored most of the THC’s rules related to the application of the Antiquities Code and supervised the use of the 36CFR 800 Federal Regulations. He also assisted in the crafting and implemented numerous memorandums of agreement and memorandums of understanding with federal and state agencies.

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


November 19: Regular November meeting

December 17: NO MEETING. Holiday potluck date TBD.

January 21: Regular January meeting. Neal Stilley on the Shumla Notch a Lower Pecos Friction Fire Board