What We Do

We help communities preserve their historic structures. These structures bring the community together and connect past and present. If they disappear, that connection will be lost forever.

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Mission

Cornerstones works in partnership with communities to restore historic structures, encourage traditional building practices, and affirm cultural values.

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Vision

Moving forward Cornerstones will strive to expand its capacity to help more and more communities throughout the Southwest with an emphasis on Northern New Mexico.

We will seek to broaden awareness, both among the people with whom we work but also with the general public, of the importance of preserving the area’s unique architectural and cultural heritage. These are an important part of our individual and shared histories.

Our Approach

Cornerstones responds to requests from communities for assistance with their historic preservation projects, always keeping their vision in mind and honoring their cultural heritage. We act as consultants while they take the leadership role.  Cornerstones provides only the help they need – technical support, materials, tools, equipment, fundraising assistance and organizational help.

We involve as much of the community as possible.  Emphasis is placed on hands-on teaching of traditional skills during the project and encouraging interaction between village elders and youth during the experience.

Cornerstones also makes every effort to include a youth training component in our preservation projects, helping to strengthen their community ties and teaching lifelong skills useful to both the youth and their communities.

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Current Projects

We Need Your Help!

Help us continue to help communities continue their cultural heritage by assisting them with the care of their historic buildings.