Restoring History with Santa Fe's Traditional Building Methods

August 2016

New Mexico Homes, a resource for Santa Fe, NM Real Estate, recently featured us in an article. Read it here: Restoring History with Santa Fe’s Traditional Building Methods.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Supports Cornerstones Community Partnerships in Community Connections

October 2014

Community Connections is a “monthly news and opportunities for the Laboratory’s [Los Alamos National Laboratory] neighbors and friends, with a primary focus on economic development, education and community giving.” Read the post about Cornerstones Community Partnerships.

American Architectural Foundation Recognizes San Miguel Chapel Project

October 2014

American Architectural Foundation uses Cornerstones’ San Miguel Chapel project as a model to showcase Saving America’s Treasures stories on their website. Read the SAT story.

Cornerstones Community Partnerships Released an Adobe Curriculum for Pre-kindergarten

September 2014

Cornerstones Community Partnerships released a youth adobe curriculum on September 19. The curriculum is designed for youth ages 3-5. Its design follows the Reggio Emilia approach which allows the children to create their educational experience through experimentation. Each lesson meets indicators from New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines: Birth through Kindergarten.

The curriculum is a series of five lessons with each lesson building on the previous one. Youth begin the first lesson by exploring the four elements of adobe: clay dirt, sand, straw and water. They experience building with miniature bricks, finding adobe in their lives through a field trip or an adobero visit, and making their own bricks. The curriculum is flexible so educators can stretch the materials over a long period of time or can condense it into a 1 day experience.

Some of the educators’ feedback during the development phases are

“Sand, water, straw, `dirt’ - all perfect for preschoolers.”

“We stretched the lesson over 3 weeks and found it to be perfect for preschoolers.”

“Kids love mud! They loved mixing the materials and experimenting with them.”

“It was nice to have a prepared curriculum delivered to us. The provocation printouts were very clear, simple and to the point.”

The curriculum was developed with educators in mind and can be downloaded from the web and all supplies can be picked up from one location in Santa Fe for a nominal fee.

This project was partially funded by the Historic Preservation Division, State of New Mexico, 407 Galisteo Street, Suite 236, Santa Fe, NM 87501 and by the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

The activity that is the subject of this project has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, [nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior].

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

Cornerstones Community Partnerships new Executive Director, Niña Johnson, brings wealth of experience

August 2014

Niña Johnson has been named the new Executive Director of Cornerstones Community Partnerships in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Johnson began historic preservation programs for two cities in Colorado and is a former director of the Colorado Historical Society. She is the Founding Director of the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, a National Geographic Partnership in Golden, Colorado.

“I am thrilled to work with Cornerstones’ excellent Board of Directors, Advisory Board and staff to continue and build the legacy of the organization,” said Johnson. “As someone who has spent most their life in New Mexico, I love our adobe heritage. It is the most iconic element of our state’s beautiful landscape.” “Johnson is the right choice for us”, said Dale Zinn, Board President. “We had excellent candidates for the position, but Nina rose to the top, due to her extensive leadership and cultural resource experience.”

Cornerstones Community Partnerships, founded in 1986, is a nationally recognized authority in historic preservation. Working directly with a community and its youth Cornerstones teaches adobe brick making and the associated skills necessary to restore, build and maintain historic buildings. Leadership training and education are important elements of the work. The current major project is San Miguel Church built in 1601 in Santa Fe.