Transcending Borders: Cornerstones Collaboration with Mexico
International Workshops on the Conservation and Restoration of Earthen Architecture (TICRAT) is an important Cornerstones’ cross-border initiative that respects the shared history and cultural ties of people on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border in this region. Cornerstones and colleagues from Mexico Instituto de Nacional Antropología e Historia (INAH), the National Parks Service, and the U.S.-Mexico Affairs Office of the National Park Service have collaborated since 1994 on several projects on both sides of the New Mexico/Mexico border in a process of relationship building and community action for the conservation of significant historic earthen buildings.
The Missions Initiative involves hundreds of Spanish Colonial mission sites in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Representatives of both the U.S. National Park Services (NPS) and the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) are collaborating to protect cultural resources and promote heritage tourism through the re-establishment of historic links among Spanish Colonial missions.