History of the Ghost Ranch Retreat
by Carla Littlefield, HPSfAA Archivist
Since 1992 HPSfAA has held an annual “retreat” at the Ghost Ranch Conference Center near Abiquiu, New Mexico. The goal is to supplement our spring Annual Conference with another opportunity for discussion, sharing, and support. Board member Mary Granica originally recommended Ghost Ranch for its awesome scenery, rustic accommodations, and a connection with Georgia O’Keeffe. The site also had the advantage of being convenient for our members to the south and southwest of Colorado, primarily Oklahoma and Arizona.
The Ghost Ranch experience leaves plenty of time for deep thought, recreation, and innovation.In 2000 Ph.D. student Kurt Mantonya led a pre-retreat tour of Chaco Canyon; in 2002 he followed up with a pre-retreat field trip to Salmon Ruins. Student presentations have always been a mainstay of the retreat. Reed Riner of Northern Arizona University began the tradition with his interns who reported on their summer experiences. Members have found that the setting is ideal for students to interact with other anthropologists and get supportive feedback on their pursuit of the anthropological perspective. For everyone, the weekend offers a respite from the home routine and stresses, along with the promise to return refreshed and renewed.
Preserving the Society's History