Richard Ford, Allison Colborne, and Gary Hein have undertaken a study of Royal A. Prentice, an early volunteer who contributed valuable archaeological information to the Museum of New Mexico in the first three decades of the 20th century. Although he published several useful research papers during those years in El Palacio, the quarterly magazine of the Museum of New Mexico, Prentice remains generally unknown today. The presentation will provide an overview of his life focusing on his archaeological research, stressing that the value of this work has earned him a well-deserved place in the history of New Mexico archaeology. Our three speakers are presently associated with the Museum of New Mexico as staff or as research associates. Their aim is to publish their work in El Palacio. Knowing how much the museums and other cultural institutions in Santa Fe depend upon volunteers, their goal is to highlight the accomplishments of one such volunteer, Royal A. Prentice, and the importance of volunteers throughout the community.
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Photographer and former Rough Rider, Royal A. Prentice, 1950? Neg. 006017. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, New Mexico History Museum