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Established in 1986, Cornerstones Community Partnerships, Inc., is a nonprofit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, dedicated to supporting communities in New Mexico and the Southwest in the preservation of historic adobe buildings. Our mission of working in partnership with communities to restore historic structures, encouraging traditional building practices, and affirming cultural values is carried out in cooperation with Hispanic and Native American communities throughout the region. Cornerstones’ community-based approach fosters the involvement of youth and elders; supports strong, unified communities; and insures that cultural traditions and heritage are passed on to future generations.
Our emphasis is on historic preservation in the southwest, including pueblos and small rural villages, and larger urban sites. We teach traditional building strategies to communities and especially to youth, in order to preserve the ancient building techniques that created the southwest. Cornerstones' calls for volunteers to work in the field and in our office. In the field, we clear sites, mix adobe mud, make adobe bricks, repair adobe walls, and apply mud plaster. We are involved in other construction type jobs: roofing, floors, window repair, drainage - all work to preserve the cultural integrity and historic importance of a site. In the office, we can use help with computers, websites, mailings, grant writing, PR, and working on our photo archive.
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