Local chapters enable members to participate in various activities, including field trips, research and preservation initiatives. Chapter coordinators keep members informed of field trips, meetings and events of regional interest. Local field trips offer members a chance to investigate sites in our local regions. Chapter coordinators report to our twice-a-year confererences on events and research in our local regions. Indigenous stonework is found across the Americas. Chapters allow us to focus on examples found in the Northeast, while conferences frequently feature reports on related stonework styles located in distant regions.
Through local stewardship and organizational partnerships, NEARA works to foster preservation of lithic sites and their related landscapes. We partner with land trusts and federal, tribal, state, and local government entities to protect extant stone constructions. As awareness of these constructions grows, so does the consensus for preservation. NEARA members have been actively supporting the United South and Eastern Tribes' (USET) efforts to encourage recognition and nomination of sites to the National Register of Landscapes Initiative, described at Acknowledging Landscapes ("Ceremonial Stone Landscapes", page 46). We network with related organizations and individuals across a broad region to share research and advocate for preservation of these extant features disappearing from the landscape. Development, neglect and natural forces can be countered with knowledge and advocacy.
NEARA has a number of standing committees that work year-around on tasks that every organization needs to do, as well as on tasks that are specific to NEARA's mission.
The Membership Committee knows everyone in NEARA and keeps everyone up-to-date. Read more at Membership. If you have a question about your membership, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Teresa Bierce
The Conference Registrar helps people who will be attending the next conference. Read more about conferences at Conferences. If you have any questions, contact the Registrar at: email@example.com Teresa Bierce
The Library and Archives Committee preserves NEARA's documents, holds its Site Reports and donations of researchers' notes, photos, and correspondence, and manages NEARA's collection of books and videos, many of which may be borrowed by NEARA members. Read more about the committee at Library & Archives.
For questions about borrowing books and videos, contact the Librarian at: firstname.lastname@example.org Nancy Berke
For submitting site reports and inquiries about the archives, contact the Archivist at: email@example.com Walter van Roggen
The Publications Committee is responsible for publishing the NEARA Journal and the Transit newsletter. Read more at Publications.
If you have an idea about publishing an article in the Journal, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (Harvey Buford, acting)
If you have a short article that you would like to share with NEARA members, send an email to: email@example.com Teresa Bierce
The Research and Special Projects Committee helps NEARA members do their own research by soliciting, recommending, and funding projects, by setting guidelines and standards, by maintaining the Site Files, and by conducting occasional special projects for NEARA. Read more at Research & Special Projects.
If you have some ideas that you would like to research, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Preservation Committee is a new NEARA committee that helps to preserve lithic sites by coordinating with property owners, governmental organizations, and other interested people and organizations.
If you know of sites that deserve being saved from destruction, contact: email@example.com Sarah Kohler
The Finance Committee prepares the budget, reviews spending and investments, and encourages donations to help NEARA's mission.
Finance Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org Teresa Bierce
The Nominating Committee proposes candidates for Officers and Directors-at-Large of NEARA. email@example.com Dyane Plunkett
NEARA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in New Hampshire. Its postal address is:
NEARA Room 215 142 Main St. Nashua, NH 03060 USAIts current bylaws are available as a PDF file at: NEARA's bylaws