Ann Howard, who serves as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a subdivision of Arizona State Parks, in Phoenix, AZ, will speak to the Southeast Valley Branch of AAUW on Monday, April 18 at Oakwood Country Club beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Ms. Howard is a professional archaeologist and has worked in Arizona archaeology for over 39 years. She received her M.A. in Anthropology, with a specialization in Archaeology, from Arizona State University, and has been with the SHPO for almost 27 years. Within the SHPO, she supervises the archaeology staff and focuses on providing technical assistance and advice to state and federal agencies on their compliance with relevant historic preservation laws.
She also oversees the annual statewide celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month and works with a large and diverse group of partners to host the highlight event of the month, the Arizona Archaeology Expo. The Expo is a unique, outdoor educational fair that focuses on making the public aware of the importance of protecting and conserving our heritage resources.
Ms. Howard also coordinates the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission, a statutory board that advises the Governor on archaeology issues that are important to Arizona. She also serves as the SHPO liaison to the Arizona Archaeological Council, the statewide organization of professional archaeologists. In 2010, she received the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission’s Award in Public Archaeology in the Government Service Category.
Ann is an Honorary Regent of the Gila Butte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Sun Lakes, and she has been a member of the DAR for over 30 years.
Since 1881, the American Association of University women (AAUW) advances equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 600 college/university institutional partners. For further information on this program or membership, go to http://southeastvalley-azaauw/net.