La Senora Team Wins Coveted State-Wide Award!
              The Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Program

         California's history is embodied in structures, sites, and objects providing a tangible link to the people, events, and patterns of history that shaped California's growth and development.  This award, given annually, recognizes  organizations for their  outstanding achievements in  preserving  connections to California's cultural and architectural legacies.

 A  member of  the Awards Jury, described the La Senora research project as

One of the most innovative, integrative and educational –-in the broadest  sense of the term – research projects I’ve come across  in my 30+ years in Historic  Preservation.

 Governor’s 2009 Historic Conservation Award to the Collaboration of:

La Senora Research Institute

UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archeology and

Dean Goodman - The GeoArcheological Laboratory 

For  the:

Pasqual Marquez Family Cemetery

Geoarcheological Historical Research Project

 La Senora Research Institute brought together Cotsen and GAL’s state of the art archeology, science and technology, for a project incorporating early 1900s photography; Alta California Family oral histories; 60 fourth grade “Research Team Members”  from Canyon Charter Elementary School and graduate students/professors from the Getty/UCLA and USC Conservation Programs, opening the 1839 Marquez Family Cemetery to exploration, documentation and  education. 

Donations from Rob and Colleen McAndrews Wood and the Squid and Squash Foundation of  Santa Monica contributed to this program.