San Diego Archaeological Center
Contact: Cindy Stankowski, Director
16666 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027-7001

Phone:  (760) 291-0370
Fax:      (760) 291-0371

Las Patronas Awards the San Diego Archaeological Center with Capital Grant

Escondido, CA – The San Diego Archaeological Center is honored to announce receipt of a $7,100 grant from Las Patronas to fund capital purchases for the facility.

The grant will fund the acquisition of a mounted LCD Projector with electric wall screen and podium with sound system for the Center’s newly renovated Culture Classroom and access code security locks for the Center’s curatorial vaults that contain artifacts representing over 10,000 years of history.

According to Center Director, Cindy Stankowski “This grant will dramatically increase our ability to improve and expand our school and public presentations that focus on the field of archaeology. Our newly installed state of the art curatorial vaults will benefit from the added security that Las Patronas has so generously funded.  The volunteers from Las Patronas, Lise Wilson and Claudia Johnson, who conducted the site visit, were enthusiastic and impressed with the scope of the Center’s work and advocated on our behalf to secure the grant. We are grateful for their understanding of the needs of the Center and the great impact that these capital purchases will have on our programming and security.”

Las Patronas is an all-volunteer philanthropic organization with a long history of giving. Since its inception in 1946, Las Patronas has donated more than $12 million to over a thousand charitable institutions in San Diego. The funds distributed to these organizations are generated through year-long fundraising efforts and the annual presentation of the Jewel Ball, one of San Diego’s most enduring social, cultural, and philanthropic traditions. Las Patronas is committed to providing financial assistance to nonprofit organizations in San Diego County that provide valuable community services in the areas of health, education, social service an cultural arts, and to continuing a tradition of service to enhance the quality of life in our community.

The San Diego Archaeological Center was created in 1993 to provide an archaeological curation facility for the San Diego Region.  The Center was the first nonprofit organization in the nation dedicated solely to curating and sharing archaeological collections with the public. The Center provides internships and research opportunities for the advancement of knowledge in the fields of anthropology and archaeology.  The Center’s Capital Campaign is underway to create a state of the art facility with a spacious and light-filled lobby, enhanced exhibition space, classroom, library and research areas. A new entryway will feature native plant landscaping designed to promote conservation, outdoor exhibit and seating areas, water elements and improved signage to promote the Center as a regional tourist destination.

The Mission of The San Diego Archaeological Center is “to preserve archaeological collections and promote their educational, scientific and cultural use to benefit a diverse public.”

Become a member and enjoy discounts on workshops, lectures, and other programs at the Center.  For more information visit the Center website at, e-mail, or telephone (760) 291-0370.    Admission to the Center and Museum is free to the public during regular operating hours Monday-Friday 9 AM to 4 PM, and Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM.   The Center is located in the historic San Pasqual Valley, adjacent to the Wild Animal Park and Battlefield State Park.