What We Do To the Public and What the Public Does To Us: Outreach, Collaboration, and Education in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

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  • Educating The Masses: The Role Of Volunteers And Interns In The Archaeological Process (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jasmine N. Gollup. Jim Bogert.

    Archaeology has always been, and will always be, a discipline that easily enchants and captivates the general public. The Anne Arundel County (AA County) Archaeology program has created a successful method of benefiting from this interest, turning ephemeral public interest into active and serious participation. Our volunteer program welcomes all interested persons into both the lab and field environment, producing a cadre of skilled volunteers, an invaluable group that uses abilities gained in...

  • How Does Local Government Collaborate with Many Publics? (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Stephanie T. Sperling.

    The Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning, Cultural Resources Division (CRD), employs only one professional archaeologist but contracts with several independent consultants in order to support its regulatory mandates and programmatic goals. These consultants are responsible for a wide variety of tasks that include staffing an open-door lab, designing Traveling Exhibits that encourage education and conversation about personal collections, and conducting site visits to identify,...

  • Interns and Volunteers and 7th graders , Oh My! (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jane Cox.

    What began out of a need for free labor to salvage significant sites threatened by development over 20 years ago has evolved into a sophisticated web of public education and community outreach. This wrap-up discussion of the session will summarize the lessons learned and reflect upon the benefits, and the costs, of conducting academically-oriented archaeological research alongside avocationalists and students. 

  • Where The Past Meets The Present With a Promise: Community Impact Of History-Based Outreach In Galesville, Maryland (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only W. Brett Arnold.

    Galesville, Maryland is a small town situated on the banks of the West River in southern Anne Arundel County.  Having developed primarily as a community for working-class families in the early 20th-century, the town is home to dozens of charming historic homes and businesses and is relatively unmarred by modern development.  Recently, the Galesville Community Center has reached out to various local historical interests to form partnerships whose ultimate goal is to showcase the town’s rich...

  • Working Side-By-Side at the Grassroots Level: the Role of the Non-Profit and Avocationalist (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only stacy poulos.

    Often, archaeological endeavors are sparked by one lone man or woman in the community driven by an avocational interest in their cultural heritage. This paper discusses how fostering relationships between multiple non-profits (archaeological/historical societies) and encouraging avocational involvement can revitalize the discipline of archaeology on a local to national level. The collaboration of multiple non-profits in archaeological endeavors has become a common practice in recent years as...