Historic Roles in the National Guard

Part of: Society for Historical Archaeology 2018

The National Guard supports a dual mission of both federal and state responsibilities, with soldier citizens serving their country, state, and local communities; while operating a wide range of facilities and training lands across the United States. Many of these military properties have been in use since the pre-Civil War Era. Balancing heritage preservation with the military mission along with natural resource protection, community issues and organizational partnerships is challenging. Individual states have developed cultural management systems to incorporate sustainability and resiliency of facilities. This cross-disciplinary approach allows innovative programmatic tools for reuse and rehab of historic properties, and data recovery procedures to support the military mission and historic preservation.

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  • Military Landscapes and Balancing Historic Preservation (2018)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Regina M. Meyer.

    When considering cultural landscapes, military installations are unique due to their development through continued use for defense-related purposes. As a result of this active use, military cultural landscapes continue to evolve, changing yet staying the same in terms of function. Many military installations such as Camp Clark and Camp Crowder in Missouri, contain a variety of cultural resources.  Maintaining the balance between the National Guard's military mission and heritage preservation can...

  • The Morrisville Historic District: Developing a Preservation Plan for the National Guard (2018)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Nicholas Glass. Jessica Helms.

    As early as the 1840s, a flourishing industrial community – Morrisville – had begun along a prominent bend in Cane Creek, Benton County, Alabama. Over the next 100 years, the area saw technological change, the Civil War, natural disaster, demographic and economic shift, and subsequent abandonment to the military. Today, the Morrisville Historic District is represented by a complex of archaeological sites, structures, and objects. The heart of the district is the Morrisville Dam, which represents...

  • Pelham Range Before the War Department: Exploring the Ethnicity and Cultural Landscape in Anniston, Alabama (2018)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Heather R Puckett.

    The Alabama Army National Guard (ALARNG) operates the Fort McClellan Army National Guard Training Center (FM-ARNGTC) in Calhoun County, Alabama, on the northeast side of Anniston. The area has a rich military history, being established as early as 1898 as a training camp for the Spanish American War. In 1941, a parcel of 22,000 acres to the west was acquired, operating now as Pelham Range. Pelham Range has been the subject of cultural resources investigations for more than 40 years, with most...

  • Potential for Homesteading at the Orchard Combat Training Center (2018)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Juli McCoy. Jacob C. Fruhlinger.

    By: Juli McCoy Although there has been a great deal of study done concerning homesteading activity in the Western United States little has focused on areas where homesteading was unsuccessful.  The lack of successful homesteads left an area of land open for use by the military or for other applications. This study focuses on the assemblage of selected archaeological sites located on the Idaho National Guard Orchard Combat Training Center (OCTC), just south of Boise, Idaho, to determine the...

  • Rediscovering Camp Floyd: Archaeological Testing of a Pre-Civil War Military Post in Utah (2018)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Shaun R. Nelson. Ephriam D. Dickson. Jane Stone. Paul Graham.

    The U.S. Army established Camp Floyd in Cedar Valley, approximately 40 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, in 1858.  Four years later, the post was abruptly abandoned and its soldiers were sent east to fight in the rapidly expanding Civil War.  In 2009, the Fort Douglas Military Museum, Utah National Guard and Camp Floyd State Park formed a partnership to excavate a number of known and previously unknown features at Camp Floyd.  These excavations were meant to build on the research conducted on...

  • Windshields and Warfighters: Sharing Lessons Learned from the Roads and Military Installations of Texas (2018)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kristen E. Mt. Joy. Chantal McKenzie.

    In Texas, federal agencies encounter complex issues and procedural challenges related to protecting and maintaining the resources that reflect our state’s rich legacy.  Cultural resources on military installations present a unique challenge to those responsible for their management.  Likewise, federal highway funded projects require special consideration of historic properties during transportation project planning.  Balancing regulatory compliance with agency objectives, either supporting the...