"We’re Engaging Youth, but are we Meeting the Needs of the Park?": Reexamining the first Four Years of the Urban Archaeology Corps

Author(s): Mary Furlong Minkoff; Kate Birmingham

Year: 2016

Summary

Four years ago the Urban Archaeology Corps was created through a partnership between the National Park Service Archaeology Program, National Capital Parks-East, and Groundwork Anacostia/DC. This summer youth employment program broke from NPS tradition, by employing youth to conduct archaeological excavations, historical research, and other cultural resources work, while emphasizing and valuing "youth voice" in the development of the program’s structure and the products the participants create. The UAC was also designed to help meet the compliance, interpretative, and research needs of the host park. This paper will explore the efforts of the UAC to meet the needs of their host park, while keeping true to the value of youth voice. The authors, one a NPS archaeologist at the host park, and the other, the UAC project archaeologist employed by the partnering organization, will discuss the successes, failures, and challenges they have experienced while developing and reshaping this program.  

Cite this Record

"We’re Engaging Youth, but are we Meeting the Needs of the Park?": Reexamining the first Four Years of the Urban Archaeology Corps. Mary Furlong Minkoff, Kate Birmingham. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434598)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 871