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Historic Archaeology at Work: Rehabilitating Our Past and Present to Secure Our Future

Author(s): Cori Rich ; Jane Bigham ; Ian Fricker ; Alison Shepherd ; Peter Quantock ; Jessica Mundt ; Julie Powers ; Guilliam Hurte Sr.

Year: 2016

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In response to the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt put millions to work by way of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  Similar to the efforts made by the WPA, the Veterans Curation Program (VCP) is addressing the unemployment rate for recently separated veterans by providing vocational training and temporary employment, while simultaneously providing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with the means to rehabilitate its archaeological collections to Federal standards.  Now the people who protected and served our country are protecting and preserving our heritage for future researchers.  The VCP successfully demonstrates how archaeology can be used as a medium for rehabilitating our nation's heroes by preserving our nation's past.  By incorporating public archaeology, constant outreach, conducting numerous facility tours, and utilizing various types of media outlets, the VCP is taking steps to not only change the way society perceives veterans, but to change the way society views archaeology.

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Historic Archaeology at Work: Rehabilitating Our Past and Present to Secure Our Future. Cori Rich, Jane Bigham, Ian Fricker, Alison Shepherd, Peter Quantock, Jessica Mundt, Julie Powers, Guilliam Hurte Sr.. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434714)


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

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PaperId(s): 408

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America