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The Castro Colonies Heritage Association's Living History Center: An Introduction to the Archaeological Project

Author(s): Ruth Van Dyke

Year: 2017

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In the 1840s, empresario Henri di Castro brought Alsatian settlers from the Rhine Valley to south Texas, where the new arrivals joined established Mexican families, German immigrants, and displaced Apache.  Today, the Castro Colonies Heritage Association (CCHA) is transforming a 19th-century property into a Living History Center, intended as a focal point for Alsatian heritage tourism. In partnership with the CCHA, Binghamton University archaeologists have completed three excavation seasons at the Biry/Tschirhart property.  Our archaeological findings contribute a narrative that confirms, complicates and challenges written and remembered histories, illustrating how seven generations of house inhabitants constructed and contested Alsatian identity. 


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The Castro Colonies Heritage Association's Living History Center: An Introduction to the Archaeological Project. Ruth Van Dyke. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435329)


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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): 157

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