«Where Patriotism and Loyalty Intersect with Truth:» The Archaeology and Public Engagement of the 1947 Pine Camp Barracks Fire

Author(s): E.W. Duane Quates

Year: 2014

Summary

At approximately 0230 in the early morning of December 10, 1947 an officer’s barracks, T-2278, caught fire. The building burned, killing 5 U.S. Army Officers. This event marks the only structural fire in the history of what is now Fort Drum, NY (then Pine Camp) that resulted in the loss of human life. In the Summer of 2012, the Fort Drum Cultural Resources Section conducted a magnetometry survey and excavations of the site, in order to determine its eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. This paper will discuss the way in which archaeologist became aware of the site, their attempts to commemorate the site, the historic significance of the site, the public outreach efforts surrounding the project, and the methods and results of the investigation.

Cite this Record

«Where Patriotism and Loyalty Intersect with Truth:» The Archaeology and Public Engagement of the 1947 Pine Camp Barracks Fire. E.W. Duane Quates. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436728)

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): SYM-15,05