Harriet Smith, Educator and Archaeologist

Author(s): Lynne Goldstein; John Kelly

Year: 2021


This is an abstract from the "Female Firsts: Celebrating Archaeology’s Pioneering Women on the 101st Anniversary of the 19th Amendment " session, at the 86th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Harriet Smith worked at the Field Museum in Chicago for much of her long career. She was in the Education Department and focused primarily on teaching high school students about archaeology and other disciplines. However, this simple statement does not do justice to Harriet’s contributions to and impact on archaeology. She was the first professional woman to direct archaeological excavations at Cahokia, she worked elsewhere in the Midwest, and she conceived and directed a summer program at the Field Museum in Chicago, focused on Anthropology for High School Students, initially funded by the NSF. The summer program ran for 20 years. This paper examines her contributions to Cahokia archaeology, as well as her contributions to educating and training several generations of archaeologists.

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Harriet Smith, Educator and Archaeologist. Lynne Goldstein, John Kelly. Presented at The 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2021 ( tDAR id: 466491)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -103.975; min lat: 36.598 ; max long: -80.42; max lat: 48.922 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 32568