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Workshop: Archaeology Front and Center

Celebrate Archaeology Month in Virginia with VAM as we open the 2017-2018 Workshop Series with a fascinating insiders look at recent archaeological discoveries taking place at James Monroe's Highland and Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
10am - 3pm
Where: James Monroe's Highland
2050 James Monroe Parkway
Charlottesville, Virginia  22902
United States
Contact: Christina Newton

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Guest Speakers:

Sara Bon-Harper
Executive Director, James Monroe's Highland

Jack Gary
Director of Archaeology and Landscapes, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Nancy Stetz
Education Programs Manager, James Monroe's Highland


Celebrate Archaeology Month in Virginia by learning about the ever-changing landscape of archaeological research and its impact on site interpretation and public relations.

Research is the essence of authentic historical interpretation. In most historic museum contexts there should be a regular stream of adjustments to front-line narratives based on developing understandings of past events. Occasionally a discovery replaces previous interpretations, and upends the established narratives entirely. Sara Bon-Harper will describe the research steps involved in one such case, discussing archaeological and architectural research at James Monroe’s Highland.

Nancy Stetz will share how Highland tackled preparing staff for significant changes in site interpretation and how they adapted their guided tours thanks to new understanding of the property following their major research announcement of 2016.

At Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, continuing investigation provides information about materials used in buildings and what went on within them, to new knowledge of how Mr. Jefferson planned his gardens. Jack Gary will share insights on how staff utilize the landscape to enhance the visitor experience and tell stories yet untold.

This event provides credit in either of the following curriculum categories for the Virginia Certificate in Museum Management:
  • External Affairs
  • Education & Outreach


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