After a long and harsh winter season, the Museum of Elfreth’s Alley is reopening next weekend! Starting on April 4th, the Museum will resume giving guided tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12 to 5pm.
Come join in the revelry as the Museum hosts several events to celebrate the reopening next weekend. On Friday April 4th there will be free tours from 5-8pm. Then on Saturday April 5th the
Alley will be alive from 12-5pm with a yard sale, a bake sale, music, dance, and a few presentations. I will be at the Alley on Saturday to give a brief talk around 2:30pm about the archaeology conducted on the Alley and showcase a few of the artifacts recovered. Come by and enjoy the festivities! Note that if Saturday is rainy, Sunday April 6th is the rain date.
The Museum’s Facebook page and Twitter account have more details about the reopening.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
|Archaeologist's tools & jar with sample stratigraphy|
|Workshop Classroom setup with clipboards for artifact analysis|
During the day I held a workshop explaining what archaeology is and what archaeologists do. I gave a brief cash course in soil science, stratigraphy, and the basics of excavation; then the students got the opportunity to practice artifact analysis as well as clean real artifacts. It was a lot of fun working with budding archaeologists!
Here is a link to the local newspaper that tells a little more about the event.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Elfreth's Alley will receive a Historical Marker during 2014! The Alley will gets it vert own navy and gold sign like so many across the city. The Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program is run through the PA State Historic Preservation office and aims to publicize the locations of important people, places, events, and innovations in Pennsylvania history. As the PA Historical Marker website states, Elfreth's Alley is an "impeccably preserved vernacular neighborhood in the heart of Philadelphia - one of the nation's oldest and a National Historic Landmark. There have been extensive studies of these homes, their owners, and the area's transformation over its nearly 300 years of existence, shedding light on a very diverse working class community." This is exciting new for the Alley! Check out the Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office for more details about other approved markers for 2014!
Monday, February 3, 2014
Scheduling lab days has proven difficult this winter, but artifact processing is back underway! We have begun to get the artifacts from the 2013 field season washed, sorted, cataloged, and rebagged.
|Volunteers Gail & Gen back in lab and hard at work|
Check back soon for more updates from processing. The Volunteer Opportunities section will have the most up-to-date information about days and times for processing.
I am excited to report that I received the John L. Cotter Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA). I accepted the award at the Society’s annual conference in Quebec City, Canada last month. I received the award “For the Elfreth’s Alley Archaeology project, where her efforts in the field and in the laboratory have enriched public archaeology in Philadelphia and provided the public with a positive, interactive view of historical archaeology and its role in public discourse.” More details about the award are available on SHA’s website.
|(Photo Credit: Dr. Christopher P. Barton)|
|Accepting the award (Photo Credit: Jess Barton)|
I am truly honored to have received this prestigious award and hope to follow in the impressive footsteps of the historical archaeologists who have received the award before. A special thanks to Wendy Miervaldis who has volunteered with me at Elfreth’s Alley for the past two years and who thoughtfully nominated me for the award! None of it would have been possible without her dedication and support!
|Photo Opportunity with Wendy & Dr. David Orr, my advisor at Temple University (Photo Credit: Jess Barton)|
Monday, December 9, 2013
|Festive Decorations on the Alley!|
|Visitors behind the Museum of Elfreth's Alley|
|Carolers on the Alley|
|Discussing Archaeology on the Alley|
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Elfreth’s Alley’s annual event Deck the Alley is slated to take place on December 7th from 3 – 7pm. Each year the private residents of Alley kindly open up the first floor of their homes for visitors to explore. Other activities include story telling, refreshments, and book signings. Like past years, I will be on hand to discuss the archaeological investigations completed at the Alley. This a really fun event with lots of holiday cheer. For more information about the event and to buy tickets check out the Ticket Leap Even Page.
|Story Telling at Deck the Alley, 2012|