Thursday, June 30, 2011

Underground Railroad Archeology Camp

Last year URHPCR collaborated with the Albany County Historical Association (Ten Broeck Mansion) and Hartgen Archeological Associates on a Summer Archeology Camp for 5th and 6th graders. About fifteen youth participated. The students were assisted in identifying research goals, learning to use the tools and methods of archeology, conducting some limited digging for artifacts, analysing their finds, creating a display and drafting a report. The display was shown at the Art Center on Swan Street which is operated by the Albany Barn Arts organization and the Albany Housing Authority. A report on last year's effort is shown here.

This year Summer Archeology Camp will be held again during the week of July
11-15 for students in 6th - 10th grades. In addition, a number of students from Albany High School will be participating. As with last year, URHPCR is looking for an adult volunteer to represent the organization during the program. The ideal volunteer will be present each day to assist the Hartgen archeologists in their work with the campers. This is a great opportunity to work closely with one of the initiatives of URHPCR's work, and a great way to spend a week in the summer.

Dates: July 11-15
Place: Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence - 194 Livingston Avenue, Albany and Ten Broeck Mansion - 9 Ten Broeck Place, Albany
Time: 8am - 3pm

Please call at 432-4432 or email to discuss your interest.

Paul Stewart

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