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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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March 8th 2017: Evaluating Significance: The NPS and New Philadelphia

The Town of New Philadelphia, Illinois was founded by ex-slave Frank McWorter in 1836, making it the first town legally registered by an African American in the US. Frank and his wife Lucy bought, worked and sold acres of land to help raise the enormous sums needed to purchase the freedom of family members. Since 2002, excavations and public archaeology programs have helped to resurrect the story of New Philadelphia, implicating America’s fraught racial past and giving voice to African American actors largely absent from official histories. Currently, The National Park Service is conducting a

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Dr. Christopher Fennell

Christopher C. Fennell is an anthropologist, lawyer, associate professor at the Univ. of Illinois, and a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School.
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Tara Pettit

Tara Pettit is a 16-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS) and Project Manager with the Denver Service Center in Lakewood Colorado.
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Tokey Boswell

Tokey Boswell has served 10 years with NPS planning programs in Washington, DC, Denver, and Omaha. His division oversees planning for existing parks and the production of new area studies.
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