This blog includes updates from the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project sponsored by Western Michigan University in partnership with the City of Niles, the Fort St. Joseph Museum, Support the Fort, Inc. and other community groups. The Project is dedicated to archaeological research, education, community service learning, and intensive public outreach. The Principal investigator of the Project is Dr. Michael Nassaney.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Field Trip Time at Field School
On Thursday, July
14th, our 2016 field school team attended a lecture by Dr. Anna-Lisa
Cox at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, titled “The First Tillers of
the Land: The Fight for Freedom and Equality on the Midwestern Frontier.” Dr.
Cox creatively spoke about the various obstacles that the first African
American settlers experienced in the Northwest frontier. They struggled
financially, and faced racism at its worst, but despite all of this, came by
thousands to the area. After her lecture, Dr. Cox mentioned that she finds
these stories extremely important because they are otherwise not spoken about.
The challenges and successes of these African American heroes often fall into
the category of “hidden histories,” and because of this, I find her research on
the subject an inspiration to all of those who listen.
The 2016 Field School (Photo Credit: Genna Perry)
lectures are extremely beneficial to communities. Similar to the lecture series
that Fort St. Joseph invites the public to, speakers provide their audience
with intriguing information about their research and experiences. Lectures are
among the many ways that a community can bond over education. Many have an
interest in history and many more have an interest in the histories that are
not known to all. In my opinion, that is the best part of archaeology. At Fort
St. Joseph we are recovering artifacts that are allowing us to learn more about
the history of Niles, and the history of those that lived in this area before
us. As we learn more about the people that lived at the fort, we are better
able to teach the community about the stories they previously did not have
is very rewarding to be a part of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project,
and to gain information that the city has been longing for the past several
years. We encourage all of you to consider attending our lecture series this
summer beginning July 20th, and to attend any others in the area
that you find an interest in. “Never stop learning, because life never stops