Center for Heritage Resource Studies reaches interested members of the
public through lectures, seminars, conferences, publications, and
fieldwork opportunities. Center programs also involve important
outreach components that focus on working with local communities to
began working with the Anacostia
Trails Heritage Area (ATHA) in 2005 to support the preservation
and promotion of local area heritage resources with the goal
of sustainable community development through heritage tourism.
ATHA encompasses 84 square miles and 14 diverse municipalities
in Northern Prince George's County, Maryland and features
a profound array of historic, cultural, recreational and environmental
sites. The Center is currently leading campus efforts
to promote research and service in ATHA communities.
Archaeology program works with residents and community
organizations in the neighborhood of Hampden in Baltimore,
Maryland in all phases of design and implementation of a unique
archaeological program to research Hampden's traditional
character and changing nature.
Philadelphia project on Race and the American Frontier, which
provides research opportunities for students who do not have
access to strong science programs, involves local community
members and students from diverse backgrounds in an open dialog
on the history of race and racism. In 2005, the New
Philadelphia summer field school will sponsor a public lecture
series, and the project is assisting with nominating the New
Philadelphia site to the National Register of Historic Places.
longstanding Archaeology in Annapolis Program (AIA) is
fundamentally committed to public outreach and community
involvement. The AIA program regularly features
public lectures and seminars for the community. The
program also has an ongoing collaboration with the
Douglass Museum, the State of Maryland's official repository
of African American material culture, and co-sponsors its summer
archaeology program for African American children
on the Eastern Shore focuses in part on the heritage of
Chesapeake Bay Watermen communities. Community members
have worked together with University of Maryland researchers to
put together exhibits on skipjack heritage for the Deal Island
annual Skipjack Festival, and more recently participated in the
Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
October of 2004, The Center for Heritage Resource Studies (CHRS),
in cooperation with the National Park Service Archaeology and
Ethnography program, held a seminar on the "Public meaning of
Archaeological Heritage" at the University of Maryland Inn and
Conference Center. The Seminar was part of training
developed by the National Park Service (NPS) and CHRS to reach
those interested in and responsible for programs in
archaeological research, interpretation, and education in our
nation's public parks and historical sites.
- The Center also provides free listserv hosting
for the Federal Preservation Forum, which provides a medium for
constructive dialog among the major participants in the Federal
historic preservation program, many of whom are isolated in their
agencies. This listserv is a valuable tool for professionals
and enhances the quality, efficiency, economy and cooperation among
all aspects of Federal historic preservation programs.