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The 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 define heritage.

CHRS 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.
The Hampden Community 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.
The New 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.   
The 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 Banneker 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
Research 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.       
  In 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.
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