Underground History: Celebrating the Centennial of the Field Exploration Committee and the Dawn of Historical Archaeology of New York City

Women's History Salons
Underground History: Celebrating the Centennial of the Field Exploration Committee and the Dawn of Historical Archaeology of New York City
Dr. Joan H. Geismar, Dr. William J. Parry
Thu, December 6th, 2018 | 6:30 pm
$15

Price includes reception and program; free for Members of the Women’s History Council

EVENT DETAILS

How do scholars uncover the history of New York City? In the 1890s, a few intrepid individuals left the library and started digging. William Calver, Reginald Pelham Bolton, and their colleagues were among the first to explore New York’s archaeological record, excavating native villages and Revolutionary War encampments. In 1918, the New-York Historical Society recognized and formalized their work through the creation of the Field Exploration Committee (FEC), which profoundly shaped the practice of urban archaeology.

The New-York Historical Society and Professional Archaeologists of New York City, Inc. (PANYC) invite you to celebrate the centennial of the storied FEC in a salon conversation. Dr. William J. Parry, professor of anthropology at Hunter College, and Dr. Joan H. Geismar, PANYC president, join Dr. Valerie Paley, vice president and chief historian and director of the Center for Women's History, for a conversation on the legacy of the FEC and the power of urban archaeology to shape our understanding of the past today. 

Refreshments will be served. 

Presented by the New-York Historical Society's Center for Women's History

LOCATION

Skylight Gallery at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

PURCHASING TICKETS

By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Reserve Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, Jean Margo Reid, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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