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Brockington Gives Technology Award for Student-built Website

Mar 11, 2013

On March 7 Jeff Gardner, our Florida Office Branch Chief, presented the Brockington Award for Technology to a team of Bartram Trail High School students at the inaugural St. Johns County History Fair in St. Johns, Florida.  The award-winning team included Jesse Burkett, Cody Gan, Geoff Watson, Liam Leahy, and Evan Rodriquez, whose project was the development of a website entitled The Transistor: Catalyst of the 20th Century. The theme of the fair, and of this year’s National History Day competition, was Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, and Events. On their web page, the students convincingly demonstrated their thesis that the invention of the transistor “revolutionized the world.”  These young men also won the Senior Group competition. The attached photo shows Mr. Gardner presenting the award to a member of the Bartram Trail High School team. Mr. Gardner served as a judge for the competition, which also included research papers, exhibits, presentations, and documentaries.

Money donated by Brockington through our Community Service Initiative provided for a cash prize to the award recipients and toward sending the students to the upcoming state competition. Mr. Gardner enjoyed his experience as a judge and hopes to be invited to participate next year.


Brockington Attends the Alabama Museums Association Conference

Feb 26, 2013

Held annually, the Alabama Museums Association Conference is an opportunity for museum professionals who live and work in the state to come together to discuss new ideas and techniques in the museum and historic preservation fields. Brockington was represented at the conference by Callie McLean and Rachel Bragg, both of our Atlanta office. They were able to attend sessions on using Google Analytics and other low cost marketing and outreach technologies for museums, as well as tour Tuskegee University and the hangars where the Tuskegee Airmen trained for their role in WWII.


February 25th is Museums Advocacy Day

Feb 25, 2013

Brockington supports the efforts of the American Alliance of Museums to inform legislators and the public about the role of museums as "economic drivers, key providers of education, and community anchors."

For more information about how you can advocate for museums today, please visit the American Alliance of Museums website:

http://www.aam-us.org/advocacy/museums-advocacy-day


Phyllis Rigney Appointed to SAA Committee

Feb 08, 2013

Phyllis Rigney, an Archaeologist in our Elizabethtown office, has been appointed to the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology. The committee  seeks to understand the current status of women in the profession through the gathering of data, and to improve the position of women in archaeology.  Recently, the committee organized a symposium on the topic entitled “Gender Bender: Reflecting on the Role of Women in Archaeology” at the 2011 SAA annual meeting.  As a cultural resource management professional, Ms. Rigney hopes to bring more focus and attention to women working in the field of CRM.


Archaeologist Eric Poplin Documents Charleston's Seventeenth Century City Wall

Feb 08, 2013

Eric Poplin is working to rediscover Charleston's colonial heritage. As a member of the Mayor's "Walled City" Task Force, Eric participated in an effort on January 23 to expose a portion of Charleston's seventeenth century city wall so that it could be documented and mapped for the first time. Read more about the project here:

http://walledcitytaskforce.org/


Inna Moore to Present at the South Carolina Arc Users Network Conference

Feb 07, 2013

On February 12, GIS specialist Inna Moore will present at the South Carolina Arc Users Network Conference (SCARC) in Columbia, South Carolina. Her paper is titled "Using Desktop GIS and Mobile Mapping Devices to Streamline Large Scale Historic Architectural Resources Surveys."

As explained by Ms. Moore, large scale historic architectural resource surveys present project managers with a variety of logistical problems. These surveys cover extensive areas, include thousands of architectural resources, produce large quantities of data, and require tremendous amounts of time, money, and management. Many of these issues can be alleviated by implementing not only office based GIS, but also by incorporating a mobile mapping device. Using office GIS, a comprehensive database can be created for all resources inside a study area. The database should consist of existing GIS layers (parcels, building footprints, previously surveyed area, recorded historic architectural resources, etc.) provided by the local governing agencies. It can then be uploaded onto an ESRI based mobile mapping device for use in the field. By using these mobile devices, architectural historians will be able to easily identify areas that have not been surveyed, survey eligible resources, create field strategies, and evaluate and record all pertinent information. After the completion of the field survey, the data can be downloaded, cleaned, and presented to the governing agencies in the form of digital databases and paper forms. By using both of these systems, architectural historians can be more efficient saving time and money while producing a more consistent cleaner product.



Eric Poplin Evaluates Burials Discovered during Gaillard Construction Project

Feb 07, 2013

Archaeologist Eric Poplin has been brought in to assist the City of Charleston after human remains were uncovered at the Gaillard Auditorium construction site. The Gaillard Auditorium was originally built in the 1960s, but is being replaced by a new structure on the same site.  On Tuesday, February 6, a track-hoe operator inadvertently uncovered a human skull while digging a six-foot deep trench. Work on that portion of the site stopped, and once the police and county coroner confirmed that the remains were not the result of a recent crime, Brockington was contacted.

The next day, Dr. Poplin conducted exploratory excavations along the route of the proposed trench and quickly discovered a second set of remains near the first. The bodies are arranged head to foot, with each oriented so that the head points east.  That they are pointed east suggests that these are Christian burials, as they follow the common Christian tradition of orienting the dead for the Resurrection. In most small burial plots, individuals are laid side by side, so the fact that they are arranged head to foot suggests that there may be rows of graves.

Brockington personnel are currently doing archival research on the history of the Gaillard area to determine if there is any indication that a cemetery or small plot was located here in the past.  According to research already conducted by Dr. Poplin, historic maps show that this was a urban residential area as far back as the early 1800s, which may indicate that the burials are much older.  Another possibility is that the bodies were set in their unusual configuration because they were buried in a confined area and couldn't be placed side by side, possibly because it was a residential section at the time.

Dr. Poplin has gone on record with the Charleston Post and Courier and WBCD-TV in Charleston about the project.  In the next few days he will be continuing to research the area's history before advising the City of Charleston on how to proceed.


Brockington Archaeologists Attend CRITA

Jan 28, 2013

Brockington archaeologists Michael Creswell, Cristian LaRosa, James Page, and John O'Donnell attended the annual meeting of Current Research In Tennessee Archaeology (CRITA) in Nashville Tennessee on January 25-26. CRITA is organized by the Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council and the Tennessee Division of Archaeology, which has sponsored the annual meeting since 1989.  Taking a break from a project being conducted nearby, our archaeologists made the most of their weekend by learning about current research and trends in Tennessee archaeology.


Brockington Offers Training Opportunities

Jan 23, 2013

The History Workshop, a division of Brockington and Associates, is hosting three upcoming webinars on topics such as cultural resources stewardship and interpretation projects.

February 7, 2013: Christy Pritchard, archaeologist and heritage interpreter, will host a webinar called Exhibit Signs: Ten Pointers for Getting Started with Your Interpretive Sign Project.

March 7, 2013: Dea Mozingo, Certified Interpretive Planner, will host a webinar called Assuming Responsibility: How Stewardship Can Merit Continuing Public Trust and Support.

April 4, 2013: Callie McLean, exhibit designer, will host a webinar called Fabrication: What You Need to Know to Work Effectively with Fabricators.

For more information about the webinars, please visit the following page:

http://www.thehistoryworkshop.com/Training/


Archaeologist Jim Pritchard to participate in Presidential Inauguration activities in Washington, D.C.

Jan 16, 2013

Jim Pritchard of Brockington's Elizabethtown office has been selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to serve as an ambassador for national service and volunteer for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service festival and projects on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 19.  Jim is one of 280 national service members, volunteers, and alumni of Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC selected to lead volunteers, set up service projects, cover crowd control and management, disseminate information, and oversee pledge card collection, among other activities.


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