Apologies for duplicate messages.
It has come to our attention that, owing to an error in the UVM Mail
Services office, some of the fliers announcing September 19's
Research-in-Progress Seminar #201 did not go out in a timely manner. Below
please find the text of the announcement in full. We would appreciate your
sharing this information as widely as possible with interested colleagues.
On Tuesday, September 19, 2006, the Center for Research on Vermont is
sponsoring Research-in-Progress Seminar #201, "Gone But Not Forgotten: The
Jericho Center Cemetery Project," by Scott A. McLaughlin, adjunct faculty
in the Department of History at the University of Vermont.
The free, public presentation begins at 7:30 p.m., in Memorial Lounge on
the main floor of the Waterman Building at the University of Vermont. It is
being held in conjunction with Vermont Archaeology Month.
The Jericho Center Cemetery has been a fixture in the town of Jericho since
1789 and continues to be used as a community burial ground and place of
commemoration. As time has passed, the cemetery has undergone changes that
correspond with the interests of local residents and the families of the
deceased. These evolutions still appear evident today in the cemetery
plantings, boundaries, and especially in the headstones, which vary in
shape, materials, iconography, fonts, epitaphs, artwork, and written
content. Remnants of the old cemetery boundaries and family plots are still
visible upon the landscape in terms of vegetation and noticeable by
inspecting the ages of the nearly 1,500 headstones. The spatial arrangement
of the plots provides a clue to the relationship of the residents, and the
ages at which residents died indicate the relative health of the community.
The cemetery and its headstones provide details about Jericho that do not
appear within its written history and provide archaeologists and historians
a window into the town's past. University of Vermont students working in
partnership with the Jericho Center Cemetery Association have begun the
process of unraveling this history and are preparing a walking tour booklet
for the cemetery to share their archival and archaeological results with
the public. This talk presents the history of the Jericho Center Cemetery,
details concerning the archaeological and historical methods used for the
project, and the discoveries made by students during the course of the survey.
Scott A. McLaughlin is an archaeologist and historian teaching at the
University of Vermont.
For more information, please call the Center for Research on Vermont at
802-656-4389 or email <[log in to unmask]> or visit the Center's Web site at