PRESS RELEASE: (USA) Vermont Archaeology Week Steaming Ahead!
The Vermont Archaeological Society, Inc. and the Vermont Division
for Historic Preservation are launching Vermont Archaeology Week,
September 20-26, 1998! This year's theme, Journey Into the Past,
celebrates the 5th Vermont Archaeology Week, 30th anniversary of
the Vermont Archaeological Society, Inc., and the 150th year of
railroads in Vermont. Vermont's leading heritage tourism
outreach publicizes over 70 educational historic preservation
events and exhibits, most free and open to the public. Make your
own atlatl (a prehistoric spear-thrower used to hunt caribou),
learn what Native Americans ate for dinner in the past, take part
in a panel discussion on the future of Vermont's railroad sites,
and dig into many other aspects of Vermont's archaeology.
Activities that promote stewardship of Vermont's fragile
archeological and historic sites and structures are publicized
through distribution of event calendars and posters to event
participants, libraries, schools, museums, and chambers of
commerce. This year's poster features a collage of
transportation sepia-toned "photographs" penned by Robert K.
Carsten of Springfield, Vermont.
Vermont's important sites include 12,000 year old Paleoindian
camps on the shores of glacial lakes, revolutionary war ships,
stage coach inns, abandoned quarries, and railroad roundhouses.
The effort to identify and protect these diverse resources is
shared by all. Archaeological projects draw on the skills of
local historians, biologists, architects, woodworkers,
folklorists, Native Americans, and countless others to achieve an
understanding of Vermont's past lifeways. Grassroots outreach
through Vermont Archaeology Week enables over 10,000 folks to
annually enjoy and learn more about Vermont's significant,
non-renewable archaeological sites and help protect them. The
Green Mountain State's rich and ancient heritage provides a
tangible link to the past, sense of identity, and tremendous
economic growth potential through heritage tourism. Vermont's
business community, government agencies, non-profit
organizations, historic preservation consultants, and many others
participate as sponsors, hosts, and speakers. Begin your Journey
Into the Past with "artiFACT or FICTION?," "Pedal Power," "Logs
on Rails," "Traveling in the Old Days," and much, much more.
To Receive a Free Event Calendar:
Division for Historic Preservation
National Life Building, Drawer 20
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-0501
TEL: (802) 828-3119
For General Publicity Information:
Kathleen E. Callum/Robert A Sloma
VAW '98 State Coordinators
c/o GEOARCH, Inc., 594 Indian Trail
Leicester, Vermont 05733
TEL: (802) 247-8127
For Donation in Support of VAW or a
VAW '98 Poster ($6, Supply Limited)
Send check or money order to:
Vermont Archaeological Society, Inc.
ATTN: Vermont Archaeology Week
P.O. Box 663
Burlington VT 05402-0663
VAS Web Page For More Information and Calendar of Events: