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Governor Wes Moore today announced that the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust have launched a project aimed at identifying lineal descendants or communities that are culturally affiliated with the remains of at least 15 individuals of African or possible African descent that are currently housed at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory in Calvert County, Maryland.

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160 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln boarded a train in Washington, D.C. bound for the autumn farm fields of Pennsylvania. A century and a half later, Lincoln’s charge and the great task he laid out in his Gettysburg Address continues to inspire and call Americans to action.

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Groundbreaking decision provides cohesive framework to enter careers in historic trades 

BALTIMORE (November 14, 2023) – The Campaign for Historic Trades, a national workforce development program, powered by Preservation Maryland, that is focused on expanding and strengthening careers in the historic trades, today announced the Maryland Department of Labor approved its first-of-its-kind group apprenticeship program for state registration. The program sets standards – including on-the-job learning, related instruction, and core competencies – that provide a clear process for entering the workforce in roles like deconstruction technician, historic window technician, and preservation carpenter.

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The Baltimore Community Archaeology Lab is a program that works to mitigate and protect the historic resources on Towson University’s campus. The BCAL works with multiple departments across the university to ensure this cultural heritage is protected, documented, and made accessible to the campus community. Towson University archaeology students have access to education modeled in real world experience with archaeological methods and cultural heritage development both on campus and through contracts with outside partners in the greater Baltimore area.BCAL is hosting its first of two community engagement sessions during its field survey of Herring Run Park

Join TU BCAL archaeologists for Community Archaeology @ Herring Run Park as we conduct a field survey in the park to identify archaeological sites and learn more about the people who have lived on this land for the last 8,000 years.

November 12, 10 am – 3 pm
Herring Run Park

The BCAL is committed to partnering with descendant communities to continually construct and re-construct a holistic narrative of Baltimore’s past that incorporates archaeological investigations, oral histories and archival records. Public participation in heritage preservation, conservation and interpretation contributes to community identity and a sense of place. We recognize the importance of relying on a variety of community voices for developing community-relevant research questions and ethical research design. The BCAL works with numerous community partners, including Preservation Maryland, and public archaeology programs to make the history of the area we now know as Baltimore publicly accessible and ensure stakeholders have a voice in constructing that historical narrative.

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