Thursday, April 7, 2011
|Happy Birthday SAAA|
|St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum|
The SAAA was founded by a small group of professional and avocational archaeologist in 1985 to provide the City and County with archaeology volunteers. At that time, the City was considering an archaeological ordinance to preserve its archaeological heritage from rapid development.
|The early years remembered|
The 25th celebration guests arrived at the Lighthouse around 4:00pm. After an initial glass of wine or beer, the party began in earnest in the Keepers House. Chris Newman chaired a panel of founding members who reminisced about the early days of the SAAA. Old T-shirts were worn and displayed; old scrap books were perused and tales were told of those early years when parties (proms) happened regularly and trowel carrying/kazoo playing members performed precision marches in the Easter parade. Dr. Kathleen Deagan presented a slide show with old photos documenting the early fun filled days. Mary Willis, one of the first SAAA presidents, remembered with fondness, the early volunteers. Bruce Piatek, our first City archaeologist, spoke of the City Ordinance and early digs. Valerie Bell, one of the original founders, remembered the impetus behind creating an archeological association composed of professional and avocational members. Pat Griffin spoke of the early professionals such as her husband, John Griffin, who worked at the Oldest House when the organization was founded. Other members in the audience offered their memories and when the program was over, kazoos were passed out and Charles Tingley led the group in a kazoo march downstairs to the dinner.
|Pig on a spit!|
|Cortney Boran carves the pig|
|Sam Turner, pig roaster extraordinaire!|
|Lala Smith and Sam Turner, Jr. excavate the cake|
|Phil enjoys a beer!|
SAAA looks forward to the next 25 years assisting the City and County to save its archaeological heritage and we will surely have a rousing good time in the process.
|The SAAA Board aka party planners|