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Whatchu know about Pecha Kucha?

What the heck is Pecha Kechu? Not familiar? 

Pecha Kucha began in Tokyo, Japan in 2003, and is now used in over 700 cities! 

Pecha Kucha is a powerpoint presentation (or similar) that is set to automatically advance slides every 20 seconds, with a limit of 20 slides. That is, you have 20 slides of 20 seconds each, totaling six minutes and 40 seconds for your presentation. They're often held in laid-back venues, such as coffee shops, restaurants, or bars. I believe the goal is obvious; Pechu Kucha is designed to keep presentations concise and informative. We all know of at least one speaker that cannot ever seem to wrap things up! The topics for Pecha Kucha are of course diverse, but they often tell a story, use lots of humor, and/or share a creative new idea. 

In lieu of Florida Archaeology Month (FAM) 2014, FPAN Northeast is compiling (and collaborating!) on a variety of exciting and educational outreach events all month long--See our FAM 2014 website calendar for a full list. 

One of which will be FPAN's first attempt at some archaeology-related Pechu Kucha presentations. Our Pecha Kucha night is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4th from 6-8pm at Cafe Karibou in Fernandina Beach. FPAN NE and East-Central staff decided on a playful theme, "Archaeology Fetishes," where we'll talk about those objects and ideas most dear to archaeologists. 

As a sneak peak, topics include: 

Majolica Manicures, by Sarah Miller 

Archaeology Attire, by Ryan Harke

Archaeologists Love for Beer by Emily Jane Murray


The Archaeologist's Trowel, by Kevin Gidusko

Hope to see you on Tuesday evening for some concise and funny archaeology-themed Pecha Kuchas, and that you're already out there thinking about hosting a Pecha Kucha night of your own! Until next time. 

Text and Images, Ryan Harke, Kevin Gidusko, Emily Jane Murray, and Sarah Miller. Full credit to http://archaeology.majordog.tumblr.com for dog meme. Full Credit to Pecha Kuchatm  for use of their logo. 

Meet our FPAN intern from Flagler College, Elizabeth Valnoha

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Valnoha. I'm a senior history major at Flagler College here St. Augustine, with a double-minor in anthropology and public history. Similar to many other kids of my generation, I wanted to be an archaeologist and go on exciting and dangerous adventures like Indiana Jones and other big screen archaeologists.  My passion for history and archaeology began when I was very young, shortly after my uncle returned from a yearlong stay in Egypt. He shared many exciting stories from his travels; I quickly knew that I wanted to study Ancient Egyptian history and discover mummies! As a 12-year-old in the eighth grade, I was one of the few who wanted to be an archaeologist or Egyptologist. Over the years, my interest in archaeology was refined into a love for history and historical archaeology. Now, I'm in my final year at Flagler and my dreams of working in the field seem to be getting closer every day! 

On a local farmer's property, Bolas, Costa Rica
One of the mysterious "stone spheres" on the farmer's property
 Through my internship with FPAN, I'm learning to actively engage with the public concerning Florida's buried past, and I hope to continually learn from these interactive experiences. I enjoy teaching children, and showing them how learning about archaeology can be fun and exciting! I hope to use the experience I gain from FPAN and apply it to create future opportunities within the fields of museum studies and/or historical archaeology. In the future, I'd like to continue working with the public; I want to help convey the importance and relevance of  local Florida archaeology and history. 

During my time at Flagler College, I've experienced St. Augustine archaeology and history through Flagler's archaeology club, which celebrates the city's rich cultural heritage with themed events. Currently, I am the club president, and continually strive to share my enthusiasm for history and archaeology with the other members. In addition, I recently attended an archaeology field school in Costa Rica with Flagler archaeology professor, Dr. Bill Locascio. The research and excavations are part of the Southern Costa Rica Archaeology Project (SCRAP), which also involves faculty and students from College of Lake County (CLC) in Chicago. This educational experience made me appreciate both the physical labor of archaeology in the field, and also the detailed artifact processing that occurs in the lab. 

Text and Images, Elizabeth Valnoha and Ryan Harke, FPAN Staff. 

Exhbit Sneak Peek: Journey 450 years of the African-American Experience

Baptismal record for the black child born in Spanish Florida.
Journey looks at the African-American experience in St. Augustine over it's 450 years of existence as a European colony and American city. The exhibit starts with the first slaves to reach the shores and follows through the civil rights protests in the 1960s.

The first part of the exhibit features colonial Florida. On display are two documents from the St. Augustine Catholic Dioceses Archives that have never before been on display. Visitors can learn about Fort Mose, the slave trade and early Florida settlers.

MLK JR's fingerprint card!

The second part of the exhibit focuses on the Civil Rights Movement and Lincolnville. The exhibit features the original Woolworth's counter from the 1960s sit-ins and the fingerprint card from Martin Luther King, Jr's arrest in St. Augustine. The display on Lincolnville traces the areas roots as a small marshy settlement until today, including some stunning contemporary art.

Throughout the entire exhibit are panels featuring specific St. Augustine residents and visitors that played an important role or illustrate a particular lifestyle. These offer a great insight into the lives of people in the past and give unique insights into their respective time periods.

Emily Jane and Robbie visited on #MuseumSelfie Day.

One great piece of the exhibit is an interactive table with articles on specific topics. The tables allow visitors to pull up more information, photos and more. You can also send the text to your phone to read later!

Interactive table featuring more information on the exhibit's topics.

Overall, Journey takes a look at a little known but very important part of St. Augustine's rich history. When you've finished checking it out, you can also pick up your passport and check out lots of other places around town important to African-American history.

The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for kids 7 to 12. St. Johns county residents, military in uniform, kids under 6 and students can get for free with proper identification. For more information, please visit the exhibit's website.

The New Normal: transitions and change at FPAN Northeast/East Central

Today is the official first day of operation for the newly combined Northeast and East Central region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network.  While we've known these changes were coming since the last board meeting in May, we have not gone into too many details with the public about how the change would be expressed going forward.  Mostly because we didn't know!  We have met to discuss our strengths and weaknesses, threats and opportunities, and are going forward with a plan to maintain full coverage in both regions.

Meet the team!

Sarah Miller, Emily Jane Murray, Robbie Boggs, Kevin Gidusko, Ryan Harke, Toni Wallace.

As I've been traveling around the region introducing myself, there is already a standard list of FAQs I've received from the public.  Here are the top 7:

1.  Why is FPAN consolidating regions?

The easy answer is decreased operating funds, but it's more complicated than that.  Funding has been substantially reduced year to year, but the turnover of staff is also an ongoing strain to services. When Directors Rich Estabrook and Annette Snapp left, these positions remained vacant as FPAN paused to consider its options and began operating two centers under one host.  There are still 8 regions of FPAN, but only 4 hosting institutions (UWF, USF, FAU, and Flagler College).  For the official language behind the consolidation, please reference Executive Director Bill Lees blog post on the restructuring.

2.  What's happening to Kevin?

Kevin Gidusko will continue as Outreach Coordinator/Public Archaeologist for the East Central region.  His contact info has changed, new email and phone number available on FPAN staff page.  He is not alone- Emily Jane Murray will serve in a flex position between to the two regions to offer program support, develop her own outreach programs, and continue adding to her suite of Virtual Florida Fieldtrips.  Between them and myself, we will maintain full service to the East Central region.
3.  What happened to Rachel?

Dr. Rachel Wentz was hired as the Regional Director back when the center was hosted by Brevard Community College.  The center moved to be hosted at the Florida Historical Society in Cocoa.  If you read Dr. Lees post you know consolidation required ending the contract with FHS and ultimately Rachel's position.  Dr. Wentz is still giving lectures, still writing, and still serving the community.   If you'd like to stay in touch with her, become a regular reader of her fascinating Body Blog or follow her book page on Facebook.  I thank Rachel for her years of service and wish her nothing but the best. 

4.  Who are you?

I'm Sarah Miller and will serve as director of both the Northeast and East Central regions.  For those who have not met me, I was the first regional director hired for the original charter centers back in 2006.  My background is first in History and Secondary Education, then next came graduate training in Anthropology from ECU (go Pirates!) with a specialization in Historical Archaeology.  My brand of public archaeology depends on an engaged community, service to public schools and libraries, rigorous field and ethical standards, and a willingness to get involved with whatever the community sees as their priority. I want to make the world a better place, and I want to use archaeology to do it.

5.  Who's left then in the Northeast?

I will still serve as Director of the region, but am grateful to have Ryan Harke on board as Outreach Coordinator/Public Archaeologist for the Northeast center at Flagler College.  Emily Jane will also support programs in this region.  You may see Robbie Boggs out at events, but her priority is managing the office in St. Augustine.  Last but not least, Toni Wallace has agreed to stay on as head of our Site ID Team and will help cover both regions.

Toni and Ryan out on a recent site visit with FPAN NE Advisory Board Member JB Miller.

6.  What's the best part about consolidation?

Okay, no one asks this question, but I'd still like to answer it.  The increased travel and area to serve is overwhelming, but I'm enjoying getting to better know Florida.  I kept to my northeastern boundary for almost 8 years and am only now getting south to places I've read about but never seen.  Traveling down to Okeechobee, Orlando, Merritt Island, Sanford, Stuart, Fort Pierce...I could go on....has given me a wonderful opportunity to fill in a bigger picture of Florida archaeology and a broader understanding of the southeast.  I look forward to posting all the things I didn't know about the East Central region as future blog posts.

House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar, Stuart.
Zora Neale Hurston final resting place, Ft. Pierce.

Lake Okeechobee.

7.  What to look for in coming months?

Continue checking Facebook (Northeast and East Central) and Twitter (Northeast and East Central) for news from the individual centers, and of course the website.  The blog will serve both regions and all staff will continue to contribute.  We are gearing up for Florida Archaeology Month with a goal to host or partner in an event in each of our counties...count 'em, FIFTEEN!  We also have Tumblr, Vine, and Pinterest accounts if you just can't get enough.  Over the next few weeks we'll start updating the webpage.  While those pages are under construction, do check out our programs list if you want to request a visit.  It seems early, but summer library programs and summer camps are currently being scheduled. 

This year's FAM poster, coming to an event near you soon!

Text: Sarah Miller, FPAN staff
Images: FPAN staff except poster art by Curt Bowen.

The Big Anchor Project and Maritime Heritage

This past weekend (Feb. 1), FPAN Northeast staff participated in Timucuan Adventure Day, as part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve's annual, two-day Science and History Symposium. Friday (Jan. 31), local archaeology, biology, ecology, and environmental science researchers gathered to present research conducted within the preserve. Saturday's event is intended to be family-oriented, with all-day activities, games, and even guided hikes and kayak tours! For its part, FPAN brought their authentic anchor-and-chain, along with mapping/recording implements such as pencils, graph paper, and a "grid" to lay on top of the anchor. For details about this kid-friendly activity, see this former blog post. Mapping an anchor is certainly fun, educational, and promotes the preservation of Florida's rich maritime heritage, but our additional goal is to promote the Big Anchor Project.

The Big Anchor Project is a global initiative to encourage and support the recordation of our world's anchors, both on land and below the ocean surface. Here in Florida, one does not have to travel far to see ancient anchors lying in streets, or sitting in marina or restaurant parking lot. The anchor is an iconic symbol of seafaring throughout time, and can  inform researchers about past trade routes, technology changes, and even highlight/mark accomplishments during the age of exploration! The problem is, these artifacts will not be around forever (especially those that are on dry land, exposed to the elements).

Example of a local anchor at a private residence, here in St. Augustine

The program makes it easy for professionals and amateurs alike to record and upload their anchors on the website. All in one webpage, they have access to the forms, guidance on filling them out, examples of completed forms, and also a visible database of recorded anchors, so you can make sure yours isn't already on the site! FPAN staff encourage everyone to participate in the Big Anchor Project; it's fun, educational, and you're playing a role in helping preserve the past! How cool is that?

Children and adults enjoyed mapping FPAN's authentic anchor

Text and Images: Ryan Harke, FPAN Staff. Full Credit to Big Anchor Project for use of their logo.

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