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Orange County Historic Cemetery Recording Project (OCHCRP)

OCHCRP


The Oakland AA Cemetery

  We've spent a lot of time in historic cemeteries over the last few years. Partly because we seem to all like them so much and partly because they need all the attention they can get. Historical cemeteries are one of the most threatened cultural resources in the state. For archaeologists, cemeteries are great sources of information about local communities: the location of cemeteries, the type of material used for markers, and the iconography all provide invaluable snapshots into one of the most important cultural practices all humans partake in: disposal of the dead. 


A "temporary" marker that has been weed-whacked too many times.



  At FPAN, we all work hard to promote knowledge of these cultural resources through outreach like our Cemetery Resource Protection Training (CRPT) courses and our, fairly new, annual CRPT Conference.  Recording cemeteries and raising awareness about their existence are great moves towards long term protection. Another ongoing project we have is to work with volunteers to record cemeteries for the Florida Master Site File, the state's database of cultural resources.

Volunteers recording makers


 Currently, a project is underway in Orange County to begin recording as many of these historic cemeteries as possible. Cemeteries are being recorded marker by marker, and in-depth files will be compiled for preservation with the state. In order to do this we are counting on community volunteers to help manage and conduct the preservation. It is our goal to make this information available to local college students or other researchers who wish to conduct historic cemetery research in the Central Florida area, as well as throughout the rest of Florida. For example, one current volunteer will be using the information gathered on marker material type to examine commodity flow and choice in these historic cemeteries; who is able to purchase what type of marker and does preference or economics dictate the eventual choice? We will be needing all the help we can get and will be taking volunteers throughout the year to collect information. If interested, please keep an eye out for future announcements of recording dates here or on our FPAN facebook pages. 

  If you would like to learn more, be sure to check out the above links for some great information!



Volunteers recording markers




The words and pics: Kevin Gidusko
Special thanks to volunteers!

Re-Riding History Exhibit

The Crisp-Ellert Museum on campus of Flagler College has opened "Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay," exploring the interment of hundreds of Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Arapaho and Caddo peoples in the Castillo de San Marcos, known then as Fort Marion.
 
As the United States pushed west and Americans sought new land to settle on, the people who lived there were displaced and pushed into reservation systems. Some of the people who fought back were rounded up and shipped East to St. Augustine and imprisoned in the old Spanish fort.

Trail of many Native Americans who were shipped to Fort Marion.
During the imprisonment, a group of Native Americans from numerous tribes created drawings depicting life on the plains featuring traditional outfits, activities and more.

Some of the original ledger drawings on display, courtesy of the National Park Service.
Photographs of the internment on display, courtesy of St. Augustine Historical Society.
The curators of Re-Ridding History asked 72 artists, many who had ancestors imprisoned at the Fort, to create a piece of artwork that responded to the experience of personal imprisonment. Most of the pieces are the same size as and draw visuals from the ledger drawings.

Opening statement from the curators.
Artwork on display.
Interactive art! Take one! Never again stamps.
This exhibit is a really great blending of history, art and cultural engagement and activism. The pieces, in a variety of formats from ink drawings to mixed-media, let the viewer ruminate on the past and draw lines to the present. I also found myself thinking about the past tribes of Florida, who are no longer around to speak to the tough times they faced when the Europeans arrived.

For more information, check out the Crisp-Ellert website.

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