Friday, October 20, 2017
|Sarah's first pilgrimage to national PA on MSU campus 2011.|
Next week I travel to Bozeman, Montana for my last Project Archaeology Leadership Team meeting. Six years since my first team meeting, I'm in a sentimental mood. I first became aware of Project Archaeology 18 years ago during my Masters program at East Carolina University (go Pirates!). Charlie Ewen was my advisor, and I opted to do an internship with Patricia Samford who at the time was the archaeologist at Tryon Palace in New Bern. Tricia introduced me to Intrigue of the Past lessons published by PA, and I was hooked.
|Jeanne Moe presents at my first PA workshop in WV 2006.|
|Project Archaeology Conference at Crow Canyon in Cortez, Colorado 2004.|
|Gwynn Henderson in front of Bozeman public library.|
I first realized there was such a thing as the Leadership Team during a Project Archaeology meeting where the Leadership Team members had to put on a skit and help present information to other coordinators. Who were they? What did they do? Who would I have to push down the stairs so I could join this team of leadership?
|Joelle Clark facilitates 1st facilitator training in Florida 2009.|
Gwynn Henderson nominated me to the Leadership Team in 2011. Maybe she was worried about the stair factor, but I like to think she wanted to fan the spark in my heart for archaeology education. Lynn Alex from Iowa, who I long admired from her work on the Society for American Archaeology's (SAA) Public Education Committee, was also nominated and elected with me that year. We traveled for the first time to Bozeman in 2011 where I roomed with Joelle Clark and we got to business of Archaeology Science for All, curriculum development updates on Food and Land, watched the professional development video to be used for promotional and training purposes, discussed website updates, and reviewed a rock art special unit. I learned Leadership Team retreats are somehow even MORE intense than Project Archaeology conferences, which are all day, full engagement exercises in team building and collaboration.
|Gwynn and Gail rappin' *|
|Virginia and Alex chattin' *|
|Viginia carrying Jeanne's guitar for strummin'|
|9 pm at night and Ranel, Maureen, and Gail are still in the room I shared with Joelle focused on PA!|
|Project Archaeology received a US Secretary of the Interior's Partners in Conservation Award 2011.|
|Professional development in a fav place: a cemetery!|
I don't know who my roommate will be this year, or what joys and challenges we'll be sharing. I do know it will be solid days of hard work and cold walks up the hill to MSU campus. I'll see Project Archaeology peeps still at conferences and the biennial meeting, but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Jeanne Moe, Crystal Alegria, and the rest of the national Project Archaeology staff over the years: Courtney Agenten, Erika Malo, Rebekah Schields, Kathleen Fransciso, and Lawson Moorman. I want to thank Gwynn Henderson for the nomination, and my roommates Joelle and Teresa for continuing to digest each day's meaty topics until midnight. And all the people who served and continue to serve on Leadership Team.
I'm grateful, and I'm looking forward to fanning the sparks of others eager and willing to serve.
Lianne Bennett: 2010 1st PA workshop at Cumberland Island, PA instructor 2011 at Kingsley, and now Leadership Team member for Florida!
In order of appearance on agendas starting in 2011:
Virginial Wulfkuhle - Kansas
Gail Lundeen - Missouri
Ranel Capron - Wyoming and BLM liaison
Maureen Malloy - Chesapeake region and SAA liaison
Gwynn Henderson - Kentucky
Joelle Clark - Arizona
Lynn Alex - Iowa
Shelley Davis-Brunner - Idaho
Dani Hoefer - Colorado
Theresa McReynolds Shebalin - North Carolina
Samantha Kirkley - Utah
Elizabeth Reetz - Iowa
Lianne Bennett - Florida
Carol Ng-He - Oriental Institute
Elizabeth Pruitt - SAA liaison
Courtney Agenten - Minnesota
Becca Simon - Colorado
And signing off Sarah Miller - Florida
Text & images: Sarah Miller, FPAN staff
*Gwynnlish appears courtesy of Gwynn Henderson- never a pecknad, and so very very yeay