Topic ID #32011 - posted 3/30/2014 4:24 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Lake George, NY

Jennifer Palmer

Fwd from the ASNJ list:

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We are looking for volunteers to help excavate at Wiawaka Holiday House at
the southern end of Lake George, New York. We will be documenting the early
years of the Holiday House by looking at the materials the visitors, staff,
and organizers left behind. Wiawaka Holiday House was founded in 1903 to
provide affordable vacations for the working women in the factories of Troy
and Cohoes, New York. My dissertation research looks at the intersections
of class and gender in the early twentieth century.

*No previous archaeological experience is necessary*; you will learn
archaeological techniques hands-on at the site. All equipment will be

If you have no previous archaeological experience, please agree to
volunteer for 3 or more days; 18 years of age or older only.

Accommodation and meals are available at Wiawaka Holiday House for a fee.*
There is no charge to volunteer.

What can you expect?
This summer, we will be excavating in three areas of the site to document
the experiences of visitors, summer staff, and of the year-round caretakers.

Excavation involves the following physical activities: shoveling, crouching
or kneeling on the ground, lifting buckets of dirt to pour into a screen,
shaking the screen to separate artifacts from the soil, and filling the
hole back in once all the information has been recovered. We will spend 8
hours a day Monday through Friday excavating, taking one hour for lunch in
the middle of the day. Instruction will include archaeological methods,
note taking, and basic artifact identification and interpretation. Rain day
volunteers are more than welcome to help process artifacts in the lab.
Participants can either purchase lunch at Wiawaka* or pack a lunch to eat
on-site. There is no smoking permitted anywhere on Wiawaka property.

Excavation Dates:
Monday to Friday, June 16 through July 11, 2014

Megan Springate, excavation director, is a PhD candidate at the University
of Maryland.

For information and to sign up for this unique opportunity, contact Megan
Springate at or

Find out more about the excavations at and follow
The Wiawaka Project on Facebook.

* Volunteers are welcome to stay overnight at Wiawaka for $75 per night
prior to June 19. Meals are available only after June 23rd. After June
23rd, the room rate per person is $110 weekdays and $125 weekends,
including meals. Volunteers who wish to purchase meals onsite after June
23rd may do so: $8 for breakfast, $12 for lunch, $16 for dinner.

The Wiawaka Holiday House website is

Megan Springate, MA
PhD Candidate
Department of Anthropology
University of Maryland


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