This week's article for Rochester Patch features two big developments in the efforts to preserve local history in southeastern Michigan. The first is a major study and report on the 20-year archaeological excavation at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The report detailed the findings from the dig which included over 150,000 items ranging from glassware and silverware to animal bones and farm tools. I was fortunate to be a part of this excavation while still in my teens. The report is available for purchase from the museum.
The second development is the launch of a new web site from the Rochester-Avon Historical Society. This local historical society is amazingly coordinated and have accomplished some major tasks to further local preservation efforts. The web site is the latest accomplishment and will continue to grow, incorporating smart phone technology to boost awareness of historical sites, as well as historical tourism.
The site is encouraged to go regional with various historical agencies and city governments adding historic sites to a Google map with push pin icons and GPS coordinates. The icons are clickable and reveal a survey sheet of information similar to what is required for a property to be considered for the National Register of Historic Places.
The article was split into two for the week. Here are the links.
Local Web Site a One-Stop Shop for History Explorers
The 20-Year Dig: 150,000 Artifacts Paint Picture of Early Stoney Creek