On Sunday, June 1, members of the Unearthing Detroit team helped promote our project at the Corktown Historical Home and Garden Tour. The home tour is a great opportunity for a public archaeology event because in 2006, Wayne State Anthropology students led by Dr. Killion excavated a historic Corktown building, the Workers’ Row House. Generally, we post research posters and posters describing the history of the home and neighborhood around the home, and bring artifacts from the excavation to display. Volunteers from the Wayne State Anthropology Department talk to tour goers about the home, the posters, and the relevance of the artifacts. The Workers’ Row House is not related to the Unearthing Detroit project, but as both are projects from the Anthropology Department, Dr. Killion invited us to create our own display.
The Unearthing Detroit team agreed that this was a good occasion to share our project. Katie Korth created a poster to explain the background and scope of the project, and curated a small display of artifacts from the Renaissance Center, Workers’ Row House, and teaching collections to portray 19th century working class material culture in Detroit. Mark and Sarah helped set up the poster and artifacts on the day of the event, and all three talked about the project to tour goers throughout the day.
We loved interacting with Detroit and metro Detroit residents and talking about our project, and everyone seemed really excited about it! Do you have any questions about our project? You can leave a comment below!
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