Community Archaeology Talk and Workshop with Rebecca Yamin

Communities are people and people have stories. This lecture and workshop will be about the Chester community and its stories. Our special guest, Rebecca Yamin--a historical archaeologist who specializes in urban archaeology--says, “As an archeologist, I get to know people through objects (also called artifacts) and I hope to get to know you through your objects.”
After exploring various sites said to be part of Chester’s secret underground passage ways, and hearing residents’ stories, Rebecca will join Chester Made historians and residents for a reception and lecture on Chester’s Underground History: Myth and Reality where we will try to confirm or debunk these stories once and for all.
Then we will hold a Saturday workshop where you can share with us one object that means something to you, that connects you to who you are, to your identity. We will work to recognize how
your object truly connects you to the past and how together these artifacts create a profile of the community not clouded in myth.
WHEN: Friday night reception and lecture--Chester’s Underground History: Myth and Reality--April 20, 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Saturday workshop--Archaeology and Identity: Connecting People and Things--April 21, 10:00am - 2:00pm.
WHERE: MJ Freed Theater, 515 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA
WHO: The Friday evening talk is free and open to the public. The workshop is for participants ages 12 and older and requires registration. We also ask that your bring your personal object to the workshop if you are able.


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