JPPM is Pleased to Announce the Gloria S. King Research Fellowship in Archaeology


The Maryland Archaeological Conservation (MAC) Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is pleased to announce the Gloria S. King Research Fellowship in Archaeology. The MAC Lab is currently home to 8 million artifacts representing over 12,000 years of human occupation in Maryland. All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators. The Gloria S. King Research Fellowship was established to provide funding for individuals to do research using archaeological collections curated at the MAC Lab

Students, academics, or professionals are eligible to apply for the fellowship (employees of the Maryland Historical Trust and St. Mary’s College of Maryland are not eligible). Any subject in Maryland archaeology will be considered as eligible, but the researcher must use collections at the MAC Lab and be in residence full time in the lab. The researcher must provide a presentation of research to museum staff members at the end of the fellowship.

Application process: A 1000 word proposal (no more than 4 typed pages, double-spaced) outlining the problem and the collections in the MAC Lab to be used, plus a CV plus a letter of recommendation.

Stipend: Stipend to be $500 a week, with a minimum two week stay and maximum 5 week stay. Stipend to be paid upon completion of fellowship for stay of two weeks; a fellowship of greater length will be paid in two installments: 50% at the midway point of the fellowship and 50% upon completion of fellowship. On-site housing may be available for fellows, dependent on scheduling of fellowship.

Gloria Shafer was born on January 6, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland. She spent summers as a child on her family’s farm near Chestertown, Maryland and attended Washington College. In 1955, she and her husband, George M. King, started a small excavating construction business in Anne Arundel County. She had a lifelong interest in Maryland history and archaeology and contributed funds and services to individuals and organizations supporting this interest. Mrs. King died on May 31, 2004 and this fellowship in her memory recognizes her many contributions to the preservation of the past.

Applications must be received at the address below by January 15th, 2013. Projects awarded a fellowship can begin as early as March 15th.

Please direct any questions to Patricia Samford at psamford@mdp.state.md.us and send application materials to:

Patricia Samford, Director
Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, Maryland 20685

Meet JPPM’s Summer Intern!


In late June, Sharon Osofsky began a six week internship at the park as a component of the SRI Foundation–University of Maryland at College Park Summer Institute in Cultural Resource Management. In this program, students are provided real-world work experience at institutions involved in cultural resource management; as a museum that accepts collections amassed by CRM projects, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum was a good fit with the internship program.

Sharon is a rising senior at the University of Arizona, triple majoring in history, library science and anthropology. She will work primarily in the MAC Lab during her stay, but will also have a range of experiences throughout the museum with education programs, curation at the Patterson House, and an ongoing oral history project.

“Working at JefPat gives me the opportunity to understand how museums work and allows me to get one step closer to working in museums”, said Sharon, who is in the third week of her internship.