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.

Children’s Day on the Farm June 3rd!


Soon, it’ll be the 1st Sunday in June – and you know what that means! It’s time to celebrate Maryland’s rural heritage at JPPM’s Children’s Day on the Farm. Amuse yourself with fun hands-on activities, demonstrations, live animals, music, yummy food, and hay rides! Children’s Day has become a Southern Maryland tradition – a wholesome and enjoyable event for the whole family!


Pet your favorite farm animal


See what’s happening in the Indian Village

CTY Returns to JPPM


Second through fourth grade students from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth returned to JPPM this year and we were happy to treat them to all that the Park has to offer. They learned native skills at our Indian Village, experienced archaeology at the Smith’s St. Leonard site, and experimented with artifact treatment techniques in the MAC Lab. Checking out a room with 8 million artifacts just added to the fun. The staff enjoyed working hands-on with these bright kids and hope they all had a great time discovering JPPM!


Learning about electrolytic reduction with conservators


Look at this way cool projectile point!

Public Archaeology Starts Today!


Half scruple apothecary weight

Each year, archaeologists and volunteers discover more about JPPM’s 18th-century Smith’s St. Leonard tobacco plantation site – and there’s still so much to learn! Find out all about archaeology and the Smith family through hands-on excavation at JPPM’s most popular public program. C’mon and get dirty! This year, maybe YOU’LL be the one to find a tobacco pipe bowl, or a silver coin, or maybe even another cellar…We’re out in the field now, come join us! Continue reading

Public Archaeology at JPPM Starts May 8th


Join us for JPPM’s free Public Archaeology program this summer! You can excavate, learn to identify artifacts and soil features, and chat with Park archaeologists about 18th-century life in the Chesapeake. This season, we will return to the Smith’s St Leonard site, an 18th-century tobacco plantation that includes a family residence, slave quarter, stable, detached kitchen and more! The program will run May 8th through June 30th. Excavations at the site will take place between 10am and 3pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (weather permitting). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can join the crew in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory to learn more about the artifacts found in the field. If you would like to participate, please call Ed Chaney at 410.586.8554 or email echaney@mdp.state.md.us.


Try your hand with a shovel


Screen for artifacts


Maybe you’ll find a bottle seal like this one!

Discovering Archaeology Day April 14th!


Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum invites you to celebrate Discovering Archaeology Day 2012 on April 14th from 10am – 5pm. There will be lots of activities for you to enjoy. We’ll be offering guided tours of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory and demonstrations in the Indian Village. Be sure to visit JPPM’s 18th-century tobacco plantation site where you can see the ongoing excavation and talk to museum archaeologists. If you own something that you think is historical, but you’re not really sure, bring it with you and we’ll identify it for you. You will also have the opportunity to meet professional archaeologists from around the region, ask them questions, and enjoy their exhibits and displays. There’s something for everyone at JPPM and Discovering Archaeology Day!


Excavation and site recording at JPPM’s Smith’s St. Leonard Site


Activities at the Park and Museum’s Indian Village


Tours of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab