Monday, October 29, 2007

Port Tobacco Research Moves Indoors

Sorry, no artifacts today: Pete is taking a well-deserved day off. Which isn't to say he isn't working: he just isn't working here. Pete is at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, recounting his adventures on an excavation in Spain this summer.

As we await a new infusion of grant money, the project team has moved operations indoors and seeks volunteers to lend a hand. The Maryland Historical Trust has lent us its laboratory facilities in Crownsville for a few weeks so that we might get some help washing and cataloging. The facility is only open during the week, but we hope some folks can join us on Wednesdays between 9AM and 3PM. Please contact me if you would like to pitch in: 443.482.9593 or

Crownsville is a long hike for those in Southern Maryland, but we could use some help in Charles County as well. Pete and I are just finishing a simple database for the US censuses (1790-1930) and we need assistance collecting data from the microfilms at the Southern Maryland Research Room, College of Southern Maryland in La Plata. We will also collect information from area newspapers (1844-1896), but we have not yet devised a form for data collection. If interested, again: please contact me. We can split up the censuses so that several people can work on them simultaneously.

And there is lots more to do, but lets focus on a couple of things at a time.


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