Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Heidelberg Invades Florida

The indomitable April Beisaw led a large group of Heidelberg University students to the Society for Historical Archaeology conference at Amelia Island, Florida, last week. They drove for nearly 18 hours through snow and ice to get there.

Not nearly enough instructors bring their students to professional conferences. The setting provides students the opportunity to meet prominent people and young up-and-comers like themselves in a collegial environment. Kudos to Dr. April and Heidelberg University.

Port Tobacco participants may recognize a couple of the ladies: that's Magen in the red coat at the far left; Theresa in the purple sweater third from right, front; and Amanda standing next to the inestimable April. The tall fellow in the back is Dr. David Bush who for many years has involved students in all facets of archaeological research at the Johnson's Island prisoner of war camp, a Union facility on a small island in Lake Erie.

I expect we will see many of these same faces at future academic conferences.


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