The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum is inviting the public to attend a presentation by Dr. Dennis Blanton, who will be discussing the work of students and researchers from the James Madison University (JMU) archaeology field school, which took place at the museum over the summer. An archaeological exploration of the rear yard of the Presbyterian manse at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library has revealed far more about the human history of the property, and of Staunton, than was anticipated. Powerful evidence of a slave-related occupation has been recovered in a portion of the property. The findings will provide rare archaeological perspective on the lives of enslaved persons in the Shenandoah Valley. Together with other evidence that reflects aspects of the lives of the ministers’ families who lived in The Manse, a more holistic interpretation of the property becomes possible.
Dr. Dennis Blanton
Associate Professor of Anthropology at JMU
For questions or more information, please contact Karen Dodson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 540-885-0897 ext. 113.