Past Meets Present

Archaeologists Partnering with Museum Curators, Teachers, and Community Groups

  • John H. JamesonJr.
  • Sherene Baugher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Historic Sites and Museums

  3. Ethnic Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Whitney Battle-Baptiste
      Pages 101-106
    3. Patricia (Pam) Wheat Stranahan, Dorothy Lippert, Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Elisa Phelps
      Pages 113-126
    4. Madeline Augustine, Christopher Turnbull, Patricia Allen, Pamela Ward
      Pages 149-165
  4. Universities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Peter E. Pope, Stephen F. Mills
      Pages 169-186
    3. Pedro Paulo A. Funari, Nanci Vieira de Oliveira, Elizabete Tamanini
      Pages 217-228
  5. Public Schools

  6. Public Agencies and Professional Organizations

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 443-465

About this book


In these times of decreasing funding to humanities and social sciences, program directors are reluctant to undertake outreach projects that they assume require large budgets. The selected case studies in Past Meets Present, however, reflect modest start-up costs, demonstrating that success need not be tied to big bank rolls. The lesson to be derived from these modestly funded projects is that peoples’ attitudes and initiatives make the difference. Focusing on a broad range of successful public archaeological programs in schools and local communities, this book addresses a wide range of developments and standards for effective public interpretation, education, and outreach in archaeology.

Past Meets Present provides the reader with models for implementing public outreach programs with an emphasis on collaborative partnerships. Only when archaeologists are willing to reach out to people in other professions and work with and learn from the community can successful partnerships be formed. Past Meets Present describes effective models of collaboration that enable the archaeology of the past to meet the educational and interpretive needs of the present.

Cover photo courtesy of John H. Jameson, Jr. and the painting "Unlocking the Past" by Martin Pate is courtesy of the Southeast Archaeological Center, National Park Service.


Maya Memoria Museum National Park cultural resource management heritage management historical archaeology national parks public interpretation

Editors and affiliations

  • John H. JamesonJr.
    • 1
  • Sherene Baugher
    • 2
  1. 1.Southeast Archaeological CenterNational Park ServiceUSA
  2. 2.Archaeology ProgramCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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