May 06, 2013
On May 8, 2013 the Lowcountry Oral History Alliance will hold their quarterly meeting at Brockington and Associates Mt. Pleasant Office. Charles Philips, Oral Historian in the Charleston Office, is a member of the association and will host the event. The meeting will feature Dr. Seth Kotch as speaker. Dr. Kotch is the Digital Humanities Coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hills Southern Oral History Program.
The organization is opened to those interested in advancing the discipline of oral history in the Lowcountry.
You can keep up with the activities of the Lowcountry Oral History Alliance by visiting their Facebook page at:
May 03, 2013
Brockington was pleased to learn that the Georgia Historic Preservation Division (HPD) chose to feature one of our recent projects in the April, 2013 edition their online magazine Preservation Posts. The project was a popular history of Fort McPherson written by Cameron Sexton, an accomplished historian in our Atlanta office. Titled "The Building of a Worthy Post: The History of Fort McPherson," HPD recommends the book as engaging, concise, and visually appealing, and states that the work is "worth a read!"
Fort McPherson is an historic Army installation in southwest Atlanta that was scheduled to be closed in 2011 as part of the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment and Commission (BRAC). The base closure, and planned sale out of government ownership, was deemed likely to have an effect on the 75 historic buildings at Fort McPherson. For this reason, the Federal government was obligated, under US cultural resource laws, to document the buildings and the history of the base. Ms. Sexton's book was designed to make this history understandable and engaging for members of the public, who could then benefit from the effects of the BRAC proceedings.
Given the praise from HPD, Ms. Sexton clearly succeeded in the providing a benefit to the public, as well as to the history of the US military in the Southeast. The book is available in several public libraries, and online in its entirety here.
May 02, 2013
Brockington Archaeologist Eric Poplin gave a lecture about the recent archaeological excavations at the Gaillard Auditorium construciton site on May 1, 2013 at the Charleston County Library. Back in February, workers found evidence of human burials in an excavation trench. The City of Charleston contacted Eric to confirm the remains were human and to assemble a plan to find and remove all of the people buried in this portion of the construction site. Eric and the Brockington team removed 37 adults, teenagers, and children believed to have lived in Charleston between 1690 and 1750. Public interest in this project has been extensive. The lecture gave residents the opportunity to catch up with the latest project news. For more information go to www.ccpl.org.
Apr 22, 2013
Gitisha Goel, a Brockington GIS and Graphics Specialist, and Clara Nguyen, our Designer and Web Specialist, recently completed a Story Map for Hedekin Field at Fort McPherson, an historic US Army military base in Atlanta, Georgia. Hedekin Field (Parade Field) is part of the oldest section of Fort McPherson that includes Staff Row and the Old Post Area. Hedekin Field includes 40 buildings that were constructed between 1891 and 1910, and have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district. The buildings, arranged in orderly rows surrounding the Parade Field, include mess halls and quarters for officers and enlisted men. In 2012, as part of work done in conjunction with Base Realignment and Closure, Brockington completed an update of the National Register listing that expanded the historic district.
The Story Map created by Ms. Goel and Ms. Nguyen provides a new way for the public to view, learn about, and understand the historic military landscape at Hedekin Field. Story Maps, published by GIS software company ESRI, combine web maps with web applications and templates that can incorporate a range of information and media. The interactive map created for Hedekin Field allows users to view an historic map and modern aerial of the area, and by clicking on individual buildings, see historic and modern images of the building side-by-side. A brief history of each building is also provided, including the building's age, size, and purpose.
Easy to use, attractive, and interactive, Story Maps are great new outreach tool for culture resource management and historic preservation professionals to share information about historic places that may be inaccessible to members of the public. They can also display time depth in a way that can be difficult to understand when viewing a static modern environment. Ms. Goel is looking forward to presenting the Hedekin Field Story Map at the ESRI Southeast User Conference from April 29-May 1, 2013, in Jacksonville, Florida.
To interact with the Hedekin Field Story Map, go to http://brockington.org/storymap/
Apr 06, 2013
On April 6, 2013, Alicia Sullivan of Brockington and Associates, Inc., and her son, Austin, took part in an open-to-the-public archaeological dig on the historic site of Lyon Family Farm, located in the National Heritage Area in Arabia Mountain Park. The farm is considered an original settler house and was founded around 1800 by a Revolutionary War soldier on land ceded by the Creek Nation. Volunteers, along with state archaeologists and historians, gathered at the official state dig to continue to search the grounds for evidence of slave cabins at a location documented in Lyon family history. During the four-hour session, over thirty volunteers and professionals worked two separate areas to try and find historic and possible prehistoric remnants of past inhabitants of the land. Alicia and Austin took turns carefully digging layers of soil that was placed into buckets then run through a quarter-inch mesh screen. Some of the artifacts discovered included ceramic sherds, nails, window glass, and other fragments of objects that were placed into plastic bags for categorization. The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, in partnership with the Georgia Historic Preservation Division, offers these open to the public sessions twice a year, in spring and fall. It is a great experience and a wonderful opportunity for the public to try actual, hands-on archaeology.
Apr 02, 2013
Several members of our Atlanta office volunteered to plant native grasses along the Eastside Trail portion of the Atlanta Beltline with Trees Atlanta on Saturday, March 30th. As a major component of the Eastside Trail's landscaping, more than 11 acres along the trail will be transformed into a prairie. To accomplish this, Trees Atlanta volunteers will be planting 109,000 native grass bulbs. Each one of Brockington's volunteers planted about 150 bulbs, and though it was knee-breaking work, several even plan to return for future plantings! When complete, the native grass prairie will be a welcoming oasis in the middle of rapidly developing section of Atlanta.
Mar 11, 2013
On March 7 Jeff Gardner, our Florida Office Branch Chief, presented the Brockington Award for Technology to a team of Bartram Trail High School students at the inaugural St. Johns County History Fair in St. Johns, Florida. The award-winning team included Jesse Burkett, Cody Gan, Geoff Watson, Liam Leahy, and Evan Rodriquez, whose project was the development of a website entitled The Transistor: Catalyst of the 20th Century. The theme of the fair, and of this year’s National History Day competition, was Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, and Events. On their web page, the students convincingly demonstrated their thesis that the invention of the transistor “revolutionized the world.” These young men also won the Senior Group competition. The attached photo shows Mr. Gardner presenting the award to a member of the Bartram Trail High School team. Mr. Gardner served as a judge for the competition, which also included research papers, exhibits, presentations, and documentaries.
Money donated by Brockington through our Community Service Initiative provided for a cash prize to the award recipients and toward sending the students to the upcoming state competition. Mr. Gardner enjoyed his experience as a judge and hopes to be invited to participate next year.
Feb 26, 2013
Held annually, the Alabama Museums Association Conference is an opportunity for museum professionals who live and work in the state to come together to discuss new ideas and techniques in the museum and historic preservation fields. Brockington was represented at the conference by Callie McLean and Rachel Bragg, both of our Atlanta office. They were able to attend sessions on using Google Analytics and other low cost marketing and outreach technologies for museums, as well as tour Tuskegee University and the hangars where the Tuskegee Airmen trained for their role in WWII.
Feb 25, 2013
Brockington supports the efforts of the American Alliance of Museums to inform legislators and the public about the role of museums as "economic drivers, key providers of education, and community anchors."
For more information about how you can advocate for museums today, please visit the American Alliance of Museums website:
Feb 08, 2013
Phyllis Rigney, an Archaeologist in our Elizabethtown office, has been appointed to the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology. The committee seeks to understand the current status of women in the profession through the gathering of data, and to improve the position of women in archaeology. Recently, the committee organized a symposium on the topic entitled “Gender Bender: Reflecting on the Role of Women in Archaeology” at the 2011 SAA annual meeting. As a cultural resource management professional, Ms. Rigney hopes to bring more focus and attention to women working in the field of CRM.