With the discovery of St. Mary’s Fort, HSMC decided to examine the state's early past in a new way, placing emphasis on the archaeological study of both the generations of Native peoples who developed complex societies while living in the region and the European colonists whose arrival disrupted life in what is now called Maryland, forever altering the trajectory of our state's history. This lecture will discuss how these two groups interacted with each other over the course of the 1600s.
This year's One Maryland One Book selection, There There by Tommy Orange, focuses on the lives and stories of twelve Native people in modern-day California. In contrast, this presentation will focus on our own local history and the archaeological studies being carried out to learn about the lives of those people that called this area home prior to and during the 17th century.
About Historic St. Mary City (HSMC)
HSMC is responsible for the preservation of more than 800 acres of land and three miles of shoreline. The museum continues to make new archaeological discoveries and train future archaeologists with its annual Field School in Historical Archaeology, the longest-running historical archaeological field school in the country. HSMC continues to engage both students and the general public in educational programs in novel and exciting ways, encouraging people of all ages to connect the past with their contemporary lives.