Volunteers give SGA a high profile at SAAs


On behalf of the Society, SGA President Dennis Blanton has commended members for their considerable commitment, which kept our table “staffed” during the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting last week.

I’m pleased to report that, with the help of many generous volunteers, SGA maintained a presence in the SAA Exhibit Hall for the duration of the conference in Atlanta (Wed–Sat this past week). On behalf of SGA at-large I want to extend a hearty thanks to everyone who contributed—even in the smallest way. But there are a few particular contributions that bear specific mention.

Lynn Pietak coordinated most of the effort and received tremendous assistance from her colleagues at Edwards-Pitman. At every turn E-P folks were visible and carried the load of setting up and breaking down. Our showing simply would not have occurred without their help.

Not only did Tom Gresham represent us on the first day but pulled a very long all day shift and did great work getting some of the initial kinks out.

Tammy Herron, Mary Beth Reed, and Catherine Long contributed display materials that were most helpful (as did our colleagues at UGA).

We were also fortunate to have the support of Debbie Wallsmith who represented DNR’s Parks Division and brought their own attractive material to display.

Again, I know that others were making additional contributions and we appreciate them very much.

All in all it was another successful showing—way to go!

The SAA Annual Meetings were April 22–26, 2009, in downtown Atlanta at the Mariott Marquis. Volunteers allowed SGA to maintain a booth in the Exhibit Hall, which was open 9–5—that’s a lot of hours!