President’s Message: Preparing for Archaeology Month 2011—and more

Submitted by Catherine Long (sgapresident@thesga.org)

Spring has sprung—I hope this issue of The Profile finds everyone well and renewing their chapter and SGA memberships! We appreciate your continued support of SGA and its mission to preserve Georgia’s rich archaeological sites for future generations. We could not do it without your assistance.

We are anxiously awaiting SGA’s annual Spring Meeting in beautiful McDonough, Henry County, on May 13th and 14th. We look forward to hearing great papers—a few on prehistoric research followed by the organization’s Business Meeting and an afternoon of Civil War themed presentations. Don’t forget meetings are a great place to catch up with colleagues and see old friends and of course make new friends! We hope you will stick around and join us for a group tour of Nash Farm and the Historical Military Museum and Veterans Wall of Honor at Heritage Park on Sunday, May 15th.

Final preparations are underway for the annual Archaeology Month poster and lesson plan—Gone But Not Forgotten: Rediscovering the Civil War Through Archaeology. Calling all volunteers—we invite you to assist in the preparations of these posters as they are sent across Georgia. Check the website to catch up on all the great Archaeology Month events taking place all over the state. Invite a friend to learn more about the fascinating field of archaeology. We encourage you to pre-register for this educational and entertaining event!

SGA has exciting news to report—the Frontiers in the Soil Committee, led by Betsy Shirk, is working together to address the logistics of selling the last remaining 3700 copies of Frontiers in the Soildetails are available here. This is a wonderful publication that introduces archaeology to students of any age and is a great gift for a young archaeologist.

Lynn Pietak represented SGA and GCPA at the annual state social studies fair in Hampton, where she honored two projects on behalf of these organizations (details online here). We seek to encourage the study of archaeology by Georgia students as they will be the future caretakers of these great resources.

The Board of Directors and Officers are working on several committees including the Membership, Advocacy, Website and Communication, Chapter Relations, the Endowment, Archaeology Month, and more. Several goals are emerging as the leadership team seeks to improve membership numbers with institutions and consider a young person membership, evaluate the impact of using social media (SGA is on Facebook) and consider the logistics of online payment, further attention is dedicated to improving communication and expectations of SGA’s active Chapters. The Archaeology Month Committee has contacted the Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA) across Georgia to review the impact and coordination of these outreach efforts. Much positive feedback was received from the educational community. The ArchaeoBus also continues to receive many requests and positive response. We certainly could not do these initiatives without the support from the public and private sectors.

It is a great pleasure to serve with such a fantastic group of individuals who bring innovative ideas and enthusiasm to Georgia archaeology. I hope to see you at the Spring Meeting!

Click here for information on registering for the Spring 2011 meeting. Click here to access all stories regarding the Spring Meeting. Click here to read about ongoing events associated with Archaeology Month 2011. Click here to check out the SGA’s newly revamped calendar of upcoming events.