We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

by Aimee Wells – Staff Archaeologist/Collections Manager

Since 2010, the Friends of Fairfax County Archaeology and Cultural Resources (FoFA) has been working to support cultural resource activities throughout the county.  They show their support in many ways, including hosting symposia, providing funding to under-funded initiatives, volunteering at special events or in the field or lab, and even occasionally supplying sweet treats and coffee to fuel our work.

This year FoFA’s generosity has provided much needed supplies for our upcoming accreditation through the American Alliance of Museums (http://www.aam-us.org/).  Archival materials are often expensive, and with FoFA’s help, the AAM Team has been able to purchase supplies to upgrade old collections to current curation standards.

FoFA also recently staffed a tent at Pirate Fest in order to teach kids and their parents that the real treasure in Fairfax County has little to do with chests full of gold and silver, but instead is our shared history, whether it be under the ground or safely tucked away in a historic house museum, or perhaps even the house itself!  Through member’s generous donations of time and energy, along with a fun compass activity, over 200 visitors were able to learn a bit more about cultural resources in the county.

Planning is under way for a Fall symposium with an War of 1812 theme.  If past is prologue, the event will be sure to draw top-level scholars to share their research of the War, and will be a wonderful venue to learn more about our early post-colonial history.  Be sure to follow their website for more information- http://fofaweb.org.

The CRMPB is grateful for the support of our friends group, and looks forward to a long-lasting relationship with FoFA.  For more information, including how to join, see their website.

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About cartarchaeology

We are the County Archaeological Research Team, part of the Archaeology and Collections Branch, Resource Management Division, Fairfax County Park Authority. We are tasked with understanding and managing the cultural resources on Park land throughout Fairfax County.
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