A Hidden History
Presenting community-engaged archaeology to the public
In the early twentieth century, communities across the U.S. were destroyed and people displaced to clear land for state and national parks. One such community, the hamlet of Enfield Falls, was demolished to create Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca. Today students are working with the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park, including descendants of the lost hamlet, and park staff to excavate buried remnants of Enfield Falls homes and businesses. In partnership with the Finger Lakes Regional Office of NYS Parks, local parks staff, and members of the Friends organization, students are identifying and cataloguing more than 50,000 artifacts and shedding light on the hidden history of Enfield Falls and the people who lived there.
Grant category: Other
- Sherene Baugher, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
- Community partner: Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park
- Community partner: Robert H. Treman State Park
- Community partner: Finger Lakes Regional Office of NYS Parks
Engaged Opportunity Grants
Supporting a wide range of community-engaged projects, from student leadership programs and partnership building to events and conference travel. Open to all faculty and staff.