This innovative educational partnership to stabilize and conserve the 50,000-plus artifact collection began in February 2007, at a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at The Baltimore Talent Development High School (BTDHS) in Harlem Park.  U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings officially kicked off the partnership by participating in the event as our Keynote Speaker. 

The project, supported by a generous grant from The 1772 Foundation, brought in archaeologists from the University of Maryland’s Center for Heritage Resource Studies to train students at the high school to re-label and re-package objects in the collection that had been excavated from the historic landscape over a thirty-year period.

Conservation Lab

Next steps are to house the entire collection in a conservation research facility that will be equipped with climate control and security features.  The laboratory will be used to store, conserve, and stabilize the collection to support Carroll’s Hundred research.  We will continue using the collection to introduce students and others to the field of historical archaeology through hands-on artifact conservation and research projects.

Save Our History Continues

One of the few such archaeology programs in the country geared for high school students, the Carroll’s Hundred program continues the educational objectives started with The Black Damask Orchard Restoration. The goal is to involve young people in saving their own community’s history.  Through the Artifact Conservation Project students are saving the important history of cultural diversity at Carroll’s Hundred by conserving its material culture.