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he Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project continues to build on a legacy of success in fieldwork, analysis, publication, public education, and outreach as we engage the community in the pursuit of a better understanding of the fur trade and colonialism in southwest Michigan. Over the past year (September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010) several aspects of the project were expanded. Some of the year’s highlights include:

  • A new membership program that provides special benefits for project supporters at varying levels
  • The summer lecture series devoted to the “Women of New France”
  • A grant of $8,100 from the Michigan Humanities Council back to support our annual open house
  • An expanded field staff including a new internship program that provides students with opportunities to gain further practical experience
  • A visit by President Dunn, Provost Greene, and Dean Enyedi at our annual media day
  • Recognition of the Butler family for all the support they have provided the project over the past 5 years, especially the student accommodations that transformed the program
  • A second week of summer camp was added for middle school students to accommodate demand
  • Celebration of the 35th anniversary of the WMU archaeological field school with the establishment of the William M. Cremin Scholarship in Archaeology
  • Development and distribution of the Fort St. Joseph Post, our first newsletter
  • WMU featured the Project in their report to the Higher Learning Commission to demonstrate the University’s commitment to community engagement and service
  • The identification of a stone foundation wall and two upright wooden posts that provide evidence for 18th-century building techniques