Anthropology Graduate Student Wins Statewide Preservation Award

Posted on 9/12/2017 12:28:30 PM
Three Anthropology students dig into the earth at a historic site near an old building.

Kate Peresolak was awarded a Preservation Planning award by Preservation PA for her Applied Archaeology MA thesis research.

Each year, Preservation PA hosts the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards.

Kate is one of three winners of the 2017 Preservation Planning Award. She won for her thesis research and completed thesis, titled “Advocating for the Carroll Cabin: Archaeological Investigations at a Historic Home.”

Kate’s research established the Carroll Cabin as one of the oldest Euro American buildings in southwestern Pennsylvania, a fact that was not suspected at the outset. Her work established the historic and cultural significance of the house beyond any doubt.

The letter nominating her project for this award goes on to state: “Ms. Peresolak’s thesis research led to some landmark developments in heritage stewardship on the Forbes State Forest … Ms. Peresolak advised the timber staff in the development of best practices for accessing timber sales up slope of the cabin without damaging or disturbing the structure or other features of the farmstead, and similar protocols are being discussed for gas well development. In short, the project has led to some very positive developments in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of State Forests for the stewardship and management of heritage resources on the over two million acres of public land they manage.”

The award will be presented on October 12.

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