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The Lost Towns Project is a team of professional archaeologists and historians, working closely with the government of Anne Arundel County, Maryland to discover and explore the County's rich heritage. The team is committed to sharing the discovery process of this incredible heritage with the public through hands-on experiences, publications, lectures, and exhibits. In this blog, we will share some of our exciting discoveries, updates, and events. Check out our website at www.losttownsproject.org for much more, or to learn how to become a volunteer or intern! No experience is required to assist us in field investigations, laboratory studies, archival research, and interpretive programs. Join us to rediscover the History in your own backyards!

Monday, November 14, 2011

ACT Awards

Written by guest blogger and previous recipient of the Archaeology Volunteer Award, Barry Gay
The awards were presented on October 12, 2011 at the Galesville, Maryland Community Center.  The awards ceremony was chaired by Willard R. Munford, Chairman of the Anne Arundel Trust for Preservation, Inc.
This year, the Archaeology Volunteer Award was presented to Patricia Melville, a volunteer with the Lost Towns Project since 2010.  Before retiring, Pat was an archivist at the Maryland State Archives.

This year, a special achievement Award was presented to Jane McWilliams of Bay Ridge.  Jane is a professional historian, writer and lecturer who specializes in the history of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

This year, a Preservation Stewardship Award was presented to Myles Conway.  Myles purchased the historic “Friendship Parsonage’ building, in Friendship last year and was steadfast in working to rehabilitate the building into an antique store.

The 31st Marjorie Murray Bridgeman Award was presented to Ann Jensen.  Ann has been writing about history for more than 35 years.  Her books include Chesapeake Bay Schooners, a comprehensive history.  Ann does not write about history, she lives in it as caretaker of the Sands House, one of the city’s oldest homes, owned by her family since 1771.

The 36th Orlando Rideout prize honors the name of the Anne Arundel County native who served as first director of the Maryland Historical trust and continues to lead in preservation efforts  in the preservation of the architectural heritage of Anne Arundel County.  This year, the award is presented to the Galesville Community Center.
Some of the students that attended the school between 1929 and 1956

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