Ultraviolet light is an important and useful tool within the museum world. In this video, we show you how archaeologists and curators use UV light in their work with artifacts and historic objects.
Want to see "in real life" the 18th century ceramic fruit dish we wrote about last August? You can see it and the matching sherds excavated by archaeologists on your next visit to George Washington's Ferry Farm. The dish sits inside the Ferry Farm visitor center in a museum display case now dedicated to Lives & Legacies. In this … Continue reading Lives & Legacies: The Exhibit
Last week, another archaeological excavation season began at George Washington's Ferry Farm. Here are some scenes from the first week of digging. On weekdays, see Ferry Farm’s archaeologists working at the excavation site from now through late-June or, if you can't visit before June, spend a day on the dig site by watching the video below. … Continue reading Photos: It’s Spring. Let’s Dig!
New specialty tours at Historic Kenmore provide opportunities for guests to explore a deeper understanding of Kenmore by focusing on the topics that make us uniquely Kenmore. One such tour, "Posh Pots and Decadent Dishes: The Lewis Family Life through their Ceramics," explores how everyday objects can teach us about how families lived. In the 18th … Continue reading Photos: Posh Pots and Decadent Dishes
Sometimes, it can be a challenge to precisely identify an artifact. When faced with this challenge, archaeologists working in the lab put their five senses to work and call upon some interesting 'tricks of the trade' to make those difficult identifications. Learn more about archaeology and being an archaeologist during Archaeology Day at Ferry Farm on … Continue reading Video: Tricks of the Trade – Archaeology Lab Edition
Among Kenmore's collection is an 18th century seven-day clock that requires winding weekly. In this video, Collections Manager Heather Baldus shares the clock's history and winds the clock for another week.
Each summer. students from the University of South Florida attend a field school at George Washington's Ferry Farm to learn practical aspects of archaeological excavations. This is what they said about their experience. On weekdays, see Ferry Farm’s archaeologists at work on the excavation site from now through mid-June.
Each summer, archaeologists from across the United States come to George Washington's Ferry Farm for about two months of excavations on and around the site of Washington's boyhood home. These are their stories. On weekdays, see Ferry Farm's archaeologists at work on the excavation site from now through mid-June.
Back in late February, staff revamped the orientation exhibit in the visitors center at George Washington's Ferry Farm. The new exhibit called The Science of History at Ferry Farm tells the story of how archaeologists and historians discovered the location of the Washington family home using, in some cases, the latest scientific techniques. It includes a … Continue reading Photos: How to Install a New Museum Exhibit
Editor's Note: The behind-the-scenes tour mentioned at the end of this post and on the video's end title is sold out. Today, we're linking to a behind-the-scenes video on The George Washington Foundation's YouTube channel. In the video, Heather Baldus, Collections Manager, gives us a tour of Historic Kenmore's underground heating and cooling system. This geothermal … Continue reading Caring for Historic Kenmore: Climate Control