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About JessicaC

Jessica is a Museum Specialist in the Archeology Program at the Northeast Museum Services Center/National Park Service. She majored in history as an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Geneseo, and has a master's degree in historical archeology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is particularly interested in 18th and 19th century American history and material culture.

What’s That Doing There? Using Maps to Solve Artifact Mysteries at Saratoga National Historical Park

Here at NMSC, we are trained in identifying and cataloging archeological artifacts of all sorts.  We love working with curatorial staff at national parks in the Northeast Region, sharing what we know about a park’s archeology collection so that park … Continue reading

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Tracking Down Some History: Lowell NHP’s Trolley Project in the Archives

Seasonal museum technician Katie has been working in the archeology and archives programs at NMSC for the past 6 months.  She has helped us wash, label, and rehouse archeological artifacts.  She has also worked on processing archival collections, including records … Continue reading

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What’s Behind the Walls? Misfits and Magic in the Museum Collection

It seems that most parks we work with here in the Northeast Region have a few items in their museum collections that were “found under the floorboards during reconstruction,” or “discovered in the wall during rehab work,” or “found behind … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Pete Seeger Advocates for Protection of the Upper Delaware River

While recently cataloging archival records from Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, NMSC’s Holly came across a fascinating exchange of letters.  The following blog post was written by Holly Hendricks.   What can you discover hidden within park resource management records? … Continue reading

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Hamilton, Hamlet, and Philip II: Maintaining Lifestyle and Legacy at the Schuyler House

“Take Philip Schuyler, the man is loaded!”  So sings Aaron Burr on Broadway in the pop culture phenomenon Hamilton.  The Philip Schuyler referenced in the play is General Philip Schuyler, one of four Major Generals of the Continental Army under George … Continue reading

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“Everything is Lafayette:” A Pearlware Saucer from Saratoga

When it comes to America’s founding fathers, I’ve always been a fan of Benjamin Franklin.  Despite his momentous achievements in early American politics, when I think of Franklin, I think first of fun and colorful history:  He discovered electricity with … Continue reading

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Breathe Deeply: Sponges in Bottles at the Abiel Smith School

We’ve all heard of a message in a bottle, but what about a sponge in a bottle?  When we first came across a couple of them in the archeology collection from the Abiel Smith School site in Boston, we were … Continue reading

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Jump Around! Small Mammals of the Appalachian Trail

Appalachian National Scenic Trail preserves a collection of natural history specimens that were collected by scientists during an Inventory and Monitoring project.  These specimens document the ecosystems present along the Trail and serve as a valuable research tool for scientists.  … Continue reading

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NMSC: Our Best of 2017!

2017 has been quite a year for NMSC!  We visited some amazing sites, worked with awesome park staff, processed some memorable collections, and welcomed a new director, our long-time friend and colleague Giles Parker.  This was a year of great … Continue reading

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The History of Lowell in 10 Objects: Selections from the Museum Collection at Lowell National Historical Park

A few months ago, during NMSC’s second annual March Madness Facebook campaign, over 800 people voted Lowell National Historical Park (LOWE) their favorite national park in the Northeast Region.  EIGHT HUNDRED people!  That’s a lot of love!  We watched as … Continue reading

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