CHRISTIANSTED – On Thursday, July 14, 2016 we are lucky enough to have two speakers on two completely different topics!
Our main speaker, Caroline Pott, East End Marine Park Coordinator, will show you our Marine Park in a new way. Using a series of maps on the screen, (see: http://arcg.is/295Hzbx) she will take you on a tour of the Park! She will also talk about some ongoing and upcoming work within the Park, and partnerships that make it possible. Managed by the Division of Coastal Zone Management, within the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the East End Marine Park is the territory’s first locally managed marine protected area.
Opening our evening’s lecture will be Meredith Reifschneider from Stanford University with a brief discussion of the preliminary results from the archaeological excavations conducted at Estate Cane Garden, St. Croix. In 2015, Meredith Reifschneider and student volunteers conducted fieldwork around a plantation hospital building at Cane Garden. Ceramic plates and bowls, food refuse including plant and animal remains, and other non-food related items provide a clearer picture into the lives of those who lived and worked at the estate from the early to the mid 1800s. Artifacts will be on display after the short presentation so that visitors will have the opportunity to interact with some of the finds from the research project.
Caroline Pott, a biologist by training and a geographer at heart,was raised outside Washington, DC. She has a nomadic history, having worked on forest restoration in Thailand, songbirds in the Sonoran desert, international whale conservation, leatherback sea turtles in Gabon, and fisheries bycatch. Caroline moved to St. Croix in October of 2015 and is thrilled to be managing a protected area which comes with a diversity of demands and challenges. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Caroline thinks a map might be worth even a little bit more.
Meredith Reifschneider, a PhD candidate in Archaeology at Stanford University, Stanford, California, attended the University of Arizona where she received her Master’s degree in Anthropology. She has worked in Greece, Albania, the Southwestern United States, and currently is conducting archaeological fieldwork on St. Croix, USVI.
The lectures will be held from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Danish Guinea West India Company Warehouse/ Slave Market Building. The Christiansted National Historic Site parking lot will be ‘free’ and open for this event until 7PM.