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Volunteer Opportunities & Public Events

 

The Cultural Resources Division, in coordination with non-profits like Lost Towns Project,Inc. and Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Inc. offer citizens the opportunity to rediscover Anne Arundel County’s history first hand. Whether you are a retiree or a college student, or even if you are just curious and just want to see how archaeology happens, we have an activity that will suit your interests.  We encourage the general public to dig alongside the County’s professional archaeologist, volunteer in our lab, or research the County’s past at the Maryland State Archives. No prior experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm for the past. 
***Due to COVID-19, in-person group volunteering opportunities are suspended until further notice, but remote volunteer projects are available! To find out more or to be notified about future projects, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Drew Webster at [email protected]. See below also for some alternative heritage activities.

--PUBLIC EVENTS & HERITAGE ACTIVITIES--

Although many public events are delayed in consideration of CDC recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the list below for a few alternative opportunities!

Historic London Town and Gardens

_August 29, 2020- Jug Bay Archaeology Paddling Tour (by reservation only). County archaeologist, Anastasia Poulos, will lead a small, socially-distant kayaking expedition to learn about the archaeological and cultural history along the Patuxent River. She will be discussing the results of recent archaeological surveys of Jug Bay, which documented archaeological resources ranging from occupations from 13,000 years ago to the historic period. She will share how these archaeological sites inform us about past ways of life along the Patuxent River. Click here to learn more.   At this time, this event is FULL. Check back here for future paddling tours. 

_VIRTUAL HISTORY TOURS-The Cultural Resources Division has developed a number of interactive maps and online exhibits on County history.

_VISIT HISTORIC COUNTY PARKS- Safely explore historic sites in the great outdoors. See below for a list of just a few of our historic sites:

  • Visit Historic Hancock's Resolution in Anne Arundel County (**note - limited opening hours) and take advantage of the Friends of Hancock's Resolution's self-guided tour (click here for information on Hancock's Resolutionclick here for the tour, and click here for directions).
  • Visit Kinder Farm Park to learn more about early 20th-century agricultural history in Anne Arundel County and see a number of existing historic structures on this farm.  
  • Visit Linthicum Walks, a 19th-century home and farm complex in Crofton with a pristine historic landscape that is an accredited an ArbNet Level 1 Arboretum. 
  • Visit Fort Smallwood Park to see remnants of an Endicott-period fort installation on the Patapsco River dating to the Spanish American War and structures representing early 20th- century beach resort history in Anne Arundel County.   

-VIDEOS on COUNTY HISTORY-

  • The Cultural Resources Division has a number of short videos on various archaeology and history topics on our Current Historic Research page.
  • Watch this excellent video on Woodwardville, a National Register Historic District in Anne Arundel County. This video was created by the Woodwardville Preservation Society, Inc. with support from the Arts Council and the Cultural Resources Division.

-SELF-GUIDED WATER TRAILS & WALKING TOURS-

_Keep checking back here for updated listings of future events! 

Find out about our volunteer opportunities below.

  • Field Work
    Volunteers and Interns can participate in a real archaeology dig on Native American sites or colonial plantations. The County has nearly 1,400 archaeological sites, so locations may vary depending upon the current research program and the seasons. As a volunteer, you can experience “on the job” training at real archaeology sites, and tasks may include digging, screening for artifacts, and documenting the excavations. The County offers regular volunteer field opportunities to citizens who wish to gain experience in archaeological fieldwork. We also offer field opportunities to document historic buildings and cemeteries.

    --ALERT-- 
    - - Following Governor Larry Hogan’s emergency actions to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily suspended in-person group activities. Please contact Drew Webster, County Archaeology Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected], for information on upcoming socially-distant/remote volunteer opportunities and to be added to the contact list for status updates.--

  • Laboratory Work

    Anne Arundel County's Archaeology Lab facility, located at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland accepts volunteers and interns to help process artifacts, including washing, labeling, analyzing, conserving, and cataloging artifacts. Ever want to be an archaeologist? Well come on down and give it a try. Anne Arundel County's archaeology lab will offers many volunteer and student research opportunities. 

    Regular Hours - Monday, Wednesday,Thursday, 9AM-3PM

    --ALERT-- 
    - - Following Governor Larry Hogan’s emergency actions to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab is currently closed to visitors.  Please contact Drew Webster, County Archaeology Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected], for information on upcoming socially-distant volunteer opportunities and to be added to the contact list for status updates.--

    No Experience Needed. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  
  • Historic Research
    Volunteers are also needed to assist with archival research at the Maryland State Archives. Before beginning excavations at an archaeology site, one must research land records, census data, wills and probate inventories and historic maps, all of which helps formulate research questions and better understand the historic context of these resources. No prior experience is necessary; we will assist you in getting started.  The Anne Arundel County's Archaeology lab facility is also the receptacle for hundreds of books on the history and archaeology of the County recently acquired by the Anne Arundel County Library System. The library is open to the public for onsite research by appointment only and the books cannot be checked out. Call (410) 222-1318 or email [email protected] for more information. 
  • Internships
    Anne Arundel County's professional archaeologists, architectural historians and historians welcome advanced high school and college interns to join us. Under the teams’ professional guidance, students can learn the ropes and find out if a career in archaeology is right for them. Often, credit can be arranged in cooperation with your academic institution.

    --ALERT-- 
    - - Following Governor Larry Hogan’s emergency actions to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily suspended in-person group activities. Please contact Drew Webster, County Archaeology Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected], for information on upcoming socially-distant/remote volunteer opportunities and to be added to the contact list for status updates.--