Frost Town Archaeology Program Returns with a 2022 ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grant

Students excavating at site

Dr. Alexander Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, received an American Council of Learned Societies Sustaining Public Engagement grant as part of a $3.5 million responsive funding program by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Alexander Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and his SUNY Brockport’s Frost Town Archaeology program received an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) grant as part of a $3.5 million responsive funding program by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative.

SUNY Brockport has been awarded $76,616 for Dr. Smith’s Frost Town Archaeology: Accessibility, Environment, and Community in the Finger Lakes Region, which is a collaboration with the Cumming Nature Center of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Frost Town Archaeology is a public archaeological project that promotes community engagement with history, heritage, and material culture in the Bristol Hills area of the Finger Lakes. This grant will help fund SUNY Brockport’s Frost Town Archaeological Field School, a series of paid internships in the Department of Anthropology, three public excavations days, a symposium in Spring 2023, and an exhibit at the Cumming Nature Center to be built by Brockport undergraduate students. Dr. Smith is leading a dynamic group of scholars, including alumni Bekah Leathersich (The Ohio State University ’23, Brockport ’19) and Emma Wagner (Noth Carolina State University ’22, Brockport ’19), along with Seth Price (University of Arkansas) and Timothy Sandiford (Rhode Island School of Design), among many others.

The ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grants support public humanities programs based at accredited colleges and universities in the United States that have experienced staffing reductions related to pandemic conditions, programming setbacks, and/or loss of institutional capacity for publicly engaged work.

SUNY Brockport and Frost Town Archaeology represent one of 24 grantees, representing outstanding public programs based at a variety of public and private institutions from 18 states and Puerto Rico.  Awarded programs have demonstrated a deep commitment to the co-creation of knowledge with diverse communities outside of academia and promising approaches to addressing the most pressing issues our society faces today.

The award will be administered by The Research Foundation for SUNY at Brockport.

Student involved in the archaeology dig site

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Laura Merkl: lmerkl@brockport.edu

Posted: April 20, 2022