Educational Outreach

Firms like ours that work in cultural resource management - conducting historical research, performing archaeological investigations, and studying historic buildings - are usually making use of public funds, or are supported by private funds being spent in compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations. We have a professional obligation to communicate the results of our activities to the communities in which we work. We have an extraordinary opportunity to educate the general public and to heighten their awareness of local history and our shared cultural heritage. 

Hunter Research enjoys and excels at the challenge of communicating history, archaeology and historic architecture to the host communities where we work. Over the past two decades, we have frequently re-cast the results of our endeavors, painstakingly laid out in technical reports, into other media more appetizing to the general public - for example, in-person presentations, brochures, booklets, posters, signage, exhibits and videos.

We especially cherish sharing with schoolchildren the excitement of archaeological discovery and historical puzzle-solving, and communicating to kids how history is embedded in our everyday lives. In this role our firm has developed innovative archaeological training programs, lesson plans and educational materials for the 5th through 8th grades within several school systems in New Jersey.



Sample Projects Include:


 

Non-Technical Summaries of Cultural Resources Projects

In developing transportation projects, New Jersey Department of Transportation staff and consultants collect, analyze and report on a great deal of information under the general heading of cultural resources.   Continue


 

From Teacups to Toilets: A Century of Industrial Pottery in Trenton
Circa 1850 to 1940, Trenton, New Jersey 

Archaeological surveys at the site of a 19th-century industrial pottery off U.S. Route 1-known to contain contaminated soils and industrial waste-showed that significant remains of the pottery survived, but that traditional data recovery would not be prudent or cost-effective due to the level of protection that would be required.   Continue


 

Thomas Edison State College Historical Brochure
Trenton, New Jersey 

Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults.   Continue


 

Woodbridge Cloverleaf
Woodbridge, New Jersey 

The cloverleaf interchange, today widely employed by highway engineers to enable traffic to flow safely through an intersection at high speed, is a pure product of the automobile age.   Continue