Conserving the Past, One Artifact at a Time

Saturday, September 10, 2022, from 1 – 2 PM

Over the past several decades, Mount Independence has surrendered a number of Revolutionary War-era artificats that are in the museum’s collection.

In 2021 the Mount Independence State Historic Site and Mount Independence Coalition completed a project to conserve 45 of these significant Revolutionary War metal artifacts. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and project consultants, long-time reenactors, and historians Michael Barbieri and Michael Blakeslee will have a conversation with visitors about some of these objects, their uses, how these objects got to Mount Independence in the first place (or were they made on site?), and what some of the stories are or might be behind seemingly simple or even odd objects.

Questions and discussion welcome. Vermont Archaeology Month event.  The artifact conservation work was conducted by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum conservation laboratory and funded by an agreement awarded by the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC) to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program.