November 21, 2010 2 Comments
On the 13th and 14th of November the Lattimer Massacre Project surveyed the site of the massacre to determine if archaeological remains still exist on the land. We know this is sacred ground in all cases, but we are interested in seeing if archaeology might offer further insight into the events of September of 1897. There are many historical and word-of-mouth accounts that already exist of the massacre, and part of our project will be to compile them and compare them to the archaeological record. You can read a bit more about our survey in an article in the Hazleton Standard Speaker (http://standardspeaker.com/news/are-bullets-lattimer-massacre-s-smoking-gun-1.1066887) that came out November 21st.
We were aided in our investigation by the Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO), an organization experienced in examining battlefields across the country. (http://www.bravodigs.org/)
The second reason for exploring the site is to ensure that the events of that day are never forgotten: to make them news again. In this way we hope to expand new discussion of the events, the conditions that resulted in them, and their effects on everyday life in Hazleton. For this reason we hope you will comment on our project either through the blog, through email or on the newspaper article that came out in the on the 21st of November. Through our work in the community of Lattimer we have come to know that many people are connected to the history of the massacre, through work, family commnity or personal interest. We even heard some second- and third-hand accounts of the event.
In the coming weeks we will post photos from the survey on the blog. Meanwhile, we are hoping to hear from you!