East Hampton’s Freetown Neighborhood Histories, Archaeology, and Memories

Event: Saturday, April 1st, 1pm
at Calvary Baptist Church 60 Spinner Lane, East Hampton

Allison McGovern, Ph.D

Allison McGovern, Ph.D

Dr. Allison McGovern will present her ongoing research on the origins of the Freetown neighborhood and its evolution into the late twentieth century

Dr. McGovern is an anthropological archaeologist in the greater New York City area whose work integrates archaeology with historical research methods, public engagement, planning, and historic preservation advocacy.

She is a professional archaeologist with Richard Grubb and Associates and a Lecturer in Anthropology at Columbia University. Dr. McGovern’s research in the Long Island area highlights the experiences of historically marginalized and underrepresented groups through archaeology, oral history, and ethnographic mapping.

As a Public Archaeologist, she is interested in making her research available to general audiences, as well as other academic researchers.

In 2018, she was awarded a Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award (Third Place) from the Society of Historical Archaeology for her ongoing work with the Mapping Memories of Freetown project.

She is also an inaugural recipient of the Robert D. L. Gardiner “Writing the History of Greater New York” Fellowship at the Gotham Center for New York City History for her forthcoming book “Long Island Dirt”.

In addition to support from the Gardiner Foundation, her work has been supported by the CUNY Graduate Center, Farmingdale State College, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Philips Fund for Native American research, the Mystic Seaport, and the National Endowment of the Humanities.

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