2018 Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture – New Discoveries at the Shotgun House

Posted on February 21st, 2018 by Elizabeth Nelson

The 2018 Dick Wolf Lecture “New Discoveries at the Shotgun House Archaeology Project ” will be presented at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018. The lecture will be preceded by a brief membership meeting at 6:45 p.m.The Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture is an annual event sponsored by CHRS to showcase excellence in research and writing on urban planning and historic preservation in the District of Columbia by a student or intern. The winner presents a lecture on his or her research and receives a $1,000 prize.

Christine Ames

The winner of the 2018 Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture competition is Christine Ames, who worked on the Shotgun House Archaeology Project in Capitol Hill as a Capital City Fellow with the District Government from 2016 to 2017. Christine’s lecture focuses on a trash midden (pit) buried in the backyard of 1229 E St, SE, discovered during these archaeological investigations. After learning the Shotgun House was home to a few colorful residents, Christine was curious about the contents of the trash pit – if they could be associated with these former occupants, the possible events that led to their disposal, and, more broadly, what insights they offer into the daily lives and households of these occupants. Christine’s lecture will also describe the processing of artifacts, detailing the work that is undertaken in the lab once the fieldwork is completed. Following her lecture, a panel of three special guests will discuss the major points of her lecture:

Bob Sonderman: Archeologist, former member of the Historic Preservation Review Board, active resident of Capitol Hill and now serves as Curator/Director, Museum Resource Center, National Park Service

Stephen Hansen: Architectural historian and former professional archaeologist, author of A History of Dupont Circle and Kalorama Triangle, and president of the Committee of 100. Formerly worked with the Cultural Resources Division, US Park Service and is now principal at Preservation Matters, LLC.

Emma Seabright: Architect, designer of the new residences built around the reconstructed Shotgun House, on the project team for the Capitol Courts development; a 117 apartment, mixed-use building located on the lot adjacent to the archeological site.

Christine is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, having received her Master’s in Archaeological Heritage Management from Boston University and her Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Syracuse University. She continues to be involved in the Shotgun House Archaeology Project as a contractor with GroundworkDC, working with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office. She was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Montgomery County, MD, and currently resides in Capitol Hill. She is extremely happy to be able to help preserve the history of the area in which she grew up, for future generations.

Shotgun House archaeological site

The event is free and handicapped-accessible and the public is encouraged to attend. No reservations required. For more information contact CHRS at 202 543-0425 or email to caphrs@aol.com.

The lecture will be preceded by a brief membership meeting at 6:30 p.m.