I’m back for my second year on the project and I couldn’t be more excited! Justin and I have been here for a little over a week and the community turn out to the site has been great! In just a few short days we’ve been lucky enough to catch up with several of the good friends we’ve made in Hazleton, Lattimer, and Pardeesville over the past five years, as well as a whole new crew of folks interested in local history and our archaeology project.
Firstly, it would be remiss to not thank the Yanac family and Biros Utilities. The Yanacs have been gracious enough to provide us with their backyard for the summer! The Lattimer Archaeology Project had been hoping to excavate at a Pardeesville double-house this year, and the Yanacs have gone above and beyond what we ever could have imagined. (Also, the house and property are for sale: http://www.century21selectgroup.com/real-estate/Hazleton-MLS/Residential/property/14-465/520-Yanac-Street-Hazle-Township-PA-18202/)
For an awesome third year, Biros Utilities has donated a port-a-john to the project! We are all deeply grateful for the Biros’ continuing support of our work in Lattimer and Pardeesville. Seeing local individuals and businesses take a physical interest in this work reminds us that the focus at the heart of our work are the communities we work in.
In the past week, we’ve seen some familiar faces, including Maurice, Angelo, Grace, Linda and other members of the DeLorenzo family; Ann and her amazing home-made cookies; Brandon, who bought the lot we worked on last year; Mr. Stash; and Joe Michel, the owner of the Lattimer Coal Company records collection. We are overjoyed to see our old friends coming out to visit us, and even remarking that we need to update our blog!
Along with our old friends, we’ve been fortunate enough to make some new ones down on Lower Street! In addition to Mr. Yanac, his wife, and two adorable boys, we are rapidly becoming introduced to the neighborhood, including the Stoner family, Wilberta and Anthony, Will and Marilyn, Mary, Joe and Gene, and Charlie. We are having a blast meeting our new neighbors and invite anyone else to visit us at the site during the week!
In short, a major thanks to our friends, new and old, and we can’t wait to update you on how the 2014 field season progresses!