Jef Pat Park: The Nickname for a Great Archaeological Concern


LInked buttons found at Saunders Point, c. 1700-90. Photo: Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum/State Museum of Archaeology is a long official title, so the concern has been dubbed Jef Pat Park for those of us who reference it with any regularity. Recently, in a thread on the At The Eastern Door Facebook page (really wonderful repro work, by the way, and a new website is on its way), someone referenced the Maryland Archaeological Conservation (MAC) Lab, where scads of sleeve buttons, bodkins, and other small findings, in addition to the expected ceramic sherds inventory. There are dozens of links to online resources, including the wonderful Maryland Archaeological Collections website listing all the finds, organized by site.

Check out the Small Finds page, and an article by Sarah Rivers Cofield on linked buttons.

Check out those sleeve buttons! Elizabeth Van Dyck Vosburg, The Gansevoort Limner. At Skinner.

I’m on the road, so keeping it short this week!

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.