Janice Cunningham and Elizabeth Warner publish their survey on the history of Middletown Experiment on Community: An African American Neighborhood, Middletown, Connecticut, 1847-1930.
Formerly called the Leverett Beman Historic District, this site was placed on the state register of historic places and received a new name: The Beman Triangle.
2005 Sept. 26-29th
Jarrod Burks of Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., was contracted to conduct geo-survey of electrical resistivity and magnetometry in the backyards of 19 and 21 Vine St.
2006 March-early May
First excavation was conducted on the site of 19 and 21 Vine St.
A completed report of geo-survey was submitted to the University by Jarrod Burks of Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.
2007 March-early May
Second excavation was conducted on the site of 19 and 21 Vine St.
Publication of Jesse Nasta’s Thesis: ‘Their Own Guardians and Protectors’: African American Community in Middletown, Connecticut, 1822-1860
To read the full thesis click here.
2010 Oct. 23rd
Homecoming/Parents Weekend WESeminar on Beman Triangle, presented by Liz Warner, Rev. Harvill, Mardi Loman and Prof. Charles.
2012 Feb. 25th
Community Archaeology Symposium Digging Together Community Archaeology: Practice and Potential held in the old A.M.E. Zion Church on Cross Street: the lectures were presented by Cheryl LaRoche (U of Maryland) “The Power of Community: Archaeology, the Black Church, and the Landscape,” Stephen Silliman (UMass Boston) “The Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School: A Community Collaboration in Connecticut,” and Whitney Battle-Baptiste (UMass Amherst) “An Archeology for the Living: Bringing the Past into the Present Through Dialogue, Collaboration, and Real Exchange”
Fall 2011-Spring 2012
On-going community consultation with the A.M.E. Zion Church
2012 Apr. 14-15th, 28-29th
Third excavation was conducted on the site of 19 and 21 Vine St.
2012 May 24th
Reunion/Commencement WESeminar on Beman Triangle, presented by Liz Warner, Rev. Harvill, Mardi Loman, Jesse Nasta ’07, and Prof. Croucher
Summer and Fall 2012
Few of the summer goals for Beman Triangle Project is to organize a public display of excavation findings, analyze materials, and complete grant applications for further work
A full summer field school session was conducted on site
2013 Sept. 14-15, 28-29
Middletown Materials class conducts excavations on site behind 19 and 21 Vine St.
Field Methods in Archaeology conducts further excavations on Unit 3 and Unit 10.
2014 Sept. 14 and 17, Oct. 12, 20, and 21.
Middletown Materials class conducts excavation on Unit 11 and 12.
2014 December 13
Students in Middletown Materials class inaugurate Beman Triangle exhibit at AME Zion Church.