As some of you may recall, we recently revamped our public history concentration at Messiah College to include several new courses and a host of non-history courses that we believe students will find useful in the public history field. One of the courses that we have re-purposed for the new concentration is David Pettegrew's archaeology course. For the past several years Pettegrew and his students have been excavating at a nearby early 19th century farmhouse, but as word gets out about Pettegrew's passion for local archaeology projects and Messiah College's commitment to public history, several other historic sites have asked for help in conducting excavations.
This semester Pettegrew's class will be doing archaeological work at the Trindle Spring Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA and a few other sites in the area. Here is a taste of a recent Carlisle Sentinel article on the dig.
Yet another reason to study history at Messiah College!