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The Speaker's House Archaeological Field School

Location: Trappe, Pennsylvania, United States

June 10, 2014 to July 5, 2014

Session dates: 
Field School: June 10th-28th Optional Week: June 30th-July 5th

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon speakers_house_2014_field_school.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



The Speaker's House & Montgomery County Community College

Project Director:

Dr. Lydia Garver & Lisa Minardi

Project Description

Join us for the sixth annual Archaeology Field School at The Speaker’s House, home of Frederick Muhlenberg. Built in 1763 by German immigrant John Schrack, the house was owned by the Muhlenberg family from 1781 to 1803. Other notable owners include Charles Albrecht, an early pianomaker; Dr. Lewis Royer; and Ursinus College, who used the house as a dormitory from 1924 to 1944. This complex history, along with the site’s remarkable preservation, makes it an exciting place to conduct archaeological research. This year’s field school will focus on the area surrounding the original kitchen wing, built in the 1760s. Students will also be investigating an area where an authentic Pennsylvania German kitchen garden is planned.

The field school is an intensive three-week program that runs June 10–28 on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Participants will receive training in excavation techniques, record keeping, artifact identification, processing, cataloging, and classification. Optional field trips and guest lectures will also be offered. No previous experience is necessary. The field school is open to anyone age 15 or over. A non-credit, optional add-on week is also being offered this year from June 30 to July 5 (with a break on July 4). This fourth week will focus on artifact processing, including cleaning, washing, sorting, labeling, cataloging, and storage preparation. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about historic preservation and assist with various hands-on restoration projects at The Speaker’s House.

Three college credits are available to students who enroll in the field school through Montgomery
County Community College (MCCC). For more information, tuition rates, and fees, visit Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. Preference
will be given to students taking the course for credit through MCCC, but additional spots may be available for those who do not enroll. If you would like to participate but do not want to take the course for
credit through MCCC, please complete our online application form and we will notify you if space is

The participation fee for those not enrolled through MCCC is $300, which covers all necessary
tools, equipment, and supplies. There is no charge to participate only in the optional add-on week.
All participants will receive a complimentary 2014 student membership in The Speaker’s House.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historical

Site is the home of Frederick Muhlenberg, the first Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No Experience Required

Room and Board Arrangements

Housing will be available at Ursinus College for out-of-town participants. If you are interested in
housing, please notify us at The anticipated cost for a shared room is approximately $110/week per person. Single rooms may be available for an additional rate but are not guaranteed.


Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Montgomery County Community College
Number of credits offered 3


Contact Information
Lisa Minardi
P.O. Box 26686