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Brown Bag Sessions

Brown Bag Sessions are informal talks about a variety of subjects, including current research and issues facing the archaeological community. Join us during your lunch break for a short presentation followed by a group discussion.

Session 2 – The Coming Storm: Curation Crisis Continues with Cindy Stankowski (August 12, 2020)

Do you hear that? A massive rumbling in the distance, getting closer and closer? It’s the millions of artifacts, pouring out of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) companies. CRM firms are going out of business, merging, moving or simply can no longer afford the dead storage. This is chapter two of the Curation Crisis. The time is now to address this issue. Please joins us as Cindy Stankowski, Executive Director, leads this discussion.

About the Presenter

Cindy Stankowski’s personal commitment is to continue to have a positive impact in the community by making new ideas and information accessible in the museum setting. Ms. Stankowski received a Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Anthropology from San Diego State University and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. She has been with the San Diego Archaeological Center since 1996, leading the effort to preserve our archaeological legacy. She brings an understanding of curation issues and museum management to SDAC and has led symposia on curation throughout the state.  Ms. Stankowski also seeks new and innovative ways for the public to connect with the past, including exhibits, seminars and school presentations.

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Time: 12 PM
Location: Virtual Event via Zoom
Cost: Free

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Session 1 – A Case Study from Whaley House: Brand Marketing and Bleach (July 22, 2020)

Often while analyzing archaeological data, a seemingly ordinary artifact or assemblage tells an unexpected story. In my case, this was the dozen amber embossed bleach bottles from the Whaley House collection. While analyzing the collection, I developed several basic research questions: when was bleach introduced, who used it, and most importantly, why? This “why” led to an exploration of marketing, branding, and consumption. Why was a product like Clorox (unknown at the turn of the 20th century) widely consumed and considered essential circa WWII? Did an increase in exposure to brand name advertising correlate with increased bleach consumption? By taking a look at various trends around the WWII era, I became aware of the profound impact of advertising and marketing on bleach consumption. This is an important factor to consider as we contemplate what the archaeological record of the future will look like. In this presentation I will briefly discuss my findings, a short history of bleach, how brand marketing and advertising affect the consumer, and what it means to the archaeological record.

About the Presenter

Kathy Collins is an archaeologist for California State Parks, Southern Service Center and volunteer at San Diego Archaeological Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Anthropology with a focus on archaeology. Kathy is especially interested in historical artifacts. Her thesis entitled An Anthropological and Archaeological Analysis of American Victorian (1876-1915) and Progressive Era (1900-1920) Medicine in San Diego, California focused on the glass collection from the Whaley House excavation. As an archaeologist for State Parks, Kathy travels throughout Southern California monitoring construction projects, surveying and excavating as well as curating and cataloguing artifact collections in the lab and writing reports. Throughout her travels and work in Southern California, Kathy looks for the hidden stories that lie beneath the surface.

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2020
Time: 12 PM
Location: Virtual Event via Zoom
Cost: Free