Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to the Research and Collections staff, Stephanie Whitehead, who joined the staff on November 1st as Conservator. Prior to coming to HSMC, Ms. Whitehead recently completed her MSc in Conservation Practice from Cardiff University, Wales. During that time, she completed an internship at Bolton Library and Museum in Bolton, England. Her masters dissertation, Comparison of Current Practices in the Storage of Archaeological Metals, has defined the need for standardized guidelines to be used in the fields of archaeology and conservation.
Whitehead says, “I am excited to be able to bring conservation back in house at HSMC. It is a crucial process for ensuring the artifacts and tangible history found here remain in the best condition for future generations to engage with and learn from. Without proper conservation and storage of the artifacts uncovered here, they would be lost within a short time span.”
Historic St. Mary’s City is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland. For more information about the museum contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or info@DigsHistory.org.