Speakers Bureau: Louis Farrell

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Louis Farrell

  • Graduate Student, Temple University, Department of Anthropology 
  • 2240 East Orvilla Road
  • Hatfield, PA 19440-2638
  • 215-855-7338 (home), 215-353-8947 (cell)
  • thedigis@gmail.com
  • Website: thedigis.org
  • Affiliation: Temple University

 

  • Presentaiton Description: I can put together a number of presentations, depending on the group, about the 2010 excavation at the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg House in Trappe, PA.  Besides a talk, I can bring artifacts found as we dug the summer kitchen constructed by Muhlenberg in 1776.   
  • Technology needed: LCD projector to hook up to my laptop.
  • Family/Younger Audiences, Hands-on/Active Participation, Lecture
  • Are you able or willing to preach to a congregation (if requested)? Yes

 

  • Presentation Name: Henry Melchior Muhlenberg's Colonial Community
  • Presentaiton Description: IHear from Lou Farrell, high school teacher and graduate student at Temple University, about the findings of an archeological dig he led at Henry Melchior Muhlenberg's home in Trappe, PA during the summer of 2010. The dig documented a complicated community between the years 1720 and the early 1900’s, a place halfway between cosmopolitan Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania German frontier.  With artifacts recovered at the site, learn how archaeologists are using objects to understanding Trappe as an early outlier community and Muhlenberg's place in that society.  Handle artifacts from a 1720 redware kiln, one of the earliest industrial sites in Pennsylvania and understand the importance of fired earthenware on a colonial farm.  Learn the story of a 1773 Virginia copper halfpenny and speculate how it found its way to Pennsylvania.  Since Muhlenberg was officially neutral in the war, why was there a large blacksmith shop operating behind his house and why were there numerous military artifacts recovered during the dig?  See photos, technical drawings and artifacts recovered during the excavation of the summer kitchen that Muhlenberg directed be built in 1776 and consider the evidence that indicates this is the “wash house” that burned in 1779.  Understand why settlers and archaeologists like oysters.   
  • Technology needed: LCD projector to hook up to my laptop.
  • Family/Younger Audiences, Hands-on/Active Participation, Lecture
  • Are you able or willing to preach to a congregation (if requested)? Yes