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Volunteer Opportunity

Who: Professionals, students, avocational archeologists, or interested individuals.

What: Needed to assist a local community group explore the archeological signature of the Zion Pilgrim Methodist Episcopal Church of Baxtertown, built c. 1848 and stopped functioning c. 1930. This important historical site was the spiritual and social center of a small black farming community. It was documented as playing a role in the abolitionist movements of the mid-nineteenth century and as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

This limited archeological study will entail the excavation of a small grid of 50-cm test units to locate, map, and document the size and shape of the church's former foundation and the site's overall integrity.

Where: 303 Baxtertown Road, Fishkill, NY 12524.

When: December 7, 2013---9AM to 3PM.

How: The archeological equipment will be provided by Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc. under the direction and guidance of Matthew Kirk. All we need is your help to assist in excavating and screening soil. You will need appropriate field clothes for the weather, your own food and drink, and an enthusiasm to participate.

Why: The archeological study is being conducted to assist the site owner and the NY Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) in their efforts to have the site recognized on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

For more information contact:

Matt Kirk, Hartgen Archeological Associates, p. 518.283.0534, e. mkirk@hartgen.com

Ron Greene, p. 845.831.9307, e. cousinron@aol.com

Public Programs

Our staff of archeologists and architectural historians is available to give public lectures on a variety of topics. Please consult our list of available programs below organized by geographical location. To request a speaker for your event or Career Day at your school, please contact us.ease check back at a future date.

Listing of Programs


  • A Cheerful Prospect: The Ten Broeck house-New Observations on its Construction and Cultural Context
  • From the Ground Up: Reconstruction of Three Urban House Types in Albany
  • Getting the Job Done: Construction, Builders and Materials in Albany, 1755-1765
  • In a Neat, Plain, Modern Stile: The Architecture of Philip Hooker
  • Vernacular Architecture of Albany in the Seventeenth Century: Construction Methods, Materials and Technology as Revealed by Recent Archeological Excavations
  • Worms, Waste, and Water: Parasites and Public Health in the 18th and 19th Century Albany
  • Harbor at the Headwaters of Prosperity: The Transformation of Albany's Late 18th Century Waterfront
  • Beyond the North Gate: The Rum Distillery on the Outskirts of Colonial Albany, New York
  • "A Very Working Class Neighborhood": Archeology in Sheridan Hollow
  • Sewant Maker, an Albany Craft: More Wampum Production in 18th Century Albany, New York.
  • Forgotten in Life, Forgotten in Death: Rediscovering an Almshouse Cemetery in Albany, New York
  • Seeds of Growth and Change: Archeological Excavations at the Church Family Seed House and Garden Barn, Wisdom's Valley
  • Albany Silver, 1650-1950
  • Walking tour of downtown Albany
  • From Refrigerator to Oven to Down the Drain: 19th Century Analogs of 20th Century Household Conveniences
  • Stewart Dean and the Worms in the Cricket Cage: The Archeology of A Hometown Hero
  • The Picket Fence in Albany's Front Yard: Archeology and History of the 18th Century Stockade

Capital Region, New York

  • "A Necessary to be Constructed…": Building Privies in the Capital Region, 1760-1900
  • "Many New Houses have lately been built in this city, all in the modern style…": The Introduction of the Gambrel Roof to the Upper Hudson Valley
  • "Of a Compound Character," Post -Colonial Vernacular Architecture in the Upper Hudson and Mohawk vallies.
  • “Getting the Job Done: Construction, Builders, and Building Materials in the  Upper Hudson and Mohawk Valleys, 1755-1765"   
  • Early Architecture of Watervliet
  • Eighteenth Century Houses in Cohoes and the Town of Colonie
  • Eighteenth Century Houses in the old Town of Watervliet
  • Victorian Architects of the Capital Region
  • "They That Have This Medicine Well-Made Need but Few Others"
  • Making Tracks: the Archeology of America's Pioneering Railroad, The Mohawk and Hudson

Mohawk Valley

  • Building Samuel Fuller: The Construction of a Mohawk Valley Legend

New York State

  • Building on What We Know: An Overview of the Diagnostic Potential of Architectural Materials
  • Constructing Slavery: House form and Households in New York State, 1620-1827
  • The Erie Canal: How Does the Dang Thing Work, Anyway?
  • It Came From Schenectady: Archeological Evidence for Health and Diet from an Industrial City
  • Temperance, Tobacco, and Ten-Year-Olds: Archeology Summer Camp at the Burtonville Methodist Episcopal Church


  • Altogether a Handsome Place: Architecture in Troy, 1825-1861.
  • Personal Artifacts and Social Identity: Archeological Investigations at RPI in Troy
  • Working-Class Heroes: Archeological Investigations at RPI in Troy
  • Archeology In Troy: The College Avenue Site


  • The Harding Site, a mid-19th century farm in northern Vermont

Hudson Valley

  • Orient Fishtails and Fishkill Creek:  8,000 Years of Culture at the Polo Fields Site
  • Trace of a Past Migration: The Presence of Ulus on Inland Sites