The Archaeology of Northern Slavery

The Archaeology of Northern Slavery

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On Thursday, June 15, join LancasterHistory as we welcome archaeologist and Millersville University professor Dr. James Delle to our Regional History Colloquium. Dr. Delle will review and contextualize key archaeological sites whose excavations have deepened our understanding of African American history and the relationship between slavery and freedom above the Mason-Dixon Line.

Dr. Jim Delle
Dr. Jim Delle

Since the early 1940s, archaeologists and historians have conducted research that confirms the magnitude and persistence of slavery in the northern states. In this talk, Dr. James Delle will review some of the work conducted on key archeological sites relating to African American history, including case studies of sites he has excavated here in Lancaster County. These excavations provide a fresh perspective on the relationship between slavery and freedom in the United States as seen from sites north of the Mason-Dixon line. Case studies in this presentation will include the Parker House in Christiana and the Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Center in Lancaster City.

Dr. James A. Delle is the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Associate Provost for Academic Administration at Millersville University. Delle has written extensively on archaeology and the architectural heritage of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and North America. He has directed archaeology projects in Jamaica, Dominica, Hawaii, New York, and Pennsylvania, including excavations at the Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Center, the Swan Hotel site, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, now the Ware Center. In 2014, he served as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Delle currently serves as the Vice President of Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County Board of Directors.


This event is expected to take place in person at LancasterHistory on Thursday, June 15, 2023. Doors open and the reception begins at 5pm. The lecture will begin at 5:30pm. The lecture will also be streamed to Zoom at 5:30pm for those who wish to join us virtually.

This program is free and open to the public. In-person attendance requires advance registration in order to guarantee a seat. Due to capacity restrictions, tickets may not be available at the door. Virtual attendance requires advance registration in order to receive the Zoom link. Register online by clicking the appropriate link below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Registration will close online on Thursday, June 15 at 5:30pm. The online version of this program will also be recorded and uploaded to LancasterHistory’s YouTube channel after the event.



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In-Person Event Lecture Online/Virtual Event

June 15, 2023 At LancasterHistory & Online via Zoom 5pm Reception | 5:30pm Lecture Free | Registration Required