At the 48th annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, convened in Seattle, the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) presented FPAN with its Daniel G. Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Historical Archaeology. Established in 2011 and first presented in 2012, this award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in public historical archaeology by individuals, educational institutions, for-profit firms or organizations, museums, government agencies, private sponsors, or projects. It was presented at the SHA awards banquet and ceremony along with other Society’s top-tier awards.
FPAN was nominated for this award by Irina Sorset of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Amanda Evans of TESLA Offshore. In their nomination, Sorset and Evans noted that “FPAN has created programming focused on Florida’s long and diverse archaeological past, and while programs center on the state’s archaeological heritage, FPAN is reaching a global audience. Through an impressive array of innovative programs and projects focused on historical archaeology, FPAN is creating heritage awareness and fostering stewardship among Florida students and residents, as well as tourists. In fact, through internet-based programming, FPAN is able to reach an audience that may never visit Florida but appreciates its heritage.” Programs highlighted in the nomination were the Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar (HADS), Coquina Queries project, Cemeteries Resources Protection Training (CRPT), Submerged Sites Education and Archaeological Stewardship program (SSEAS), Archaeology Works program, Unearthing Florida public radio program, videos and podcasts, and a variety of historical archaeology programs aimed at assisting our partners with interpretation of archaeological sites.
A number of FPAN staff, board members, and advisors were present at the conference and the awards ceremony. Executive Director William Lees, Associate Director Della Scott-Ireton, and Director of the Northeast and East Central Regions Sarah Miller received the award for FPAN from SHA President Charles Ewen and Awards Chair Teresita Majewski after remarks were made by Amanda Evans.