2011 SIA Conference-Seattle, WA

I will be leaving for Seattle tomorrow morning to attend and present at the Society for Industrial Archaeology’s annual conference. My presentation is slotted for Saturday and I will of course be taking about the Cliff. The 15-20 minute talk will cover a bit of Cliff history, the work we did last year mapping the industrial core of the site, and finally an update on our current progress excavating at the mine’s stamp mill. It won’t be the most academic of papers presented, but I felt that its more important to bring spotlight on our work now, and not just present a hypothesis-approach-results-discussion type of paper. Who knows what the future holds for Cliff. Getting the word out about its importance in both Michigan and American history is the primary goal at this point.

From their website:



“The SIA is made up of members, world-wide, who have a strong interest in preserving, interpreting and documenting our industrial past and heritage. Whatever your profession or favorite pursuit, if you share our interest in the industrial past, we welcome you to join us.”


I strongly recommend to all of you who follow the blog to check the SIA and their journal out. If there are articles to come out in the next few years of the research at Cliff, this is a very likely outlet for their publication.

If there is a lull in the postings over the next 5-7 days, this is the reason. I will try to get a few up on the blog but the conference has a couple of tours I’ll be attending so I’ll be fairly busy. Plus… let’s be honest… it’s vacation. I gotta relax.


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About Sean Gohman

Currently a PhD Degree seeking student in the Michigan Tech University's Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program.

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