A partnership with National Park Service (NPS) and Groundwork Anacostia River DC (GWARDC), this 8-week summer program gives five students the opportunity to learn the study of archeology and how it applies to their local communities and parks. In the UAC program, youth research the archeological significance of local parks, conduct excavations, identify and process artifacts, and create an audio visual oral history project where local residents serve as their subjects. The program occurs at several NPS sites across the region and within the Washington’s Civil War-era defenses such as Ward 7’s Fort Dupont and Fort Mahan parks.
This summer’s program culminated with a Community Day celebration at the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization. Approximately 50 community members joined the UAC youth as they presented their oral history projects and discussed their overall summer experiences.