September 27, 2016 § Leave a comment
As the president of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin is in charge of preservation planning and the archaeological research efforts conducted by his firm. Providing long-term archaeological perspectives on climate change in coastal areas, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin has spent the past six months working in coastal resiliency planning for the State of Connecticut as part of the recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy.
Towards the end of 2015, and with the assistance of federal grants from the National Park Service, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy ushered in a series of initiatives to position the state of Connecticut to be better prepared for disasters likely to do damage to its coastline. Named the Disaster Relief Assistance Grant program, the initiatives were launched after Superstorm Sandy hit the coast of Connecticut, destroying many of its historic sites.
Phase 1 of the program focused on repairing historic properties affected by the hurricane. This year, Phase 2 seeks to identify vulnerable historic resources and to develop resiliency plans to hasten disaster recovery in the future.
Financed to the amount of $4.1 million, Phase 2 will identify historic sites and properties along the state’s coastal counties of New Haven, Fairfield, Middlesex, and New London that need to be considered in the suite of resiliency, disaster recovery and hazard mitigation plans moving forward. It will include projects such as: surveys of historic sites, structures, and dams; detailed mapping of sites endangered by potential future storms; creating a mobile application to allow residents to survey historic residences; and maintaining a geospatial database of the state’s historic sites.
September 16, 2016 § Leave a comment
As one of the country’s leading experts in cultural resource management, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin has won a number of awards. Among them is the National Preservation Honor Award, which was presented to Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote historic preservation and to save places of historical significance in the United States. Currently, the group is working to preserve many sites, including President Teddy Roosevelt’s ranch house in North Dakota; an antebellum structure that was once part of a plantation in Louisiana; and an aging stone bridge in Yosemite National Park.
The organization gives its National Preservation Award to individuals, groups, and agencies that have gone above and beyond to preserve historical sites in the United States. It has presented the award to individual citizens who worked to raise funds, construction companies that did volunteer work, journalists who raised awareness, and many other deserving entities. In 2015, one award went to a Greenwich, Connecticut preservation group who worked to buy, restore, and put into use an historic post office built in 1915 as a retail space.
September 5, 2016 § Leave a comment
Early during the lengthy academic career of Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin, he served as a Research Associate at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History under the renowned archaeologist Dr. Irving “Ben” Rouse. Dr. Rouse also served on the doctoral committee for Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin. The missions of the museum include the advancement of research efforts and communication of anthropological, biological, and geological knowledge to a public audience.
The Yale Peabody Museum is one of the older museums in the United States, and started as a collection of assorted “natural curiosities” on the campus in the 18th century. Today, the museum houses approximately 13 million artifacts and specimens in multiple buildings.
One of the permanent exhibits at the Peabody Museum is the Birds of Connecticut Hall. There are 722 mounted specimens in this exhibit, with an emphasis on birds native to Connecticut. There also are separate displays that explore plumage, hybridization, and other topics related to the birds. The exhibit took five years to construct and has been open to the public since 1972. The Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.