Protecting Connecticut’s Coastal Historical Resources

August 14, 2017 § Leave a comment


Connecticut pic


An acknowledged expert in cultural resources management, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin earned his PhD in archaeology at Arizona State University. He has particular expertise in analyzing the impact of climate change and in coastal resiliency planning to preserve American heritage resources. He is the founder and CEO of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., an award-winning firm that has been involved in archeological surveys, preservation, and resiliency efforts for more than 35 years.

In November 2015, Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy announced a series of preservation initiatives to prepare and protect historical sites along Connecticut’s coast from natural disasters, a response to the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which resulted in Connecticut’s four coastal counties being declared a federal disaster area. With funding from the National Park Service’s Disaster Relief and Assistance Grant Program, the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office chose R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates to be the lead in a multidisciplinary team for Phase 2 of the program.

This phase involved identifying historical sites at risk in the coastal counties to the effects of future storms and sea level rise, and resiliency planning measures to integrate the protection of historic properties in municipal efforts to prepare for and recover from disasters like Hurricane Sandy. The project also included identifying additional historical architectural resources and districts that may qualify for federal recovery funding through their listing on the National Register of Historic Places; the creation of historic and archeological site databases; a survey of dams in the coastal counties; and the development of technical guidance and of Geographic Information System maps of historic properties at risk to future storms and sea level rise for each of the coastal municipalities in the state.

Efforts to Survey and Preserve Connecticut Cemeteries

August 2, 2017 § Leave a comment


Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office pic

Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office

A professional archaeologist with a Ph.D. in archaeology, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin and his professional staff provide a wealth of historical and archaeological research and preservation planning services to clients nationwide.. Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin’s firm currently is engaged in projects such as one spearheaded by the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) designed to assist in preservation of thousands of historically important burial sites and cemeteries across the state.

The SHPO’s initiative centers on the four coastal counties affected by Hurricane Sandy. It involves both resiliency planning and nomination of important historic cemeteries to the National Register of Historic Places. More than simply having importance to local residents and extended family members, old cemeteries can house important works of artistic merit; they also can provide vital data on early settlement patterns, demography and on changing concepts of death and memorialization that reflect broader societal trends. Such attributes make some of these cemeteries worthy of individual listing on the National Register.

R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc.’s efforts include archaeological surveys, documentation of nomination of some individual cemeteries in Connecticut’s coastal communities. In addition, the firm is developing an app for cemetery groups to use in recording historic cemeteries and their markers, landscapes and monuments. Additionally, the firm has developed an annotated research guide on Connecticut’s cemeteries or public use.

Where Am I?

You are currently viewing the archives for August, 2017 at Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin's Blog.