Efforts to Survey and Preserve Connecticut Cemeteries
August 2, 2017 § Leave a comment
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.