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Local history is often discovered in the earth beneath our feet. Come
see a presentation by Jeannine Pedersen of the Cooper Archaeological
and Paleontological Center on “The Archaeology and Cultural History
of Orange County” at the next meeting of the Orange County Historical
Society, Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church,
2400 N. Canal St., in the City of Orange. (See map
for location to this event.)
Orange County has long been a desirable place to live as humans have
inhabited the region for at least ten thousand years. Millions of artifacts
have been discovered and collected that chronicle the existence of these
people and provide evidence of their daily activities.
The lecture will explore the different peoples who called Orange County
home from the earliest inhabitants to the Late Prehistoric cultures,
known today as the Gabrielino and Juaneño people. Pedersen will
also discuss the different site types found in the County, including
villages, fishing camps, and stone tool manufacturing sites, as well
as the array of artifact types found in the region, such as cogstones,
shell beads, incised stone and projectile points. The program will also
highlight the role of Cooper Center in the preservation of Orange County's
natural and cultural history.
Presenter Jeannine Pedersen, MA is the Associate Curator for Archaeology
at the Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center
and is on the part-time faculty in the Department of Anthropology at
California State University, Fullerton. She has an undergraduate degree
in History and Anthropology from Marquette University, and a Masters
degree in History and Museum Studies from Eastern Illinois University.
Jeannine says her “primary passion is the artifact,” and
she has focused her career on the care, study and interpretation of
historical and archaeological artifacts. She has 16 years of experience
working in museums, historical agencies and archaeological repositories.
Some of our members may already know Jeannine from her work on local
exhibits, including “Keepers of Orange County’s Past,”
which was on display last year at the Old Orange County Courthouse.