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May 2014 Meeting
Program: Archaeology and Cultural History of Orange County
Speaker: Jeannine Pedersen

Jeannine Pedersen and Jere Lipps
Cooper Center director Jere Lipps working with curator Jeannine Pedersen
Photo by Matt Gush, courtesy CSUF
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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.