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Archaeology In Your Backyard

A group of people stand in front of a boarded up old log cabin.
The Jonathan Street cabin is being rehabbed and turned into affordable housing. Credit: Preservation Maryland

In Western Maryland, a decrepit log cabin in an historic African-American neighborhood is being transformed into affordable housing:

Nicholas Redding of Preservation Maryland and Reggie Turner of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture tell us about the tiny home, which likely belonged to Jonathan Hager, founder of Hagerstown. Learn more about theJonathan Street cabin.

Then, amateur archaeologist Evan Woodard excavates forgotten privies and trash pits in Baltimore, looking for relics of 19th-century life. What treasures has he found? How can you get started seeking artifacts? Check out Woodard's series with the Enoch Pratt: part one, part two.

Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.
Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.