The Frost Town Symposium

On May 13th, 2023, Frost Town Archaeology held an all day “Frost Town Symposium,” which gathered researchers past and present who have worked on Frost Town, Finger Lakes Archaeology, or Western New York history and heritage. Check out the list of speakers below and a video of our roundtable on the history and memory of Frost Town.

Bekah Mertus giving the first presentation at the Frost Town Symposium.
Bekah Mertus giving the first presentation at the Frost Town Symposium.

We had four sessions and 11 speakers present on various aspects of Frost Town and Western New York History. See the program here. Check out videos of select events below as well!

Session I: Research at Frost Town

“Learning at Frost Town: The Benefits of Collaborating with Museum Educators in Public Archaeological Educations” – Bekah Mertus, The Ohio State
“Satellites, Drones, and Lasers: Using Airborne Technology to Map and Analyze Frost Town” – Seth Price, University of Arkansas
“They know not what manner of lines they trace, nor what those lines do signifiy’ Frost Town: Prospection, Survey, and Excavation” – Timothy Sandiford, Rhode Island School of Design
“Frozen Charlottes: Toys and Rural Childhood in 19th Century New York” – Emily Yahn, SUNY Brockport

Session II: Rural Archaeology of Western New York

“Haudenosaunee Culture: Ties to the Land” – Damian Webster, Honöta:önih Hënödeyësdahgwa’ Tonawanda Seneca, Turtle Clan
“Digital Artifact Catalogues and Open Access: Making Rural Archaeology Accessible to All” – Daniel Tyree & Ryan Horan, Monroe Community College
“The History of West Bristol” – Christopher Clarke, Retired Historian and Former Frost Town Researcher

Session III: Cumming Nature Center’s History and Heritage

Roundtable of CNC Staff & Local Experts, Shariee Edersheim (CNC Staff), Rory Stave (CNC Staff), Christopher Clarke (Retired Historian), Ron Goodman (Descendant of the Frost Town Wilcox Family)

Session III: The Frost Town Symposium Roundtable

Session IV: Keynote Lecture

“The Archaeology & Ecology of a Ghost Town” – Alex Smith, SUNY Brockport

Next Section: Acknowledgements

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