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Michael Temple

 

Michael Temple of Tampa, Florida is both an experienced archaeologist and co-founder of Cultural Resource Solutions, LLC of St. Petersburg, Florida. He traveled to Nevis, sister island to St. Kitts, to continue his work in helping promote effective management of the historical, cultural, and natural resources of the island.  During his visits to the island in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Mr. Temple assisted the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society, the Government Planning Department, developers, and dozens of government officials and students concerning protocol and procedures for the management of cultural resources in order to better protect and preserve the archeological records, the need for raising public awareness related to the development of land containing historic sites.  Mr. Temple also provided invaluable assistance in recreating and organizing a 17th century blacksmith shop.

 

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NEVIS LOOKS TO SECURE FUTURE OF ITS STORIED PAST.  Due to the increase in construction and development in Nevis, the responsible management of cultural resources is very important.  The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) Executive Director, John Guilbert, called upon former volunteers Kelley Scudder and Michael Temple, both experienced archaeologists and run the firm Cultural Resource Solutions, LLC., to return to the island nation and continue their work in helping promote effective management of the historical, cultural, an natural resources of the island.  In addition to training staff and local students, Scudder and Temple met with the Government Planning Department to go over the protocol and procedures for cultural resource management the pair developed in order to help the government of Nevis better protect and preserve their archaeological record.  Scudder and Temple also assisted in raising public awareness related to the development of land containing historic sites.   The two volunteers visited Nevis May 26 - June 6 and reached dozens of staff, students, government officials, and developers.

ARCHAEOLOGY AND BLACKSMITH TRAINING IS A HIT:  The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) Execuative Director, John Guilbert, called upon former volunteers Kelley Scudder of St. Petersburg and Michael Temple of Tampa to help promote effective management of the historical, cultural, an natural resources of the island.  From September 25 through October 14, 2006, Scudder and Temple helped to provide protocol and procedures for archeological items in order to help the government of Nevis better protect and preserve thier cultural resources.  Return volunteer Royce McNeal and Joy Scudder both of St. Petersburg also add their expertise in training curators to help with analysis and curator methods.  NHCS Board Members were trained to be more knowledgeable about their daily roles and to explore ways to involve the community in NHCS functions.  Lastly, a functioning blacksmith shop was created, throught the donation of materials, to increase and stimulate local and international tourism.  This volunteer mission was made possible in-part by the generosity of the Cultural Resource Solutions, LLC.

HISTORICAL BLACKSMITH SHOP ESTABLISHED IN NEVIS.  The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society, led by John Gilbert, received technical assistance in recreating and organizing a 17th century blacksmith shop.  Veteran volunteer, Kelly Scudder, St. Petersburg, and first-time volunteer Michael Temple, Tampa, traveled to Nevis July 22 - August 6, 2005.  Through several seminars with local specialist and officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, plans were developed for the Blacksmith Shop Exhibit in Fothergill Heritage Village.  In addition, exhibit employees were provided exhibit operation training to assist local and foreign tourists.  Enhancement of this rich cultural site will serve to improve the socioeconomic climate of Nevis for many generations.  Dr. Skeeter Prather, Tallahassee, was instrumental in lending his technical expertise to not only Mr. Gilbert, but also to Scudder and Temple in preparing for the training.  Mr. Prather and John Scanlon with Friends of Hearthside in Rhode Island donated rare handcrafted tools from their private collections for display and educational use.  Scudder is president of Cultural Resource Solutions and Temple, who has extensive experience in cultural site assessment, is a Union Representative for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

 

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