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Kelley Scudder, a resident of St. Petersburg, is the president of Cultural Resource Solutions, LLC (CRS, LLC). CRS is a Florida-based firm dedicated to the management of cultural resources throughout the Caribbean. The CRS staff volunteers fifty percent of their resources to community-based volunteer programs in nations of need throughout the Caribbean. With a strong background in environmental sciences and cultural resource management, Ms. Scudder has championed several volunteer projects with FAVACA in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She attributes the success of her volunteer projects to the hard work and expertise of her husband, Michael Temple, business partner, Royce McNeal and mother, Joy Scudder.
RUM CAY STUDENTS DOCUMENT THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE ISLAND
The Caribbean is known for its beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, and relaxing atmosphere which draws tourist from around the world. However with number of tourist ever increasing, the islands have begun to escalate the amount of development projects in order to capture more and more of the tourism market. With expansive development projects, often times mean the loss of components of the islands heritage and local histories.
Keith Tinker, Director of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) requested assistance from FAVACA in documentation of heritage resources of the island. Joy and Kelley Scudder of Cultural Resource Solutions, LLC., traveled to Rum Cay, Bahamas from June 2-6, 2008 in order to explore ways in which members of the community could develop and implement heritage management initiatives. Kelly and Joy Scudder interviewed several elder residents within the community resulting in an oral history synopsis of economic, social, political and cultural changes that have taken place on the island.
The Scudders also conducted a workshop on the collection of oral histories for student of Rum Cay All Ages School. Students were provided with Ethnographic Collection Kits and learned how to collect oral histories from family members and neighbors. Students will spend their summer, collecting stories of the lives of elder residents to ensure that their histories will be heard for generations to come. While in Nassau the Scudders facilitated the first meeting of heritage program management officials from the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the United States. Keith Tinker was presented with archival materials from the Julian Granberry collection. These materials will provide invaluable information on archaeological activities that took place on the islands from the 1950's and 60s. Jim Miller, former State of Florida Archaeologist and FAVACA Volunteer alumni, also attended this meeting along with Ethlyn Gibbs-Williams, Executive Director of the Turks and Caicos National Trust.
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 PRESERVATION IN THE FACE OF NATURAL DISASTERS. David Hayes, Chair of the Board of Trustees, St. Croix Landmarks Society requested expertise and presenters in art preservation for the Caribbean Museum Association Annual Meeting. The St. Croix Landmarks Society hosted the 2005 Annual Meeting October 25-28, 2005. The theme for the event was "Disasters; living with, planning for and recovering from them." University of South Florida doctoral candidate Kelley Scudder and Royce McNeal, St. Petersburg, provided a presentation on Disaster Plan Management: Before and After the Storm. McNeal addressed conservation of contaminated artifacts, archives and materials while Scudder focused on preventive measures, minimizing loss and techniques for soaked paper recovery. Thirty museum professionals from around the Caribbean attended from many of the leading historical museums. Association members include not only museum curators but also historical societies, tourist boards, individuals with an interest in the history of the region, service providers and national trusts.
Although the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos have shared political, economic and cultural histories, limited contact between these nations has hindered the development of cooperative resource management initiatives. The meeting explored various venues in the development of economically viable cultural resource management initiatives. This meeting paved the for a long term relationship between the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, in which resources and knowledge can be shred for years to come.
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.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL PRESERVATION TOP PRIORITY IN THE BAHAMAS. The Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation of the Bahamas (AMMC) requested FAVACA's assistance to conduct archaeological and historical reconnaissance training on Rum Cay. The area is facing pressure from development and the goal is to identify potential sensitive areas for preservation. A team led by University of South Florida doctoral candidate Kelley Scudder, St. Petersburg, conducted the field work January 2-10, 2005. Scudder worked with fellow archaeologists Michael Pateman, Tampa, and Dawn Hayes, St. Petersburg to provide the training. The volunteers conducted archival research in Nassau before traveling to Rum Cay. Once on the site the team worked to identify several previously discovered sites and locate other potential sites for preservation. The sites were mapped, entered into a geographic information system (GIS) database and given priority due to the urgency of potential threats from development, looting or environmental factors. Dr. Keith Tinker director of the Corporation and his chief archaeologist worked closely with the volunteers. The AMMC provided support for the volunteers' local expenses.
FLORIDA - BAHAMAS COLLABORATE IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION. The Anitiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation of the Bahamas hosted University of South Florida graduate students Kelley Scudder and Dawn Hayes June 27 - July 11, 2004. The student-volunteers tackled issues including archival research, project development, organization of a portion of the archaeological collections, site surveys, permitting development and database creation. Dr. Keith Tinker director of the Corporation and his chief archaeologist along with seven other staff members worked alongside the volunteers. Scudder and Hayes completed work on a final set of archaeological permits, assessments of historic sites in New Providence and the establishment of a database of historic resources. The AMMC provided support for the volunteers' local expenses.