MAPP is pleased to welcome Dr. Dennis Pogue as interim director of the Historic Preservation Program this semester, while Director Don Linebaugh takes sabbatical leave. Pogue, who is also an adjunct associate professor of historic preservation at UMD, has more than 30 years’ experience in historical archaeology, historic preservation and museums, including a prominent 25-year stint at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens. In his new role, Dennis will continue to share his energy and expertise with UMD students in Don’s absence.
Don will spend this semester completing a technical report of the Kippax Plantation site in Hopewell, Virginia, a property he has been excavating since 1981. The property, established by an English trader and his wife, who was the granddaughter of Pocahontas, holds a rich, storied history of European-Native American interactions during the rise of African slave ownership in the late 17th century. Using the many trade artifacts and site features discovered during his years of excavating as a guide, Don hopes to tell the larger narrative of multicultural and multi-racial interactions in 17th- and 18th-century Virginia.