Work conducted by the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeology Project and Ludlow Centennial Commemoration Commission offers a longitudinal example of the power of collaborative public scholarship. After defining collaborative public archaeology, the article discusses issues around identifying descendant communities and other stakeholders, building and maintaining relationships, and the political nature of public archaeology and stewardship. While the collaborative experiences described here were unique, the lessons are widely applicable. The goal in sharing these lessons is to illustrate the importance of maintaining relationships with descendant communities after the completion of a project and exemplify the wide impact of well-designed collaborative public archaeology.
The Power of Collaborative Public Scholarship: Evaluating the Lasting Impacts of the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeology Project
Karin Larkin is Associate Professor and Curator for the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Larkin received her PhD in Anthropology and Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Larkin acted as a crew chief and the second project director of the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeological Project at the University of Denver. She has coedited two books on the work of the CCWAP: The Archaeology of Class War with Randall McGuire published by the University Press of Colorado in 2009 and Communities of Ludlow: Collaborative Stewardship and the Ludlow Centennial Commemoration Commission with Fawn-Amber Montoya published by the University Press of Colorado in 2022. She is one of the Stephen H. Hart Award for Historic Preservation recipients for her work on the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeology Project along with other project leaders and the United Mine Workers of America.
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Karin Larkin; The Power of Collaborative Public Scholarship: Evaluating the Lasting Impacts of the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeology Project. The Public Historian 1 November 2022; 44 (4): 36–62. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2022.44.4.36
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