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Workshop highlight's area's archaeology
Treasures of Midway
The Midway Selectmen undertook a massive remodeling job in the mid 1990s. - photo by Photo by Matt Norsworth
The importance of Midway to the history of Liberty County, the state of Georgia, and the United States has been written and talked about for years.
Midway is a coastal town that has had its share of very famous visitors and individuals important to the development of this area. It’s also going to be the special location for a very interesting gathering in relation to the history of coastal Georgia once again.
The Midway Church, in the historic downtown area, will be the site of the “Diversity of Coastal Georgia Archaeology” workshop.
The workshop is planned for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and will feature archaeologists and historians who will speak about the archaeological process, as well as the diverse prehistoric and historic sites found in coastal Georgia. The workshop is sponsored by the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center based on a grant from The Georgia Humanities Council.
This is an all-day event that is free to the public and sponsored by the additional help and services of Joann and Diane Clark at The Midway Museum. Additional services and the use of The Midway Church as the site of this historic event has been provided by Glen Fox of the Coastal Pharmacy in Midway and Jack Winn, both of whom represent the Midway Selectmen.
Archaeologists who are planning to speak at this workshop include, Carolyn Rock, Dan T. Elliott of The LAMAR Institute, Rita Folse Elliott of the Coastal Heritage Society/Savannah History Museum and Chad Braley of Southeastern Archaeological Services based in Athens.
Also, there is the expertise of Dennis B. Blanton of Fernbank Museum and Brian K. Greer, cultural resources manager for Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.  
Collections manager John A. Mitchell of Cumberland Island National Seashore will also be at the workshop to present an exhibit of objects from recent archaeological digs, and talk about his work at the seashore museum in St. Mary’s.  
Patricia Barefoot, historic presentation planner of the CGRDC and coordinator for this very special event, said, “There will be Native American, African-American and colonial-era artifacts which have been rarely seen on display.”
The “Diversity of Coastal Georgia Archaeology” workshop is open to the general public, and is a must-see event for real estate professionals and developers, government leaders, history buffs, civic groups, preservationists and budding archaeologists.  
Barefoot said the project is also supported by, “the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.”
CGRDC Executive Director Vernon D. Martin noted, “We are delighted to offer this enlightening opportunity to coastal residents who live along a fast developing coastline. It is vital that area citizens take note of preserving and protecting our rich archaeological resources.”
For more information about the workshop, call the CGRDC at (912) 264-7363, extension 200.
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