Conclusions & Interpretations

What We Learned: 

  • The place and participation of Chatham, New Jersey in the changing and dynamic history of industrialization and early globalization from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. 

  • The use and usefulness of digital tools and databases and digitized information for specialized research of artifacts. 

  • The power of oral interviews and history to give context to material remains


What Was Surprising: 

  • The number of surface artifacts laying in plain sight in a public park and all the history they can reveal!

  • The limitations of historical records which focus on the history of the factory owners and the power of material remains to help us learn about the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Chatham!

Conclusions & Interpretations