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In celebration of Salve Regina's 75th anniversary, the Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program is conducting an archaeological excavation to celebrate the long history of our distinctive campus.

While it may feel as though our historic buildings have stood forever, this landscape has always been dynamic. Seventy-seven years before the founding of Salve Regina, the Edgewater mansion was built by George Champlin Mason for the Kernochan family as their summer retreat. Constructed in 1870, Edgewater stood for only 18 years before being demolished to make way for Ochre Court.

Throughout the spring 2023 semester, students will excavate the remains of Edgewater's stables under the direction of Dr. Heather Rockwell, assistant professor of cultural and historic preservation. This effort will provide hands-on experience for students and may help us better understand what life was like at this spot 150 years ago.

Don't feel like getting your hands dirty but want to learn more? Join an interpretive tour of the project hosted by a Salve Regina student. Registration is not required.

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