Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Benjamin Ford, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Beverly Chiarulli, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Sarah Neusius, Ph.D.


This thesis focuses on historic preservation and education in York County, Pennsylvania. To better understand historic preservation in the area, six organizations were studied in terms of their effectiveness of preserving sites and educating the public about them. Additionally, eight archaeological sites were used as case studies to show effective preservation projects. Surveys of the public and interviews with professionals from organizations and archaeological sites were conducted in order to determine if the public is interested in archaeology and if historic preservation and public education efforts have been successful. Results showed that the public is interested in archaeology but is not informed about the preservation and archaeological work that has been done in York County. Additionally, organizations and the county government need to improve their historic preservation efforts to provide further protection to historic and archaeological sites.