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Before Stanford: Founding Communities, Present Pasts

As Stanford celebrates its 125th year, students use campus archaeology to ask, “where did Stanford come from?” Rather than taking 1891 as our university’s beginning, students reveal a complex origin in communities that have occupied these lands long before—and since—the Stanford family's arrival. These stories are highlighted in the new year-long exhibit, Before Stanford: Founding Communities, Present Pasts. Multiple narratives and deep connections between present and past persist through archaeologies of these founding communities, including: Ohlone tribal people, Mexican and Spanish colonists, and generations of laborers. Our major new exhibit is curated by the class Museum Cultures: Material Representation in the Past and Present.



Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (All day)


Stanford Archaeology Center, Bldg. 500, 488 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA


Stanford University Archaeology Collections, Stanford Archaeology Center




Stanford Archaeology Center is free and open to the public. Please be aware that public, catered lunch talk events are held most Wednesdays 12-1 PM during the academic year, which visitors are welcome to attend.