Autumn Beyer, Dr. Lynne Goldstein, and Susan Kooiman. Image Courtesy of Autumn Beyer

Left to Right: Autumn Painter, Dr. Lynne Goldstein, and Susan Kooiman. Image Courtesy of Autumn Painter.

Autumn Painter and Susan Kooiman created this site as a joint research project through the Campus Archaeology Program Fellowship, directed by Dr. Lynne Goldstein. The website was built by Autumn Beyer through Michigan State University's Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellowship.

The Campus Archaeology Program:

Works to mitigate and protect the archaeological resources on Michigan State University’s beautiful and historic campus. Campus Archaeology works with multiple departments across the University to make sure that this cultural heritage is protected. Almost the entire process of completing an excavation project, from design to historical research to excavation to reporting to outreach is completed by MSU undergraduate and graduate students, advancing their education in unique ways. CAP also works to contribute to the public understanding of MSU’s cultural heritage, through contributions to academic journals, giving talks and presentations on campus, and developing outreach opportunities throughout the community. Learn more!

Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections:

Images throughout the site are courtesy of the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections unless specifically noted. Learn more!

Michigan State University Special Collections:

Recipes for Capturing Campus Cuisine and the meal reconstruction event were provided by the Cookery and Food Collection, which includes over 10,000 cookbooks and Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project, an online collection of some of the most important and influential American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century. Learn more about MSU Special Collections here.

Blog Posts and Interviews:

Can You Smell What the Past was Cooking?

The Cutting Edge: The Analysis of Historic Meat Cuts

Feast your Eyes on This: Banquets and Changing Cuisine at MSU (or: How I Wish I Could Time Travel to 1884 and Eat All the Cake)

Four Pickles for Dinner? Trials and Tribulations of Archival Research and Tips for Success

The Great Oyster Craze: Why 19th Century Americans Loved Oysters

Hunting and Gathering on Campus

Michigan NPR [Stateside] - Archaeologist digging into early history of MSU campus

More Than Just Nightsoil: Preliminary Findings from MSU’s First Privy (MAC Poster Presentation)

Privy Seed Germination Experiment: Introduction to Intern Becca Albert’s Project

Seasons’ Eatings! Seasonality of Food Acquisition and Consumption on the Early MSU Campus

There is Something Fishy about this Privy

Throw the Pipe Down the Pooper! Smoking and Subterfuge at MSU

Thirsty Throwback Thursday: A History of Ginger Beer

The Udderly Legen-dairy History of Dairying at MSU: Part I

Zooarchaeology: The Study of Animal Bones and How it is Done