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Biannual Monograph Series in Public Education is Initiated; Archaeology and Public Education Newsletter Format Modified

KC Smith and Amy Douglass


In 1995, when the Archaeology and Public Education (A&PE) mailing list topped 10,000 recipients, the SAA Board knew it could no longer offer the newsletter free of charge. A modest subscription fee was initiated for non-SAA members, although members could opt to receive the publication as a benefit of membership. However, the freebies soon outstripped the subscriptions, and A&PE remained a financial liability. The board and PEC members discussed various options, but it was clear that A&PE's days were numbered.

An ad hoc newsletter committee convened at the 1998 SAA Annual Meeting to consider the alternatives. For various reasons, we preferred not to convert the newsletter entirely to an electronic document on the SAAweb. We all felt strongly that archaeology educators, especially classroom teachers, would best be served with a printed publication--and that is the course we decided to pursue.

In 1999, the PEC will introduce a new, biannual monograph series. Each booklet will include feature articles that explore a specific archaeological topic, complemented by an educational component. However, the monographs will be sold individually, fewer copies will be printed, and they will be marketed to a wider audience. The series will have a new name and a new look, and it will continue to provide information about archaeology, geared primarily for the public.

A&PE will live on electronically in a modified form. The newsy elements of the newsletter will be posted and updated periodically on the SAAweb, and previously printed issues will be available online, much like the past editions of the SAA Bulletin. A team from the Arkansas Archeological Survey has agreed to study how this can be done efficiently and economically. It will make a recommendation to the SAA Board, which then will determine a course of action.

A&PE 8(3), which was mailed to readers in mid-December 1998, will be the last printed version of the newsletter. However, through the monograph series and the web pages, the PEC's objectives of providing in-depth information as well as timely announcements will be continued, but simply in different formats.

K C Smith and Amy Douglass are coeditors of Archaeology and Public Education. Smith is at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee and Douglass is with the Tempe Historical Museum in Tempe, Arizona.

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