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Free lecture at the Deering Estate in partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida

"Recent Discoveries: Cultural & Ecological Resources of the Deering Estate"

MIAMI (January 20, 2016)

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate presents a free lecture on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The topic on Thursday, February 11, 2016 is "Recent Discoveries: Cultural & Ecological Resources of the Deering Estate."

Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Topic: "Recent Discoveries: Cultural & Ecological Resources of the Deering Estate"

Presenter: Jennifer Tisthammer, Director, Deering Estate
Location: Deering Estate, Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

In fall 2015, the Deering Estate completed an archaeological survey and assessment of the full property, more than 600 shovel tests were conducted by local and state archeologists.  Similarly, the Deering Estate is working with geologists from Ball State University to complete a geological survey and assessment of existing terrestrial caves.  There are many new and exciting secrets the Deering Estate continues to reveal. The Deering Estate’s Director, Jennifer Tisthammer, discusses these recent discoveries, the impact of these discoveries on science and our local communities and how the Deering Estate is growing as an International, Cultural and Ecological Field Station with a recent land and building gift received through the Deering Estate Foundation.

Jennifer Tisthammer is the current Director of the Deering Estate located in Miami, Florida. Jennifer sits on the Biscayne Bay Regional Restoration Coordination Team and Florida International University’s School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) Advisory Board. She is an AAUW (American Association of University Women) scholarship recipient, receiving her Master’s degree in Environmental Science with emphasis on public policy, citizen engagement in adaptive management and environmental decision making, coastal morphology and resource management.

Jennifer has a graduate field studies certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Florida, Preservation Institute/Nantucket and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing. As Director of the Deering Estate, Jennifer has been instrumental in leading the organizational change needed as the Deering Estate has grown from a public park to a historic site to a cultural and ecological field station on its way toward National Natural Landmark status.

Jennifer has 20+ years of experience in senior management and executive leadership, non-profit governance, new business development, transition management, strategic planning, fiduciary, risk management, fundraising, community engagement, and staff empowerment; 8+ years of experience in natural and cultural resource management.

The Deering Estate celebrates 30 years on the National Register of Historic Places! 
A note from the director: The Deering Estate’s first 30 years were marked by the preservation and conservation of our rich cultural and ecological resources. Our future will build upon a wonderful legacy of stewardship. The Deering Estate will better secure its place in a national dialogue on science and discovery. The new archaeological resources recently discovered on site and the study of our geologic history and the changes in our vegetative communities will provide a living laboratory for students, researchers and the general public interested in the environment and preservation.

About the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida
The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida (ASSF) was established in 1949. The ASSF operates as a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.