Kimberli Fitzgerald, Salem's Historic Preservation Officer and City Archaeologist, received the third place 2020 Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award for "Uncovering Salem's Chinese Shrine" project.
She received the award at a January 10 meeting of the Society for Historic Archaeology in Boston that was attended by archaeologists and academics from 40 countries around the world. The project was selected for excellence in public outreach and collaboration with Salem's stakeholders and Chinese descendant communities, and excellence in addressing the underrepresented history of Salem's Chinese population.
The award commemorates the life and career of Mark E. Mack and encourages diversity in the Society for Historic Archaeology and her profession by cultivating relationships between archaeologists and stakeholder communities.
Kimberli called the award a "tremendous honor" for the many collaborative partners to be recognized by society, an organization devoted to setting high standards for historic archaeological practices around the world. "I am privileged to work here at the City of Salem, our state's capitol, within a community that values historic preservation," she stated. "This project illuminated for me how there is so much opportunity to uncover and celebrate our rich history and deep connection to others around the world."