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Caz native returns to discuss 'Digging in the City of Brotherly Love'

Cazenovia native Rebecca Winkelstein Yamin will be on hand to sign copies of her 2008 Yale University Press book, "Digging in the City of Brotherly Love", and to discuss her archaeological work in both Philadelphia and New York.

This is the seventh speaker brought to Cazenovia for Preservation Month by the Friends of Lorenzo, a not-for-profit affiliate of Lorenzo State Historic Site.

Yamin, who specializes in historical and urban archaeology for John Milner Associates of Philadelphia, will offer an overview of her work in the Five Points section in New York City, where, in spite of its notorious reputation, Irish immigrants struggled for respectability and Easter European Jews established the city's first garment district. She will also discuss her work in Philadelphia in connection with excavations at Independence Mall and surrounding areas.

According to Yale University Press, Yamin is masterful at "explaining how archaeologists gather and use raw data to learn more about the ordinary people whose lives were never recorded in history books."

This Thursday, May 28 free program is co-sponsored by the Cazenovia Public Library, and will take place at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Public Library, 100 Albany Street, Cazenovia; a reception will follow.

Incorporated in 1975, The Friends of Lorenzo is dedicated to supporting the many preservation and educational programs at Lorenzo. For more information about this program, call, 655-3200.

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