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During a luncheon held on Jan. 26, 2018, over 40 friends and colleagues celebrated the career of Alice Guerrant who retired after nearly 38 years of service as an archaeologist for the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office.
The luncheon, which was presided over by Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Gwen Davis, included tributes from a wide variety of Guerrant’s colleagues including division Director Tim Slavin who presented her with the division’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Testimonials were also offered by Nena Todd, site supervisor of The Old State House and Johnson Victrola Museum; former division Director Dan Griffith; Lu Ann De Cunzo, professor and chair of the University of Delaware Anthropology Department; archaeologists Ed Otter and Cara Blume; and many others.
A native of Roanoke, Va., Guerrant earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the College of William and Mary and did graduate work in history there. While in Virginia, she did archaeological work at Kings Mill, Stratford Hall, Flowerdew Hundred, Washington’s Birthplace (Wakefield), Corotoman, Yorktown Battlefield and Ash Lawn. After moving to Delaware and her job at the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs in 1980, she was involved in archaeological investigations, historical research and database- and Geographic-Information-System-development as manager of the office’s Historic Property Research Center. In 2016, she was the recipient of the H. Geiger Omwake Award from the Archaeological Society of Delaware for her outstanding contributions to that organization.
Guerrant’s future plans include continuing her passion for knitting and weaving, catching up on work in her home, reading, and volunteering with the Archaeological Society of Delaware and the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild. At some point in the future, she will return to work in the division’s Historic Property Research Center on a part-time basis.