Antoinette Jackson talks with former president Jimmy Carter

Working with the National Park Service and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site team to make sure the community of Archery, Georgia near President Carter’s boyhood home establishes its place in history, Dr. Jackson’s work has Carter’s personal attention. The nation’s 39th president is both excited and supportive of the project and our research efforts in heritage studies.

View a 5-minute video about our lab’s mission which includes an excerpt of President Carter’s interview. View Video

The Sulphur Springs Heritage project is part of an ongoing commitment by the University of South Florida designed to address the rising interest in, and need for, heritage management by communities, civic organizations, and other groups focused on preserving the past as a key cultural resource. The project includes collecting oral histories using a range of ethnographic techniques and audio visual options; creating multimedia educational materials; participating in community heritage preservation meetings &activities; website design; collecting and preserving historic photographs; participating in historic building designation fieldwork, and doing library & archival research in support of the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center.

This project is meant to increase the understanding and appreciation by the National Park Service for the people, places and organizations that contributed materially to the creation and continued existence of Nicodemus as the only remaining western town established by African-Americans during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War, and to assist the NPS in the preservation of related resources and in the interpretation of Nicodemus for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.This project originated from the desire of the NPS to better understand the history of the Nicodemus community and the legislative requirement for the NPS to work cooperatively with the affiliated Nicodemus-founders’ descendants.

Our Services

  • Consulting
  • Document Review
  • Ethnographic Assessment and Overview and Traditional Use Studies
  • Ethnographic Interviews
  • Ethnohistorical Studies
  • Oral History
  • Mapping (asset mapping; cemetery mapping; ethnographic mapping, GIS)
  • Project Management and Technical Assistance
  • REAP — Rapid Ethnographic Assessment Procedures
  • Training (Diversity workshops, oral history workshops, heritage and technology, cemetery mapping, cultural resource management, collaborative anthropology and engaging community, youth and heritage research)

Archival Research

Oral History

Oral histories provided by community residents preserve a part of history for future generations that may otherwise be lost. Pictured is Nicodemus, Kansas descendent Thomas Wellington II in front of the Old Washington Homestead near Speed, Kansas in June 2010.

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Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award Winner Alauna Martinez!

The USF Heritage Lab would like to congratulate USF Honors College undergraduate, Alauna Martinez, a Biomedical Sciences major, for winning an Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for her presentation at the 2016 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium! Her thesis advisor is Dr. Antoinette Jackson and Ph.D candidate Kiersten Downs is also a member of the […]

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Congratulations to USF graduate student Eric Koenig who won the 2015 Valene Smith Tourism Poster Competition at the SfAA meeting!

Congratulations to USF graduate student Eric Koenig, who won the 2015 Valene Smith Tourism Poster Competition, sponsored by the Tourism and Heritage TIG, at the recent SfAA meeting.  His poster was entitled, “Tourism Development, Fishing, and Heritage Conception:  Exploring Pathways to Sustainable Heritage Tourism on the Placencia Peninsula, Belize.”  The poster is available for viewing […]

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Engaging Youth in Heritage Research and Preservation Through Geocaching – by Margaret Allsopp

My dissertation research explores the role of technology in the construction of heritage as a cultural resource at the community level.  Specifically, I focus on the use of intergenerational geocaching (i.e., a type of high-tech treasure hunt) through an examination of a preservation project in the urban community of Sulphur Springs, a neighborhood in Tampa, […]

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Article on Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Nicodemus Community Featured on Anthropology News Online!

Dr. Jackson’s article on intangible cultural heritage and the Nicodemus Community was featured on the homepage of Anthropology News Online!  You can now read it at

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Global Citizens Program, Community Engagement, and Collaboration across USF contribute to Changes to East Tampa Retention Ponds

On October 13, 2013, the Tampa Bay Times ran a story about improvements to east Tampa retention ponds.  Many of the changes can be attributed to community engagement and collaboration between USF Anthropology, Engineering, and Geography faculty and students.  Sarina Ergas, Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida […]

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Iyshia Lowman’s Homestead Beach report published by the National Park Service!

Congratulations to USF graduate student, Iyshia Lowman, for her recently published report by the National Park Service entitled, Jim Crow at the Beach: An Oral and Archival History of the Segregated Past at Homestead Bayfront Park. Charles Lawson, NPS Cultural Resource Manager, Biscayne National Park, Florida, who funded the study about this previously undocumented aspect […]

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Society of Black Archaeologists Oral History Project features Dr. Antoinette Jackson

In February, Dr. Antoinette Jackson sat down with the Society of Black Archaeologists to discuss her life, career, and research.  In two interviews, Dr. Jackson speaks about her early influences, her career change from Business to Anthropology, her experiences as a graduate student, her new book and her current research interests. To listen to the digital […]

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Heritage Lab Supports Student Veterans

Kiersten Downs will bike cross-country this summer to support student veterans and the USF chapter of the Student Veterans Association to raise awareness about and support veterans who are transitioning into campus life.  Kiersten, a PhD student in Applied Anthropology, president of the University of South Florida chapter of Student Veterans of America,  and a team […]

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National Parks Connection

USF anthropologist will work to enhance ethnography programs at U.S. National Parks. A prestigious appointment will have the University of South Florida’s Associate Professor Antoinette Jackson spending a lot more time at national parks over the next couple of years.  As the newly-appointed regional ethnographer for the National Park Service for the Southeast Region, Jackson […]

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*NEWLY RELEASED BOOK* by Dr. Antoinette T. Jackson!

Dr. Antoinette Jackson’s newly-published book, Speaking for the Enslaved: Heritage Interpretation at Antebellum Plantation Sites, is the culmination of over 10 years of research and engagement with communities and descendants of enslaved Africans who worked on rice plantations along the southeastern coast. It was praised as “a must read for students, museum specialists and the […]

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