The Mill at Anselma Oral History Project

An Interview with Juliette Gerhardt


Juliette Gerhardt


Morgana Olbrich



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Susanna Throop and Johanna Mellis


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This interview features archaeologist Juliette Gerhardt who supervised an archaeological dig at the Mill at Anselma in 2003. Ms. Gerhardt goes into detail about what her team found during the dig, the archaeological process, and how their findings have impacted the history of the Mill at Anselma. She also takes time to discuss a personal tour she had with the son of the last miller, Oliver Collins, and how the Mill has changed since then. The interview ends with her discussing her future hopes for the Mill at Anselma and the importance of archaeology and history in today’s world. To see photos of the maps and pictures Ms. Gerhardt is discussing in the interview, please download the transcript. Since the transcript includes several images, it may take a few minutes to download.

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Chester Springs


Mill at Anselma, archaeology, United States history, archaeological dig, colonial era, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, milling, grist mill, grain mill, flour, wheat, corn, cornmeal, tour guide, machinery, shovel test, stone, redware, whiteware, stoneware, Chester Springs, Chester County, Historic Yellow Springs, community outreach, education, conservation, historic preservation, research, process, retaining wall, evidence, prehistory


Digital Humanities | Economic History | Historic Preservation and Conservation | Nonprofit Administration and Management | Oral History | Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration | United States History


This interview was funded by the Abele Family Foundation and conducted at the Mill at Anselma.

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An Interview with Juliette Gerhardt