Last week, I talked about the two historic churches at Fort Bragg and how they are partially cared for by the Cultural Resources Management Program. The program takes care of all historical and archaeological preservation at Fort Bragg.
The CRMP is a part of the Directorate of Public Works, overseen by the chief of the Environmental Branch of the Envirnmental Division of DPW.
While it may seem like the CRMP is a small portion of DPW, what they manage has huge historical significance. To understand the land, the people who lived here before us, we need to be able to interpret various artifacts found. On top of that, those artifacts need to be preserved and catalogued.
Enter the CRMP
The CRMP consists of civilians, contractors and participants through the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education.
The program manager oversees all of the operations of the program and helps to forecast installation wide projects.
The curator/archeologist is the point of contact for all of the records and artifacts stored at Fort Bragg. They are responsible for artifact loans between agencies. They are also the point of contact for public outreach and tours.
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 was passed with the intention to preserve historical and archeological sites throughout the United States, and the architectural historian at CRMP ensures that Fort Bragg is in compliance with federal laws pertaining to historic buildings. They also work closely with the Post Architect and the Architectural Review Board to ensure that current building designs at Fort Bragg are sensitive to the historical character of the Fort Bragg historic district.
The Geographic Information Systems database manager makes sure that cultural resource monitoring data is entered into the GIS database. They maintain and look over the digital data created by the CRMP.
The archaeological site monitor ensures that all potential archeological sites are identified and monitors these sites to make sure that they are being protected.
The archaeologist/conservator conducts field investigations, including site evaluations on training sites. The current archeological site monitor is the point of contact for tours conducted at the Monroe’s Crossroads Civil War Battlefield site located at Bragg.
The historic preservation specialists are the staff support, and are given specific tasks on various projects. Each participant is a part of the ORISE, and work on year long contracts.
The CRMP curates Fort Bragg. The program oversees all of the historical significance of the post, and it is thanks to their hard work that we are able to enjoy the history and pre history of Fort Bragg.
Whether it is through the excavation of tar kilns from the 1800s, the research of the Native American presence in the area or the preservation of historic churches, the CRMP’s efforts to help preserve the history of the area should be recognized.