Sarah Heffner

Sarah Heffner

Academic interests: Historical archaeology, ethnohistory, oral history, museums, medicinal practices in the 19th century

Status: Ph.D.

MA thesis title: The Watson Store: A Community Institution in the Town of Spalding, Idaho

Previous degrees: MA (2007), University of Idaho
BA (2005), University of Mary Washington

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Biography: Sarah, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in historical archaeology has previously lived in Virginia and Idaho. Her master's thesis focused on a general store in Spalding, Idaho, known as the Watson Store, and its role as a "third place." Her work was based primarily on collections research and interviews conducted with individuals who had visited the store when they were younger. Currently, Sarah is researching the connections between Chinese-American and Euro-American medicinal practices in the 19th-century American West. Sarah is an active member of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), the Nevada Archaeological Association (NAA), and Amateur Archaeologists (AA) of Nevada. She has presented at several archaeological conferences and directed the 2008 summer field school in Virginia City.