By now most of you are aware of the loss to Minnesota archaeology with Pat Emerson’s recent death. Patricia Emerson, passed away Saturday, August 31. Pat attended Our Lady of Peace High School in St. Paul and studied Anthropology at Hamline University and Mankato State University before working as an instructor at Mankato State, and an Archeologist at Impact Services, Mankato. In 1985, she accepted the position of Program Manager, Minnesota DNR Trails and Waterways Unit Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey with the MNHS Archaeology Department. In 1994, she became the Program Manager, Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry Heritage Resources Program, and in 2001 she also became the Program Manager, Minnesota DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife Cultural Resource Program. Pat took on the role of Acting Head of Archaeology in 2004, became the Head of Archaeology in 2005, and became the Director of Archaeology in 2013. Pat’s commitment, compassion, and expertise held true throughout her 33 years at MNHS.
Pat was a passionate advocate for archaeology and for the programs she supervised. She was the glue that held Minnesota Archaeology together through her work with the Minnesota Historical Society, the Council for Minnesota Archaeology, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and the Minnesota Archaeological Society.
A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, October 20th on the second level of the Minnesota Historical Society History Center, 345 West Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul from 10am to 1pm.