Charnley-Persky House Archaeological Project

Who We Are

Dr. Rebecca S. Graff is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in Lake Forest College’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Digital Chicago Grant's Chicago Archaeological Fellow for 2015-2018. Graff is a historical archaeologist with research interests in the relationship between temporality, modernity, memory, material culture, tourism, and nostalgic consumption in late-19th- and early-20th-century Chicago. Her archival and archaeological work includes research on the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and the Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Persky House. See

For questions and comments, please reach her at

Chicago Fellows Research Assistants

Rebecca Howell (BA 2017, Theater and Sociology & Anthropology) and Anne Marie Brugioni (BA 2016, Sociology & Anthropology) were the project's first Chicago Fellows Research Assistants through the Digital Chicago program.

Brugioni participated in the 2015 excavation and field school (SOAN 205) at the Charnley-Persky House, helped to outfit and set up the Historic Archaeology Laboratory at Lake Forest College, and took SOAN 225. She is currently interning at the Marietta Museum of History in Atlanta, Georgia.

Howell was the lead developer of this website, as well as a participant in the Historic Artifact Analysis course (SOAN 225, Fall 2015). Howell combines her historical and anthropological research skills with her interests in stage managing and improv. After graduating, Howell will be participating in the Teach Kentucky program.

In Fall 2016, Lexie Nogulich (expected BA 2019, Sociology & Anthropology and Communication), joined the project.

Partner Organization

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), a "nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide" have their administrative headquarters at the Charnley-Persky House, which they operate as the National Landmark Charnley-Persky House Museum. All artifacts on view in this exhibit are property of the SAH and will hopefully be on display in the near future.