Introducing the PC
The Anthropology Club was formed in 1996 by eight students and the Club's advisor, anthropology professor, Richard Osborne. The primary purpose of the organization was to provide students with first-hand knowledge regarding the field of anthropology outside of the classroom.
Several of the original members were planning to major in the field after graduating from PC and by participating in Club events were able to add a variety of experiences to their resumes. Through the years members have worked on numerous projects that have not only advanced their personal skill levels, but have also served the needs of the community. A partial list is as follows:
Circle J Norris Ranch
Members performed an extensive archaeological survey of the Circle J Norris Ranch outdoor educational facility above Springville, California.
Members performed a brief archaeological investigation at the site of the former Frontier Club (a local landmark) in Porterville, California.
Tule Reed boats
Members constructed two Tule Reed boats modeled after the ones employed by the prehistoric Native peoples of the San Joaquin Valley. One of the boats is on permanent display at the Kings County Museum in Hanford, California.
Hanford Chinese cemetery
Members participated in the restoration of an abandoned Chinese Cemetery in Hanford, California. The students systematically recovered over a thousand artifacts from the surface of the cemetery and subjected them to lab analysis.
Other Club activities include taking a primary role in the conception and creation of the annual Porterville College Veteran's Day parade float, two social events per year, numerous field trips, sponsorship of guest speakers, and the sponsorship of the Anthropology Club Scholarship. The Scholarship, which began six years ago, has grown continuously and currently stands at $500.00 per year, with the funds going to a deserving Club member.
All interested students are invited to join the Porterville Anthropology Club. Meetings are presently being held every other Friday at noon in SM109. This is an organization that combines education, student support, public service, and fun. Check us out!