Department of History
Salem State College
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970


1986 Ph.D. in History, College of William and Mary. Dissertation: "Trouble to the Eastward: The Failure of Anglo-Indian Relations in Early Maine." Director: James Axtell.

1983 M.A. in History (Historical Archaeology Concentration), University of Maine.

1980  B.A. in History, Bates College.


Associate Professor of History, and Coordinator of the MA in History at Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts  (Assistant Professor from 9/1/1994 until 8/30/2000). Teaching undergraduate courses in World Civilization I & II, Native American History, History of New England, Introduction to Museums, Introduction to Material Culture, and American Architectural History; teaching graduate courses Early American History, Witchcraft in Old and New England, Museum Studies, American Material Culture, and Architecture of Early America.


1990-93     Part-time Lecturer in History at the University of Southern Maine,   teaching the United States History survey and the History of Maine.

1988         Lecturer in History at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, teaching  Historical Archaeology and American Material Culture.

1985       Teaching Fellow, College of William & Mary, with complete responsibility for a section of the United States History survey.


1995 to  present    Director of the Chadbourne Archaeology Project, South Berwick, Maine. This on-going excavation of a 1643-1690 homestead annually involves approximately 50 volunteers. It includes a museum exhibit and K-12 curriculum units, and will result in a major publication.

1988-94     Executive Director, York Institute Museum and Dyer Library, Saco, Maine. Administered a museum of regional history and art, a 60,000 volume public library, and directed the York County Archaeological Survey.

1986-88      Historian and Archaeologist, York Institute Museum, Saco, Maine. Carried out research and public programs on local history, and directing the York County Archaeological Survey.

1985-86      Resident Archaeologist, Old York Historical Society, York, Maine. Designed and implemented an archaeological survey and public education program for York County.

 1984-85      Intern, Department of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Working on a    cultural resource management plan for the greater Jamestown and Williamsburg area.


1979-83  Director, field foreman, field assistant and excavator  at historical archaeology sites in Maine and Virginia, including excavations by William and Mary, Virginia Research Center for Archaeology, University of Maine, Maine Bureau of Parks, and Bates College.

I have served as consultant to museums, agencies, and preservation groups, including Parks Canada, National Geographic, Plimoth Plantation, National Park Service, Historic Salem Inc., Beverly Historical Society and many historic district commissions. In addition, I have served as an expert witness for the Province of Nova Scotia, the State of Maine, and the Town of Wells, Maine.


Chair, Maine Cultural Affairs Council, 2000 to present. Appointed by the Governor of Maine as the head of the board of oversight for Maine’s seven state cultural agencies: Maine Arts Commission, Maine Historical Society, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Maine Humanities Council, Maine State Archives, Maine State Library and Maine State Museum.

Member, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, 1996 to present. Chairman of the
Archaeological Advisory Committee, 1990 to present.

Council Member, Maine Humanities Council, 1991 to 2000. My service to this state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities included two years as co-chair of the council.

Member, Maine Historical Society's Publications Committee and Editorial Board for the
Maine Historical Society Quarterly, 1993 to present.

Newsletter Coordinator for Maine, Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology, 1988 to 1998.


 1999  Awarded Maine Historical Society's Neil Allen Award for outstanding
  contributions to Maine history.

 1999 Awarded the Canadian Nautical Research Society’s Keith Matthews Award for outstanding book in maritime history (co-recipient with John Reid).

 1997 Book subvention from the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada
  for publication of The New England Knight (co-recipient with John Reid).

 1997 Elected to membership in the Colonial Society of Massachusetts.

 1995 American Beginnings is made an alternate selection of the month by the History Book Club.


 “Lithobolia: Frontier Precursor to Witchcraft in Salem,” paper to be presented at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Boston, January 2001.

 “The Archaeology of 1690, the Year of Living Dangerously,” Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, January 2000.

 "1690, The Year of Living Dangerously in New England," Conference of New England Archaeologists Annual Meeting, May 1999.

 "Sir William Phips's Version of Empire," New England Historical Society Spring Meeting, April 1998
 (co-author: John Reid).

"Sir William Phips, Violence, and the Historians: Verbal and Physical Abuse in the Behavior of 'the best Conditioned Gentleman in the World,'" Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association annual meeting, August, 1996 (co author: John Reid).

"'As Good or Better Englishmen than the Collector is': Sir William Phips and the Connotations of Allegiance, Espionage, and Rebellion in Northeastern North America, 1690-1694," De-Centering the Renaissance Conference at the University of Toronto, March, 1996 (co-author: John Reid).


Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Sargent Museum, Concord, New Hampshire
Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, Jamestown, Virginia
Old Berwick Historical Society, South Berwick, Maine
Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine
Beverly Historical Society, Beverly, Massachusetts
Salem Lyceum Lecture Series, Salem Massachusetts
Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
Commonwealth Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
Piscataqua Pioneers Annual Meeting, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
York, Maine elementary schools and high school
Chadbourne Family Association Annual Meeting, South Berwick, Maine
Saugus Historical Society, Saugus, Massachusetts
Maine Historical Society, Portland, Maine
Wells-Ogunquit Historical Society, Wells, Maine
Marblehead Historical Society, Marblehead, Massachusetts
Robert Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine


I have refereed grant proposals for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Memorial University, and the Maine Department of Education, reviewed manuscripts for Ethnohistory, National Geographic, William and Mary Quarterly, Historical Archaeology, The Historian, Northeast Historical Archaeology, and the Maine Historical Society Quarterly, and reviewed book-length manuscripts for the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, the Maine Historical Society, and the University of Nebraska Press.


“Finding the Almouchiquois: Native American  Families, Territories and Land Sales in Southern Maine.” Paper submitted for consideration to Ethnohistory, August 2000.

Emerson Baker and John Reid. "'Sir William Phips and the De-Centring of Empire in Northeastern North America, 1690-1694," in Germaine Warkentin and Carolyn Podruchny,  ed., De-Centering the Renaissance: Canada and Europe in Multi-Disciplinary Perspective. University of Toronto Press, in press.

“The Great Works River,” in Jeffrey Bolster, ed., Cross-Grained and Wily Waters: A Guide to the Piscataqua Maritime Heritage Region. Portsmouth, Peter Randall Publishing, in press.

 Emerson Baker and John Reid. The New England Knight: Enrichment, Advancement, and the Life of Sir William Phips, 1651-1695.  University of Toronto Press, 1998.

Emerson Baker, et als, eds., American Beginnings: Exploration, Culture and Cartography in the Land of Norumbega. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

"An Overview of the Lumber Industry of the Saco River," in Michael Chaney, White Pine on the Saco: An Oral History of River Driving in Southern Maine, Northeast Folklore, 29 (1990): 13-18.

"A Scratch with a Bear's Paw: Anglo-Indian Land Deeds in Early Maine,"
Ethnohistory, 36, no. 3 (1989): 235-256.

"New Evidence on the French Involvement in King Philip's War," Maine Historical Society Quarterly   28, no. 2 (1988): 85-91.

"A Guide to Sources On Maine in the Age of Discovery." In Maine Historical Society, Maine in the Age of Discovery. Portland: Maine Historical Society, 1988.

"John Howland's Howling Wilderness: Myth, Reality and Cushnoc," The Kennebec Proprietor 3, no. 2 (1986): 4-10.

The Clarke & Lake Company: The Historical Archaeology of a Seventeenth-Century Maine Settlement. Augusta: Maine Historic Preservation Commission, 1985.

"The History in the Ground Project: The Archaeology of Fort Western," (with Theodore E. Bradstreet and Jeffrey Zimmerman), The Kennebec Proprietor 1, no. 1 (1984): 2-9.

"Test Excavations at the Province Fort Site, Windham, Maine, 1981," Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin  22, no. 1 (1982): 8-16.


Review of Lorinda Goodwin, An Archaeology of Manners: The Polite World of the Merchant Elite of Colonial Massachusetts, in Northeast Historical Archaeology (in press).

Review of Gordon Sayre, Les Sauvages Américains: Representations of Native Americans in French and English Colonial Literature, in Historical New Hampshire 53 (1998): 115-16.

Review of Daniel Vickers, Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County Massachusetts, 1630-1850, in Journal of the Early Republic, 15 (1995): 661-62.

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