Leicester graduates in the news: Steven Ptomey

Posted by mjs76 at Nov 08, 2010 12:28 PM |
The website of the Visalia Times-Delta, incorporating the Tulare Advance-Register, has an interview with Leicester graduate Steve Ptomey who works as a guide and ‘interpretor’ at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park in California.
Leicester graduates in the news: Steven Ptomey

Allensworth schoolhouse (image: Wikipedia)

Ptomey has a BA in Archaeology from California State University, Bakersfield and an MA in Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Leicester. Before working at Allensworth, he held archaeological positions with the Californian Department of Transportation and the US Forest Service.

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is a restoration of an early 20th century town in Tulare County which is notable as the only settlement in California founded by African-Americans.

Civil War veteran Lt. Col. Allen Allensworth founded the place in 1908 and for a few years it was a flourishing black community but problems with water tables led to a declining population and in the 1950s the State bought the surrounding land as a national park, relocating the last few remaining residents. The restoration of the buildings and establishment of Allensworth as a historical site dates from the 1970s.