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United States Forest Service - Passport in Time 


Passport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program of the United States Forest Service. PIT volunteers work with professional Forest Service archaeologists and historians on national forests throughout the United States on such diverse activities as archaeological survey and excavation, rock art restoration, archival research, historic structure restoration, oral history gathering, and analysis and curation of artifacts. The Forest Service professional staff of archaeologists and historians will be your hosts, guides, and co-workers. The goal of PIT is to preserve the nation’s past with the help of the public. As a PIT volunteer, you contribute to vital environmental and historical research on public lands. Your participation helps us all to understand the human story in North America, and preserve the sites and memories that chronicle that story for our children and grandchildren.

Go to the
Passport in Time website for more information

While attending the Aviation Archaeology and Heritage Association (AAHA) conference in April of 2011, I learned about the Passport in Time program. Several of the presenters had volunteered for aviation history related PIT projects and it seemed very interestng. Upon checking the PIT website, I learned that there was a WW II era B-17 crash site dig scheduled for August, 2011 in Idaho, naturally I had to sign-up.
I had a great time and learned quite a bit about archaeology, and the inner workings of a B-17! There are plans for another dig at the same site in the summer of 2012 which I already plan on attending.
The Glennie (MI) B-26 documented on this website is situated on Forest Service land......maybe there will be a PIT project there some day!

         Clearwater NF B-17 PIT Project