Sonja Ingram – Anthropology ’91

Ingram Sonja

Field Representative for Preservation Virginia

I graduated from Longwood in 1991 with a B.S. in Anthropology. The summer before graduation I worked as a survey archaeologist in the Sierra Nevadas of northern California. After graduation, I began working for a cultural resource management firm on a village on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and  I continued to work in the CRM field for ten years in the Mid-Atlantic, the South and Puerto Rico where I was able to participate on many significant archaeological sites including Sandt’s Eddy,  Nina Plantation, Playa Chiva, 46HY89 and in the mogote caves of Puerto Rico.

Between 2000 and 2006, I worked as a Land Preservation Planner for Loudoun County, Virginia and Frederick County, Maryland while studying geography at George Mason University. I also did a short stint as the Associate Director for the Eastern Office of the Archaeological Conservancy.

While  completing my Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland, I worked as a Historic Preservation Planner for Frederick City and served on the local Historic Preservation Commission. In 2008, I began the position of Field Representative for Preservation Virginia- Virginia’s statewide historic preservation organization. In this position, I assist individuals and organizations by providing educational and technical assistance and advocating for the protection of Virginia’s irreplaceable historic sites. Two recent Preservation Virginia projects I have been involved with include the Tobacco Barns Program and the Rosenwald Schools Program.

In addition to working for Preservation Virginia, I have taught archaeological and preservation classes at Averett University in Danville and at Piedmont Community College in North Carolina and I serve as the current President of the Danville Historical Society.

Most of my professional life has involved studying the past and over the years it has progressed into what I believe is especially important-protecting historic buildings, structures, sites and landscapes. I currently live on a farm in Pittsylvania County with my wife and son.



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