Request for Proposals
Historic Research Consultant for
Battle of the Pequot (Munnacommock) Swamp, July 13-14, 1637
GRANT AGREEMENT No. GA-2287-15-008
The Fairfield Museum and History Center (FMHC), is accepting proposals for a Historic Research Consultant to conduct a pre-inventory research and documentation project to identify the probable locations of the engagements and ancillary sites related to the Battle of the Pequot (Munnacommock) Swamp (July 13-14, 1637), the last major battle of the Pequot War (1636-1637) in the present-day Southport section of Fairfield, Connecticut. This archeological research design is a first step towards an initial baseline cultural research study of the battlefield. FMHC will hire a Historic Research Consultant (Researcher) to work with FMHC staff, a Military History Consultant, GIS Consultant, and Archeologist to undertake this project.
The objectives of the Battle of the Pequot (Munnacommock) Swamp project are to: 1) identify and document the Pequot Swamp battlefield and routes of approach, attack, and withdrawal by the English and Native combatants; 2) identify Study and Core Areas of the battlefield according to NPS ABPP guidelines; 3) Communicate with and inform the general public and landowners about the project and hold three (3) public informational meetings; 4) include the local community in the research process and encourage active participation in the planning process; 5) obtain landholder permissions to conduct fieldwork in Core Areas of the battlefield; 5) gather primary source information (including battle narratives, maps, and various military resources); 6) integrate battlefield information into a GIS format; 7) use information collected from historical research and GIS survey to draft a technical report.
As two significant goals of this project are to increase public awareness of the Battle of the Pequot Swamp and to build a local consensus regarding long-term preservation of the site, public engagement will be central to the project