Ever wonder where the phrase the “Real McCoy” came from. While on a field trip to the Yates Community Archeology Project in Houston, Texas, the Girl Scouts from Rainbow Stars Service Unit Troop 724 learned one of the myths associated with the phrase. They learned that the phrase is sometimes accredited to Elijah McCoy for his oil cup invention which improved the lubrication system for train engines.
The girls also learned about bridging the past and present through historical archaeological research. Under the direction of the Yates Community Archaeology Program (YCAP), a collaborative, diverse, community centered project, anthropology students from UH and Rice, community residents, and others are continuing to work together to learn about the past in the National Historic District of Freedmen’s Town in Houston, Texas.
Recently, the girls from Troop 724 got to become historical archeologist – Junior Archaeology Stewards with students from the Field Study class at Rice. The Rice students helped the girls excavate and analysis artifacts. The YCAP, the archaeology field school and Rice students created a valuable educational experience for the Girl Scouts. For more information about the Yates Museum, go to www.yatesmuseum.org/.