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Karin Bergman is originally from Ann Arbor Michigan.  She received a B.S. in psychology and anthropology from Michigan State University where she worked for the Psychology Dept. and School of Veterinary Medicine Depts. Of Biochemical Engineering and Cardiovascular Surgery.  She was one of the first women in the Michigan State Marching Band, playing E flat alto saxophone and alto horn.  She then attended Eastern Michigan University and received an M.A. in psychology, married and moved to Boston MA where she attended Boston State College in psychodiagnostics and at the same time worked for M.I.T. at the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, and later as an Administrator for the Undergraduate Math Department.  At M.I.T. she began taking pottery and later taught pottery there at the Student Art Association.  She then moved to Princeton NJ, where she worked for several years for Digital Equipment Corporation as Senior Registrar for Educational Services, and taught Pottery on kick-wheel at the Institute for Advanced Study.  She then moved to West Lafayette and worked for the Tippecanoe County Historical Corporation as Assistant Curator of Collections and Merchant Interpreter, and was on the faculty of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette as pottery instructor for several years.  She returned to graduate school at Purdue in Anthropology, specializing in Midwestern archaeology, mortuary customs, early contact and pioneer periods, and a Late Woodland Ceramic manifestation know as the “Albee Complex.”  While at Purdue she conducted numerous surveys and reconnaissance for the DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and Indiana Department of Transportation, including a survey of Carroll County. She also worked for Michigan State University and the Delphi Canal Society as Assistant Supervising Field Archaeologist for the Survey of the Wabash and Erie Canal in Tippecanoe and Carroll Counties, as well as for Great Lakes Archaeological Research Associates on the City of Lafayette Railroad Relocation Project.  She has publications in the Indiana University Glenn A. Black Laboratories Journal of Archaeology, stemming from her projects.  She then worked on a grant project for 5 years for the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology as Archaeologist, Archaeological Database Research Specialist and Supervisor, creating along with five other archaeologists a database of all archaeological sites in the State of Indiana.  Karin has been a Unitarian since birth with the exception of time spent as a Congregationalist and some early forays into Methodism, often attending church with her grandparents, one of whom was a Methodist minister.  Karin’s passions are her pets (particularly dogs and horses), archaeology, and art.  She enjoys reading, hiking with her dogs, and walking the beaches of northern Lake Michigan.  She attended Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts in California, where she studied Native American pottery and weaving.  She continues to enjoy being a potter and weaver, as well as composing mixed-media constructions.  She has lived in Indiana since 1987,  has attended UU churches in Indiana since 1994, and began working for our church in 2005.


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