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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

Grab a shovel and get ready to dig up some history during a real archaeological dig at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County beginning on Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and continuing on Sunday, June 30, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The project will reconvene at the same times on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14.

Dr. Robert Chidester, a certified historical archaeologist and principal investigator for The Mannik & Smith Group, Toledo, will lead participants in a dig of the grounds behind the house, known locally as the Cooper Brothers’ or Day house, located directly behind the main library parking lot. The group hopes to find historical artifacts in an area previously occupied by a carriage house and privy. Currently, the property is owned by the Mulberry United Methodist Church.

Chidester holds a dual Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan. Previously, he served as co-director of the Hamden Community Archaeology Project in Baltimore, Maryland, and assisted with archaeological projects at Johnson’s Island Civil War sites, Sandusky Bay and has presented numerous educational and professional papers for publication and conferences.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Participants are welcome to bring their own shovel (preferably square, flat blade shovel) or trowel or can simply attend as a spectator.  The program is part of the Groundbreaking Reads Adult Summer Reading Program.

For more information stop by the Mount Vernon main library at 201 N. Mulberry Street, call 740-392-2665 Ext. 243, visit www.knox.net or email [email protected].

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