Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Garst Museum Hosts Free Lecture on “Investigations of Early Military Related Sites in Western Ohio”

Garst Museum’s 2017 Speaker Series continues at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 26. Greg Shipley will review the results of amateur archaeological projects that have been conducted on several late 18th and early 19th century sites in western Ohio. These investigations include 1780s Ohio Valley raids during the American Revolution, a popular War of 1812 era tavern stop along Hull’s Trace, and ongoing excavation projects and important discoveries at 1790s Wayne’s Legion military outpost sites located in Darke and Shelby Counties.

At age six, Greg Shipley’s fascination with archaeology began with his finding an arrowhead on his family farm. This chance discovery sparked a life-long interest in forgotten peoples and the cultural materials that they left behind. During the past fifty-five years, this fascination of history has only increased. A lifelong resident of Champaign County, Ohio, save for his college years at The Ohio State University, Greg’s work career was with Honda of America, where he served as an Engineering Coordinator for Vehicle Quality and Automotive New Model assignments. Since his retirement, Greg has devoted much of his time to more lengthy and detailed site investigations which includes using the latest technologies. Greg’s amateur archaeological activities include personally conducted excavation projects at dozens of prehistoric and historical period locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri. Cultural periods investigated include Ohio Archaic, Woodland, Fort Ancient, Mississippian, 18th century Native American sites, and now, Ohio military sites related to Wayne's 1794 Indian Campaign.

All lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the exhibit and museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, and Keepers of Freedom exhibits. Funding for this program was made possible by the Harry Stephens Foundation.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331

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