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Washing and sorting artifacts day at History Center

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Archaeology is a very important component to the Oldham County History Center’s educational programming.  Since 2005, the Oldham County History Center has sponsored annually four public archaeology digs, a summer institute for high school students and artifact washing days.  Such archaeology programs offer interested individuals the chance to experience a hands-on archaeology investigation and the opportunity to interpret what is found.

Actual on-site investigations are conducted at the Gatewood Site in Trimble County under the direction of archaeologist Jeannine Kreinbrink, who is well-known for her investigations ranging from the pre-Civil War slave period through the Civil War (1861-1864). 

Items found at the Gatewood Plantation site include pottery chards, nails, glass, metal and iron fragments, and tableware.  All findings are cleaned, catalogued, labeled, bagged and stored at the History Center for further analysis.  Such findings help reconstruct past events and circumstances that occurred almost 200 years ago, during the antebellum period, in our community. The Gatewood Plantation is significant because it was the last place where Henry Bibb was a slave in Kentucky before escaping to Canada.  Participants will be able to see how archaeology reveals secrets of our human past in order to help us interpret the present generation.

The Oldham County History Center will hold a Washing and Sorting Artifacts Day on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Rob Morris Chapel Educational Building.  The chapel is located on the History Center campus at 106 North Second Ave., La Grange, KY.

This program is great for individuals wanting to learn more about their community or students needing volunteer service hours-volunteers of all types are always welcome at the History Center. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free. 

For more information or to register contact the Oldham County History Center at 106 North Second Ave., La Grange, call (502) 222-0826 or visit www.oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org