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Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County
237 North Mulberry Street, 201 North Mulberry Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Fax: 740-397-3866



  • Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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MOUNT VERNON ó 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 Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continuing Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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 Brothersí 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, Md., and assisted with archaeological projects at Johnsonís Island Civil War sites, Sandusky Bay, and has presented numerous educational and professional papers for publication and conferences.

This is the final of two excavations.

On the previous dig, there were glass, pottery and metal artifacts recovered dating from the mid to late 1800s.

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 St., call 740-392-2665 ext. 243, visit or email

Published on July 11, 2013


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