The BCHS will present on Saturday, August 11, the third of its summer multi-generational programs designed for children and their parents or grandparents. It will be held in the front and back yard of the Benninghofen House museum at 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, and begin at 9:30 a.m. and end around 2 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, thanks to a generous grant from the W. E. Smith Family Trust of Oxford.
The program, “Conducting an Archaeological Dig,” will present the basics of setting up an archaeological dig to find fossils and arrowheads. During this session children and adults can excavate areas around the property with the guidance of a professional archaeologist. We can assure people that several fossils and arrowheads will be found. We will also learn about the Native American tribes that lived in Butler County. All activities are designed as hands-on experiences with no set program. People can join the event anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. In the case of rain, activities will be moved inside to the Emma Ritchie Auditorium.
Kathy Creighton, executive director of the historical society, said she expects children and their family members to have a good time during the program. “We’ve had almost 200 people attend our earlier summer programs and the kids, parents and grandparents had great fun and really enjoyed themselves. We’ve salted the yard with fossils and arrowheads so we know the kids will be successful during the dig. This session should be an excellent hands-on experience for the kids and a real treat for all.”
The Butler County Historical Society, located at 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, and its Benninghofen House museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Group tours of the Benninghofen House Museum can be arranged by calling 896-9930.