The Butler County Historical Society will present on Saturday, July 13, the second of its summer multi-generational programs designed for children and their parents and grandparents. It will be held in the front and back yard of the society’s 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, “Archeology and Native American Artifacts,” will show the basics of setting up an archeological dig to find fossils and Indian arrowheads. During this session children and adults can excavate a special area on the property just like a professional archeologist would. We can assure people that several fossils and arrowheads will be found. Participants 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. and come and go as they please. In the case of poor weather, 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 salted the yard with fossils and arrowheads so we know the kids will be successful during their archeological dig. We’ve also created a very special scavenger hunt for the kids and their parents where they will try to find several key artifacts in the society’s Native American Exhibit. This session should be an excellent hands-on experience for the kids, a terrific learning event and a real treat for all.”