News from OAC

Nominations for Outstanding Achievement Awards


Nominations are being accepted tbeing accepted through July 1, 2001 for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive use of historic properties, as well as publications and educational programs that promote the preservation of historic places in Ohio. The awards are presented in two categories: Preservation Merit, and Public Education and Awareness. Activities eligible for the Preservation Merit Award include longtime care of a historic property; preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, or adaptive use of an important building or site; and leadership, support, or service to historic preservation. The Public Education and Awareness Award is for advocacy, educational programs, publications, film and video, special events, and similar efforts which have helped to increase understanding and awareness of historic preservation at the local, regional, or state level. For a nomination form with full details, contact the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, 567 E, Hudson St, Columbus, OH 43211-2497, (614) 298-2000, Fax (614) 298-2037, or visit The Ohio Historic Preservation Office is Ohio's official historic preservation agency. A part of the Ohio Historical Society, it identifies historic places in Ohio, nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, reviews federally-assisted projects for effects on Ohio's historic, architectural, and archaeological resources, consults on the conservation of older buildings and sites, and offers educational programs and publications.

President's Message


William S. Dancey

The OAC entered the new year with nine new members and 13 new officers and committee members. All are introduced elsewhere in the Newsletter. Let me here welcome Mark Seeman and Craig Keener to the Board of Trustees. With Board approval, Mark will chair the Nominations Committee and Craig will chair the Membership Committee. Stepping down are Brad Lepper and J. Heilman and on behalf of the Board I want to acknowledge the strong contributions they made to managing the Council's operation and shaping its future.

The most dramatic news I have to impart at this time concerns the latest development in the Moundbuilders Country Club's rebuilding proposal. I reported at the Fall meeting that the Club had withdrawn its proposal to expand the club house and replaced it with one for remodeling the existing structure. This was accepted by the Society under the condition that the remodeling would not extend beyond the current club house footprint. Most recently, the Society Board has adopted a set of recommendations prepared by the Society staff. The recommendations mirror the Memoradum developed last fall by the Friends of the Mounds and identify the need for improved visitation, signage, community involvement,community involvement, and preservation. The recommendations also call for joining the three separate preserved remnants of the Newark Works to form a united site complex called the Newark Earthworks State Memorial. Also called for is a cultural resources management evaluation and future plan for the expanded park. The Society has already submitted proposals to the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historical Preservation for funds to hire an outside contractor to perform this work. I and other participants in the Friends meetings wrote supporting letters. As the Octagon State Memorial park story unfolds, I am more and more convinced that it shows that grass roots involvement in preservation issues can be effective and that diverse interests can work together productively to help preserve the archaeological traces of the cultural past.

On another front, the OAC will provide support for an Ohio Archaeology Week again this year. The Ohio Historic Preservation Office will also contribute funds. As last year, the program is spear-headed by Sandy Yee and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park. The number of participating groups is growing and the involvement of OAC members and their employers will naturally be appreciated.

The Board continues to struggle with the Web site and the conference publication problems. The Web page is the easiest of the two and we may have the site up and running by the May mey meeting. The publication problem is more complex and I have asked Mark Seeman to meet with the organizers of our last three conferences and find a solution. As you know, the problem is not with book sales; "First Discovery" and "View from the Core" are nearly sold out, and sales of "Cultures Before Contact" are brisk. What we need is a way to relieve the editors of the tedious and time-consuming jobs of manuscript review and production oversight.

Another issue under discussion by the Board is the grants money available through the Council. This opportunity is underused. Frank Cowan, Chair of the Grants Committee, is publicizing the grants program with a note in this Newsletter and a presentation at the May business meeting. As long as we have the money, we would like to see it go to research. When this fund was started, the idea was that not only might it help supplement support from other sources, but stimulate thought on a small project that could be funded completely by the Council. Some possibilities that come to mind are travel to museums to study collections, to conduct and report a regional survey, build a data base for posting on the Web, photo documentation of architectural styles in a county, and oral histories. There must be hundreds more. Here is your chance to do something outside your normal routine, with financial help from the Council.

Regarding the May members meeting date, the Boe Board decided on May 11. This is a week earlier than normal because we did not want to conflict with the National Park Service's annual remote sensing workshop. This event is being held at the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park in Ross County during the third week of May. At least two officers plan to attend, and potentially many other members are as well. This is a great opportunity to have hands-on training in geophysics and remote sensing techniques. I hope that the 40 places in the workshop fill up with Ohio archaeologists. This technology should become routine in CRM work, as it is in many European countries. American archaeology, however, has been slow to adopt it. The NPS workshop is helping to overcome our backwardness. So, look into attending. The fee is nominal for what you get, and there is no overlapping OAC meeting.

Finally, let me encourage members to come to the spring meeting. Gray and Pape, Inc. are putting together what promises to be a stimulating program on survey methodology in Ohio. Come also so we can have a quorum and vote on the proposal to amend the by-laws to streamline the membership application process.


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Recognizes Wayne National Forest


On June 4, 2001, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman presented an award to Ann Cramer, Wayne NF Archaeologists for her part in a project to research African American history and the Underground Railroad. Cramer and archaeologists from the National Forests in Indiana and Illinois were recognized as one of 15 selected from nationwide nominations. The three archaeologists were recognized "for innovative methods in creating employment opportunities for minority students to research the African American heritage of the Southern Tier forests and the Underground Railroad". The southern tier forests are the Hoosier NF, Indiana; Shawnee NF, Illinois; and Wane NF, Ohio. Team members include Ann Cramer, Wayne NF; Angie Krieger and Sarah Arthur, of the Hoosier NF; Marlene Rivero, Elizabeth Fuller, and team leader Mary McCorvie, Shawnee NF.

Little is known of the African Americans who settled in southern Ohio in the early years of the 19th century, according to Cramer. Even less is known of those seeking freedom who passed through the area. She added that the forest's work at the Payne's Crossing and Poke Patch settlements have uncovered some of the history of these courageous people. "There are currently only about 20 African American archaeologists", Cramer said. "We saw this research as an opportunity to get college students excited about their heritage and perhaps interested in a career in archaeology". Two African American students; Harold Garner and Jason Taylor researched the southeastern Ohio settlements and their role in the Underground Railroad during the summer of 2000. Their work helped increase knowledge about local African American history. Garner has returned this summer and will be working with two additional African American students to compile a data base on the sites found on National Forest land. (From USDA Forest Service News Release dated May 31, 2001)

Nominations Sought for the 2002 Public History Award


Nominations are sought for the Public History Award to be presented at the annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of History 19-20 April 2002 at the Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. The deadline for submission of nominations is 14 December 2001. Nominations must have a postmark not later than that date. To be nominated, a public history project, publication, or program must have been accomplished within Ohio in the previous two years and completed by 14 December 2001. Nomination forms and general rules should be requested from:

Dr. Stuart D. Hobbs
Ohio Historical Society
1982 Velma Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211-2497
Phone: (614) 297-2608
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The awards program covers all public history fields, including exhibits, publications, audio-visual documentaries, oral history, public programs, symposia, archival projects, and historic preservation. Nominations are encouraged which demonstrate meritorious achievement beyond the routine functions of everyday work. All historians, whether employed by an academic or public institutions, are encouraged to apply.

Announcing the 2001 Fall membership Meeting and Symposium


The 2001 Fall Membership meeting of the OAC will be held on Saturday, November 17th in the multipurpose room of the Highbanks Metropark, which is located about three miles north of I-270 on Route 23 in Delaware County. Coffee and donuts will be available at 9:30 a.m. The Business Meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. This year's meeting will feature presentations on Current Research in Ohio Archaeology. OAC members are encouraged to give a 10 to 15 minute presentation on their current projects in Ohio archaeology. These presentations are meant to be informal, concise, and informative updates of on-going archaeo-logical projects. The use of audio-visual aids such as slides or over-heads is encouraged but not required. This program is intend-ed to foster pro-ductive interaction and information-sharing among all active archaeologists (professional and nonprofessional) within our state.

The Highbanks Metropark features the Highbanks earthworks, a Woodland semicircular earthen enclosure. A lunchtime tour to view the earthworks will be led by Martha Otto. Anyone interested in taking the tour is encouraged to bring a sack lunch and picnic on the park grounds.

Abstracts of the symposium presentations will be published in the March 2002 issue of the OAC Newsletter.

Any member interested in making a presentation should provide a title and a short (100 word max.) abstract of their presentation to Brian Redmond by November 9, 2001. Presentations will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don't delay. Please send or e-mail abstracts to:

Brian Redmond, Dept. of Archaeology
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1767.
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Report on Ohio's Second Archaeology Week


Sandra Lee Yee

Education Committee Chair

Following on the momentum of the First Ohio Archaeology Week in 2000, this year's program, at least in the Dayton area, appeared to grow. Increased programming at SunWatch and Boonshoft Museums was well attended. Reports from other outlying areas or presenters have not been received as of this date (September 27, 2001). Once again, requests were made to OAC, OHS/OHPO for support of personnel and/or finances for the week. Additionally, SunWatch applied to the Ohio Humanities Council for funding to help defray costs of poster printing, mailing, etc. for the week. The OAC donated $500. OHS/OHPO donated $1,000. SunWatch donated the office, computer, staffing time, etc. and the Ohio Humanities grant provided $1,998.

Requests for Participation, and Evaluation forms were once again, as last year, sent to all OAC members and other historians/prehistorians/archaeologists throughout the state. The events were compiled as submitted into a listing by geographic area by Sandy Yee of SunWatch. Brochure and poster designs were generously contributed, once again, by William Patterson. Sr., and these materials were printed at Mazer Corporation in Dayton (however not for free this year). The posters were, once again, a beautiful depiction of the state of Ohio, as an excavated feature/square, with inset photos relating the sites and events highlighted that week statewide. They were mailed out in early May to all contributors, contact persons, and those requesting copies.

The brochures officially listed 11 organizations or sites for a combined total of 22 different programs over the week. At SunWatch alone, attendance for all programs was estimated at 500. Review forms or evaluations filled out and returned (it IS hard to force people to do an evaluation when they are anxious to move on) were all positive, and people were pleased to have had the chance to learn more about Ohio archaeology, history and prehistory.

The week of June that contained the Summer Solstice (in 2001 this fell on June 17-23) was chosen for Ohio's archaeology week. It provides a memorable link for state archaeologists and historians in all upcoming years as the Summer Solstice was recognized historically as well as prehistorically. Additionally, this week is very favorable to families on vacation, for schools are out by then. Furthermore, various sites have opened their summer field work/schools and can incorporate tours or workshops at the sites as one of their Ohio Archaeology Week educational activities for the public. A sincere thank you and congratulations to all who made this year's Ohio Archaeology Week a great success as we endeavor to showcase our sites and our science to the people of Ohio.