MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — The Grave Creek
Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville announces a full schedule of events
in September. All programs are free and open to the public.
The activities kick off with the arrival of a dug-out canoe on Wednesday, Sept.
6th. The canoe was carved by John D. Redeye, a Hawk Clan member of the
Seneca Nation. It was carved from a single tree trunk and will be a permanent
addition to the museum’s exhibits. The project began in January 2017 and was
completed in August. Redeye is employed by the Seneca Nation as a master carver
and instructor for the Men’s Ceremonial Language Program.
The museum’s Second Saturday film series will feature “Historic Archaeology:
Beneath Kentucky’s Fields and Streets” at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.
The 60-minute documentary explores the lives of ordinary people through
discoveries made at several archaeological sites in Kentucky. The film covers
the Frontier Period (1770s -1820s), the Antebellum Period (1820s -1860s), the
Civil War (1861-1865) and Industrialization (1860s -1910s). These periods
coincide with some of the artifacts featured in the museum’s exhibit, The
Buried Past: Artifacts from West Virginia’s Wild, Wonderful History. The
film is a production of The Kentucky Heritage Council and The Kentucky Archaeological
On Saturday, Sept. 16, the Complex will
host Fossil Day from noon to 4 p.m. The public is invited to bring mystery
fossils from home for expert identification. Dr. Ronald Mc Dowell, senior
research geologist and head of the geoscience section of the West Virginia
Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES), will examine the fossils.
Family-oriented activities include finding a real fossil by looking through a
pile of rock matrix, making a replica fossil critter, excavating a “fossil bed”
created during Fossil Day in March and a scavenger hunt in the exhibit Prehistoric
West Virginia: West Virginia Fossils. A 19-minute film titled “Rocks and
Rivers: West Virginia’s Geologic Heritage,” produced by the WVGES, will be
shown on a continuous loop in the auditorium. Visitors also will be able to
walk across the street to the old West Virginia Penitentiary to view a special
display about the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex at the Elizabethtown
Festival and stop at the Fall Festival on Jefferson Avenue. Both festivals will
run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Complex will take part in the annual
Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! event on Saturday, Sept. 23,
during which participating museums offer free admission to visitors. Since
admission to Grave Creek Mound is always free, guests are invited to
participate in special activities planned for the day. Weather permitting,
there will be tours of the museum’s Interpretive Garden and newly established
patch of blueberry and pawpaw plants. A garden check-list will be available so
visitors can keep track of the plants they find growing in the garden. The
program will run from noon to 4 p.m.
The monthly Lecture and Film Series will
resume on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. Mr. Wesley Clarke, manager of collections
at the Castle Museum in Marietta, Ohio, will present a lecture titled “Hopewell
Geometry, Astronomy and the Marietta Earthworks.” Clarke will discuss
prehistoric earthworks located at Marietta, including several unusual features
as well as astronomical alignments. While systematic examination of these
earthen monuments has been limited, research during the past 25 years has added
substantially to the site record.
the month, visitors to Grave Creek Mound can make a craft at the museum’s
Discovery Table during regular museum hours. Guests are invited to make a Plate
Puzzle by recreating their favorite plate design from the Homer Laughlin
China Company: West Virginia’s Gift to the World! exhibit, or using their
own imagination to turn a cardboard circle into a replica plate. The circles
can be taken home and cut into pieces to create a puzzle that resembles the
broken pieces of plates that archaeologists reassemble in the lab.
museum also is pleased to announce its Featured Artist of the Month, Clare
McDonald, who will display her artwork in the downstairs entry hall. McDonald,
a Wheeling resident, specializes in oils, acrylic, graphite and watercolor
work. Her work will be on display throughout the month.
Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek
Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the largest conical burial mounds
built by the Adena people between 250 - 150 B.C. and ranks as one of the
largest earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world. Exhibits and displays in
the Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these
prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The complex also houses
the West Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility.
Admission to Grave Creek Mound
Archaeological Complex is free. The Delf Norona Museum, located at 801
Jefferson Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and
closed Sunday and Monday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m.
For more information about activities
and programs at Grave Creek Mound, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program
coordinator, at (304) 843-4128 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.facebook.com/gravecreekmound
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is proud to be able to
present its programs at no charge to the public but without a solution to the
state’s budget situation, this could be the last year that programs of this
type could be offered. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, is
an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle
Manchin, cabinet secretary. It brings together the past, present and future
through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic
preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs,
events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org.
The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action