Youths can ‘dig’ into the past at museum

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
“Archaeology 101: Learn to ‘Dig’ Your Past” for Franklin County students going into fourth- to 12th-grades will be held on Saturday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle. The workshop is free to participants. All costs have been covered through a grant from the Franklin County Foundation, Inc. and funds from Allison-Antrim Museum. Space is limited to 24 students. A parent or guardian must accompany their child during the morning workshop.  Registrations for the archaeology workshop will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis by calling Bonnie A. Shockey at 717-597-9325.

Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, received a grant from the Franklin County Foundation at the end of 2009. “Learning from Our Past” will be the focus for several seminars and workshops for adults and children in Franklin County during the 2010 summer and early fall.  

On Saturday, June 26, the second event, “Archaeology 101:  Learn to ‘Dig’ Your Past,” will be held.  The three-hour workshop is for students of Franklin County going into grades four to 12. There will be three stations: a workbook station, a research station, and a faux dig station.  Students will learn about archaeologies connection to our past, how to dig at an archaeological site, sift dirt with artifacts, clean and catalog the artifacts, and finally do research on the artifacts.

The morning’s workshops will be led by members of the Cumberland Valley Chapter 27 Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc. and Greencastle Scout Troop 99.   

The event will be held on the property of the Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc. beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 26 and will end with a light lunch for participants at noon.  This archaeology workshop is free to all participants.  All costs have been covered by the Franklin County Foundation grant and funds from Allison-Antrim Museum.  Space is limited to 24 fourth to twelfth graders. A parent or guardian must accompany their child during the morning workshop. Registrations for the archaeology workshop will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  

For information or to register, call Bonnie A. Shockey at 717-597-9325.