History Fund grants were recently awarded on Statehood Day. According to The Local Historian (Vol. 36, March/April 2020), two of this year’s eight History Fund grants were for archaeology-related projects.
The Cincinnati Museum Center received $10,000 for the project “Rehabilitation of Deteriorated Storage Containers for Fort Ancient-age Artifacts.” The project will re-bag, retag, and reorganize artifacts in 194 boxes from four Fort Ancient village sites in the Cincinnati area. The original artifact bags from the 1930s-1950s, with accompanying field notes, are made of brown paper or plastic and are unstable. The old containers are in danger of rupturing and spilling their culturally significant contents, thereby losing associations and notes from field studies. The project preserves the artifacts and their notes by rehousing the artifacts in archivally safe containers and re-recording the notes on stable formats. Without this project, information about the cultures who created these objects could be lost. This well-planned project, managed by the applicant’s curator of archaeology and conducted by its NAGPRA coordinator and tribal liaison, is urgent.
The Fort Recovery Historical Society received $8,303 for the project “Digital Exhibit of Fort Recovery Historical Society’s Precontact Collection,” a Story Map app. The project will enable the society to share more engaging information about artifacts of American Indian life before Europeans arrived. The app will include photos, 3D scans, videos, timeline, and cultural context for more than 1,000 objects society’s Precontact collection. Moreover, the app will provide access to this collection for both visitors and non-visitors. The project is a collaboration between the Fort Recovery Historical Society and Applied Anthropology Laboratories at Ball State University. Once complete, the app will be freely available on the websites of the Fort Recovery Historical Society and Applied Anthropology Laboratories.