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National Archaeology Month at Franklin Historical Museum

Professional Archaeologist Dianna Doucette, from PAL, will present her findings of Native American activity in the Franklin area at the Franklin Historical Museum on October 15th.

In observance of National Archaeology Month, two events will be sponsored by the Franklin Historical Museum. 

On Saturday, October 14th all are invited to meet at 10 a.m. at the Franklin State Forest parking lot on Grove Street as we go back to the 1930’s with the CCC. View a brief historical film clip of the Civilian Conservation Corp Camp that once existed here in Franklin. The footage covers the construction (and deconstruction) of the Camp. After the short film, we will walk through the Camp as it exists today within the Franklin State Forest. This is a special opportunity to uncover our State Forest’s CCC history in plain sight. This free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon and parking is in the Grove Street Lot. Bring water (and bug spray). The short presentation and walk through is sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Franklin Historical Commission. 

This event is part of a weekend-long offering that also includes a Professional Archaeological Talk at the Franklin Historical Museum. On Sunday, October 15th, Dianna Doucette from the Public Archaeology Lab (PAL), a private company that performs archaeology surveys for public and private projects, will be presenting at the Museum. She and her firm did work in Franklin in connection with utility corridor work and found significant evidence of Native American activities. As part of their charter, they also do public education and, thus, are happy to come to us during Archaeology Month to discuss their findings. Doucette, and perhaps a colleague, will deliver a talk and slide presentation, possibly even accompanied by some artifacts! 

The museum opens at 1 p.m. and the presentation begins at 1:15. It will last about an hour, including a question-and-answer session. As always, events at the museum are free and open to the public.