Dr. Brad Lepper to Discuss Latest Theories on Ohio's Ancient Earthworks

Sunday, February 5, 2-3 p.m., Ohio History Center, Columbus

Columbus, OH—Ohio Historical Society Curator of Archeology, Brad Lepper will lead an informal discussion about Ohio’s Ancient Earthworks as part of the Society’s conversational “Small Talks” series. On Sunday, February 5 from 2-3, Dr. Lepper will discuss the latest theories concerning the origins and purposes of Ohio’s astonishing earthworks as well as the status of the effort to nominate eight of Ohio's earthworks, including three Ohio Historical Society sites, to the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The remarkable mounds and earthen enclosures were built by a number of ancient American Indian cultures over many centuries and for a variety of purposes, but, as Lepper will discuss, there remain many unanswered questions: Why are many earthworks so enormous? Why are many aligned to the rising and setting of the sun and moon? Is there evidence for pre-Columbian European influence on the rise of the mound-building cultures? Were the earthworks centers for a vast network of trade and commerce? For answers to these and many other questions, join Dr. Lepper at the Ohio Historical Society's Discovery Theater on Sunday February 5th from 2-3 pm. After the program, join Lepper for a guided tour the new exhibit in the Museum of the Ohio History Center Following in Ancient Footsteps, where visitors can see some of most spectacular works of art ever produced by Ohio's mound-building cultures.


The City of Columbus’ Bicentennial, Sunday, March 4, 2-3 pm

Sandi Latimer, Volunteer Coordinator at Green Lawn Cemetery will help folks step into the Bicentennial year celebration of the City of Columbus. Latimer will do a presentation on Columbus’s early residents followed by an informal discussion. Green Lawn, established in 1848, is the final residence for a number of important individuals who helped build and shape the city of Columbus.


Fort Meigs and the War of 1812, Sunday, March 18, 2-3 pm

2012 marks the start of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, a conflict people know very little about. It was our first major war as a new nation, it saw the birth of our national anthem, and major fighting took place in our state. In Ohio, Fort Meigs was an important battleground in the conflict. Come learn about the site and the war through this presentation, and join in the informal discussion with Rick Finch, Director of Fort Meigs.


About the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio History Center

Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archeology and natural history. The society has about 1.6 million items in its collections throughout its 58 sites and within its 250,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off Highway I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. For information regarding the Society, contact Jane M. Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2312, jmason@ohiohistory.org.