Looking for Young Archaeologists

The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society
the Northwest Michigan Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society

Archaeological Discovery Day for Students

May 18th 2024 • Leelanau County Poor Farm Site
at Miles Kimmerly Park, Rain Date May 19, 2024

HISTORY In the year 1901, the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners purchased the 120 acre Burke farm to establish the Leelanau County Poor Farm that would help county residents in need. The Poor Farm served scores of residents and grew to about ten structures until farming stopped in the mid-1960s. Gradually, all farm structures were dismantled except for the barn. Residents were moved into a new nursing home for continued care.

TRAINING AND HANDS-ON LEARNING Our archaeological investigation will identify locations of the original buildings as sites for archaeological investigation. Goals of this ‘dig’ will be recovery, identification, and cataloging of artifacts that have educational or interpretive value. Artifacts will be included and preserved in a Leelanau County Historical Society Museum collection, dedicated to documenting information about life at the Leelanau County Poor Farm.

Interested in archaeology or in investigating these practices? The day will include training about basic archaeology and field-work approaches. Professional and avocational archaeologists will lead each team. Team members will include three or four students, with one or two avocational and professional archaeologists.

– Work with professional and avocational archaeologists
– Learn the language of Archaeology
– Identify what to look for at a new site
– Learn how to layout a reconnaissance level grid
– Learn how to dig in a proper professional archaeological method

Training is free to students interested in attending and learning about Archaeology.

Interested? Attendance is limited to 15 students.
The public is invited to observe – drop by between 1 and 4 pm.

If you are an interested high school student or know of one who  might be, please contact Steve Stier via email: [email protected]