Tuesday, July 7, 2015

David Rumsey Map Collection

"The historical map collection has over 59,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 20th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented."

In the Luna Browser, you can search an online database of the collection. 
The following categories are just a small selection of narrowing option for your searches.

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  • Aerial Photographs
  • Atlas Map
  • Book Map
  • Case Map
  • Historical Atlas
  • Indians
    • Carte des Tribus Indiennes de l'Amerique du Nord, Albert Gallatin, 1836.
    • Plate 33. Facsimile Cartography 1492-1867. Indian Tribes and Linguistic Stocks, 1650, Charles O. Paulin and John K. Wright.
    • Canada. Department of Interior; Chalifour, J.E. Aborigines of Canada, Alaska and Greenland. 1915.
    • Historical map of the State of Ohio. J Slater and Chas. Whittlesey, 1872.
    • Ethnographisches Karte von Nord Amerika. Henry Lange, 1854.
    • Map of the Country be
  • National Atlas
  • U.S. Public Survey
  • World Atlas
  • United States
  • England
  • Germany
  • World
  • Ohio
  • Ohio River
  • Ohio River Valley

  • United States War Department

  • 1492-2014.

Monday, July 6, 2015

UMass Amherst Ojibwe Language Students Build Birchbark Canoe

Puffer's Pond.  Image Courtesy of University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Puffer's Pond.
Image Courtesy of University of Massachusetts Amherst.
May, 15, 2015.
University of Massachusetts Amherst has written an interesting article about Anishinaabemowin language students' efforts, with the help of their professors Howard Kimewon and Sonya Atalay, to build a working wiigwas jiiman (birchbark canoe).

"Immersion in a canoe-building project is an innovative way to highlight the importance of water in the Anishinaabe language and culture indigenous to the Great Lakes region. For instance, in Anishinaabemowin, notkwemahza is a verb that means “he or she passes by in a canoe, singing a love song to [their]sweetheart”—one word that all by itself manages to convey motion, presence in a vehicle, two actions, mood, and a subject-object relationship."

To read the full articleclick here.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Smith Creek Archaeological Project, Penn Museum

Tom Stanly and Alexandria Mitchem, of the Penn Museum Blog, have written a series of interesting posts about the Penn Museum's 2015 archaeological excavations at the Smith Creek Site 
along the eastern banks of the Mississippi River. 

The Smith Creek Site, including three earthen mounds, flourished from 700 to 1200 CE, and the continuing excavations hope to knowledge of site use patterns (what kinds of activities were done at the site and where in the site these activities were primarily located). 

The site is now on private property, and as such has not been examined in detail; unlike Cahokia, another Mississippian mound site which is a state historic site and under UNESCO World Heritage protection.

Into the Field: The Smith Creek Archaeological Project
May, 13, 2015.
" The main goals of the project will be to survey the landscape to gain a broad view of the site overall and determine just how much of the site was modified by its ancient designers; and to excavate at various points across the site with the intention of uncovering artifacts like ceramics, lithics, and plant and animal remains that may represent evidence of ancient food consumption, and unique features that can speak to a very big, underlying question: why was this mound center created in the first place?"

To read the full post, click here.

Why Would We Dig Here?
May, 20, 2015.
" The pattern that these sites follow, called the Coles Creek pattern, stands in contrast to some other, later and better-known mound sites in the Americas, such as Cahokia where a chief lived on top of the biggest mound and looked down on the people over whom he held power. At Coles Creek sites, there is little evidence that any one person held political rule over any other portion of the population."

To read the full post, click here.

The Unusual Legacy of J. Ashley Sibley
May, 28, 2015.
"When speaking to tribes about conducting archaeological work on prehistoric Native sites, Meg says that the main concern is often over ancient burials. Tribes don’t want Native remains dug out of the ground, especially when there’s no pressing research question that will be answered by doing so. So this year’s excavations are being conducted in areas of the site where there is no evidence for the presence of human remains."

To read the full post, click here.

Let's Meet the Team
June, 4, 2015.
"Excavation is underway at Smith Creek, and we have a stellar team of students, both graduate and undergraduate, working hard in the field to make this year’s field season a successful one. They each bring their own interests, strengths, and levels of expertise to the project. Here’s a brief introduction for each of our intrepid excavators."

To read the full post, click here.

Digging In
June, 5, 2015.
"Besides taking color measurements, the team also measured the lay of the land and mapped in important cultural features using a total station – the same kind you see being used in construction projects. These highly accurate measurements indicate exactly where a point is in space (both east-west and north-south, as well as elevation above sea level) and will allow Meg to enter her data into various software programs and create detailed maps of the excavation features and site topography."

To read the full post, click here.

Notes from Mississippi- Alexandria Mitchem
June, 9, 2015.
"So now I, and some of my fellow classmates, get to carry on that work. Let me tell you, it is not easy. It’s pretty much impossible to look cool while being an archaeologist. Basically the only thing Indiana Jones got right was that hat, because believe me, the only thing worse than digging in the sweltering Mississippi heat would be digging here with a sunburn."

To read the full postclick here.

What are we finding?
June, 11, 2015.
"The layers are identified sequentially as our excavators dig deeper into the ground, and the soil from each layer is run through screens of various measurements, depending on the layer. The idea is that you push the dirt through the screen, causing all the soil to loosen up and fall through; anything harder than soil and larger than the holes in the screen stays on top, leaving us with a collection of small objects like pottery sherds, animal bones, and rocks. At Smith Creek, even the rocks are significant, because the site lies on a bluff made completely of windblown silt—meaning that even small pebbles had to have been purposefully carried there at some point."

To read the full postclick here.

Shades of the Soil: Searching for Archaeological Features
June, 17, 2015.
"Typically, features are elements that are not easily removed from their context (as opposed to a potsherd or animal bone that can be dug out and picked up by hand). More specifically, they appear to us as differences in soil, identifiable largely due to their contrast with the color or texture of the soil surrounding them."

To read the full postclick here.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EDSITEment! The Best of the Humanities on the Web

EDSITEment! The Best of the Humanities on the Web

"EDSITEment provides access to educational websites which, as judged by a panel of experts, were selected solely on the basis of educational excellence in the humanities and high-quality website design. EDSITEment is not a complete course in any humanities discipline, nor does it attempt to provide comprehensive coverage of the humanities. EDSITEment does not prescribe a specific course of study nor advocate any educational theory. EDSITEment is intended solely to be an educational resource for teachers, parents, and students.

The text, images and other materials in the websites linked to EDSITEment were reviewed by a panel of experts and found to be educationally appropriate for users of all ages. Recognizing that the World Wide Web is a dynamic, interactive, and exploratory environment for humanities education, the humanities content of the linked sites may change and expand over time."

  • An Introduction
  • The Basics
    • Time Required
    • Subject Areas
    • Skills
  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Background
  • Preparation Instructions
  • Lesson Activities
  • Extending the Lesson
  • Resources
    • Media
Arts & Culture
History & Social Studies
Literature & Language Arts
Picturing America
We The People

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Black and Red and White Like Me: Natives Know Too Many Rachel Dolezals

June 19, 2015.
Mary Annette Pember, of Indian Country Today, has written a detailed article about some of the cultural misrepresentation and appropriation faced by 
federally recognized American Indian Nations.

" “Playing Indian” is so common that most Native peoples have grown inured to the cringe-inducing spectacle of white folks doing ungainly dances at hobby powwows all over the world. Not all participants at these events claim Native ancestry – many just want to be Indian for a day.

There are more and more individuals and groups, however, claiming Native heritage in order to reap benefits, either professional or monetary. Many of these imposters also present themselves to the general public as authorities and spokespeople for Native peoples. These practices are a line in the sand for some Native people like Ben Barnes, Second Chief for the Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO). He and representatives from other Oklahoma tribes are joining together and taking action."

To read the full article, click here.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

2015 Lecture Series: American Indians Returning to the Earthworks Videos

We are excited to announce we have uploaded 
our recent lecture series,
American Indians Returning to the Earthworks onto Youtube!

If you are interested in topics introduced in these lectures,
links are provided below to our previous blog posts which have detailed research link lists.

Survival and Change:
The Significance of Contemporary American Indian Art
Dr. Christine Ballengee-Morris, February 11, 2015.

Tribal Support is Necessary in Upholding the Importance
 of the Ohio Earthworks
Marti Chaatsmith, February 18, 2015.

Legends in the Land: 
The Importance and Preservation of Tribal Storytelling
Dr. John Low, February 25, 2015.

Lecture Series: American Indians Returning to the Earthworks Flyer PDF.
Lecture Series:
American Indians Returning to the Earthworks
Flyer PDF

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ohio History Connection Job Postings

A sampling of job opportunities available
 not including volunteer opportunities.

  • Archivist I, Local Government Records
    • "This position within the State Archives is primarily responsible for providing archival and records management advice and assistance to local government entities as well as appraising and processing local government records.. "
    • "Master’s degree in archival studies, library science (with an archival component), American History, or other areas of the humanities or the equivalent in work experience plus one to two years of experience. ... "
  • Assistant Curator for Manuscripts
    • "Works with the curatorial staff to provide for the use, care and preservation of the Ohio History Connection manuscript collections.  "
    • "Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in museum studies American history, library and information science, public history or related field or the equivalent work experience, plus a minimum of one to three years of experience working directly with collections in a special library or archives. Demonstrated knowledge of current archival practices and proven ability to physically process collections, including political papers, organizational records and collections comprised of multiple formats. Experience with automated collection records systems and cataloging and vocabulary standards such Describing Archives, A Content Standard (DACS), Library of Congress Subject Headings and Resource Description and Access (RDA)....  "
  • Camp Counselor- Seasonal
    • "Directly involves executing and evaluating summer day camp programs for young people. "
    • "High School graduate plus six (6) months or more experience working with young people, preferably in an outdoor education setting.  ..."
  • Customer Service Representative -Part Time
    • "Assists in the performance of a variety of customer-related duties to include greeting customers, sales of retail, admission and membership products and services, and providing institutional telephone coverage and taking reservations. "
    • "High school diploma or equivalent plus one to three years of customer service and/or sales experience...."
  • Director, Museum & Library Services
    • "Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the collections care, curation, visitor services, and interpretive programs. Assume a leadership role as a member of the executive leadership team in the advancement of the organization’s strategic priorities.  "
    • "Master’s degree (M.A.) or equivalent work experience plus a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible administration; highly experienced senior manager with demonstrated relevant experience in all or many of the areas of responsibility. ...."

  • Local History Corps Position
    • "will focus on the continued preservation and promotion of the state’s historic resources to stimulate tourism and economic growth. Members will be hosted at partner sites throughout Ohio. Corps members will assist the host organization and other regional organizations with collaborating and building capacity for educational and public programming, special events, regional initiatives, heritage tourism, historic preservation, and collections care/digitization. This is a full-time AmeriCorps position from September 9, 2015 to August 31, 2016. Members must complete a minimum of 1700 service hours and 170 training hours to successfully complete their service and to receive an education award. "
    • "Applicants must have a college degree in museum studies, history, education or have a commensurate level of experience in any of these fields."
  • Local History Corps- Collections
    • "Local History Corps members with a collections focus will work to help history organizations build capacity for digitization and collections management projects. Corps members will also collaborate with other Local History Corps members and history organizations to build capacity for educational and public programming, special events, regional initiatives, heritage tourism, and historic preservation."
    • "Applicants must have a college degree in museum studies, history, education or a commensurate level of experience in any of these fields."
  • Local History Corps- Archaeology
    • "will be hosted at the Ohio Historic Preservation Office in Columbus. The member will work to build the capacity of the Ohio Archaeological Inventory (OAI) through creating and reviewing OAI site form inventories, site location mapping, and assisting with the preservation and care of archeological collections. The member will also conduct education and outreach services to educate the general public about the importance and relevance of Ohio's archaeology as part of the Making Archaeology Public Project. "
    • "Applicants must have a college degree in anthropology or archaeology."
  • Ohio History Service Corps- Community Surveyor in Piqua, Columbus, & Cleveland
    • "members are required to complete surveys of 150 historic properties to identify and record historic themes and buildings, focusing on the mid-20th century, from 1940-1970, historic properties associated with African-American history, women’s history and other under-represented groups. These surveys will provide new information about housing, subdivisions, public and commercial buildings and the work of area builders, developers and architects from the recent past. The survey work associated with under-represented groups will provide new information about historic properties associated with important individuals, groups, neighborhoods, and historic themes. "
    • "Applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in American History, Architecture, Architectural History, Historic Preservation or a related field."
  • Ohio History Service Corps- Heritage Ohio Workshop Coordinator
    • " member hosted at Heritage Ohio in Columbus will work to build the capacity of Ohio's preservation and revitalization community. The member will facilitate educational opportunities via webinars, conferences, and workshops for Heritage Ohio. The goal of this position is to facilitate the training Heritage Ohio provides in local communities across Ohio and to a growing US audience, empowering local volunteers to reserve and revitalize their communities using the knowledge gained from presentations by leading professionals. The position will also employ communications to targeted audiences through traditional & social media. The goal is to expand the number of organizations & individuals in Ohio that are aware of the importance of revitalization & preservation & understand the tools available to work in those fields."
    • "Applicants must have a college degree in a related field to urban planning or marketing."

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

U.S. Treaties: A Beginner's Guide

William Penn’s treaty with the Indians when he founded the province of Pennsya. 1661. Lithograph by N. Currier. (Created between 1835 and 1856). Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b51058 and the In Custodia Legis Blog.
William Penn’s treaty with the Indians when he founded the province of Pennsya.
1661.  Lithograph by N. Currier. (Created between 1835 and 1856).
Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division,
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b51058 and the In Custodia Legis Blog.
November 20, 2014.
Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, of the In Custodia Legis Blog: Law Librarians of Congress, has written an informative post on all of the resources, finding guides, and helpful sources which the Library of Congress has created to find treaties written by the United States of America. 

"There are several options for researchers trying to find copies of treaties to which the United States is or was a party. In fact, we were inspired to write this post by the new Treaties digital collection added to the Law Library of Congress website."

To read the full post, click here.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Iroquois Indian Museum

"The Iroquois Indian Museum is an educational institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Iroquois culture using Iroquois art as a window to that culture. The Museum is a venue for promoting Iroquois art and artists, and a meeting place for all peoples to celebrate Iroquois culture and diversity. As an anthropological institution, it is informed by research on archaeology, history, and the common creative spirit of modern artists and craftspeople."

324 Caverns Road
Howes Cave, NY 12092

  • Contemporary Collection
  • Historical Collection
  • Archaeological Collection
  • Extended Classroom School Programs
    • Introduction to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) 
      • Grades 4-12
    • Nature Trail Walks (weather permitting)
      • Grades 4-7
    • Three Sisters Garden (Fall)
      • Grades PreK-12
    • Corn Husk Doll Making (No Face Doll)
      • Grades 3-12
    • Beadworking Workshop
      • Grades 3-12
    • Traditional Native American Storytelling
      • Grades PreK-12
    • Tools of the Hunt
      • Grades 4-12
  • Online Resources
    • Learning Longhouse
      • "a comprehensive online guide to everything you may wonder about Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture."
    • Research Library Catalog
  • Internships
For more information,

Thursday, June 4, 2015

New Hope for the Newark Earthworks Center

Newark Earthworks 2005 Moonrise.  Image Courtesy of Timothy E. Black.
Newark Earthworks 2005 Moonrise.
Image Courtesy of Timothy E. Black.
The Ohio State University has agreed to continue to support our efforts to raise awareness of American Indian cultures, 
pre-contact histories, and earthen architecture 
throughout the Great Lakes region until June of 2017! 


Our Mission

  • Enrich undergraduate education through classes, lectures, and internships, 
  • Enrich K-12 education through our school tours of ancient sites and summer day camps,
  • Foster research of Ohio and the Great Lakes region's American Indian cultures,
  • Reaching out to descendant American Indian Nations removed from Ohio and to the international community.

As it stands, our budget and staffing are being reduced 
and our funding ends June 2017, 
so we still need your help!


Help Keep the NEC Open


If You Would Like to Monetarily Support Us
We Would Welcome Your Donations

Send Letters of Support Telling How 

The Newark Earthworks Center Has Impacted You!

  • If possible, please send an email to:
    • President of the Ohio State University Michael Drake
      • drake.379@osu.edu
    • Provost Joseph Steinmetz
      • steinmetz.53@osu.edu
  • Please cc:
    • Dr. David Manderscheid,
      • Vice Provost for the Arts & Sciences, and Executive Dean of the College of Arts
      • manderscheid.1@osu.edu
    • Dr. Chad Allen,
      •  Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Arts and Humanities
      • allen.559@osu.edu
    • Dr. Richard Shiels, 
      • Director of the Newark Earthworks Center
      • earthworks@osu.edu ; shiels.1@osu.edu
    • Dean William MacDonald, 
      • The Ohio State University Newark
      • macdonald.24@osu.edu
  • Or send a letter to their office: 
    • President Michael Drake
      • 205 Bricker Hall, 190 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210
    • Provost Joseph Steinmetz
      • 203 Bricker Hall, 190 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210
    • Dr. David Manderscheid, 
      • Vice Provost for the Arts & Sciences, and Executive Dean of the College of Arts
      • 186 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43230
    • Dr. Chad Allen, 
      • Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Arts and Humanities
      • 203 Bricker Hall, 190 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210
    • Dr. Richard Shiels, 
      • Director of the Newark Earthworks Center
      • 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055
    • Dean William MacDonald, 
      • The Ohio State University Newark
      • 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055

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 We hope to continue our work 
as long as possible.

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