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October 8, 2017: Octagon Open House
View of the Octagon Earthworks, part of the Newark Earthworks. Image Courtesy of Tim Black.
View of the Octagon Earthworks, part of the Newark Earthworks.
Image Courtesy of Tim Black.
The Octagon Earthworks is one of the most spectacular surviving remnants of the Newark Earthworks. The Octagon is connected to a perfectly circular enclosure 1,054 feet in diameter. The architecture of the Octagon Earthworks encodes a sophisticated understanding of geometry and astronomy. It is a National Historical Landmark and is on track to become a World Heritage site!

Octagon State Memorial
455 Hebron Road
Heath, Ohio 43056

Portions of the Octagon Earthworks is open to the public during daylight hours 365 days a year, but much of the site is used as a private golf course for most of the year, so access is restricted.

Four times each year, however, golfing is suspended and the entire site is made available to the general public.

Take your tour with you through:

The Ancient Ohio Trail.

We hope to see you there!

Fort Ancient State Memorial: Tours
"Fort Ancient makes a wonderful “Mystery” tour for adult and student group markets. Fort Ancient offers a step on guide who will greet the guests and make them feel welcome and will share the current site interpretations of both the archaeological and American Indian communities. Indoor interpretation depends upon the amount of time available, but it is important for the guest to experience the grounds as the motor coach drives through the grounds, highlighting the 18,000 feet of earthen walls. The gift shop at Fort Ancient offers a variety of American Indian themed crafts and reference books.
Tour group admission: $5.00 per adult, free admission for the tour group leader and motor coach driver. The type of program will depend upon the amount of time the group has for their visit."

For more information, visit: Tour Operators, here.

Hidden Marietta: Ancient Earthworks: Tours
"a guided walking tour for groups of 6 or more. This tour is great for both kids and adults.

We’ll visit flat-topped pyramids that bear an uncanny resemblance to Aztec temples; walk down a sacred road more than 20 centuries old; and stand atop the Quadranou Mound where ancient astronomer-priests studied the movement of the sun, moon and stars.

We’ll also explore enigmatic Mound Cemetery, the final resting place of Revolutionary War Patriots, and hear tales of lost tribes, refugees from Atlantis, giants, goblins and buried treasure as we walk through the lovely Victorian neighborhood that surrounds the mounds."

"Advance reservations are required. Rates vary by group size. "

The Marietta Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a free walking guide, designed for individuals in groups less than six, which can be found, here.

For more information, visit: Hidden Marietta, here.

Fort Ancient: Tours
"Available to groups of twenty or more, guided tours are led by docents whose knowledge of Fort Ancient is sure to engage your imagination and make your Fort Ancient visit a rich and rewarding experience. The tours are approximately one and a half hours long beginning with an introductory film in the indoor theatre, viewing artifacts and a tour. Visitors unable to participate in the walking tour of the facilities can sit comfortably on the patio which arches out toward the grounds giving an unobstructed view; a docent will guide you through the history the earthworks and its ancient residents. Visitors are also welcome to enjoy a self-guided tour. Fort Ancient staff is available to answer questions.

To further enhance the visit, a special hands-on activity may be requested when registering for a guided tour. Activities include making Native American musical instruments, pottery and jewelry. An additional fee may be required.

Although Fort Ancient does not have a cafeteria, guests may bring their lunches and eat under the pavillions.
A one month advance registration is required for guided tours. Drivers and escort/organizers receive complimentary admission...

Fort Ancient offers five age appropriate guided tours designed to compliment classroom and Home School curriculum guidelines. Each tour provides students with an interesting and unique educational experience. Appropriate supervision is required for student groups.

An overnight in the Interpretive Center or a house in the partially-reconstructed Village adds a different perspective to the Fort Ancient experience. Spend an exciting, fun-filled, and educational night shopping in The Fort Ancient Store, participating in Native American crafts and listening to Native American stories...

Tour Fees:
School Groups
$5.00 per student
$5.00 per adult chaperone
Free admission for parent helpers who assist with the school program.
Programs are available for groups of 20 or more

Adult and Senior Groups: $5.00 per adult.

For most tours, groups should allow 45 minutes to 1 hour (grades K – 2) and a minimum of 2 hours (grades 3+). Please note that for all groups, parents/chaperones will be asked to assist students with scavenger hunts through the Museum. Some programs may vary, based on the weather, but alternative programs will be made available in cases of inclement weather.

For larger groups (over 60) a maximum of 6 parents/chaperones will be asked to assist students with scavenger hunts through the Museum. It is best if parent helpers can arrive 40 minutes early for a short orientation, helping provide the best possible program for the students.

For grades 4 through 12, and groups larger than 20, the students will begin with an orientation to Ohio Valley prehistory. After the orientation, the group will be divided into two separate groups; half of the students will explore the Museum while the other half participates in a series of hands-on activities, including spear throwing, double ball and a classroom program. The groups will then switch, allowing each student to benefit from the full experience.
  • Tools of Mother Nature (PreK-Grade 1)...
  • Program: Explorer (Grades 2-6) Available September - May ONLY...
  • Critical Thinking (Grades 7+)...
Day Care Centers and Home Schools
Due to the wide range of ages present, home schools and day care center programs are designed to provide the same fun and access to all that Fort Ancient has to offer, while accommodating their unique needs. Children will begin their program with an orientation of Fort Ancient in the classroom. Students can also explore over 75 objects in the classroom, and scavenger hunt materials will be provided for the home school parents or day care leaders in order to complete the Museum tour at a pace that best suits the needs of all their students.

Each educational program meets the designated curriculum requirements for each grade level. The classroom has many objects to touch and explore including, stone axes, a grinding stone, sinew, brain tanned leather, wooden pottery puzzles, bird nest puzzles, a deer skeleton puzzle, animal hides and bone tools, two large raw hide drums, small hand drums, rattles, an 18th Century dress up box, and a small wigwam.
If time permits, students are encouraged to have lunch in the picnic area and to walk a trail. Please allow at least two hours in the museum and additional time for picnicking and hiking."

For more information, visit: Fort Ancients' Tour page, here.

SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park: Tours
"Open to all groups of 20 students/participants or more, SunWatch offers five unique guided tours including SunWatch Discovery, Lifestyles of the Rich and Prehistoric, Who in the World is Indiana Jones?, What if I lived at SunWatch?, and Fun at SunWatch. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes with approximately one hour outside in the Village.

Participants should dress appropriately as the weather requires. Groups must schedule at least one month in advance.

SunWatch Discovery is an overview of SunWatch Indian Village and its prehistoric inhabitants, the Fort Ancient people, that includes viewing an introductory film, discussing various displays in the museum, and touring the partially-reconstructed Village.

Lifestyles of the Rich & Prehistoric focuses on the material culture and lifeways of the four different cultural periods of prehistoric Ohio. After a half hour presentation in a classroom, the tour continues outside through the village.

Who in the World is Indiana Jones? answers some of the common questions asked about archaeology and archaeologists. This tour starts in the classroom, focusing on Science, Social Studies, and Math skills, and continues outside for an hour-long tour through the Village.

What if I lived at SunWatch? is designed to allow students to experience what life might have been like for a SunWatch child. Primarily geared for the early elementary grades, the tour includes a short film and scavenger hunt in the museum then progresses outside through the village.

Fun at SunWatch is specifically for preschoolers and kindergartners. The tour is one hour long with fifteen minutes of that time spent in the museum; students discover the culture of the SunWatch people through sensory activities, stories, and games.

Guided Group Tour Fees
One adult/chaperone admitted free for every 15 students
For additional information please call 937.268.8199."

The Art of Ngatu: Tradition, Innovation and Community
 in Polynesia
November 20, 2017 - May 1, 2018.

The Art of Ngatu | Robin White & Ruga Fifita: Tradition, Innovation and Community in Polynesia. Image Courtesy of The Ohio State University at Newark.

"The exhibition “The Art of Ngatu: Tradition, Innovation and Community in Polynesia” combines original artwork, traditional tapa (beaten bark cloth), photography, film and ephemera. Exhibition content focuses on artists Dame Robin White (New Zealand) and Ruha Fifita (Tonga), their process and practice in Polynesia. Collaborating with communities of indigenous women, the artists use traditional methods to produce tapa while also incorporating innovation and contemporary narratives related to the history of Polynesian communities."

LeFevre Art Gallery
LeFevre Hall
The Ohio State University at Newark
Newark, Ohio 43055

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. John N. Low and Marcus Boroughs, former director of the Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History in New Zealand.

Financial support provided by the Milliken Fund

This event sponsored by: The Newark Earthworks Center, The American Indian Studies Program at The Ohio State University, The Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University at Newark, The Black Box Theater and the Ohio State Newark/Central Ohio Technical College Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council .

For more information, visit LeFevre Art Gallery's webpage
or contact Dr. John N. Low, at

Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States 
and American Indian Nations
September 21, 2014 - January 1, 2018.
"From a young age, most Americans learn about the Founding Fathers, but are told very little about equally important and influential Native diplomats and leaders of Indian nations. Treaties lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian nations and the United States, and Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States and American Indian Nations is the story of that relationship, including the history and legacy of U.S.–American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present."

For more information, visit:

Crossroads of Destiny: Indians Settlement Treaty 
of Greene Ville

"a stunning exhibit telling the history of the Treaty of Greene Ville. Greene Ville was the largest stockaded fort ever built in North America and it was the scene of the most significant American Indian treaty ever negotiated. The Treaty of Greene Ville of 1795 opened the door to the settlement of the Midwest and resulted in Ohio statehood eight years later. The Treaty also ended forty years of conflict over the upper Ohio Valley."

Garst Museum
205 North Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331

For more information, visit: .
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