Historical Archaeology or 19th Century Garbage

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Special Programs Room

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, donations appreciated

In the 19th century, it was common practice for people to discard unwanted objects into their outhouses.  Organic materials such as leather and textiles disintegrate, but objects made of glass, ceramic or metal remain preserved underground. To historians and archaeologists, they are treasure troves of artifacts from the narrow window of time that the outhouse was in use.  Join archaeologist Robert Mazrim of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey as he shares what nineteenth century trash can tell us about the past.  

"Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum which allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or document not normally on display, commentary by a staff member or local scholar, and a chance for group discussion. All programs are free and open to the public. 

The Research & Collection Center is located at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed via the gate on Ash St. and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

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