Garfield Farm seeks help with dig

By on September 13, 2011

Campton Hills—Registrations are now being taken for individuals who wish to help with an archaeological excavation beginning Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Garfield Farm Museum. Both novice and experienced volunteers are needed to help excavate, screen, wash and catalogue artifacts in the vicinity of the original log house built in 1836 by the Culbertson family and later expanded in 1841 by the Garfield family.

September is Illinois Archaeology Awareness Month and the theme for 2011 is “Saving Our Past—Archaeology and Site Preservation.”

To help accurately interpret, restore and re-create the 1840s conditions of the Timothy and Harriet Garfield’s farmstead and tavern, the museum started up a five-year archaeology program last year

Volunteers must commit to a set schedule to participate. September’s two-week session will begin Sept. 21and continue through Oct. 2. Volunteers who are 14 to 17 years of age may participate with parent permission. Younger students who are accompanied by a parent or guardian may also participate.

To register, see the dig, or to financially contribute to the effort, call (630) 584-8485, e-mail, or write to P.O. Box 403, LaFox, IL 60147.