LA GRANGE, KY (WAVE)- The Oldham County History Center's Archaeology Institute for High School Students is a week long program for students to participate in hands-on archaeology investigations that the history center says will contribute and further our knowledge of past events and circumstances that happened almost 200 years ago in our community.
This year's program will take place July 16 through July 20.
Archaeologist Jeannine Kreinbrink leads the students on the explorations. Kreinbrink has conducted investigations that range from the pre-Civil War slave period through the Civil War era. She works for a private firm and is also an associate professor at Northern Kentucky University. She also helped to direct the deconstruction and reconstruction of the slave pen barn which is now the centerpiece exhibit at the Freedom Center Museum in Cincinnati.
Other supervisors of the students include history center executive director, Dr. Nancy Theiss, adult volunteer archaeologist, Genie Fortunato, and several of Kreinbrink's archaeologists.
This summer's program will allow students to investigate the ante-bellum site known as the Gatewood Site in Trimble County. This historic site was the last place that abolitionist, slave, and newspaper editor, Henry Bibb, lived in Kentucky before his final escape for freedom to Canada. Students spend four days onsite working under tent shelters. On the last day of the institute everyone travels to Cincinnati to visit the Freedom Center.
Students must have transportation to the museum, a history center van will then transport them to the archaeological site and the center in Cincinnati. Cost of the camp is $200 a student. Scholarships are available. Recommended ages of students for this program are 14-18 years of age.