Learn about conserving artifacts

ORWELL — The Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell will host a special program, “Conserving History, One Artifact at a Time,” on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m.

In 2021 the site and its friends group, the Mount Independence Coalition, completed a project to conserve 45 significant Revolutionary War metal artifacts found on Mount Independence. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and project consultants, long-time reenactors, and historians Michael Barbieri and Michael Blakeslee will talk about some of these objects and the stories.

What were some of these seemingly simple or odd objects used for? How did they get to Mount Independence in the first place? Or were they made on site during the American Revolution? Some conserved items, including an iron kettle fragment, trowel, axe head, and an intriguing “flesh fork” will be on view, as will some replica objects for comparison. Questions and discussion welcome.

The program is part of Vermont Archaeology Month. The $6 fee for adults includes regular admission. Admission is free for children under 15. Visit the museum and walk any or all the six miles of trails on the over 300-acre site. Call 802-948-2000 for more information.

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