2015 Summer Scholars Workshop on Ohio’s Hopewell Culture


Are you a full-time or part-time classroom teacher, librarian, or administrator in a public, charter, independent, or religiously affiliated school, or a home schooling parent?

Do you have an interest in Ohio’s ancient American Indian heritage?

If you answered ‘yes’ to both of those questions, or even if you only answered ‘yes’ to the first and ‘maybe’ to the second, then the Ohio History Connection’s Creative Learning Company has an amazing opportunity for you!

This summer, Dr. Betsy is running a National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Scholars Workshop on Ohio’s Hopewell Culture and the faculty is a dream team of archaeologists, historians, and other experts who will be sharing their knowledge and passion for the past with you!

What? Following in Ancient Footsteps: The Hopewell in Ohio is a week-long summer program designed to increase Summer Scholars’ knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritage of American Indians by introducing them to the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, seven earthworks sites in Ohio that are currently on the United States’ Tentative List to be considered for nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

By visiting these internationally-significant sites in connection with scholarly discussions, Summer Scholars will gain an appreciation for the complexity of an ancient American Indian culture and gain expertise in the use and interpretation of historic sites.

When? The Workshop will be offered twice — from July 12-17 and again from July 19-24, 2015. The Workshop will begin at 2pm on Sunday, and end by 12:15 on Friday afternoon each week.

Where? We will be based at the Ohio History Center [link to Ohio History Center page] in Columbus, Ohio, but we will be spending a much of our time visiting the premiere earthworks created by the Hopewell culture: the Newark Earthworks [link to Newark Earthworks page ], Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve [link to Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve page], and the several earthworks that comprise Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.

Ohio Hopewell culture, Ancient Ohio Art series, excerpt showing figure based on the Shaman of Newark figurine

How to apply? Go to the ‘How to Apply‘ webpage for the details, but basically all you need to do is fill out an application, write a brief essay, and attach a resume. NEH Summer Scholars will receive a stipend of $1,200 at the end of the residential workshop session to help cover your expenses. And you can get college credit through the University of Akron! Go Zips!

For more information, check out the Creative Learning Factory’s webpage, Following in Ancient Footsteps: The Hopewell in Ohio.

I am the Lead Faculty member and Linda Pansing is one of the illustrious Visiting Faculty. We look forward to sharing the world of the ancient Hopewell culture with you in July!

Note: This post was updated on 1/19/2015 to reflect the broader NEH Eligibility Requirements for participation in this workshop.

Posted February 13, 2015
Topics: Archaeology

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