Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville will continue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Delf Norona Museum on Saturday, June 28, with a t-shirt decorating workshop from 10 - 11:30 a.m. and again from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate; children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration is required to ensure there are enough supplies. The museum will have youth t-shirts in medium and large and adult sizes in large and extra large. There is a $4 materials fee per t-shirt.
The Delf Norona Museum is a vital part of the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex. It opened in December 1978, and is named for a local amateur archaeologist who was one of the founders of the West Virginia Archaeological Society. The modern facility, with its natural brick facade and pyramid-shaped skylights, is an architectural tribute to a prehistoric era.
Over the years, the museum has served many functions in addition to housing exhibits about the Adena people who constructed the mound. The museum continues to hold public programs and to display art and history exhibits. It also is available as rental space for meetings and classes.
Participants are encouraged to visit the mound and the observation area of the conservation laboratory for curators in the new 9,600-square-foot research wing which has been added to the northeast corner of the complex’s museum. In addition to the laboratory, the wing features a state-of-the-art collections storage area, study area for researchers, and library.
For more information about the t-shirt workshop or to register for the program, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator for the Mound, at (304) 843-4128, ext. 200, or e-mail her at [email protected]
Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the largest and most famous burial mounds built by the prehistoric Adena people. A massive undertaking, construction of the mound took place in successive stages from about 250-150 B.C., and required the movement of more than 60,000 tons of earth. Exhibits and displays in the complex’s museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The Archaeological Complex is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., in Moundsville. Contact the museum for information regarding group registration and detailed driving directions. The museum is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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