I was there with Bret Ruby, Archaeologist and Chief of Resource Management at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and Elizabeth Bartley of the
On the following day, I took advantage of the opportunity afforded by my trip to D.C. to visit theIt was an amazing morning as Tom shared drawer after drawer of remarkable artifacts not currently on display at the NMAI museum. Many of the artifacts were familiar because we have similar examples from many of the same sites in the OHS collections. Some were famous masterpieces, such as the Meigs County Adena tablet.
of the American Indian’s (NMAI)
Collections Resources Center (CRC). I had met Thomas
Evans, a Collections Specialist at the NMAI, a year or two before when he came
to the Ohio Historical Society to view our collections. Once I knew I’d be
attending the ICOMOS Gala, I contacted him to see if it would be possible for
me to look at the National Museum
material in the NMAI collections. Even though it was a last minute request, Tom
rearranged his schedule to accommodate my visit and even invited me to the
CRC’s office Christmas party! Ohio
I am enormously grateful to Tom for the gift of his time as well as the insights on many of the artifacts that he shared with me. It is one thing to read about artifacts or to view pictures of them in books. It is quite another to experience them in person in the company of someone who has an intimate knowledge of the collection and who shares your passion for understanding the ancient people who originally held these precious things in their hands.
One goal of this visit was to identify artifacts that we might consider borrowing for possible future exhibits here at OHS. And, as I thought, the NMAI has a wealth of material that we could use to help tell the stories of
ancient Native American cultures. I look forward to someday being able to share
some of these amazing artifacts with visitors to the OHS museum. Ohio