MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville has planned a full schedule of programs throughout the month of May for visitors of all ages, including an exhibit by the Ohio Valley Photography Club, second Saturday film, lecture, planting of the Interpretive Garden and a craft at the museum’s Discovery Table. All programs are free and open to the public.
Schedule of May Programs
Saturday, May 11, 1 and 3 p.m. – Second Saturday Film Series, “Lewis and Clark: A Scientific Journey” (52 min), followed by “Lewis and Clark: The Eastern Legacy” (20 min), will be shown to celebrate the recent federal recognition of the addition of 1,200 miles to the eastern portion of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The films will be shown back to back during the two designated times.
Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, June 1, noon – 4 p.m. – Help Plant the Museum’s Interpretive Garden, visitors are invited to help plant the museum’s Interpretive Garden and learn about crops grown and used in this region by Native Americans. Heirloom seeds will be planted using a replica of a prehistoric stone garden hoe. Other activities include grinding corn, an “Earthworm Habitat,” packing and labeling seeds to take home and grow, and a special display of books and items relating to Native American gardens by Marian Meg Phillips. All indoor activities will take place rain or shine.
Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m. – Lecture Series, Wayne Worth, creator and producer of the Facebook series "On the Road in West Virginia: Our 55 Counties," will present “On the Road in West Virginia.” Worth shares how he was adopted into a loving West Virginia family, with a supportive community and the blessings and opportunities that came with them. This experience inspired him to create his video series that took him to every county in West Virginia. He has over 40,000 followers on Facebook and his films are used in about a dozen 8th grade West Virginia history classrooms.
Featured Artist of the Month – visitors can view an exhibit by the Ohio Valley Photography Club throughout the month of May.
Discovery Table – Guests can plant sunflower seeds from the museum’s Interpretive Garden in yogurt cups to take home and grow. This activity is available during regular museum hours.
Operated by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the largest conical burial mounds built by the Adena people between 250 – 150 B.C. and ranks as one of the largest earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world. Exhibits and displays in the Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The complex also houses the West Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility.
Admission to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex is free. The Delf Norona Museum, located at 801 Jefferson Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m.
For more information about activities and programs at Grave Creek Mound, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator, at (304) 843-4128 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/gravecreekmound and www.twitter.com/gravecreekmound.