OSU Professor to Speak on Local Native American History
More than two thousand years ago, Ohio was the cultural epicenter of North America. Central Ohio and Delaware County, in particular, hold some of the richest pieces of the Native American heritage. On Thursday, June 20 at 7 o'clock p.m., Dr. Richard Shiels of the Ohio History Society and The Ohio State University will tell the story of our local heritage at the Delaware County District Library Ostrander Branch.
The presentation, titled Earthworks: The Legacy of Ancient Native People and the Promise for Ohio's Future will feature the historical era of Native American activity in the Delaware County and Central Ohio regions.
Dr. Shiels is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Newark Earthworks Center at The Ohio State University at Newark. He holds a B.A. from Hope College, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Boston University.
He has recently received both Ohio State's Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and its Diversity Enhancement Award; the Newark Earthworks Center has received the Ohio Academy of History's Award for Public Education.
Dr. Shiels is the lead scholar on a National Endowment for the Humanity's "Interpreting America's Historic Places" grant, which has funded the creation of the Ancient Ohio Trail web site at www.ancientohiotrail.org.