• A plush carpet of green grass covering the Mound City Group in summer

    Hopewell Culture

    National Historical Park Ohio

Collections

Henry Shetrone & William Mills

Henry Shetrone & William Mills during excavation at Mound City, ca. 1920

Photo courtesy of Ohio Historical Society

Hopewell Culture curates a collection of 167,000 museum objects and archival items relating to the prehistory and history of the park and vicinity. The collection was amassed over a period of more than 75 years from a variety of sources and toward various ends, and continues to grow.

The core of the collection derives from excavations undertaken at the Mound City Group between 1920 and 1922 after the decommissioning and abandonment of Camp Sherman. Camp Sherman was a sprawling World War I Army training camp that was active between 1917 and 1920. Mound City was located in part, on the northern grounds of the cantonment. The excavations were conducted under the auspices of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society. William C. Mills provided overall direction for the investigations and Henry C. Shetrone directed the field operations (pictured right).

 
Mica, Whelk Shells, Knife River Flint, Effigy Pipe
Clockwise: Mica Sheets, Whelk Shells, Effigy Pipes & Knife River Flint.

Did You Know?

Captain Dwight D. Eisenhower

In 1918 Capt. Dwight D. Eisenhower (future President) visited Camp Sherman, a World War I training camp located in part, on the grounds of the Mound City Group. More...