Special Events

Junior archeologists learn from a park ranger at Junior Archeology Day!
Kids will get their hands dirty, learn about archeology and earn a Junior Archeologist Badge at Junior Archeology Day!  Scroll down to learn how you can sign your child up for this popular program.

NPS/Tom Engberg

The park hosts special events throughout the year. This page features annually recurring events at the park that include lectures on cultural and natural resources, commemoration events, and special activities for children. Unless otherwise noted, programs are fee free and are open to visitors and groups of all ages.

If you have any questions or would like more information than what is listed below, please visit the event's web page that is listed or Contact Us. If any event requires pre-registration it will be noted in the program description with instructions on how to pre-register.

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Scroll down to see the park's annually recurring programs and events.


Annually Occurring Park Events:

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Art supplies await the next round of students

NPS / Susan Knisley

Arts Afire - Mound City Summer Art Program

Experience Your National Park Through Art!

Dates and Times: 2020 Dates TBD
Location: Mound City Group visitor center
Times: Two different session options:
- 9:30 am - 11:30 am -- MORNING session
- 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm -- AFTERNOON session

For complete information, please visit the park's Art in the Park web page.

Please call the park in advance to make reservations for your child/children. Do not email your reservation. Visit the park's Art in the Park web page for complete information.

A woman standing behind a podium and in front of a digital display speaks to seated visitors.
Laura Murphy address visitors during the 2013 Harness Lecture Series

NPS / Tom Engberg

Robert L. Harness Summer Lecture Series

Date: 2020 Dates TBD
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Mound City Group visitor center

This year's lecture series will be announced soon. We are finalizing details for this year's speakers.

For complete details on each of the programs for this year's series, please visit the Summer Lecture Series web page.

Join us and celebrate the return of the Robert L. Harness Summer Lecture Series! Whether you are a professional archeologist, or just interested in archeology the lecture series has something for everyone. Learn from experts in the many fields of archeology. Speakers and titles vary from year to year and always include visiting researchers conducting excavations in and around Ross County. This is your chance to ask questions and gain knowledge about many topics, including those pertaining to the Hopewell culture.

For complete details on each of the programs for this year's series and for info from past year's speakers, please visit the Summer Lecture Series web page.

Earn our Junior Archeology badge during one of our Junior Archeology Day events!

Junior Archeology

Date: TBD
Time: Ages 5 - 8, TBD
Ages 9 - 12, TBD
Location: Mound City Group visitor center

The 2020 Jr. Archeologist programs are still being scheduled. Please check back soon for class dates.

The Junior Archeologist program is an opportunity for children to learn about the archeology at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and have fun at the same time! Children are invited to participate in this event. Children will complete several hands-on activities, including a mock dig, to earn a Junior Archeologist badge!

ATTENTION Parents and/or Guardians: you will be required to stay with your children during the entire program. Space is limited. Call and reserve a spot for your child. *Please keep in mind that this is not a drop-in activity.*

We are unable to take emailed reservations, please call the park at (740) 774-1126 to reserve a class date and time for your child.

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Camp Sherman under construction, summer of 1917

Photo courtesy of the Ohio History Connection

Remembering Camp Sherman:

A Commemoration of Chillicothe's Contribution to World War I

Date: Every November
Time: During regular visitor center hours, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Mound City Group visitor center auditorium

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park invites the public to Remembering Camp Sherman, a special exhibit in honor of Veterans Day.

Remembering Camp Sherman showcases World War I memorabilia and historic footage from Camp Sherman, where 120,000 soldiers trained from 1917 until the camp's decommissioning in 1921. Camp Sherman was one of 16 regional training centers established by the United States government during WWI and the third largest in the country.

Join us to honor veterans and commemorate Chillicothe's contribution to WWI through this special exhibit. The exhibit is on display at the Mound City Group visitor center auditorium, located approximately two miles north of U.S. Route 35 on State Route 104.

Visit the Camp Sherman page to learn more about Ohio's WWI soldier factory.

Last updated: March 5, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601


(740) 774-1126

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