Nationally Noted Civil War Forensic Anthropology & Historic Archeologist To Visit Fayette Opera House


VR LOGO - WEBFayette, Ohio – On Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 p.m., the Bean Creek Valley History Center will present its Spring “Steinem-Nyce Conversation” featuring David Bush, Ph.D. of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.

Dr. Bush is Director for Historic & Military Archaeology and a professor at Heidelberg and is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Johnson’s Island Confederate Civil War Prisoner of War Camp located in nearby Sandusky, Ohio.

Bush, the author of “I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island” (Univ. of Florida Press, 2011), will discuss his work as an archaeologist at the Lake Erie site and its role during the American Civil War.
The event, sponsored by the Bean Creek Valley History Center and coordinated by the “Normal Educational Outreach Project” is the Spring Lecture event of the 2015 Steinem-Nyce Series on Civil Conversations and Civic Engagement.

The Series, in its second full season, features noted scholars and public figures who study the “impact of” or “impact on” public policy. Past Scholars include: Randy Buchman (The Defiance College), Dr. Jan Younger (Heidelberg University), Polly Keener (Syndicated Cartoonist), Dr. Doug Collar (Mark Twain Scholar).

Dr. Bush’s appearance was timed to coincide with Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9th, 1865 and is the first program of a three event Civil War Educational Experience which will cap off this region’s 150th anniversary activities.

Following Dr. Bush’s conversation on April 9th, BCVHC Board Member and Center Librarian, Ruth Marlatt will give an overview of her Sentinel Project including Civil War Veterans that served as guards at “Johnson’s Island”.

There will be an additional one hour long tour at 1:30 p.m. on May 1st that will also focus on the Civil War Veterans interred at Pleasant View Cemetery. This will feature vignettes of 4 regular veterans plus 2 guards who served at Johnson’s Island during the Civil War.

The third event of the Civil War Educational Experience will take place on Wednesday, June 17th with a day-long field trip to the Johnson’s Island Site to participate in a hands-on archaeology experience.

The April 9th conversation will be preceded by a Soup & Salad Dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. This event is DONATION ONLY with all proceeds from the dinner supporting the continuation of Quality Conversations designed to promote Civil Conversations and stimulate Civic Engagement.

For additional information, please call either Colleen Rufenacht at (419) 388-3518 Ruth Marlatt: (419) 237 3061 or Tom Spiess at (419) 237-2683.


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