Darke County Parks to host local archeologist book signing


GREENVILLE — Join author and leading female Ohio archeologist Elaine Holzapfel for a book signing and presentation on her second book, Archeology and Artifacts of Darke County and Vicinity on April 16 at 1 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center.

She’s been interested in prehistoric artifacts and the people who produced them since childhood. After retiring from teaching, Holzapfel met Bob Converse, editor of “The Ohio Archeologist,” and he convinced her to further her studies. Holzapfel now holds a master’s degree in anthropology from Ball State University and has contributed a number of scholarly articles to “The Ohio Archeologist.”

Converse will speak during the first hour of this book signing event. The public is invited to bring their own artifact collections to have them reviewed by Holzapfel and Converse.

A limited number of her first book and her newest edition will be available in the gift shop prior and during the event. The first book, titled Archeology and Artifacts of Darke County, will sell for $20 plus tax, and her new book will sell for $30 plus tax. To pick up a copy, visit the Friends of the Darke County Parks gift shop anytime Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. For questions about this program or any other program offered by the Darke County Parks, stop by the nature center, or call them at (937) 548-0165.

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