Mark Twain National Forest Seeks Volunteers to Survey Historic Mining Town near Potosi

Release Date: Feb 19, 2011  

Contact(s): Keri Hicks, (573) 341-7442


 

ROLLA, Mo.-- Mark Twain National Forest is seeking volunteers to assist with a cultural resources field inventory of a historic mining town near Potosi, Missouri.

Volunteers will be working at the Harmony Historic Townsite on Mark Twain National Forest’s Potosi  Ranger District, 12.5 miles southwest of Potosi, Missouri and 11 miles northeast of Viburnum, Missouri.

The Palmer Historic Mining District was listed November 2010 on the National Register of Historic Places.

Palmer Historic Mining District covers approximately 9,800 acres of forest system lands. This area is rich in Missouri’s mining history spanning 18th through early 20th centuries.

Deadline for submitting volunteer applications for The Harmony Historic Townsite Survey is March 6, 2011. To apply, please visit http://www.passportintime.com/Click on “Current Projects” and then click on “Mark Twain NF”.

The Harmony Historic Townsite cultural resources field inventory is scheduled for April 17-23, 2011.

To date, 137 archaeological sites have been identified within Palmer Historic Mining District boundaries on Mark Twain National Forest’s Potosi Ranger District, although only approximately two-thirds of the historic district has been completely surveyed for cultural resources.

 Within the un-surveyed acreage is an historic site that was once the town of Harmony. Harmony was first platted in 1837, but the town was later left unoccupied and exposed to elements. After decades, it is now known only through study of archival records.

“Mark Twain National Forest presently has a unique opportunity for volunteers to aid in preserving our rich history,” said David Whittekiend, forest supervisor, Mark Twain National Forest.



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