Enjoy these activities presented by
the Friends of Pine Hawk,
Acton’s Own Archaeological Organization
Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.
Reclaiming the Wampanoag Language
Using the public television documentary We Still Live Here to
provide background, MIT Linguistics Professor Norvin Richards will discuss the effort, in which he participated, to reinvigorate the Wampanoag language. Acton Memorial Library, free.
Thursday, October 10, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Discovering the Archaeology of Pine Hawk
See replicas of the artifacts and stone tool flakes uncovered at the 7000 year old Pine Hawk site. Watch archaeologist Craig Chartier demonstrate the art and science of stone knapping as he creates tools and arrowheads. Try several hands-on activities to learn about
techniques that archaeologists use to uncover and interpret important clues to the past. Science Discovery Museum; free with admission.
Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.
From Pine Hawk to Trail Through Time: 15 Years of Revealing Our Past
Doug Halley will describe the discovery of Pine Hawk, the dig, the artifacts found, and its archaeological significance. He will also discuss how the project activated increased interest in historical preservation, which led to the formation of the Friends of Pine Hawk, the creation of the Pine Hawk display, the restoration of the Stone Chamber, and the work on Trail Through Time. Acton
Memorial Library, free.
Thursday, October 17, 2:00 p.m.
Junior Archaeologists’ Walk
This year's Junior Archaeology walk will focus on some Native American sites. Site preservation specialist Linda McElroy will lead the ½ mile walk to the Indian stone pile clusters. Good walking shoes are necessary.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Park and meet at the end of Wheeler Lane off Main St./Rte. 27. Rain date: October 24. Free; call Acton Memorial Library (978-929-6655) for
Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.
The Sea Floor: The Next Archaeological Frontier
Peabody award winning filmmaker Ted Timreck again comes to
Acton to show his latest works, including a documentary on the
latest undersea explorations off Block Island. The evening focuses on the collaboration among Native preservationists, scientists,
government agencies, and private corporations which are working
to develop protocols for the search for artifacts off the New England coast. Teams are going up to a hundred miles off shore where the landscapes of 20,000 years ago are beginning to be explored and developed by the wind energy industry. Acton Memorial Library, free.
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.
Site preservation specialist Linda McElroy will lead this year's
Archaeology Walk along a portion of the Trail Through Time. She will focus on research updates to our understanding of the Robbins Mill site; research on a newly identified site, the Old Road to
Concord; and updates on what we know about certain Native
American ceremonial sites along the Trail. These latter sites are made up of clusters of stone piles believed to have been constructed, maintained, and even possibly still in use by Native Americans.
Park and meet at the end of Wheeler Lane off Main St./Rte. 27. Rain date: October 27. Free; call Acton Memorial Library (978-929-6655) for information.
Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Book Discussion: Caleb’s Crossing
The book, by Geraldine Brooks, imagines the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. The story is told by Bethia Mayfield, the daughter of a preacher who traveled from England to Martha's Vineyard to attempt to convert the Indians. In 1660, when Bethia is 12, the family takes Caleb, a Wampanoag Indian, into their home to prepare him for boarding school. Books will be available at the library’s circulation desk beginning Oct. 1. Acton Memorial Library, free.
Sunday, November 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Community Service at Trail Through Time
This community service cleanup day will allow the opening of a
second Native American site along the Trail Through Time in North Acton (see http://www.trailthroughtime.info). To volunteer and for details about the day, e-mail Bob Ferrara at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 978-263-8642. Helpers will learn of the special history of this
area of our town.
For more information about Pine Hawk,
visit www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/pinehawk, www.ab.mec.edu./pinehawk, and the Pine Hawk Exhibit at Acton Town Hall.
Acton Memorial Library is located at 486 Main St. (Rte. 27) next to Town Hall. The parking lot and entrance are accessed from Woodbury Lane. 978-929-6655
The Discovery Museums are located at 177 Main St. (Rte. 27), Acton. 978-264-4200