Archeological dig open house slated for Saturday in Potsdam
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 9:13 am

SUNY Potsdam students, from left, Emily Cox, Syracuse, and Dalton Steiner, Hornell, sift through soil for artifacts from the Civil War camp at the archeological digs in Meadow East Apartment Complex, Potsdam.

POTSDAM – If you are curious about local history, you are invited to see an ongoing archeological dig at an open house this Saturday at Meadow East Apartment Complex, 118 Leroy St., from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

SUNY Potsdam is conducting an archaeology field school examining the former site of a Civil War training ground there.

It was part of Camp Union, used by the 92nd Regiment in 1861-1862, made up of up to a thousand local men from St. Lawrence and Franklin counties.

Professor Dr. Hadley Kruczek-Aaron is leading the field school, working in conjunction with the Potsdam Public Museum. Twelve students majoring in archaeological studies are taking part in the excavation, running from June 24 to July 19.

Kruczel-Aaron and her student workers are excited about the Open House. “Come see the project in action,” she said.