BRISTOL — The Elkhart County Historical Museum will present the Stories of Elkhart: Paleo to Potawatomi program at 7 p.m.Thursday.

The program will take place at the Elkhart County Historical Museum, 304 W. Vistula St., Bristol, and is free to attend.

Presenting the program will be Mark Schurr, professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Schurr will be speaking about what we know about the Paleo, Archaic and Woodland periods in Elkhart County. Schurr will bring to this program his knowledge through his extensive research. His focus is on the archaeology of eastern North America, and he continues to research in the field by being a part of the Kankakee Protohistory Project which investigates human adaptation to the Kankakee Marsh environment.

Prior to this presentation, Schurr was integral in the development of the museum’s newest exhibit Crossroads of Elkhart County: Forging A Path. Museum staff consulted with Schurr in identifying many of the stone tools in the museum’s collection. Schurr looked through the collection, answered the staff’s questions, and helped to identify examples of tools that were good representations of the cultures interpreted in the exhibit.

Before and after the program, guests are welcome to tour the museum’s newest exhibit Crossroads of Elkhart County: Forging A Path, and see a number of these tools on the display. 

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