Town Creek to Celebrate Coe’s Birthday July 13

Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Sat., July 13, in the second installment of the popular three-part summer program “2nd Saturdays.”

Joffre Lanning Coe (1916-2000) was a noted anthropologist who led work at the Hardaway site in Stanly County, N.C., and at the Town Creek Indian Mound near Mount Gilead, N.C. (photo courtesy of the UNC University Library)

Joffre Lanning Coe (1916-2000) was a noted anthropologist who led work at the Hardaway site in Stanly County, N.C., and at the Town Creek Indian Mound near Mount Gilead, N.C. (photo courtesy of the UNC University Library)

The theme for July at Town Creek in Mt. Gilead is “Dr. Coe’s Birthday Bash and Archaeology Celebration,” celebrating the birth of the “Godfather of North Carolina Archaeology,” Joffre Lanning Coe. Town Creek staff say there will be opportunities to learn more about the science taught and practiced by Coe, including free hands-on activities available for kids. Local artists and craftspeople will be selling their wares, and birthday ice cream cake will be served at 1:00 p.m.

“’2nd Saturdays’ helps families have some good, old-fashioned fun, whether they are visiting a site close to home or across the state,” said Site Manager Rich Thompson. “As many as 45 percent of travelers in North Carolina include culture and heritage when they travel.”

The series runs through August at State Historic Sites across North Carolina. Information about the local program is available at 910-439-6802 and http://www.towncreekindianmound.com.

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