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Local Artifacts Preserved

We were able to acquire and therefore preserve some important locally found prehistoric Native American Indian artifacts from Amherst, OH.  Pictured below are seven stone tools (celts) and one flint projectile point that were found on the Hollstein Family Farm in Amherst, OH.  In April, Col. Nahorn and Bill Nahorn attended the Hollstein estate auction and purchased these local pieces.  They were found on the Hollstein family farm by either George Hollstein or his father.  Most of the celts, or un-grooved axes, exhibit nice polishing on their bits or tips of the artifact.  We also purchased a chair made by Stephen Kilburn (marked on the bottom) of New London, OH.  It is among the earliest known handmade “kitchen” chairs that still exists from an early Northern Ohio craftsman. It was made about 1840.  We also purchased several old portraits, many of which are marked with names such as Claus, Baumhart, Hahn, Schaible, and Schmitkons – early Lorain County families.  A large collection of postcards showcasing local scenery were acquired for preservation as well.  There is much work to be done in the Museum in the upcoming weeks to organize all of this material!