Mark Groover and his students researched the history, culture and descendants of the Longtown Settlement, a freedmen’s community located in Darke County, Ohio. Originally settled by Quakers, the community be- came a destination for slaves traveling north on the Underground Railroad. The students documented the rich and diverse history of the settlement, and its remnant landscape and architecture, producing a film for their community partner, The Union Literary Institute Preservation Society. During the field study and site excavation, students unearthed several artifacts which they then analyzed, inventoried and used in creating a technical report of the findings. Drawing on methods of applied anthropology, historical archaeology, cultural geography and public history, the class also produced a preservation plan for its community partner.
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