Robert N. Drake, an attorney practicing in Newark, Ohio, has recently become an advisor to the board of trustees of the HEC. Rob grew up in Central Ohio, received his undergraduate degree in history from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, and his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He joined the firm of Reese, Pyle, Drake & Meyer in 1972 and is presently Of Counsel to the firm, having been for many years its managing partner.
One of the areas in which he has concentrated his practice is real estate law. In addition to his work as a lawyer in this area, he has also been a licensed title insurance agent for over 30 years. He has also worked extensively in the estate planning and probate areas.
Rob also has broad experience in the non-profit world. He has served on many boards, including the Licking Land Trust and the Salvation Army, and as President of the Licking County United Way and the Granville, Ohio Historical Society. Since 1998 he has served as a trustee of the Dawes Arboretum, an 1800 acre arboretum located in Licking County south of Newark. For many years he has been an active volunteer in the restoration of The Old Colony Burying Ground in Granville. In addition he serves as a director of a number of businesses in the Newark area.
Rob has long been an avid earthworks and history enthusiast. This in combination with his legal and real estate expertise will make him a very valuable advisor to the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy. Thanks are due to OSU Newark archaeologist Dr. Richard Shiels for helping us get together with Rob.
“EXPLORING THE ANCIENT EARTHWORKS OF FORT HILL,” a public event co-sponsored by the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy, the National Park Service and the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, is being offered at Fort Hill on Sunday May 20, 2012, from 9:30 to 4:00 pm. An interpretive ranger from Hopewell Culture National Historical Park will lead a hiking tour of the two intact earthworks built by Native Americans of the Hopewell Culture nearly 2,000 years ago. The hilly four-mile hike will explore both the famous hilltop enclosure and a little known circular enclosure at the foot of the hill. A picnic lunch will be served halfway along the hike, near the circular enclosure. After the hike, HEC Vice President Dr. Jarrod Burks will be providing an illustrated talk on the significance of the hundreds of small geometric circles built by the Hopewell Culture in southern Ohio. Attendance is limited and participation in the event requires registration. Fort Hill is managed by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System on behalf of the Ohio Historical Society. To register, please visit this event’s registration page on the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System website at http://arcofappalachia.org/events/exploring-fort-hill.html
On November 21, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service granted 501(c)3 tax-exempt status to the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy as a public non-profit charity. All the purposes and activities of HEC the bylaws and mission statement were approved by the IRS. The HEC may now accept tax-deductible donations. To send a tax deductible donation to HEC, see How Can I Help?
On June 27, 2011, Dr. N’omi Greber accepted the position of HEC board of trustees advisor.
Dr. Greber is the Curator of Archaeology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Greber studied mathematics at Smith College, received her masters degree in mathematics at Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in anthropology at Case Western Reserve University.
Her many publications are based on extensive fieldwork and archival research on Early and Middle Woodland, Hopewell or Adena Peoples and their wooden architecture, mounds and earthworks. Dr. Greber’s interests are in Prehistory of Eastern North America with particular emphasis on contacts with Ohio; Shawnee history; use of geophysical remote sensing; site preservation; and museum archaeological collections. Her current research is with field and archival projects to obtain chronological data on major earthworks for better estimates of key factors in the Ohio Hopewell cultural efflorescence.
Dr. Greber has been a ground-breaking leader in research on the pre-Columbian earthworks of Ohio, as well as a key player in teaching others about the scientific and cultural importance of these architectural wonders. We are delighted to have her as an official Advisor to the HEC Board of Trustees and look forward to her continued guidance in the organization’s endeavors to preserve earthworks.
On February 9, 2011, Bob Genheimer accepted our invitation to join the Board of Trustees of the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy. Bob is the George Rieveschl Curator of Archaeology at the Cincinnati Museum Center. His scientific expertise lies in lithic technology (stone tools); Prehistoric ceramics; the Hopewell and Late Prehistoric Periods; Historic artifacts; and 19th Century historic ceramics.
Bob has been employed by Cincinnati Museum Center as an archaeologist since 1990. He served as Archaeological Collections Manager for nearly 11 years, Acting Curator of Archaeology for two years, and was named George Rieveschl Curator of Archaeology in April 2003. In these roles Bob has undertaken processing and cataloging of more than several hundred thousand artifacts in the Museum’s collections; coordinating, installing, and maintaining the former computerized cataloging system; supervising all archaeology and ethnology volunteers; operating the archaeology laboratory; facilitating research on the collections; conducting archaeological field research; and publishing the results in both professional and public venues. His research interests are in both prehistoric and historical archaeology. His foci in prehistoric archaeology include Hopewell-age studies.
We are very pleased to have Bob on board and look forward to his contributions to the earthwork conservation effort.
In September of 2010, the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy was incorporated in the State of Ohio.
A group of concerned archaeologists and conservationists has come together to form a board of trustees to oversee and promote the mission of HEC:
Board of Trustees Members:
Dr. Jarrod Burks Director of Archaeological Geophysics
Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.
Dr. William S. Dancey Emeritus Associate Professor of Anthropology
Ohio State University
Prof. John E. Hancock Professor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati
Project Co-Director, The Ancient Ohio Trail
Bruce J. Lombardo Founder, Heartland Earthworks Conservation
Former Site Manager, Serpent Mound State Memorial
Board of Trustees Advisors:
Dean K. Alexander Former Superintendent
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Dr. Bradley T. Lepper Curator of Archaeology
Ohio Historical Society
Dr. William F. Romain Research Associate, Newark Earthworks Center
Ohio State University